Most Influential Leaders of the 20th Century

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Gandhi
the britishers had to yield and it was not easy to influence a multi linguistic populace of diversifed millions... India, he was the man... no world leader had such positive effect over millions
He fought for peace and non-violence
there is not a single personality who is comparable to mr. gandhi
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2Adolf Hitler
Awful, AWFUL man, but you can't deny the influence he had. He transformed a country, a religion, and history itself. Best? No. Kindest? No. I hate this man with all my heart, but he had, and still has, an enourmous influence on this world.
I think he was a good leader but his actions once he gained power were despicable. He cause a massive deprivation in Jewish faith.
More books have been devoted to the influence of Adolf Hitler than all other leaders combined

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3Winston Churchill
Hitler's Biggest nightmare :) Thank you Winston for all

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He "gave the lion its roar" and may be the person most responsible for saving Western civilization from tyranny.
Thank you Winston you were a man of my country you made us believe that we could stand up and be counted in the world. You rallied us in our Darkest Hour and you made it into our Finest Hour. Thank you for everything
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4Martin Luther King Jr.
A great man who tried his best to open the eyes of others.
The man tried to fight for peace between races, and rid the world of racism. He wanted equality between everyone. No idea why he had to die, for fdoing a good thing. However, he ended up influencing a lot of people as of today.
Martin Luther King Jr. paved the way into trying to make America realize that black people and white people are of equal rank and should stand together united rather than look down upon others.
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5Mustafa Kemal Ataturk
He is the greatest leader of 20th century but unfortunately he is known a little because he has still lots of enemies. Because of the democracy he planted and the nation he cultivated he made the Turkey a civilised country. But because America wanted and wants a middleeast country in Turkeys location America is trying to erase him and erase the Ataturks modern Turkey and wants to put an uneducated middleeastern country.
He completely changed the vision, nature of his country and created a modern country from scratch. Besides, his revolution took full support from nation unlike many other revolutionists. He had the chance to become sole ruler of the country after revolution. However, he preferred democracy and gave his people right to vote.
He brought freedom and democracy to the Turkish people. He was not only a leader, he was a soldier, a scientist, a historian, a mathematician... He published a book about geometry and another book about history called "Turkish History Thesis". He defended the Galipoli against England, France, Australia, New Zealand and Arabs. In that battle he also defeated Admiral Winston Churchill's fleet (who is in the 3rd place on the list). He protected Ottaman Empire against England, France, Italy, Russia, Greece, Armenians, Arabs, Kurds. Then, he overthrew the Sultan and founded the modern Turkey. Ataturk Centennial is declared in 1981 by United Nations and UNESCO. Ataturk is the only person to receive such recognition by UNESCO.
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6Franklin D. Roosevelt
The greatest of U. S presidents led america out of depression and to the winning of ww2 setting the foundations to world number 1 status
Man responsible for getting US into WW2, and all the resulting deaths, not to mention fueling communism's rise. A wannabe communist who had over 50 communists in the highest levels

Of his government. Forced Japan into war, ergo, Germany.

Sank German ships long before war started -Acts of War, included Lend Lease, convoys, embargoes.

A true two faced monster.
Led America out of the Great Depression and won four terms as President during incredibly challenging economic times - while fighting WW2.

7Joseph Stalin
The person who transformed russia from a poor agricultural country to a nuclear armed superpower
Hitler's true fear and nightmare. "not one step back"

8Vladimir Lenin
The leader of the Bolsheviks during the Russian Revolution is someone who has had one of the greatest influences on life in the 20th century. This man was largely responsible for the overthrowing of the unjust and greedy line of Russian Tsars, founded the nation that was the primary victor in World War II, and fought against the United States in the 'Cold War'. Without Lenin this world would have been a very different place.
It takes a smart man to make something bigger and better. But it takes a genius, like Vladimir Lenin to make an idea turn the other way. He gave Russia all he had. And he did something no other man in history did. He made something so revolutionary that the world will always remember Communism.
Lenin is the champion of the working class
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9Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini
He is responsible for greatly improving Iran, and getting the Shah out of there, with his Savak.
He was so influential that he had the biggest funeral ever, but his influence was bad.
He was a man from the fabric of the poor and oppressed, he dedicated his life not for money or power But to give a voice for the oppressed all over the world. He was Imam Khomeini.
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10Nelson Mandela
Great leader for peace. Even with those who persecuted him. Excellent example for mankind
Every leader does what they think correct and best at that time. That was their vision for a better future. For that we are grateful to you TATA MANDELA. Your sacrifices will never be fogotten... #Long-live
He is/was the utopia in terms of humanity! The greatest connector and leader for peace and equality
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The Contenders

