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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
    Jesus Christ

    7-2 BC More
    100
  2. 2
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    most listed
    Muhammad

    c. 570 More
    97
  3. 3
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    1643 More
    94
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    1879 More
    93
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    384 BC More
    91
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    1452 More
    90
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    1564 More
    87
  8. 8
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    428-423 BC More
    86
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    1809 More
    84
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    356 BC More
    81
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Gautama Buddha

    563-483 BC More
    81
  12. 12
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    c. 470 BC More
    80
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    79
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    1869 More
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    551 BC More
    79
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    78
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    76
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    76
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    1564 More
    76
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    1889 More
    76
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    1847 More
    75
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    often listed
    Karl Marx

    1818 More
    74
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    ranked low on reranks
    Thomas Jefferson

    1743 More
    74
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    1769 More
    73
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    1929 More
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    70
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    c. 570 BC More
    69
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    c. 5 More
    69
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    c. 1162 More
    67
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Vladimir Lenin

    1870 More
    67
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    Henry Ford

    1863 More
    66
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Homer

    c. 8th century BC More
    66
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    Alexander Graham Bell

    1847 More
    66
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    1475 More
    66
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    1871 More
    66
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    742-748 More
    65
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    1878 More
    64
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    1596 More
    64
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    1856 More
    64
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    Constantine the Great

    272 More
    63
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    63 BC More
    63
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    Winston Churchill

    1874 More
    62
  48. 48
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    1955 More
    62
  49. 49
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    ranked low on reranks
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    1756 More
    62
  50. 50
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Immanuel Kant

    1724 More
    62
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