The Most Influential People of All Time People

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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    + 15,914
    - 12,340


    Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist

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  3. 3
    + 15,711
    - 11,973


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  4. 4
    + 13,863
    - 9,996


    Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist

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  5. 5
    + 11,401
    - 9,698


    Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

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  6. 6
    + 25,423
    - 19,625


    Merchant, Prophet

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  7. 7
    + 10,345
    - 8,054


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  8. 8
    + 10,204
    - 8,929


    Politician, Writer, Philosopher

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  9. 9
    + 9,634
    - 9,450


    Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist

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  10. 10
    + 8,099
    - 7,745


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  11. 11
    + 8,732
    - 7,939


    Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

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  12. 12
    + 7,386
    - 6,748


    Poet, Lyricist, Author

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  13. 13
    + 8,162
    - 6,883


    Philosopher

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  14. 14
    + 8,779
    - 7,082


    Prophet

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  15. 15
    + 7,986
    - 6,939


    Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

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  16. 16
    + 8,281
    - 6,996


    Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

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  17. 17
    + 7,661
    - 6,679


    Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

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  18. 18
    + 6,600
    - 6,326


    Politician, Author

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    + 6,181
    - 6,541


    Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

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    + 3,911
    - 3,187


    Pianist, Musician, Composer

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  21. 21
    + 7,283
    - 7,705


    Philosopher

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    + 5,399
    - 4,505

    ranked low on reranks
    Statesman, Politician, Peace activist

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    + 5,845
    - 7,246

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

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  24. 24
    + 5,642
    - 5,664


    Politician, Military Officer

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  25. 25
    + 4,248
    - 4,354


    Priest, Theologian, Professor

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    + 7,074
    - 6,091

    ranked low on reranks
    Warrior

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  27. 27
    + 2,889
    - 2,228

    ranked low on reranks
    Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

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  28. 28
    + 5,378
    - 5,640

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

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    + 4,127
    - 4,626


    Engraver, Inventor, Printer

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  30. 30
    + 23,440
    - 38,283

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

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  31. 31
    + 2,394
    - 1,980

    ranked low on reranks
    Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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    + 3,553
    - 2,738

    ranked low on reranks
    Sculptor, Painter, Poet

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    + 3,227
    - 3,273


    Poet, Author, Writer

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  34. 34
    + 4,001
    - 3,479


    Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

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    + 4,784
    - 4,369


    Missionary, Prophet, Tentmaker

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    + 4,376
    - 3,929


    Statesman, Librarian, Politician

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  37. 37
    + 4,187
    - 3,832


    Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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  38. 38
    + 4,515
    - 5,268


    Philosopher

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    + 4,251
    - 4,298


    Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson

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  40. 40
    + 4,052
    - 4,228


    Statesman, Inventor, Author

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    + 3,304
    - 4,326

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

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  42. 42
    + 2,540
    - 3,566

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

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  43. 43
    + 3,633
    - 3,782


    Statesman, Painter, Politician

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  44. 44
    + 3,899
    - 3,664

    ranked low on reranks

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  45. 45
    + 3,259
    - 4,610

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

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  46. 46
    + 3,263
    - 3,873


    Mathematician, Diplomat, Physician

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    + 1,352
    - 1,442

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    Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

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  48. 48
    + 3,211
    - 3,341


    Businessperson, Physicist, Entrepreneur

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    + 1,364
    - 1,525

    added by LukasOtapka
    Priest, Writer

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    + 1,621
    - 1,952


    Film Score Composer, Comedian, Film Producer

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