historical figures The Most Influential People of All Time

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List Rules 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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Jesus Christ is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Jesus Christ Carpenter, Prophet Preacher

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Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Isaac Newton Mathematician, Physicist Chemist

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Albert Einstein Mathematician, Physicist Scientist

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Leonardo da Vinci Military Engineer, Musician Scientist

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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Aristotle Tutor, Polymath Scientist

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Muhammad is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Muhammad Merchant, Prophet

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Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Galileo Galilei Mathematician, Physicist Scientist

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Plato is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Plato Mathematician, Physicist Writer

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Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Charles Darwin Biologist, Scientist Naturalist

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Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time

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Socrates is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Socrates Philosopher

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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Mahatma Gandhi Politician, Writer Philosopher

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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
William Shakespeare Poet, Lyricist Author

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil rights activist, Writer Minister of religion

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Abraham Lincoln Statesman, Politician Lawyer

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Moses is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Moses Prophet

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
George Washington Surveyor, Politician Soldier

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Gautama Buddha is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Gautama Buddha Philosopher

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Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Karl Marx Sociologist, Politician Historian

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Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Julius Caesar Politician, Author

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Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Adolf Hitler Politician, Soldier Writer

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Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Martin Luther Priest, Theologian Professor

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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Nikola Tesla Futurist, Physicist Inventor

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Napoleon Bonaparte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Napoleon Bonaparte Politician, Military Officer

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Pianist, Musician Composer

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Johannes Gutenberg is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Johannes Gutenberg Engraver, Inventor Printer

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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Nelson Mandela Statesman, Politician Peace activist

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Thomas Edison is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Thomas Edison Businessperson, Entrepreneur Film Producer

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Genghis Khan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Genghis Khan Warrior

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Ludwig van Beethoven Songwriter, Pianist Musician

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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Marie Curie Physicist, Chemist Scientist

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Homer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Homer Poet, Author Writer

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Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Michelangelo Sculptor, Painter Poet

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Confucius is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Confucius Philosopher

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Paul the Apostle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Paul the Apostle Missionary, Prophet Tentmaker

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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Benjamin Franklin Statesman, Librarian Politician

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Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Thomas Jefferson Statesman, Inventor Author

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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Bill Gates Programmer, Software Architect Businessperson

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Henry Ford is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Henry Ford Business magnate, Businessperson Entrepreneur

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Pythagoras is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Pythagoras Mathematician, Philosopher Astronomer

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
John F. Kennedy Politician, Military Officer Author

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Christopher Columbus is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Christopher Columbus Navigator, Sailor Explorer

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Charlemagne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Charlemagne Politician

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Vladimir Lenin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Vladimir Lenin Politician, Economist Revolutionary

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Winston Churchill Statesman, Painter Politician

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Archimedes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Archimedes Mathematician, Physicist Inventor

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Wright brothers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time

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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Johann Sebastian Bach Musician, Harpsichordist Composer

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Hippocrates is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Hippocrates Physician

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Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Alexander Graham Bell Businessperson, Physicist Entrepreneur