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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    + 15283
    - 11794


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  4. 4
    + 13549
    - 9856


    Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist

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  5. 5
    + 11087
    - 9519


    Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

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  6. 6
    + 24807
    - 19319


    Merchant, Prophet

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    + 10100
    - 7923


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  8. 8
    + 9366
    - 9299


    Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist

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  9. 9
    + 7858
    - 7608


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    + 9895
    - 8762


    Politician, Writer, Philosopher

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  11. 11
    + 8515
    - 7824


    Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

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  12. 12
    + 7151
    - 6605


    Poet, Lyricist, Author

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    + 7942
    - 6773


    Philosopher

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    + 8537
    - 6925


    Prophet

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    + 7694
    - 6791


    Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

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    + 8039
    - 6875


    Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

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  17. 17
    + 7457
    - 6619


    Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

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  18. 18
    + 6391
    - 6224


    Politician, Author

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    + 5988
    - 6427


    Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

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    + 7065
    - 7582


    Philosopher

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    + 3799
    - 3117

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    Pianist, Musician, Composer

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    + 5462
    - 5551

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Politician, Military Officer

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    + 5171
    - 4386

    ranked low on reranks
    Statesman, Politician, Peace activist

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    + 4100
    - 4251

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Priest, Theologian, Professor

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    + 5690
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    often listed
    Sociologist, Politician, Historian

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    + 6897
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    ranked low on reranks
    Warrior

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    + 23239
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    alert!
    Politician, Soldier, Writer

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    + 2802
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    ranked low on reranks
    Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

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    + 4014
    - 4533

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Engraver, Inventor, Printer

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    + 5236
    - 5547


    Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer

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    + 2306
    - 1940

    ranked low on reranks
    Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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    + 3470
    - 2703

    ranked low on reranks
    Sculptor, Painter, Poet

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    + 3124
    - 3191


    Poet, Author, Writer

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    + 4635
    - 4267


    Missionary, Prophet, Tentmaker

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    + 3887
    - 3397


    Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

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    + 4234
    - 3848


    Statesman, Librarian, Politician

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    + 4413
    - 5180


    Philosopher

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    + 4052
    - 3744


    Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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    + 4095
    - 4192


    Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson

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    + 3930
    - 4148


    Statesman, Inventor, Author

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    + 3222
    - 4232

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

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    + 2425
    - 3467

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

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    + 3784
    - 3591

    ranked low on reranks

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    + 3179
    - 3803


    Mathematician, Diplomat, Physician

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    + 3517
    - 3703

    ranked low on reranks
    Statesman, Painter, Politician

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  46. 46
    + 3180
    - 4515

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

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    + 3129
    - 3269


    Businessperson, Physicist, Entrepreneur

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    + 1270
    - 1406

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    Priest, Writer

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    + 1253
    - 1375

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    Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

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    + 1531
    - 1870


    Film Score Composer, Comedian, Film Producer

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