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List Rules Which public figure would you be most eager to meet in real life? Vote them up.

These are the famous folks it would be most exciting to meet in person, as ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Some of the best people to ever live make great role models for people of all ages. Who doesn't love a good celebrity putting forth positive energy and only good in the world? Maybe you've dreamed of having tea with Mother Teresa, or just shaking the hand of Honest Abe. Maybe you just want to say "hey" to Taylor Swift. This list includes both modern day and historical role models, dead and alive - some of the most inspirational, creative, selfless, and intelligent people ever to have walked the earth. Throughout history, common people have sought to surround ourselves with popular folks who can inspire and influence others. Anyone can add their personal role models to this list, making it an accurate, real-time ranking of the most interesting and inspiring role models in the world. From idols to heroes, these are the people other people most aspire to meet. So, add your two cents and see how your personal heroes stack up against the crowd's.
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Jesus Christ is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
kkk666 added Jesus, also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth, is the central figure of Christianity, whom the teachings of most Christian denominations hold to be the Son of God. Christianity regards Jesus as ...more

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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 67 (1452-1519) Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He is ...more

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3,376 1,887
Plato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
AmandaForbes added Plato was a philosopher, as well as mathematician, in Classical Greece. He is considered an essential figure in the development of philosophy, especially the Western tradition, and he founded ...more

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3,152 1,616
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. Mozart showed prodigious ability from his ...more

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3,691 1,951
William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 52 (1564-1616) William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's ...more

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5,687 3,172
Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 76 (1879-1955) Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the ...more

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 56 (1809-1865) Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his life was taken in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States and its greatest moral, constitutional ...more

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Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 33 (355 BC-322 BC) Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a King of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty. Born in Pella in 356 BC, Alexander ...more

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Socrates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
AmandaForbes added Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers, especially ...more

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963) John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from ...more

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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 62 (383 BC-321 BC) Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the Macedonian city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece. At eighteen, he joined Plato's Academy in ...more

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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 79 (1869-1948) Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and ...more

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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 67 (1867-1934) Marie Skłodowska-Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first ...more

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Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 40 (1809-1849) Edgar Allan Poe was an American author, poet, editor, and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement. Best known for his tales of mystery and the macabre, Poe was one of ...more

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Homer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Homerus, best known as his anglicised name Homer, is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey. He was believed by the ancient Greeks to have been the first and greatest of the epic poets. Author ...more

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Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Polar Bear added Dec. at 84 (1643-1727) Sir Isaac Newton PRS MP was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific ...more

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 67 (1732-1799) George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the ...more

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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Polar Bear added Dec. at 81 (1892-1973) John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, CBE FRSL was an English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor who is best known as the author of the classic high-fantasy works The Hobbit, The Lord of ...more

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Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 83 (1743-1826) Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third President of the United States. He was a spokesman for democracy, and ...more

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2,351 1,152
Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 84 (1706-1790) Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, ...more

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Francis of Assisi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Saint Francis of Assisi was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and ...more

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Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Died at 16 (1929-1945) Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank was a diarist and writer. She is one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Her diary The Diary of a Young Girl has been the basis for ...more

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 39 (1929-1968) Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for ...more

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014) Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy ...more

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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 87 (1856-1943) Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current ...more

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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 59 (1952-2011) Randy Mario Poffo, better known by his ring name "Macho Man" Randy Savage, was an American professional wrestler and color commentator best known for his time in the World Wrestling ...more

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Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Polar Bear added Dec. at 63 (1483-1546) Martin Luther was a German friar, priest and professor of theology who was a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. Initially an Augustinian friar, Luther came to reject several teachings ...more

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Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
prostoemail97 added Dec. at 58 (1812-1870) Charles John Huffam Dickens was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. ...more

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Buddha is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 87 (1910-1997) Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, MC, commonly known as Mother Teresa, was a Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary who lived most of her life in India. She was born in today's Macedonia, with ...more

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Polar Bear added Dec. at 83 (1749-1832) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an ...more

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Elsa Brändström is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Merker94 added Dec. at 60 (1888-1948) Elsa Brändström was a Swedish nurse and philanthropist. She was known around the world as the "Angel of Siberia".

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Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 89 (1475-1564) Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled ...more

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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 46 (1854-1900) Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish author, playwright and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the ...more

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Jane Goodall is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
ChristineNewman added age 84 Dame Jane Morris Goodall, DBE is an English primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, and UN Messenger of Peace. Considered to be the world's foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is best ...more

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Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
ElijahKaganer added Dec. at 82 (1828-1910) Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, commonly referred to as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright and philosopher who primarily wrote novels and short ...more

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Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
dave44 added Dec. at 78 (1564-1642) Galileo Galilei, often known mononymously as Galileo, was an Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution during ...more

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Diana, Princess of Wales is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
MikaylaHarris added Dec. at 36 (1961-1997) Diana, Princess of Wales, was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana was born into an aristocratic British family with ...more

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Rachel Corrie is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
pelican added Dec. at 24 (1979-2003) Rachel Aliene Corrie was an American peace activist and diarist. She was killed by an Israel Defense Forces armored bulldozer in a combat zone in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, ...more

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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
fannon added Dec. at 90 (1918-2008) Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Russian novelist, historian, and critic of Soviet totalitarianism. He helped to raise global awareness of the gulag. While his writings were long ...more

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Sophocles is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Sophocles is one of three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays have survived. His first plays were written later than those of Aeschylus, and earlier than or contemporary with those of ...more

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Fridtjof Nansen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Polar Bear added Dec. at 69 (1861-1930) Fridtjof Nansen was a Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. In his youth a champion skier and ice skater, he led the team that made the first ...more

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Virginia Woolf is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
2probb added Dec. at 59 (1882-1941) Adeline Virginia Woolf was an English writer and one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. During the interwar period, Woolf was a significant figure in London literary society ...more

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Edward Snowden is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Gallowayism added age 34 Edward Joseph "Ed" Snowden is an American computer professional who leaked classified information from the National Security Agency to the mainstream media, starting in June 2013. A ...more

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 91 (1874-1965) Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely ...more

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977) Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona ...more

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Stephen Hawking is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
age 76 Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical ...more

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
age 68 Meryl Streep is an American actress. A three-time Academy Award winner, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of all time. Streep made her professional stage debut in The ...more

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Dante Alighieri is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 56 (1265-1321) Durante degli Alighieri, simply called Dante, was a major Italian poet of the late Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy, originally called Comedìa and later called Divina by Boccaccio, is ...more

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Marlene Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Merker94 added Dec. at 91 (1901-1992) Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich was a German-American actress and singer. Dietrich remained popular throughout her long career by continually re-inventing herself, professionally ...more