11Pope John Paul II
He helped free poland, he helped Mother Terasa, he forgave the man that shot him, he believed people should stand side by side hand in hand in peace he even cured a woman with cancer did gandhi do that no!, and why is magaret thatcher on the list she discriminated catholics in my country IRELAND, she let bOBBY SANDS AND THE HUNGER STRIKERS DIE even though the pope tried to stop the British government doing it and give us a united ireland. He is in heaven now enjoying himself. long live pope john paul 2nds memory.
He was a great leader who believes in unity among all regardless of who they were or where they came from. He wanted unity for all religions so as to enhance peace, love and unity. He believed that all cultures were equal and should be treated so
He forgive the very person who wanted to kill him.. Its great to forgive... Forgiveness leads to PEACE on earth
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12Harry S. Truman

13Teddy Roosevelt
He shaped the United States and the world as both proceeded into the 20th century. He was far ahead of his time, being both tough yet compassionate. He was extremely intelligent, hard working, humble, and a wonderful father and husband. He was probably the most idealist and honorable leader we've ever had and his enthusiasm knew no bounds.

14Fidel Castro
Anyone who could fight out of the jungle with makeshift arms and overthrow a violent and greedy tyrant, who stood up to the might of the "good guys" for 50 years and who always had the well-being of his people at heart, deserves the accolade of leader of the 20th century. As for his influence, just look at South America in the 21st century, one by one its nations have cast off the chains of N. American imperialism, cloaked as always in a shroud of benevolence and charity. What legacy did John Paul II leave? He left Ratzinger, a despot, ex-Hitler youth, misogynist, homophobe, a beacon of hatred, a haven for serial child rapists, a friend to the powerful and corrupt and defender of ignorance and poverty. Fidel may have had to make difficult decisions in order to protect his revolution but they pale in comparison to the magnitude of the horrific crimes against humanity perpetrated by at least 6 American presidents since he first came to power.
Fidel Castro is clearly the man of the 20 century at least in the Western Hemisphere. There is no other leader in the Western hemisphere that comes even close.
A Real Warrior. He defies USA over 50 years. Still Inspiring. Thank You Castro.
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15Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher did not try to destroy the working class. She cut spending, entitlements, welfare which was debilitating the growth of private capitalism in Britain, and killing jobs. She was trying to inspire the work ethic within the British people. Rely on yourselves; don't expect the government to take care of you. Britain was a stagnant economy. Thatcher instilled policies that brought freedom, free trade and job growth. It took time, as it does now and people lost their pensions, which gave her policies a bad rap. But Thatcher was a great leader, not allowed to go far enough. She tried to take power out of the hands of the trade unions. She was FOR the working class, the class she came from.
She was not for the working class, she was destroying our economy - British Gas - Sold, British Telecom - Sold, British Airways - Sold, British Steel - Sold. She turned the UK into profit by selling all of it's assets.

On that Logic, I will sell my house, my clothes and all my belongings, once I have done that I will be out of Debt.

"She won a war", against Argentina on their soil...
She and ronald reagan (who should also be on this list) were responsible for destroying the soviet union, and she was the first woman leader to win an actual war. She also tried to destroy the working class.
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16Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Muhammad ali jinnah is the man who give us our independence right. He is the man who unite the muslims and give independent state to muslims and saw a dream that this state will be the islamic republic which will help all the other muslims countries and maintain friendly relations to its neighbours. But after his death all the situation and the concept and ideology of pakistan turn on another way which is shame for us. Now once again we should need a philosopher like allama iqbal and leader as quaid e azam who give us really independence.
Charismatic leader of the century who accomplished his goal or in other words making the dream of independent nation for Indian Muslims come true, the dream of the most influential Muslim scholar Allama Iqbal. Devoted his life for the struggle of two nation theory and accomplish it in the form of Pakistan which appeared as the largest country of Muslims on the map of the world in 1947.
I wish the nation of Pakistan would rethink and reunite them self by holding the strong thought process and following the true practices of Mr Jinnah in order to coup with the current international and domestic issues.
I understand why some may 100% be happy with this man but I think that no matter what but this man gave Pakistan a sort of gift of freedom, identity, honour without any other favour or help of a country. This is significant today for the country to be proud of this history. I don't why I do a poster on him bravely and proudly if people can do one on martin luther or gandhi.
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17Josip Broz Tito
-kept a country together for years when thought impossible
-resisted both western powers and the Soviet communist block, staying neutral throughout the coldwar ( only European communist country to do so. (screw Stalin)
- Chief Leader and one of the founders of The 3rd world ( non-aligned movement)
-made Yugoslavia the first communist country to open its borders to all foreign visitors and abolished visa requirements
-active in promoting a peaceful resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
-1967, Tito offered Czechoslovak leader Alexander Dubček to fly to Prague on three hours notice if Dubček needed help in facing down the Soviets.
-only communist country allowed to have an embassy in Alfredo Stroessner's Paraguay
-His public speeches often reiterated that policy of neutrality and cooperation with all countries would be natural as long as these countries did not use their influence to pressure Yugoslavia to take sides
-Tito received a total of 119 awards and decorations from 60 countries around the world (59 countries and Yugoslavia)

