history 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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Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Charles Darwin Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist

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Plato is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Plato Mathematician, Physicist, Writer

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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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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
William Shakespeare Poet, Lyricist, Author

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Socrates is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Socrates Philosopher

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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Mahatma Gandhi Politician, Writer, Philosopher

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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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Adolf Hitler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Adolf Hitler Politician, Soldier, Writer

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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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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
George Washington Surveyor, Politician, Soldier

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Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Karl Marx Sociologist, Politician, Historian

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+ - 9,378 9,029
Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Julius Caesar Politician, Author

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+ - 10,724 9,101
Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Napoleon Bonaparte Politician, Military Officer

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Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Martin Luther Priest, Theologian, Professor

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Thomas Edison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Thomas Edison Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer

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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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Genghis Khan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Genghis Khan Warrior

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Pianist, Musician, Composer

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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Marie Curie Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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Homer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Homer Poet, Author, Writer

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Ludwig van Beethoven Songwriter, Pianist, Musician

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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Bill Gates Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson

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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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Henry Ford is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Henry Ford Business magnate, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

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Paul the Apostle is listed (or ranked) 36 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) 37 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) 38 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Thomas Jefferson Statesman, Inventor, Author

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Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Michelangelo Sculptor, Painter, Poet

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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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Christopher Columbus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Christopher Columbus Navigator, Sailor, Explorer

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
John F. Kennedy Politician, Soldier, Screenwriter

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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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+ - 4,841 5,202
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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+ - 4,978 4,685
Wright brothers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time

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Nicolaus Copernicus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Nicolaus Copernicus Mathematician, Diplomat, Physician

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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Influential People of All Time
Johann Sebastian Bach Musician, Harpsichordist, Composer

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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