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Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

Updated March 25, 2020 411.9k votes 30.5k voters 904.9k views403 items

List RulesVote up the public figures, living or passed, with whom you'd most like to spend a little quality time.

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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    Leonardo da Vinci

    Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)

    BirthplaceVinci, Italy

    GenderMale

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    Michelangelo

    Dec. at 89 (1475-1564)

    BirthplaceCaprese Michelangelo, Italy

    GenderMale

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    William Shakespeare

    Dec. at 52 (1564-1616)

    BirthplaceStratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

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    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)

    BirthplaceSalzburg, Austria

    GenderMale

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    Charles Darwin

    Dec. at 73 (1809-1882)

    BirthplaceThe Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

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    Charles Dickens

    Dec. at 58 (1812-1870)

    BirthplacePortsmouth, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

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    J. R. R. Tolkien

    Dec. at 81 (1892-1973)

    BirthplaceBloemfontein, South Africa

    GenderMale

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    Isaac Newton

    Dec. at 84 (1643-1727)

    BirthplaceWoolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, United Kingdom

    GenderMale

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    Virginia Centurione Bracelli

    Dec. at 64 (1587-1651)

    BirthplaceGenoa, Italy

    GenderFemale

    Saint Virginia Centurione Bracelli (2 April 1587 – 15 December 1651) was an Italian Roman...  more
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    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)

    BirthplaceBonn, Germany

    GenderMale

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    Steve Irwin

    Dec. at 44 (1962-2006)

    BirthplaceEssendon, Australia

    GenderMale

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    Sonja Henie

    Dec. at 57 (1912-1969)

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    GenderFemale

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    BirthplaceEngland, London

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    Fridtjof Nansen

    Dec. at 69 (1861-1930)

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    GenderMale

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    George Washington

    Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    GenderMale

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    Edgar Allan Poe

    Dec. at 40 (1809-1849)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    GenderMale

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    Albert Einstein

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    GenderMale

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    Robin Williams

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    GenderMale

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    Galileo Galilei

    Dec. at 78 (1564-1642)

    BirthplacePisa, Italy

    GenderMale

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    Oscar Wilde

    Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    GenderMale

    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet...  more

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    Aristotle

    Dec. at 62 (383 BC-321 BC)

    BirthplaceStagira, Greece

    GenderMale

    Aristotle (; Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης Aristotélēs, pronounced [aristotélɛːs]; 384–322 BC) was a...  more

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    Elsa Brändström

    Dec. at 60 (1888-1948)

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    GenderFemale

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