Most Influential People of All TimeThe person who has had the largest impact on culture, society and history. Whether positive or negative. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.
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I voted for Jesus Christ but this guy should still be in the top 10 he is a genius
Leonardo had thought of things that were way beyond his own time! He made many amazing works, although some met an unfortunate fate. Leonardo was truly deserving of the "Renaissance Man" title.
Italian painter and sculptor and engineer and scientist and architect; the most versatile genius of the Italian Renaissance.
Promoted equality between all people and things. With out him we may still be stuck with the clouded ideas of "justice" and "fairness" we once had.
The Black American Clergyman and civil rights leader. He led the non-voilent movement to obtain full civil rights for American Negroes and was awarded the Noble Prize for Peace in 1964.
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Conquered most of the known world, from india to europe, the largest kingdom of that time.
this is the best 1 do I have to explain the pure greatness?
Conquered the known world in a couple years... spread hellenistic thought throughout the East. Even centuries later when Rome was at its height and the capital of the world, Greek was still the lingua franca of the aristocracy.
First Emperor of Rome, ruled for about half a century. If he had not won the civil war the empire might have split into two far earlier, lost its influence, or completely fallen apart. The name Caesar or Emperor became the name for half the rulers of Europe.
Augustus name echoed in history centuries before of almost all everyone mentioned in this list and he will be remembered many centuries after they are forgotten.
I'm my opinion Kurt should be above John Lennon because as a person I think he was more influential. The Beatles as a band were probably more influential than Nirvana but if it is just meant to be most influential people instead of groups of people then I think Kurt deserves to be higher.
Changed the face of music, inspired so many others, was a true legend. He stood up for what he believed in and never cared about what others thought. He never gave up on his dream, making him truly one of the most iconic people ever
Simply put... Without him there would be no such thing as grunge rock
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From being nothing to being everything that she could. Truly inpirational
Tupac was much more than just a rapper, he was a revolutionist and a very intelligent person. He had two sides to him. He was a thug gangsta raised from the ghetto and used ghetto gramma. But then he had a intelligent side where he was trying to get a message across to his fans In his music. He wasn't like other rappers who rap about money and swag, he rapped about the truth behind the govement and the media. He was a souldier fighting against the system. LIVE BY THE GUN, DIE BY THE GUN R.I. P
"So complicated to escape fate
And you can never understand till we trade places
Tell the world I been guilty to being anxious
Ain't no way in hell, that I could ever be a rapist
It's time to face this, cold world on a good day
When will they let the little kids in the hood play?
I got shot 5 times but I'm still breathing
Living proof there's a God if you need a reason"
This man stood up for what he believed and never let go of what he thought he was a legend I'm only 13 but he still inspires me I wish he didn't die but all good things come to an end
Alright, I'll be the first to comment on my homie. I am a white 13 year old, yet I still praise his music, knowledge, lifestyle, and everything else. I have a picture of him on the wall and his own book. He may be forgotten but he is still in this child's eyes and he was a good person and he teaches me through his music. R.I.P. friend, thug till I die, and even when I die cause I'll be in THUG MANSION.
He has been the world's most wanted, after the fall of the twin towers, although he was later killed, however, some people still believe he is still alive and hence he still remains the world most influential person
"An unexamined life is not worth living". That's all you need to know in life.
If you cannot understand my argument, and declare "It's Greek to me'', you are quoting Shakespeare; if you claim to be more sinned against than sinning, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you recall your salad days, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you act more in sorrow than in anger; if your wish is farther to the thought; if your lost property has vanished into thin air, you are quoting Shakespeare; if you have ever refused to budge an inch or suffered from green-eyed jealousy, if you have played fast and loose, if you have been tongue-tied, a tower of strength, hoodwinked or in a pickle, if you have knitted your brows, made a virtue of necessity, insisted on fair play, slept not one wink, stood on ceremony, danced attendance (on your lord and master), laughed yourself into stitches, had short shrift, cold comfort or too much of a good thing, if you have seen better days or lived in a fool's paradise -why, be that as it may, the more fool you, for it is a foregone conclusion that you are (as good luck would have it) quoting Shakespeare; if you think it is early days and clear out bag and baggage, if you think it is high time and that that is the long and short of it, if you believe that the game is up and that truth will out even if it involves your own flesh and blood, if you lie low till the crack of doom because you suspect foul play, if you have your teeth set on edge (at one fell swoop) without rhyme or reason, then - to give the devil his due - if the truth were known (for surely you have a tongue in your head) you are quoting Shakespeare; even if you bid me good riddance and send me packing, if you wish I was dead as a door-nail, if you think I am an eyesore, a laughing stock, the devil incarnate, a stony-hearted villain, bloody-minded or a blinking idiot, then - by Jove! O Lord! Tut tut! For goodness' sake! What the dickens! But me no buts! - it is all one to me, for you are quoting Shakespeare.
Countless words attributed to modern day english language.
