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The Most Influential People of All Time

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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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    Isaac Newton

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    Muhammad

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    Aristotle

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    Albert Einstein

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    Galileo Galilei

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    Leonardo da Vinci

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    Charles Darwin

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    Alexander the Great

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    Socrates

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    Mahatma Gandhi

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    Confucius

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    Gautama Buddha

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    Abraham Lincoln

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    William Shakespeare

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    Julius Caesar

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    Karl Marx

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    Thomas Edison

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    Nicolaus Copernicus

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    Thomas Jefferson

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    Napoleon Bonaparte

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    Christopher Columbus

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    Adolf Hitler

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    Alexander Graham Bell

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    Martin Luther

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    Genghis Khan

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    Homer

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    Pythagoras

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    Henry Ford

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    Sigmund Freud

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    The Wright Brothers

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    Charlemagne

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    Michelangelo

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    René Descartes

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    Winston Churchill

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    Constantine the Great

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    Vladimir Lenin

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    Bill Gates

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    Joseph Stalin

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    Paul the Apostle

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