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Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person 

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Updated March 25, 2020 552.7k votes 29.5k voters 875.2k views 452 items

List Rules Vote 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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Jesus Christ is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
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Birthplace: Judea

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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)

Birthplace: Europe, Vinci, Eurasia, Italy, Southern Europe, + 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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Birthplace: Classical Athens

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William Shakespeare is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 52 (1564-1616)

Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)

Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria

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Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 89 (1475-1564)

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Province of Arezzo, Italy, Southern Europe, + 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)

Birthplace: Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, United Kingdom

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

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J. R. R. Tolkien is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Polar Bear added Dec. at 81 (1892-1973)

Birthplace: Bloemfontein, South Africa

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Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 73 (1809-1882)

Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

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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)

Birthplace: Stagira, Greece

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Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
prostoemail97 added Dec. at 58 (1812-1870)

Birthplace: Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
DaveHoffman added Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)

Birthplace: Bonn, Germany

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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 84 (1706-1790)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

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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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Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 67 (1867-1934)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

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Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
dave44 added Dec. at 78 (1564-1642)

Birthplace: Pisa, Italy

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Otto von Bismarck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Polar Bear added Dec. at 83 (1815-1898)

Birthplace: Schönhausen, Germany

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

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Sonja Henie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Chris Finnegan added Dec. at 57 (1912-1969)

Birthplace: Oslo, Norway

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Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 40 (1809-1849)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

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Frederick II of Prussia ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Polar Bear added Dec. at 74 (1712-1786)

Birthplace: Kingdom of Prussia

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Martin Luther King, Jr. ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person
Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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