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The Most Influential People of All Time

List Criteria: Vote on humans who have had the most influence on the history of the world--good or bad. They can be from any period of time.

This is a list of the most influential people of all of human history. This means that the individuals on this list have had a significant effect on how regular people live their lives today and have had a large impact on how modern society works. The names on this list include religious figures, scientists and inventors, and some of the most important leaders in world history. Vote for your top choices and re-rank this list your way.

What makes an individual worthy of a spot on a list of the most influential people ever? Certainly, some of the greatest minds of all time deserve to be ranked highly. Examples include Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and certainly Albert Einstein. Each one of these incredible people used the power of their minds to change the world. Not surprisingly, several names on this list are also among the most famous role models we'd like to meet in person.

And modern-era figures also deserve to be listed here. Can anyone argue that Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg aren't among the most influential contemporary Americans? It's time to add your opinions on who you believe are the most influential people who ever lived, with your votes and your rankings.
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    the people's #1 7-2 BC

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    1643

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    c. 570

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    1879

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    alert! 1889

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    1452

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    384 BC

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    1809

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    1564

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    428-423 BC

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    356 BC

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    c. 470 BC

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    1869

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    563-483 BC

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    1809

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    1564

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    100 BC

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    1847

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    1732

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    1818

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    ranked low on reranks 1756

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    ranked low on reranks c. 5

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    1769

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    1856

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    1743

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 551 BC

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    1706

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    1929

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    1770

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    c. 570 BC

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1483

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    1863

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    c. 1162

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    1847

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    1871

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    1867

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    1874

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    1473

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    c. 8th century BC

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1870

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    ranked low on reranks & added by jhggins 1935

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    often listed 1856

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    added by EnriqueSanchez 1685

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    1953

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks 1451

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    1918

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    63 BC

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