Come back marshal tito
Helped to keep together Yugoslavia a deppeleay divided nation for 27 years

18Gamal Abdel Nasser
The best arab leader ever and remains a legend after 60 yrs. If all the leader had a bit of nasser the Middle East would have been a leading power in the world.
Even though he had his political and economic mistakes but he sure had the best integrity of any individual in the History of man kind, with all the love and loyalty to his people and country...
Was the defacto leader of the arab world. If the west didn't fight him so hard he wouldve made egypt and the arab world a super power

19John Lennon
I wish more people listened the song 'imagine'... would solve half the problems of the world...
Was such an influential person, musically and in so many other ways
One of the greatest men ever to live! He was so peaceful!

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20Ronald Reagan
Never voted for him but must admit he accomplished everything he promised on the campaign trail. Learned to admire his confidence and action and that is what leadership I's all about.
With Thatcher and Gorbachev, led the way to a reunified Germany... Also restored America's stature in the world, both economically and politically.
Ended the cold war.. Enough said

21Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
People of his country(Bangladesh) says he was a great leader but more of that he was the greatest magician of the all time And his most powerful trick was his love for his country and love for his people. IN his one word farmers, labors, student womens, civilians, stood against the pakistani army and made them to bow down.30 lacks of people died and many many more of that was ready to die because that man said to his people on his last speech before the liberation war started in Bangladesh and before he was arrested and taken in the jail of the west pakistan (Since we have given blood, we will give more of it. But, Insha'Allah, we will free the people of this land! The struggle this time is for emancipation! The struggle this time is for independence! Be ready. )He was faced to his death couple of time by the pakistani rulers but he never compromised. But in 1971 he was ordered to be hanged till death by the illegal court marshal by the west pakistani army rulers. But the pakistani army had a very clear idea of his popularity in the east wing of pakistan so they did not fell safe to kill mojib. So they decided to make a grave beside his condom sell and gave him a choice to become the prime minister of Pakistan or you want to sleep for the last time in this gave. But it was too late because the pak army had started killing innocent bangali long before that and Bongobondhu was not greedy to be the prime minister of whole pakistan rather than giving his people a independent land from pakistan. (Bongobondhu said I am a Bengali I am a Muslim I will die once not twice I will die with a smile in my face but I will never insult my people. If you want to kill me you can go for it I have no objection but I have one last request return my dead body to my people). BUT at last his people brought their leader back they brought back their bongobondhu. Bongobondhu was not a his part of name it was a title given by his people which means friend of the peoples of Bangladesh. But he stayed in power only for 3 and half years. In the end I will say one thing that there are names of very big big leaders and my leader Bongobondhu even respected them but there is no one could united the whole nation that much strongly that 30 lacks of dead bodies could not break them apart. But a leader from a small and poor part of the pakistan did.
Lord Fenner Brockway felt that in a sense Sheikh Mujib is a greater leader than George Washington, Mahatma Gandhi and De Valera which I also believe to be True, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to be the greatest leader of the millennium. Because he was not only influential like Gandhi or Luthar king, not only a driving force like Washington, not only oppressed like Mandela but he was everything a leader can be along with all adjective I used for the great leaders mentioned in this sentence. The world has never seen another fourth finger as firm his before. He once said that his greatest strength is the love for his people, his greatest weakness is that he loves them too much. Unfortunately his assassination proved it to be true. Cuban leader Fidel Castro speaking about Mujib stated, "I have not seen the Himalayas. But I have seen Sheikh Mujib. In personality and in courage, this man is the Himalayas. I have thus had the experience of witnessing the Himalayas"."In the thousand year history of Bengal, Sheikh Mujib is her only leader who has, in terms of blood, race, language, culture and birth, been a full blooded Bengali. His physical stature was immense. His voice was redolent of thunder. His charisma worked magic on people. The courage and charm that flowed from him made him a unique superman in these times", said Journalist Cyril Dunn.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was real father of the nation. He never lived like a leader. He lived like a normal person. He loved the peoples like his son &daughter. He was, HE is& He will live the hart of million, billion peoples forever.
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22Ernesto Che Guevara
Che should have lived to see this world today. He was indeed one of our
Greatest leeaders.
THE REAL HERO, A MAN WHO NOT LIVED. THE LIFE LIVED FOR HIM. IN MY OPINION HE SHOULD BE IN FIRST POSITION.
"thr greatest revolutionary of all times... He is a perfect example of gallantry and selflessness... A man who put his ideals above al... Always worked for the poor and opressed"""

23Tenzin Gyatso (14th Dalai Lama)
The man is peace incarnate, life-long leader of Tibet, Buddhism and Eastern spirituality. Feared by China and loved the world over.
He can't compare to any being in the world. A great spritural and political leader.
Philosopher, thinker, Author, Neuro Scientist and a celebrity.