His plays offered new definitions of western civilization. Next to the bible he is the most quoted author in history.
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printing press; ushered in the age of information.
"We declare our right on this earth... To be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence by any means necessary. "
He is an awesome guy! He turned martial arts into movies. Without Bruce Lee there is no Jackie Chan, Chuck Norris, Kung Fu Panda, Jet Li, and ETC
I think he's the one who should be admired very much. He lived in the time that racism was widely spread. He had somehow changed the way how the White people used to look to the Black people and the Asians. He's the first Asian superstar in the Hollywood, overcame the racism. He died too soon - just in the age of 32. If he had been able to live longer, he would've astonished the world even in the greater way... And there're more a bout his life, we should know clearly to see how admirable he is.
The most influential person in music industry
He flipped the world and everything changed. The old repressive ways were replaced with a new freedom.... Entertainers today can say, do, and be what they wish because of the social revolution that began with Elvis Presley.
Sport wouldn't be anything like it is today without him.
Founder of the Olympic movement, the longest serving president of the IOC, he inspired people to take up sport and brought the world closer together.
proved Coperinicus' theory, and did other stuff
In 20, 50, 100, 500 years girls/women will still copy and imitate her
Mongolian emperor whose empire stretched from the Black Sea to the Pacific Ocean
He created the second biggest empire of all time, allowing for the spread of silk, gun powder, paper, printing, musical instruments, all are aspects of the renaissance. Also the first postal system, culture of meritocracy, and tolerance toward other customs and cultures.
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I didn't say that he was influential in a good way, did i?
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If it weren't for him and Queen there wouldn't probably be a Lady Gaga! He influenced her! What a great man!
Even today, this man still influences many people in all different ways. He taught people to never give up! Very influential man.
Justin Bieber *Status* HAS A COLD/MINOR SICKNESS - Cancels entire concert
Freddie Mercury *Status* VERY VERY SICK, ALMOST DYING - Still sings like no other man can
His inventions were for the common good and for the people, never for his own benefit.
One of the greatest scientist ever
This guy was so incredible, his ideas were ROBBED by Thomas Edison!
What a great Canadian Prime Minister this man was, he was simply amazing. A reason why I'm here in Canada right now. Who cares screw the law.
He new then things that were discoverd as true only hundreds of yrears later... Mr. Know all ( in the good way)
A Greek philosopher, theologian and mathematician (especially geometry). Though his famous theorem was previously known, he was the first to prove its universal validity.
He was the best innovator in the world. He deserved to get this word.
The best singer. Part of the best band ever.
Inspirational writer. Outstanding singer. Witty, funny, clever, the pope of mope but made so may people happy with his music. Changed lives all over the world all over history. He's worshiped like a God by Smiths fans. What a Legend.
he has the cleanest soul ever...
The environment is the number 1 issue in the world at the moment and Al Gore is the main crusader behind the truth
Italian navigator, colonizer and explorer who introduced the lands of America to the Europeans.
he is not as influential as jesus, Muhammad and a few other guys, but he was more influential than most on this list
Roman general and statesman who invaded Britain and returned to Rome as a popular hero. He fell in love with Clepatra the Egyptian queen who followed him to Rome. He was given a mandate by the people to rule as Caesar and was worshipped as a god in his lifetime. However, he was murdered by a group of trusted friends led by Brutus.
Julius Caesar easily stands as one of the most influential people in history. As one of the greatest military geniuses of Rome, and history, his conquests alone have ramifications felt to this day. His political actions added to this became the turning point for the Roman Republic becoming the Roman Empire. His ability as a politician was so great that the people, even before his conquests of Gaul and Britannia, loved, praised, and even obeyed him, to a degree. He was the first man in Roman history to be defied, and upon his a death a temple to honor him was constructed.
J. K Rowling has just turn the eyes of children fron cyber space to the era where Enid Blyton touch their bed time stories
Polish stronomer known for his discovery of the hevenly bodies and his theory that they move round the sun and that the sun is the centre of the universe.
He was the first to come up with the theory that the sun was at the center of the universe
German printer who invented the mechanical printing press.
The Man who helped start the entire pro wrestling revolution
Can you smell what the Rock is cooking... The tooth fairy, journey to the center of the earth, fast five, walking tall and grid iron.
one of the greatest wrestlers ever turned into one of the greatest action movie stars of modern day
The most influential guitarist in Asia and a very good singer too! He should be up on the list near Jesus... Well he is up there with Jesus now Rest In Peace Pink Haired Angel!
This young girl was like anywhere young girl. She liked music, had crushes. But she was treated as inhuman. All because she was Jewish. Her family and another family and a dentist had to go into hiding. Luckily this kind woman Miep Gies gave them the attic and the back of the house. Unfortunately she was discovered in 1945 August. Nobody knows the person who betrayed her. But she and the others were sent to westerbrok camp and the aushtwitz where Edith frank died and then Bergen Belsen Anne and marmot were the only members of the family still together. Otto frank was the only one to survive
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