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The Most Important Leaders in World History

List Criteria: Note: "Most important" or "most influential" does not equal "best"

This is a list of the most important and influential leaders in the history of the world. Who are the most important world leaders? Anyone can vote on this definitive list of the men and women who shaped our civilization – for better or worse – making it a collaborative list of the greatest leaders in human history.

Visionaries, pragmatists, conquerors, and humanitarians all share this list. Rank them in terms of importance and add anyone you see missing. So, who are the most impacting world leaders in history?
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    Alexander The Great

    97
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    1732 More
    91
  3. 3
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    100 More
    90
  4. 4
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    most listed
    Napoleon Bonaparte

    1769 More
    90
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    1809 More
    89
  6. 6
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    1869 More
    84
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    1874 More
    83
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    82
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    742 More
    81
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    Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

    1881 More
    80
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    Martin Luther King Jr.

    77
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    1918 More
    77
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    1533 More
    75
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    Joan of Arc

    74
    added by: Polar Bear
    Turned the tide in the Hundred Years' War. Was burned by the British suppressors. French ... more
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    Adolf Hitler

    1889 More
    73
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    73
    added by: DaleGribble
    Lead to the unification of Germany in 1871, and first chancellor of the German Empire.
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    72
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    Frederick the Great

    72
    added by: Polar Bear
    Defeated the Saxons and Austrians in the Silesian Wars, won several great battles in the Seven ... more
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    1028 More
    71
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    Arminius

    67
    added by: Polar Bear
    Turned the tide in the endless wars for Germanic independence against the Roman suppressors ... more
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    Leif Ericson

    67
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    Brave Viking explorer, discovered Vinland (America) in circa 1000 AD.
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    1706 More
    66
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    Richard I. of England

    66
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    Great English king and Duke of Normandy in the 12th century, glorious crusader, scored much ... more
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    65
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    William I., German Emperor

    65
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    Founder of the Second German Empire. Together with his Minister President Bismarck he united ... more
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    Sultan Mehmed II

    64
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    Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

    64
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    Alfred the Great

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    63
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    Joseph Stalin

    1878 More
    61
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    atilla the hun

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    added by: kismarton0707
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    Hannibal

    61
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    495 More
    60
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    1672 More
    60
    added by: Polar Bear
    Important Russian Tsar from 1682 - 1721, enforced the Europeanisation of Russia. Maybe the ... more
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    Suleyman The Magnificent

    60
    added by: ozgursuer
    The Shadow of God and The Great Khan
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    1882 More
    60
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    Eric the Red

    60
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    Great viking explorer. Founded the first European settlement in Greenland.
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    1917 More
    59
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    UMAR IBN AL KHATTAB

    58
    added by: AkbarAliParyani
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    58
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    Augustus II the Strong

    1670 More
    58
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    Great and strong ruler of Saxony and King of Poland since 1697, patronizer of culture and ... more
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    Theoderic the Great

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    Great Ostrogothic king, defeated Italian king Odoacer. Temporary united Ostrogoths and ...
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    58
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    1819 More
    57
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    Otto I the Great, Holy Roman Emperor

    56
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    Great German King, stopped the Magyar invasion of Europe in 955. Founder of the Holy Roman ... more
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    Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden

    56
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great Swedish king, turned the tide in the 30 years war for the protestant side.
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.

    1914 More
    55
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    Philip II of Macedon

    55
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    55
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