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Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

Updated March 25, 2020 430.4k votes 30.1k voters 889.4k 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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  • 1
    Leonardo da Vinci
    6,937
    2,153

    Leonardo da Vinci

    Dec. at 67 (1452-1519)

    BirthplaceVinci, Italy

    Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci was an Italian polymath, painter, sculptor, architect,... more on Wikipedia
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    Jesus Christ
    9,116
    3,572
    Jesus (c. 4 BC – c. AD 30 / 33), also referred to as Jesus of Nazareth and Jesus Christ, was a... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Michelangelo
    1,729
    620

    Michelangelo

    Dec. at 89 (1475-1564)

    BirthplaceCaprese Michelangelo, Italy

    Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni, commonly known as Michelangelo, was an Italian... more on Wikipedia

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    Plato
    4,080
    2,145
    Plato (; PLAY-toe Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] in Classical Attic; 428/427 or... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    William Shakespeare
    3,572
    1,769

    William Shakespeare

    Dec. at 52 (1564-1616)

    BirthplaceStratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

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  • 6
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    3,348
    1,930

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Dec. at 35 (1756-1791)

    BirthplaceSalzburg, Austria

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  • 7
    Charles Darwin
    1,616
    727

    Charles Darwin

    Dec. at 73 (1809-1882)

    BirthplaceThe Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

    Charles Robert Darwin, (; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Charles Dickens
    1,766
    719

    Charles Dickens

    Dec. at 58 (1812-1870)

    BirthplacePortsmouth, United Kingdom

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  • 9
    J. R. R. Tolkien
    1,812
    891

    J. R. R. Tolkien

    Dec. at 81 (1892-1973)

    BirthplaceBloemfontein, South Africa

    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (; 3 January 1892 – 2 September 1973) was an English writer, poet,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Isaac Newton
    1,891
    1,229

    Isaac Newton

    Dec. at 84 (1643-1727)

    BirthplaceWoolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, United Kingdom

    Sir Isaac Newton (25 December 1642 – 20 March 1726/27) was an English mathematician,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Virginia Centurione Bracelli
    1,057
    613

    Virginia Centurione Bracelli

    Dec. at 64 (1587-1651)

    BirthplaceGenoa, Italy

    Saint Virginia Centurione Bracelli (2 April 1587 – 15 December 1651) was an Italian Roman... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Sonja Henie
    1,386
    764

    Sonja Henie

    Dec. at 57 (1912-1969)

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

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  • 13
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    1,128
    613

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Dec. at 57 (1770-1827)

    BirthplaceBonn, Germany

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  • 14
    Steve Irwin
    1,033
    446

    Steve Irwin

    Dec. at 44 (1962-2006)

    BirthplaceEssendon, Australia

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  • 15
    Fridtjof Nansen
    1,744
    1,198

    Fridtjof Nansen

    Dec. at 69 (1861-1930)

    BirthplaceEurope, Northern Europe, Nordic countries, Norway, Oslo

    Fridtjof Wedel-Jarlsberg Nansen (Norwegian: [²fɾɪtːjɔf ˈnɑnsn̩]; 10 October 1861 – 13 May... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Jane Goodall
    1,283
    853

    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Dame Jane Morris Goodall (; born Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall on 3 April 1934), formerly... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    George Washington
    2,183
    1,366

    George Washington

    Dec. at 67 (1732-1799)

    BirthplaceVirginia, USA

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  • 18
    Robin Williams
    2,005
    991

    Robin Williams

    Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Edgar Allan Poe
    2,199
    1,197

    Edgar Allan Poe

    Dec. at 40 (1809-1849)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

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  • 20
    Elsa Brändström
    1,712
    1,216

    Elsa Brändström

    Dec. at 60 (1888-1948)

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    Elsa Brändström (26 March 1888 – 4 March 1948) was a Swedish nurse and philanthropist. She was... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Chloe McCardel
    1,354
    818
    Chloe McCardel, born 10 May 1985, is a 29-year-old accomplished open water swimmer, triathlete... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Albert Einstein
    5,136
    2,737

    Albert Einstein

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Erik the Red
    1,171
    806

    Erik the Red

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  • 24
    Oscar Wilde
    1,194
    762

    Oscar Wilde

    Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)

    BirthplaceIreland, Ireland, Europe, Dublin

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  • 25
    Nikola Tesla
    2,282
    1,217

    Nikola Tesla

    Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)

    BirthplaceSmiljan, Croatia

    Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer,... more on Wikipedia

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