Most Influential People of All Time

The person who has had the largest impact on culture, society and history. Whether positive or negative.

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1Jesus ChristJesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, Palestine. He was born to Mary, as the bible says "she was found with child of the Holy Ghost" (Matthew 1:18). He was both man and God (John 20:28). According to the bible He is God alone (Deuteronomy 6:4). ...read more.

2,000 years and we're still talking about him - Vooduon

Its good to be talked and listen about someone great. No doubt he was "one" of the greatest "man" in the history. I would suggest you to learn more about him & had a good influence of him instead of hating wrong or false influence. THANK YOU

Jesus was definitely the most influential people of all time, as he is also one of the, if not the most controversial figures in history! He was the reason behind the season!

Billions claim him as Lord and Savior! - LadyLioness

He is a just prophet & messenger in Islam, whom was given the book of bible by Allah (god) to guide the children of Israel (disbelievers) and convey same message as all the prophets who came before him like (Noah, Abraham, Moses and many others may Allah's (God' s) peace be upon them all) that non ha the right to be worshiped except Allah because he is the Lord of the heavens & the world and all that is between them, The Almighty; The creator of everything; The Most Merciful; The Most Generous; The Forgiver; The Most Powerful;Allah the Almighty is the one & the only God & to him all human mankind will return at the end (i. E; resurrection).

He was the most influential man of all time. Muhammad come in second Place but Christ have 2.000 years and 2.2 bi Adherents while Muhammad 1.400 years and 1.5 bi adherents.

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2Muhammad

He was the man of true justice. He was with peace those who deserve peace and respected peace. He was there for law and order and not some silly baba or pandit who just say few words of peace and doesn't not actually guide or show the direction to attain peace in this world and hear after. My fellow Christians don't know that the founder of Christianity is not Jesus it's St. Paul. No matter how much I love Jesus the son of mary peace be upon him, he can't be the most influential person because he doesn't not meet the requirement.

Instead of proving the essence of peace and Islam, You just disregarded Yogis/Christians. There are good reason as to why most of the world detest Muhammad and many do violence (ISIS) against other religion, against women (Saudi/Iraqi law), against animals (public display of animal sacrifice) in the name of Islam.

Before understanding other faiths fully, especially the higher intellectual traditions of Hindus and China, avoid posting misleading comment.

He was the best justice provider in the world he was the best and history has no personality equal to him he also promoted the respect for women that was not present in arab and the whole world before him he was greatest man ever narrated by historians

Peace Be Upon Him. The prophet who preached the teachings of Allah, the one and only God and presented us with the Holy Quran, the book to guide us through out our lives.

Bless this man! He forgave his enemies, loved his friends and kids. The sweetest human in history

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3BuddhaGautama Buddha, also known as Siddhārtha Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha, or simply the Buddha, after the title of Buddha, was an ascetic and sage, on whose teachings Buddhism was founded.

Siddhartha left all of his possessions, his pampered life, his food, and even his family to gain the true knowledge of suffering and to find enlightenment. I am an Anthropologist that specializes in religion. The Buddha has influenced so many people in China, Tibet, India, Japan etc. This once rich, famous prince gave up everything he had, becoming a man of the land and became divine. His followers confronted and meditated with Jesus himself.

Lord Buddha was one of the first men to realise the true nature of life and spread it to the rest of the world. His teachings have bought so much good into this world and have helped many people to lead a happy and peaceful life. definitely the most positively influential person to have ever lived.

TO MEASURE THE GREATNESS OF BUDDHA GREATNESS HAVE TO RAISE HIS STANDARDS BUDDHA IS THE MOST VERSION SOUL WHO EVER WALKED ON EARTH HE IS A PURE CONCIOUSNESS EXCEPT ONE PERSON KRISHNA IN THE HUMAN HISTORY NO ONE TRANSCEND THE GLORY OF BUDDHA

By his character

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4Paul the Apostle

I am not sure how Martin Luther is above the Apostle Paul, as it was the Book of Romans and the book Galatians that fuelled Luther to the Reformation. If it was not for Paul then Luther have never been known... As well as Paul had a great influence on the other Apostles and Peter, making Paul's influence felt higher than Peter's despite Pope claims. And don't forget that Paul was in a scene was Luke's mentor, making Paul the most influential person under Jesus. Because in the end the Apostles and Christians, Pope's and all live for the Glory of Jesus Christ.

Other than Jesus Christ, Paul is my favorite person in the Bible. He went though so much, yet didn't complain at all. He pointed to Christ in every situation. He was (in my opinion) the most influential apostle. The books in the Bible that he wrote are not only a comfort for many, but strength for those who are crumbling under struggles and pressure. Martin Luther looked to the Apostle Paul as one of his inspirations, so how did Martin Luther go above Apostle Paul? Even though they all lived for the Glory of Jesus Christ, I know for a fact that the Apostle Paul is more influential than Martin Luther. If Martin Luther was alive... he'd agree too.

