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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    Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist

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    + 15557
    - 11898


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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    + 13744
    - 9924


    Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist

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  5. 5
    + 11298
    - 9631


    Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

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  6. 6
    + 25157
    - 19514


    Merchant, Prophet

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    + 10275
    - 8003


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  8. 8
    + 10110
    - 8862


    Politician, Writer, Philosopher

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  9. 9
    + 9549
    - 9397


    Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist

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  10. 10
    + 8668
    - 7900


    Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

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  11. 11
    + 8018
    - 7701


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    + 7315
    - 6701


    Poet, Lyricist, Author

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  13. 13
    + 8097
    - 6847


    Philosopher

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    + 8703
    - 7027


    Prophet

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  15. 15
    + 7896
    - 6890


    Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

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    + 8211
    - 6962


    Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

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  17. 17
    + 7583
    - 6645


    Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

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    + 6540
    - 6302


    Politician, Author

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    + 6127
    - 6513


    Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

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    + 3868
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    Pianist, Musician, Composer

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    + 7217
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Philosopher

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    + 5336
    - 4472

    ranked low on reranks
    Statesman, Politician, Peace activist

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    + 5595
    - 5636

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Politician, Military Officer

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    + 7028
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    Warrior

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    + 5800
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Sociologist, Politician, Historian

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    + 4214
    - 4333


    Priest, Theologian, Professor

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    + 2860
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    ranked low on reranks
    Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

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    + 5347
    - 5622

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

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    + 4100
    - 4606


    Engraver, Inventor, Printer

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    + 23380
    - 38235

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    Politician, Soldier, Writer

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    + 2368
    - 1958

    ranked low on reranks
    Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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    + 3522
    - 2722

    ranked low on reranks
    Sculptor, Painter, Poet

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    + 3204
    - 3259


    Poet, Author, Writer

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    + 3973
    - 3464


    Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

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    + 4750
    - 4346


    Missionary, Prophet, Tentmaker

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    + 4345
    - 3916


    Statesman, Librarian, Politician

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    + 4158
    - 3816


    Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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    + 4488
    - 5255


    Philosopher

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    + 4209
    - 4274


    Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson

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    + 4025
    - 4214


    Statesman, Inventor, Author

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    + 3286
    - 4308

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

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    + 2511
    - 3545

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

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    + 3605
    - 3769


    Statesman, Painter, Politician

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    + 3864
    - 3650

    ranked low on reranks

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  45. 45
    + 3243
    - 3864


    Mathematician, Diplomat, Physician

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    + 3239
    - 4589

    often listed
    Politician, Economist, Revolutionary

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    + 3192
    - 3330


    Businessperson, Physicist, Entrepreneur

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    + 1331
    - 1432

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    Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

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    + 1352
    - 1495

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    Priest, Writer

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    + 1601
    - 1936


    Film Score Composer, Comedian, Film Producer

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