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The Most Influential People of All 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
    Muhammad

    c. 570 More
    100
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    563-483 BC More
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    Nikola Tesla

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    Confucius

    551 BC More
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    Karl Marx

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    Pythagoras

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    Benjamin Franklin

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    Genghis Khan

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    Charlemagne

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    Michelangelo

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    Henry Ford

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    Vladimir Lenin

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    Sigmund Freud

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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    1955 More
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    c. 5 More
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    1724 More
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