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Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person  

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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
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Jesus (c. 4 BC – c. AD 30 / 33), also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ, was a first-century Jewish preacher and religious leader. He is the central figure of Christianity. Most ...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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Plato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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Plato (; PLAY-toe Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] in Classical Attic; 428/427 or 424/423 – 348/347 BC) was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in ...more
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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 (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era. Born in ...more
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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 (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's greatest ...more
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Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 33 (355 BC-322 BC)
Alexander III of Macedon (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Γʹ ὁ Μακεδών; 20/21 July 356 BC – 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great (Ancient Greek: Ἀλέξανδρος ὁ Μέγας, romanized: ...more
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Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Polar Bear added Dec. at 84 (1643-1727)
Sir Isaac Newton (25 December 1642 – 20 March 1726/27) was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author (described in his own day as a "natural philosopher") ...more
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Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 40 (1809-1849)
Edgar Allan Poe (; born Edgar Poe; January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. Poe is best known for his poetry and short stories, particularly his ...more
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Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
prostoemail97 added Dec. at 58 (1812-1870)
Charles John Huffam Dickens (; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as ...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), often referred to by initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from ...more
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Homer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Homer (; Ancient Greek: Ὅμηρος Greek pronunciation: [hómɛːros], Hómēros) is the legendary author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems that are the central works of ancient ...more
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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 12 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 (; 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet, philologist, and academic, who is best known as the author of the classic high fantasy works The ...more
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Francis of Assisi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Saint Francis of Assisi (Italian: San Francesco d'Assisi, Latin: Sanctus Franciscus Assisiensis), born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October ...more
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Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 16 (1929-1945)
Annelies Marie "Anne" Frank (German: [anəˈliːs maˈʁiː ˈfʁaŋk], Dutch: [ɑnəˈlis maːˈri ˈfrɑŋk]); 12 June 1929 – February or March 1945) was a German-born Dutch-Jewish diarist. One of ...more
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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 67 (1867-1934)
Marie Skłodowska Curie ( KEWR-ee, French: [kyʁi], Polish: [kʲiˈri]; born Maria Salomea Skłodowska; 7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who ...more
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Socrates is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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Socrates (; Ancient Greek: Σωκρᾰ́της, romanized: Sōkrátēs, [sɔːkrátɛːs]; c. 470 – 399 BC) was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western ...more
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Buddha is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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Siddhārtha Gautama (Sanskrit: सिद्धार्थ गौतम Siddhāṛtha Gautama, c. 563/480 – c. 483/400 BCE) or Siddhattha Gotama (शिद्धत्थ गोतम) in Pali, also called the Gautama Buddha, the Shakyamuni (i.e. ...more
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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)
Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. ...more
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Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most ...more
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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 79 (1869-1948)
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (; 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was an Indian lawyer, anti-colonial nationalist, and political ethicist, who employed nonviolent resistance to lead the successful ...more
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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the ...more
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Rachel Corrie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
pelican added Dec. at 24 (1979-2003)
Rachel Aliene Corrie (April 10, 1979 – March 16, 2003) was an American activist and diarist. She was a member of a pro-Palestinian group called the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). She ...more
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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Died at 59 (1952-2011)
Randall Mario Poffo (November 15, 1952 – May 20, 2011), better known by his ring name Randy Savage, was an American professional wrestler, actor and color commentator best known for his time in ...more
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Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
fannon added Dec. at 90 (1918-2008)
Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn (; 11 December 1918 – 3 August 2008) was a Russian novelist, historian, and short story writer. He was an outspoken critic of the Soviet Union and communism and ...more