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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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    Died at 84 (1643-1727)

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    Died at 76 (1879-1955)

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    Died at 67 (1452-1519)

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    Died at 62 (383 BC-321 BC)

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    alert! Died at 56 (1889-1945)

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    Died at 79 (1869-1948)

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    Died at 33 (355 BC-322 BC)

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    Died at 56 (1809-1865)

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    Died at 52 (1564-1616)

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    Died at 56 (99 BC-43 BC)

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    Died at 84 (1847-1931)

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    often listed Died at 67 (1732-1799)

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    Died at 52 (1769-1821)

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    Died at 63 (1483-1546)

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    Died at 39 (1929-1968)

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    Died at 72 (550 BC-478 BC)

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Died at 54 (1870-1924)

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    added by EnriqueSanchez Died at 65 (1685-1750)

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