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The Most Important Leaders in World History

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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?

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

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  1. 1
    Up 1895
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    most listed
    Alexander The Great

    97
  2. 2
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    Down 1177

    Jesus Christ

    95
  3. 3
    Up 1404
    Down 981
    100 More
    92
  4. 4
    Up 1472
    Down 931
    1732 More
    90
  5. 5
    Up 1306
    Down 1134

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Napoleon Bonaparte

    1769 More
    90
  6. 6
    Up 1835
    Down 1139
    1809 More
    89
  7. 7
    Up 1761
    Down 1206
    1869 More
    84
  8. 8
    Up 928
    Down 731
    82
  9. 9
    Up 3858
    Down 1444

    ranked low on reranks
    Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

    1881 More
    81
  10. 10
    Up 830
    Down 695
    742 More
    81
  11. 11
    Up 1438
    Down 1029
    1874 More
    80
  12. 12
    Up 1385
    Down 907

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    77
  13. 13
    Up 1343
    Down 935
    1918 More
    76
  14. 14
    Up 769
    Down 728

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Elizabeth I of England

    1533 More
    74
  15. 15
    Up 280
    Down 67

    Frederick the Great

    74
    added by: Polar Bear
    Defeated the Saxons and Austrians in the Silesian Wars, won several great battles in the Seven ... more
  16. 16
    Up 309
    Down 67

    ranked low on reranks
    Joan of Arc

    73
    added by: Polar Bear
    Turned the tide in the Hundred Years' War. Was burned by the British suppressors. French ... more
  17. 17
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    1028 More
    72
  18. 18
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    Down 237
    1815 More
    72
    added by: DaleGribble
    Lead to the unification of Germany in 1871, and first chancellor of the German Empire.
  19. 19
    Up 258
    Down 71

    Arminius

    71
    added by: Polar Bear
    Turned the tide in the endless wars for Germanic independence against the Roman suppressors ... more
  20. 20
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    Down 1363

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Adolf Hitler

    1889 More
    71
  21. 21
    Up 276
    Down 59

    Leif Ericson

    71
    added by: Polar Bear
    Brave Viking explorer, discovered Vinland (America) in circa 1000 AD.
  22. 22
    Up 260
    Down 48

    ranked low on reranks
    Richard I. of England

    71
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great English king and Duke of Normandy in the 12th century, glorious crusader, scored much ... more
  23. 23
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    Down 754

    often listed
    Salah al-Din

    69
  24. 24
    Up 252
    Down 55

    William I., German Emperor

    69
    added by: Polar Bear
    Founder of the Second German Empire. Together with his Minister President Bismarck he united ... more
  25. 25
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    1743 More
    68
  26. 26
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    Down 710

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

    67
  27. 27
    Up 628
    Down 759

    often listed
    Vladimir Lenin

    67
  28. 28
    Up 627
    Down 664

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Constantine the Great

    272 More
    67
  29. 29
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    Down 276

    ranked low on reranks
    Alfred the Great

    849 More
    66
  30. 30
    Up 375
    Down 153

    Moses

    66
  31. 31
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    Down 690

    Sultan Mehmed II

    66
  32. 32
    Up 225
    Down 38

    Eric the Red

    64
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great viking explorer. Founded the first European settlement in Greenland.
  33. 33
    Up 176
    Down 41

    Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden

    64
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great Swedish king, turned the tide in the 30 years war for the protestant side.
  34. 34
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    Down 312
    1706 More
    63
  35. 35
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    Down 421

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Pericles

    495 More
    63
  36. 36
    Up 190
    Down 35

    T. E. Lawrence of Arabia

    63
    added by: Polar Bear
    British Army officer, led the Arabian revolt against the Ottoman suppressors.
  37. 37
    Up 188
    Down 34

    Philip II of Macedon

    63
    added by: Polar Bear
  38. 38
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    Down 281

    Hannibal

    62
  39. 39
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    Down 57

    ranked low on reranks
    Augustus II the Strong

    1670 More
    61
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great and strong ruler of Saxony and King of Poland since 1697, patronizer of culture and ... more
  40. 40
    Up 173
    Down 41

    Dmitry Donskoy

    61
    added by: Polar Bear
    Defeated the Tatars at the Battle of Kulikovo in 1380. First step of the liberation of the ... more
  41. 41
    Up 118
    Down 16

    Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor

    60
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great Habsburg king and emperor, established the Habsburg dynasty in Spain.
  42. 42
    Up 588
    Down 450

    Suleyman The Magnificent

    60
    added by: ozgursuer
    The Shadow of God and The Great Khan
  43. 43
    Up 268
    Down 347

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Joseph Stalin

    1878 More
    60
  44. 44
    Up 453
    Down 466

    often listed
    Hammurabi

    1792 More
    60
  45. 45
    Up 1254
    Down 637

    ranked low on reranks
    Selim I

    60
  46. 46
    Up 594
    Down 394

    atilla the hun

    59
    added by: kismarton0707
  47. 47
    Up 121
    Down 22

    Otto I the Great, Holy Roman Emperor

    59
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great German King, stopped the Magyar invasion of Europe in 955. Founder of the Holy Roman ... more
  48. 48
    Up 221
    Down 50

    ranked low on reranks
    Peter the Great

    1672 More
    59
    added by: Polar Bear
    Important Russian Tsar from 1682 - 1721, enforced the Europeanisation of Russia. Maybe the ... more
  49. 49
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    Down 484

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    1882 More
    58
  50. 50
    Up 171
    Down 45

    Theoderic the Great

    58
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great Ostrogothic king, defeated Italian king Odoacer. Temporary united Ostrogoths and ...
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