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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
    + 16,517
    - 12,588


    Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist

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  3. 3
    + 16,194
    - 12,318


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  4. 4
    + 14,414
    - 10,196


    Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist

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  5. 5
    + 11,854
    - 9,877


    Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

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  6. 6
    + 26,052
    - 20,007


    Merchant, Prophet

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  7. 7
    + 10,656
    - 8,236


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  8. 8
    + 8,511
    - 7,902


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  9. 9
    + 9,939
    - 9,634


    Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist

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  10. 10
    + 9,010
    - 8,059


    Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

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  11. 11
    + 8,424
    - 6,996


    Philosopher

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  12. 12
    + 7,687
    - 6,884


    Poet, Lyricist, Author

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  13. 13
    + 10,552
    - 9,129


    Politician, Writer, Philosopher

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  14. 14
    + 8,336
    - 7,103


    Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

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  15. 15
    + 9,042
    - 7,257


    Prophet

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  16. 16
    + 8,524
    - 7,121


    Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

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  17. 17
    + 7,924
    - 6,791


    Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

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  18. 18
    + 6,407
    - 6,631


    Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

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  19. 19
    + 6,793
    - 6,432


    Politician, Author

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  20. 20
    + 7,484
    - 7,809


    Philosopher

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  21. 21
    + 6,052
    - 7,471

    often listed
    Sociologist, Politician, Historian

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  22. 22
    + 4,202
    - 3,306

    ranked low on reranks
    Pianist, Musician, Composer

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  23. 23
    + 4,531
    - 4,475


    Priest, Theologian, Professor

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  24. 24
    + 5,830
    - 5,772


    Politician, Military Officer

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  25. 25
    + 4,433
    - 4,708


    Engraver, Inventor, Printer

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  26. 26
    + 23,710
    - 38,541

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

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  27. 27
    + 7,261
    - 6,185


    Warrior

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  28. 28
    + 5,593
    - 4,646

    ranked low on reranks
    Statesman, Politician, Peace activist

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  29. 29
    + 5,538
    - 5,736

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

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  30. 30
    + 3,120
    - 2,293

    ranked low on reranks
    Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

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  31. 31
    + 3,360
    - 3,333

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

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  32. 32
    + 2,534
    - 2,047


    Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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  33. 33
    + 3,706
    - 2,795

    ranked low on reranks
    Sculptor, Painter, Poet

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  34. 34
    + 4,935
    - 4,440


    Missionary, Prophet, Tentmaker

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  35. 35
    + 4,505
    - 3,990


    Statesman, Librarian, Politician

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  36. 36
    + 4,109
    - 3,519


    Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

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  37. 37
    + 4,640
    - 5,320


    Philosopher

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  38. 38
    + 4,296
    - 3,894


    Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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  39. 39
    + 4,394
    - 4,391


    Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson

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  40. 40
    + 4,163
    - 4,283


    Statesman, Inventor, Author

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  41. 41
    + 3,401
    - 4,389

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

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  42. 42
    + 2,653
    - 3,668

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

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  43. 43
    + 3,344
    - 4,705

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

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  44. 44
    + 3,772
    - 3,845

    ranked low on reranks
    Statesman, Painter, Politician

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  45. 45
    + 4,005
    - 3,714

    ranked low on reranks

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  46. 46
    + 1,442
    - 1,473

    added by acalabr
    Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

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  47. 47
    + 3,349
    - 3,906


    Mathematician, Diplomat, Physician

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  48. 48
    + 1,700
    - 2,025


    Film Score Composer, Comedian, Film Producer

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  49. 49
    + 1,800
    - 2,343

    often listed & added by EnriqueSanchez
    Musician, Harpsichordist, Composer

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  50. 50
    + 190
    - 50

    ranked low on reranks & added by Dimos Dicoudis

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