We would never know about Jesus if not for Paul. Paul is #1

If not for Paul, The message of Jesus might not have been heard

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5Mahatma GandhiMohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.

Yes! He promoted non-violence during World War II during HARSH times. AMAZING PERSON

I think he is great as nelson mandela. He had lot of patience which taught, how to be patience and wait for fruitful at the end. - subhash

Political and spiritual leader during India's struggle with Great Britain for home rule; an advocate of civil disobidience

Greatest human being!

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6Albert Einstein

Physicist born in Germany who formulated the special theory of relativity and the general theory of relativity; Einstein also proposed that light consists of discrete quantized bundles of energy (later called photons)

Albert Einstein could not speak until he was 4 years old and his parent were told he would not amount to much. Such an inspirational man.

The greatest man ever. Fools voted for religion. Gandhi is among the most influential people, but should not be above Einstein, the most influential person of all time.

He is a the smartest man in the history!

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7AbrahamAbraham, originally Abram, is the first of the three biblical patriarchs. His story, told in chapters 11 through 25 of the Book of Genesis, plays a prominent role as an example of faith in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. According to the bible, God called upon him and told him 'through your son, Isaac, ...read more.

The original monotheist, whose theological foundation has spread to the entire world through Christianity and Islam. He should be much higher up.

He does not deserve this position because he was really a great man and he is known in Islam as the father of all prophet

The prophet and the Father of the prophets, peace and blessings be upon him, god's beloved, Ibrahim

No Abraham, no Christianity or Islam.

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8Martin LutherMartin Luther was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation.

Is this about Martin Luther, or Martin Luther King Jr? Martin Luther is the Christian reformationist, and Martin Luther King Jr is the campaigner for black rights in the USA. Considering the lack of 'King' after the name, it seems most people are ignorant of the original Martin Luther. The original Martin Luther is probably the reason Martin Luther King Jr's parents named him Martin Luther, and probably also the reason his father was named Martin Luther as well (Martin Luther King Sr).

For those of you who are confused. No, this is not the Martin Luther King Jr., the man who gave the "I have a dream speech." Although he is very important and an inspiration to me and millions of others. Martin Luther was a monk and the creator of Lutheranism. He was born in Germany and lived from 1483 to 1546. Martin Luther was also a composer, theology professor, and priest, but he's mostly known as a monk.

In kiching off the protestant reformation, Martin Luthur triggered a whole sequence of events that have led direclty tot he society we know and enjoy today.

People actually don't know who Martin Luther is?! Have they ever been to school?!

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9Sir Isaac NewtonSir Isaac Newton PRS was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution.

He's well-known for physics, but he also invented differential and integral calculus, came up with color theory, studied the speed of sound, he was an astronomer who built the first reflecting telescope... He was arguably the single most important thinker in human history. He contributed to everything.

Why is Isaac Newton not higher? Pretty sad that anyone would think a video game designer is more influential then Isaac Newton. Ranking Einstein ahead of Isaac Newton is like saying Sidney Crosby is a better hockey player then Wayne Gretzky, this list is retarded

Newton likes to study religion more than science. Even he hides his real religion before he dead, why Michael Hart put him above Jesus in the ranking of Most influential people. If he's a Christian, he should be placed under Jesus... That't why I could say that he hides his real religion before he dead.

Even Einstein learns more from Newton. - 09ShamsulBahriel

No mere mortal was he. Should be ranked #1.

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10Martin Luther King Jr.Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

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.

This man should be right behind jesus

He was the most influential American ever. I always imitate him when speaking in public. I am a victim of racism and I will always support the civil rights movement. He was the leader of America. If he was born some years later, I think he would replace Obama.

Wonderful guy

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?Paul WalkerPaul William Walker IV was an American actor. Walker began his career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel.
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11Constantine I

Without Constantine, there may be no discussion about the merits of Jesus Christ. Constantine helped lay the foundation for what is the modern Catholic church and was instrumental in organizing its members to determine a uniform Christian doctrine (First Council of Nicaea) without which the church would fractured and most likely never would have gained the success it did. Whether good or bad, Constantine paved the way for converting the greatest nation the world had ever seen into the center for the Holy Roman Church.

He helped the Catholic Church greatly but for selfish reasons

Although I don't agree with eveyting he did, he did make christianity last througout the dark ages dispite the deaths of all the leaders of the church that christ organized and I think that's pretty good. Not to mention extremely influential. - queen11

12God

I am sorry, but God cannot be considered a person. He should be considered, well, God. God created everything including very single person above him on this list. The very least he should be ranked at is infinite.

God is everything peaceful, merciful, forgiving, loving and tranquil. And has been the biggest influence in my life ever since I can remember. As A Christian, The Bible is my way of life as I believe it to be the word of God. The Bible has impact on my thoughts, my actions, how I treat people, How I see things, Everything in my life. God is love.

