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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.

The Most Influential People of All Time People
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    the people's #1 & most listed
    Carpenter, Prophet, Preacher

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    + 14461
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    Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist

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    + 14068
    - 10884


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  4. 4
    + 12444
    - 9149


    Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist

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  5. 5
    + 10173
    - 8701


    Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

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  6. 6
    + 23166
    - 17970


    Merchant, Prophet

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    + 9291
    - 7203


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  8. 8
    + 8560
    - 8451


    Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist

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  9. 9
    + 7178
    - 6855


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    + 6397
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    Poet, Lyricist, Author

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  11. 11
    + 7809
    - 7147


    Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

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  12. 12
    + 9008
    - 7915


    Politician, Writer, Philosopher

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  13. 13
    + 7239
    - 6127


    Philosopher

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    + 6822
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    Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

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    + 7780
    - 6139


    Prophet

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    + 7328
    - 6206


    Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

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  17. 17
    + 6677
    - 6109


    Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

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    + 5846
    - 5650


    Politician, Author

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    + 4480
    - 3626


    Statesman, Politician, Peace activist

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    + 5476
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    Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

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    + 6533
    - 6952


    Philosopher

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    + 3251
    - 2659

    ranked low on reranks
    Pianist, Musician, Composer

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    + 5119
    - 6272

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Sociologist, Politician, Historian

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    + 4964
    - 4937


    Politician, Military Officer

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    + 6324
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    ranked low on reranks
    Warrior

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    + 3588
    - 4025


    Engraver, Inventor, Printer

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    + 3570
    - 3674


    Priest, Theologian, Professor

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    + 4900
    - 5045


    Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer

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    + 2395
    - 1887

    ranked low on reranks
    Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

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    + 21576
    - 36398

    alert!
    Politician, Soldier, Writer

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    + 2876
    - 2827


    Poet, Author, Writer

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    + 3152
    - 2514

    ranked low on reranks
    Sculptor, Painter, Poet

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  33. 33
    + 1965
    - 1737


    Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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    + 4372
    - 3891


    Missionary, Prophet, Tentmaker

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    + 3638
    - 3099


    Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

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    + 3960
    - 3540


    Statesman, Librarian, Politician

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  37. 37
    + 3817
    - 3433


    Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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    + 4184
    - 4884

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Philosopher

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    + 3798
    - 3834


    Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson

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    + 1070
    - 949

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    Priest, Writer

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    + 461
    - 342


    Novelist, Writer, Lawyer

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    + 2212
    - 3112

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Politician, Military Officer, Author

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  43. 43
    + 3716
    - 3865


    Statesman, Inventor, Author

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  44. 44
    + 3039
    - 3909

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Navigator, Sailor, Explorer

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  45. 45
    + 1372
    - 1521


    Film Score Composer, Comedian, Film Producer

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  46. 46
    + 3301
    - 3368

    ranked low on reranks
    Statesman, Painter, Politician

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  47. 47
    + 3018
    - 4172

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Politician, Economist, Revolutionary

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  48. 48
    + 3560
    - 3308

    ranked low on reranks

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    + 3011
    - 3532


    Mathematician, Diplomat, Physician

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    + 2974
    - 3031


    Businessperson, Physicist, Entrepreneur

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