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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
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    - 12,515
    Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    Isaac Newton Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist

  3. 3
    + 16,053
    - 12,253
    Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    Albert Einstein Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

  4. 4
    + 14,298
    - 10,132


    Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist

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  5. 5
    + 11,760
    - 9,816
    Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    Aristotle Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

  6. 6
    + 25,856
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    Merchant, Prophet

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  7. 7
    + 10,581
    - 8,190
    Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    Galileo Galilei Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

  8. 8
    + 8,440
    - 7,853
    Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    Alexander the Great

  9. 9
    + 9,844
    - 9,574


    Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist

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  10. 10
    + 8,931
    - 8,013
    Plato is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    Plato Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

  11. 11
    + 7,595
    - 6,840
    William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    William Shakespeare Poet, Lyricist, Author

  12. 12
    + 10,436
    - 9,070


    Politician, Writer, Philosopher

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  13. 13
    + 8,343
    - 6,944


    Philosopher

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  14. 14
    + 8,226
    - 7,050


    Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

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  15. 15
    + 8,972
    - 7,205


    Prophet

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  16. 16
    + 8,458
    - 7,085
    Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    Abraham Lincoln Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

  17. 17
    + 7,855
    - 6,755
    Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    Nikola Tesla Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

  18. 18
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    Politician, Author

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  19. 19
    + 6,340
    - 6,612
    George Washington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    George Washington Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

  20. 20
    + 7,424
    - 7,789
    Gautama Buddha is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    Gautama Buddha Philosopher

  21. 21
    + 4,138
    - 3,257

    ranked low on reranks
    Pianist, Musician, Composer

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  22. 22
    + 5,980
    - 7,406

    often listed
    Sociologist, Politician, Historian

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  23. 23
    + 4,450
    - 4,423


    Priest, Theologian, Professor

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  24. 24
    + 5,759
    - 5,734


    Politician, Military Officer

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  25. 25
    + 4,374
    - 4,672


    Engraver, Inventor, Printer

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  26. 26
    + 23,630
    - 38,468

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

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  27. 27
    + 5,536
    - 4,615

    ranked low on reranks
    Statesman, Politician, Peace activist

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  28. 28
    + 7,191
    - 6,159
    Genghis Khan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    Genghis Khan Warrior

  29. 29
    + 5,481
    - 5,700
    Thomas Edison is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time

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    Thomas Edison Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer

  30. 30
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    - 2,278

    ranked low on reranks
    Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

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  31. 31
    + 3,319
    - 3,318
    Homer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time

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    Homer Poet, Author, Writer

  32. 32
    + 2,502
    - 2,029


    Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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  33. 33
    + 3,658
    - 2,782

    ranked low on reranks
    Sculptor, Painter, Poet

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  34. 34
    + 4,885
    - 4,420


    Missionary, Prophet, Tentmaker

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  35. 35
    + 4,474
    - 3,972


    Statesman, Librarian, Politician

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  36. 36
    + 4,083
    - 3,509


    Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

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  37. 37
    + 4,604
    - 5,306
    Confucius is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    Confucius Philosopher

  38. 38
    + 4,274
    - 3,878


    Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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  39. 39
    + 4,359
    - 4,364
    Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    Bill Gates Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson

  40. 40
    + 4,141
    - 4,268
    Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time


    Thomas Jefferson Statesman, Inventor, Author

  41. 41
    + 3,381
    - 4,371

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

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  42. 42
    + 2,624
    - 3,640
    John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    John F. Kennedy Politician, Soldier, Screenwriter

  43. 43
    + 3,316
    - 4,685

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

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    + 3,726
    - 3,833

    ranked low on reranks
    Statesman, Painter, Politician

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  45. 45
    + 3,980
    - 3,703

    ranked low on reranks

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Polar Bear
    Engineer

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  47. 47
    + 1,421
    - 1,465

    added by acalabr
    Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

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  48. 48
    + 3,332
    - 3,898


    Mathematician, Diplomat, Physician

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  49. 49
    + 1,787
    - 2,332

    added by EnriqueSanchez
    Musician, Harpsichordist, Composer

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  50. 50
    + 3,271
    - 3,369


    Businessperson, Physicist, Entrepreneur

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