There is many gods, so nobody understands what this section is referring too... It could be Zeus for all we know! But since they are most likely regarding to the Christianity god, then I agree, that person is pretty influential...

Religious nut jobs

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13Moses

Moses, talked to God, peace be upon Moses, the prophet, the first to wake up from the graves in the day of resurrection, before Muhammad and the rest of the prophets, and their peoples,

Founded the Jewish nation, another move without which we wouldn't have Christianity or Islam (through Judaism) and whose laws also influenced all of the modern world. Should be much higher up.

The Ten commandments and the Levitical laws put forth by him are still the backbone of every free nation that supports natural law.

I'm just seeing some history I never had about before right now!

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14AristotleAristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece.

A massive contributor to every field of human knowledge. He started on nearly nothing and ended up as the near-sole basis of all science for almost two thousand years. Possibly the only person in human history to have known everything there is to know in his time, a true polymath. His metaphysics still hold clear merit in the modern world, and much of how we see and separate the sciences is derived from him.

He basically created the philosophy of the west, it would be madness not to add him. You hear me? MADNESS!

The famous Greek philosopher himself, created great things, teacher of Alexander the Great. - mabeldaowl

It's absurd he is not higher on this list alongside Socrates and Plato.

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15Confucius Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.

He is awesome and even his ideas are too!

There are not many people who thought like him.

I am Chinese and I hope that we would believe in him again, rather than communism. I am against communism!

I have learned about a new person now!

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17Charles DarwinCharles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory.

Darwin came up with the theory of evolution, and I greatly admire him for it, considering he was a Christian.. If it weren't for him I might be a Christian, when I am strongly atheist. And the pressure he was under; he was in a creationist world, his book the Origin of Species was ridiculed, yet he didn't keep his theory hidden for fear of this happening- he showed it to the world and changed the subject of science forever.

Darwin changed the way the scientific view views humans in the universe. He gave us the tools to truly trace humanity's origins through verifiable means, and made it possible to answer how we got here in the first place. - Robobrain

EVERY person in the advanced world knows who he is, what he did & either has come to understand about our existence thanks to him or holds strong opposing beliefs. Either way... He changed "life" for EVERYONE.

On a par with Einstein. He saw, recorded, analysed and predicted.

A spiritual man to the end, he made the physical world make some sense.

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18Michael JacksonMichael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was a singer, songwriter, producer, choreographer, entertainer and humanitarian. He donated (at least) a remarkable 300,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King ...read more.

They didn't call him the king of pop for no reason from dance moves that have inspired most musicians of today and one of the biggest givers in the music business.

His musical genuis and humble humanitarian work places him among the greats. It's not about what you do for a living but what you've done for others that will matter in the end. Michael has helped so many people outside of his charity work. He's truly a role model and a hero. The way Michael experienced betrayal and adversity by showing love and true class, that is why he is loved all across the globe and truly one of the most influential individuals. Long Live The King!

HE IS MY GOD AND ALWAYS WILL BE HIS THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO EARTH HE WILL LEAD ON FROM HEAVEN AS THE KING OF POP RIP. BEST PERSON EVER

He was not only the King of the pop but the King of the Humanity

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19Elvis PresleyElvis Presley was a American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. ...read more.

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.

The most influential person in music industry - Alexandr

20Adolf HitlerAdolf Hitler was a German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator of Nazi Germany, he initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939 and was a central figure of ...read more.

Ok, somehow hard to write here. I don't think Jesus isn't that big anymore. Maybe in the US but elsewhere? I don't know.

Hitler as a leader wasn't worse than Stalin or Mao Zedong (I mean the tough side; they all were bad persons who killed millions). But he had more influence on people and still has, than both of them.

So what I mean is:

He is responsible for USA and USSR to gain the state of superpowers. Without him, the atomic bomb, either wouldn't have been invented, or would have been later invented.

Also Germany wouldn't have lost it's state as a science centre of the whole world, which is still discussable by asking was it good or bad?! (They had scientists none reached till today).

First man on moon, as ridiculous it sounds, wouldn't have been without him that fast. It was the competition between Soviets and Americans, which was a result of WW2 and the engaging of German scientists after the war (What wouldn't have happened, if WW2 hasn't ...more

Convinced an entire nation to believe what he believed! He's very intelligent and cunning.

Without him the USSR probably would not had expanded as a world power causing the cold war, the British empire may not had collapsed and the disgust the world held for what the Nazis did led to a shift of human rights ideals. Its not impossible that japan never had the courage to attack the U.S. as well, leaving the U.S. still in isolation policies. The current world would be very different indeed. Even as evil as he is his impact on the world changed the 20th century.

One of the most misunderstood figures in history.

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