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The Most Influential People of All Time

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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 & most listed
    Carpenter, Prophet, Preacher

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  2. 2
    + 16,246
    - 12,444


    Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist

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  3. 3
    + 15,915
    - 12,188


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  4. 4
    + 14,183
    - 10,066


    Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist

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  5. 5
    + 11,652
    - 9,757


    Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

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  6. 6
    + 10,498
    - 8,105


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  7. 7
    + 25,662
    - 19,777


    Merchant, Prophet

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  8. 8
    + 8,356
    - 7,807


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  9. 9
    + 9,762
    - 9,503


    Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist

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  10. 10
    + 10,339
    - 9,020


    Politician, Writer, Philosopher

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  11. 11
    + 8,841
    - 7,971


    Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

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  12. 12
    + 7,501
    - 6,803


    Poet, Lyricist, Author

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  13. 13
    + 8,259
    - 6,919


    Philosopher

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  14. 14
    + 8,115
    - 7,009


    Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

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  15. 15
    + 8,875
    - 7,157


    Prophet

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  16. 16
    + 8,373
    - 7,046


    Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

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  17. 17
    + 7,768
    - 6,719


    Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

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  18. 18
    + 6,272
    - 6,582


    Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

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  19. 19
    + 6,681
    - 6,368


    Politician, Author

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  20. 20
    + 7,352
    - 7,752


    Philosopher

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  21. 21
    + 5,925
    - 7,326

    often listed
    Sociologist, Politician, Historian

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  22. 22
    + 4,082
    - 3,227

    ranked low on reranks
    Pianist, Musician, Composer

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  23. 23
    + 4,361
    - 4,394


    Priest, Theologian, Professor

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  24. 24
    + 23,533
    - 38,365

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Politician, Soldier, Writer

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  25. 25
    + 5,705
    - 5,700


    Politician, Military Officer

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  26. 26
    + 4,316
    - 4,652

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Engraver, Inventor, Printer

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  27. 27
    + 5,477
    - 4,581

    ranked low on reranks
    Statesman, Politician, Peace activist

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  28. 28
    + 5,443
    - 5,671

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer

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  29. 29
    + 3,015
    - 2,260

    ranked low on reranks
    Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

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  30. 30
    + 7,144
    - 6,127


    Warrior

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  31. 31
    + 2,458
    - 2,005


    Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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  32. 32
    + 3,279
    - 3,298

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Poet, Author, Writer

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  33. 33
    + 3,621
    - 2,762


    Sculptor, Painter, Poet

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  34. 34
    + 4,438
    - 3,949


    Statesman, Librarian, Politician

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  35. 35
    + 4,837
    - 4,404


    Missionary, Prophet, Tentmaker

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  36. 36
    + 4,050
    - 3,495


    Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

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  37. 37
    + 4,563
    - 5,293


    Philosopher

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  38. 38
    + 4,242
    - 3,857


    Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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  39. 39
    + 4,317
    - 4,331


    Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson

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  40. 40
    + 2,585
    - 3,606

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Politician, Military Officer, Author

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  41. 41
    + 4,096
    - 4,255


    Statesman, Inventor, Author

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  42. 42
    + 3,351
    - 4,352

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Navigator, Sailor, Explorer

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  43. 43
    + 188
    - 21

    ranked low on reranks & added by Polar Bear
    Engineer

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  44. 44
    + 3,290
    - 4,648

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Politician, Economist, Revolutionary

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  45. 45
    + 3,685
    - 3,813


    Statesman, Painter, Politician

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  46. 46
    + 3,945
    - 3,685

    ranked low on reranks

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  47. 47
    + 3,301
    - 3,888

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mathematician, Diplomat, Physician

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  48. 48
    + 155
    - 22

    ranked low on reranks & added by Polar Bear
    Philosopher

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    + 1,390
    - 1,452

    added by acalabr
    Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

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  50. 50
    + 162
    - 24

    ranked low on reranks & added by Dimos Dicoudis

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