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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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    - 19,450

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Carpenter, Prophet, Preacher

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  2. 2
    + 16,913
    - 12,824


    Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist

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  3. 3
    + 16,666
    - 12,490


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  4. 4
    + 14,812
    - 10,371


    Military Engineer, Musician, Scientist

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  5. 5
    + 12,146
    - 10,060


    Tutor, Polymath, Scientist

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  6. 6
    + 10,902
    - 8,419


    Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist

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  7. 7
    + 26,645
    - 20,324


    Merchant, Prophet

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  8. 8
    + 10,871
    - 9,354


    Politician, Writer, Philosopher

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  9. 9
    + 7,958
    - 7,052


    Poet, Lyricist, Author

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  10. 10
    + 8,648
    - 7,163


    Philosopher

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  11. 11
    + 8,763
    - 8,089


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  12. 12
    + 9,222
    - 8,223


    Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

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  13. 13
    + 10,212
    - 9,818


    Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist

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  14. 14
    + 8,701
    - 7,234


    Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

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  15. 15
    + 8,834
    - 7,250


    Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

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  16. 16
    + 9,296
    - 7,398


    Prophet

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  17. 17
    + 6,634
    - 6,731

    often listed
    Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

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  18. 18
    + 8,222
    - 6,891


    Futurist, Physicist, Inventor

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  19. 19
    + 7,001
    - 6,504


    Politician, Author

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  20. 20
    + 4,355
    - 3,417

    ranked low on reranks
    Pianist, Musician, Composer

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  21. 21
    + 7,731
    - 7,902


    Philosopher

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  22. 22
    + 4,748
    - 4,585


    Priest, Theologian, Professor

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  23. 23
    + 6,215
    - 7,648

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

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  24. 24
    + 5,996
    - 5,861


    Politician, Military Officer

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  25. 25
    + 3,263
    - 2,373

    ranked low on reranks
    Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

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  26. 26
    + 5,787
    - 4,750

    ranked low on reranks
    Statesman, Politician, Peace activist

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  27. 27
    + 7,432
    - 6,274


    Warrior

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  28. 28
    + 4,586
    - 4,753

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

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  29. 29
    + 23,967
    - 38,730

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

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  30. 30
    + 5,667
    - 5,817

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

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  31. 31
    + 2,652
    - 2,107

    ranked low on reranks
    Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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  32. 32
    + 3,815
    - 2,840

    ranked low on reranks
    Sculptor, Painter, Poet

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  33. 33
    + 3,443
    - 3,390


    Poet, Author, Writer

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  34. 34
    + 4,210
    - 3,565


    Mathematician, Philosopher, Astronomer

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  35. 35
    + 5,077
    - 4,504


    Missionary, Prophet, Tentmaker

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  36. 36
    + 4,628
    - 4,033


    Statesman, Librarian, Politician

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  37. 37
    + 4,409
    - 3,953


    Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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  38. 38
    + 4,562
    - 4,476


    Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson

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  39. 39
    + 4,766
    - 5,367


    Philosopher

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  40. 40
    + 4,280
    - 4,327


    Statesman, Inventor, Author

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  41. 41
    + 3,498
    - 4,458

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

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  42. 42
    + 3,908
    - 3,896


    Statesman, Painter, Politician

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  43. 43
    + 2,755
    - 3,758

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

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  44. 44
    + 4,112
    - 3,755


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  45. 45
    + 1,521
    - 1,502

    ranked low on reranks & added by acalabr
    Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor

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  46. 46
    + 2,363
    - 3,127

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Politician

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  47. 47
    + 3,432
    - 4,781

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

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  48. 48
    + 3,369
    - 3,413


    Businessperson, Physicist, Entrepreneur

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  49. 49
    + 1,179
    - 1,256


    Physician

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  50. 50
    + 3,411
    - 3,942


    Mathematician, Diplomat, Physician

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