This is a list of the most influential people of all of human history. This means that the individuals on this list have had a significant effect on how regular people live their lives today and have had a large impact on how modern society works. The names on this list include iconic religious figures, recognizable scientists and inventors, and some of the most powerful important leaders in world history. Vote for your top choices and re-rank this list your way.
What makes an individual worthy of a spot on a list of the most influential people ever? Certainly, some of the greatest minds of all time deserve to be ranked highly. Examples include Leonardo da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, and certainly Albert Einstein. Each one of these incredible and inspirational people used the power of their minds to change the world. Not surprisingly, several names on this list are also among the most famous role models we'd like to meet in person.
Featuring historical figures, interesting men, and impactful people, this list of the world's most legendary figures have had all kinds of effects on the biggest and historic events.
And modern-era figures also deserve to be listed here. Can anyone argue that Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg aren't among the most influential contemporary Americans? It's time to add your opinions on who you believe are the most influential people in history, with your votes and your rankings.
- 26Pythagoras of Samos (c. 570 – c. 495 BC) was an ancient Ionian Greek philosopher and the... more on Wikipedia7,2985,052
Birthplace: Virginia, United States of AmericaGeorge Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Hermosa, IllinoisWalter Elias Disney (; December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American entrepreneur,... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of AmericaTheodore Roosevelt Jr. ( ROH-zə-velt; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American... more on Wikipedia
- 30Plato (; PLAY-toe Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn, pronounced [plá.tɔːn] in Classical Attic; 428/427 or... more on Wikipedia19,27914,780
Birthplace: Mvezo, South AfricaNelson Rolihlahla Mandela (; Xhosa: [xolíɬaɬa mandɛ̂ːla]; 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was... more on Wikipedia
- 32Siddhārtha Gautama (Sanskrit: सिद्धार्थ गौतम Siddhāṛtha Gautama, c. 563/480 – c. 483/400 BCE)... more on Wikipedia16,56712,302
Birthplace: Salzburg, AustriaWolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791), baptised as Johannes Chrysostomus... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Eisleben, GermanyMartin Luther, , (; German: [ˈmaɐ̯tiːn ˈlʊtɐ]; 10 November 1483 – 18 February 1546) was a... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Shadwell, Virginia, United States of AmericaThomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father, the principal author of the Declaration of... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Maida Vale, London, United KingdomAlan Mathison Turing (; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English mathematician, computer... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: LochfieldSir Alexander Fleming (6 August 1881 – 11 March 1955) was a Scottish biologist, physician,... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, United KingdomWilliam Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English poet, playwright, and... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Republic of VeniceMarco Polo was a Venetian merchant traveller whose travels are recorded in Livres des... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Pella, GreeceAlexander III of Macedon (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Γʹ ὁ Μακεδών; 20/21 July 356 BC – 10/11 June 323... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Kos, GreeceHippocrates of Kos (; Greek: Ἱπποκράτης ὁ Κῷος, translit. Hippokrátēs ho Kṓos; c. 460 – c. 370... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Mainz, GermanyJohannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (; c. 1400 – February 3, 1468) was a German... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United KingdomCharles Robert Darwin, (; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist,... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Ajaccio, FranceNapoleon Bonaparte (, French: [napɔleɔ̃ bɔnɑpaʁt]; Italian: Napoleone di Buonaparte,... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of AmericaWilliam Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, investor,... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Stagira, GreeceAristotle (; Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης Aristotélēs, pronounced [aristotélɛːs]; 384–322 BC) was a... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Milan, Ohio, United States of AmericaThomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Charlestown, Saint Kitts and NevisAlexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was an American statesman,... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Toruń, Second Polish RepublicNicolaus Copernicus (; Polish: Mikołaj Kopernik; German: Nikolaus Kopernikus; Niklas... more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Ohio, United States of AmericaNeil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and... more on Wikipedia