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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
    + 17,231
    - 13,105


    Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist

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  3. 3
    + 17,070
    - 12,692


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  4. 4
    + 15,142
    - 10,574


    Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist

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  5. 5
    + 12,387
    - 10,295


    Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

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  6. 6
    + 11,131
    - 8,641


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  7. 7
    + 27,200
    - 20,655


    Merchant, Prophet

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  8. 8
    + 11,152
    - 9,581


    Politician, Writer, Philosopher

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  9. 9
    + 8,884
    - 7,315


    Philosopher

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  10. 10
    + 8,191
    - 7,241


    Poet, Lyricist, Author

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  11. 11
    + 8,955
    - 8,261


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  12. 12
    + 9,411
    - 8,348


    Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

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  13. 13
    + 10,445
    - 9,985

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist

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  14. 14
    + 9,012
    - 7,377


    Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

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  15. 15
    + 9,108
    - 7,358


    Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

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  16. 16
    + 9,527
    - 7,542


    Prophet

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  17. 17
    + 6,835
    - 6,843

    often listed
    Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

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  18. 18
    + 8,483
    - 6,969


    Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

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  19. 19
    + 7,167
    - 6,611


    Politician, Author

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  20. 20
    + 4,494
    - 3,533


    Pianist, Musician, Composer

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  21. 21
    + 7,938
    - 7,998


    Philosopher

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  22. 22
    + 4,931
    - 4,703


    Priest, Theologian, Professor

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  23. 23
    + 6,358
    - 7,809

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sociologist, Politician, Historian

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  24. 24
    + 6,144
    - 5,976


    Politician, Military Officer

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  25. 25
    + 3,374
    - 2,474

    ranked low on reranks
    Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

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  26. 26
    + 5,972
    - 4,860

    ranked low on reranks
    Statesman, Politician, Peace activist

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  27. 27
    + 7,600
    - 6,361


    Warrior

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  28. 28
    + 4,710
    - 4,824

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

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  29. 29
    + 2,767
    - 2,181


    Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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  30. 30
    + 5,787
    - 5,903

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

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  31. 31
    + 24,187
    - 38,909

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

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  32. 32
    + 3,923
    - 2,892

    ranked low on reranks
    Sculptor, Painter, Poet

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  33. 33
    + 3,512
    - 3,464


    Poet, Author, Writer

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  34. 34
    + 4,308
    - 3,620

    ranked low on reranks
    Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

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  35. 35
    + 5,202
    - 4,582


    Missionary, Prophet, Tentmaker

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  36. 36
    + 4,754
    - 4,073


    Statesman, Librarian, Politician

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  37. 37
    + 4,521
    - 4,012


    Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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  38. 38
    + 4,724
    - 4,540


    Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson

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  39. 39
    + 4,395
    - 4,381


    Statesman, Inventor, Author

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  40. 40
    + 4,876
    - 5,418


    Philosopher

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  41. 41
    + 4,016
    - 3,961


    Statesman, Painter, Politician

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  42. 42
    + 3,568
    - 4,557

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

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  43. 43
    + 1,613
    - 1,541

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    Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

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  44. 44
    + 4,238
    - 3,790

    ranked low on reranks

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  45. 45
    + 2,867
    - 3,841

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

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  46. 46
    + 3,449
    - 3,458

    ranked low on reranks
    Businessperson, Physicist, Entrepreneur

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  47. 47
    + 2,417
    - 3,187


    Politician

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  48. 48
    + 3,497
    - 4,851

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

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  49. 49
    + 1,230
    - 1,303

    ranked low on reranks
    Physician

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  50. 50
    + 3,476
    - 3,987


    Mathematician, Diplomat, Physician

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