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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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Leonardo da Vinci is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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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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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)
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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)
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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)
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Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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Dec. at 58 (1812-1870)
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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)
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Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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Dec. at 84 (1643-1727)
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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)
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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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Dec. at 81 (1892-1973)
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Homer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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Anne Frank is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Francis of Assisi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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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)
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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 79 (1869-1948)
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Rachel Corrie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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Socrates is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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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)
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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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Buddha is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
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Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 89 (1475-1564)
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Randy Savage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 59 (1952-2011)
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Elsa Brändströ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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Dec. at 60 (1888-1948)
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