24Ho Chi Minh
Saved his country from vampire capitalism and tyrant invader in his sperm effort
I love ho chi minh

25Soekarno

26B. R. Ambedkar
Dr B.R. ambedkar is one of the most influential personality of india. Due to their efficient constitution india manage to survive its freedom and independence. India with very depressed background has now become a strong, well established and words biggest Democratic country. India with more than hundred languages, six religions and various disparities is leading toward heights.
Dr B.R. ambedkar is true celebrated champion of the underprivileged. He deserves more than what he has achieved today
He greatness can not be expressed in few words.

27Benigno Aquino Jr.
He saved a country, the Philippines, from 30+ years of plunder and tyrannical rule by the greedy and conscienceless Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos. He spent years in prison as a political prisoner and in the end made the ultimate sacrifice of risking his life to bring back democracy to the Filipinos. He was assassinated in August 1987 which led to the bloodless revolution "People Power" that removed the Marcoses from power. There is no greater love than to lay your life for a friend.

28Deng Xiaoping
He is responsible for the spectacular rise of china in the world stage

29Imran Khan
He is one of the greatest patriot in entire history of Pakistan. If he holds the leadership of our country, Pakistan will flourish in the right direction. Imran has very strong ideology and disliked by some western countries, but he is undoubtedly a sincere and true politician ever came to Pakistani politics.
He is a very honest man and he won the cricket World Cup for Pakistan. He cares all about Pakistan.

30Dwight D. Eisenhower
Won WWII, desegregated the schools, ended the Korean War, built the highway system and warned the people of the US about the military industrial complex...
Last career military man who became President of the United States.

One of the great Generals of WWII.

31Bill Clinton

32Jaggi Vasudev

Sadhguru, a yogi and profound mystic of our times, is a visionary humanitarian and a prominent spiritual leader. A contemporary Guru, rooted as strongly in mundane and pragmatic matters as he is in inner experience and wisdom, Sadhguru works tirelessly towards the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of all. His mastery of the mechanisms of life, an outcome of his profound experience of the Self, guides in exploring the subtler dimensions of life.


33Mikhail Gorbachev
He completely upturned the USSR, and essentially gave the people back their freedom (such as by bringing down the berlin wall). His power makes him a great leader, and as a leader he was supported by the people.

34Lee Kuan Yew
Father of modern Singapore. A pragmatic world statesman who took an insignificant fishing village of a state in South East Asia and turned it into a First World Country in one generation.
Even though often critiqued for his leadership style, he has molded Singapore - from a third world nation to a first. Thumbs up, sir!

35Felix Manalo

36Alcide De Gasperi

37Richard Nixon
He brought an end to the war in Vietnam and the civil unrest in America. He was also partly responsible for bringing China into the international community and reducing tensions in the Superpower standoff between the USA and the USSR with the SALT initiative. However, his downfall came with Watergate, where he made a costly mistake of trying to prevent people from discovering the incident but he always maintained that it was a mistake of the heart and not the head, and that he never profited from his mistakes. After a long struggle, throughout his life and career, he decided to resign from office, so the country could heal and move on.

38Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
Tahir ul qadri is the greatest scholar of the Muslim world. He gave the fatwa on terrorism

39Mother Theresa
An example of ultimate compassion working selflessly with the poorest of the poor.

40Thomas Sankara
In his short time as president he helped to modernise Burkina
Faso and would of achieved it if he was not killied I say he take on the ideas of Thomas sankara and get ride of this upper class twites we have in office of start a true state for the working women our man

41Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
HE WAS CALLED THE FRONTIER GHANDHI.

42Golda Meir

43Subhash Chandra Bose
He is the Greatest Freedom Fighter and Revolutionary that India Ever had... The Only calcuttan who Fought against the britishaveery bravely and Sacrificing His whole Life & Luxuries for His Country...

44A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

45Mohammed Omar

46Ziaur Rahman

47Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani

48Thaksin Shinawatra
He helps Thailand during a down period.

49Mao Zedong

50Haile Selassie

51Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Changed the Western world's way of treating the dying - restored dignity to death - Everyman's Journey.

52Mesut Yılmaz

53Malcom X
Malcom X was a great civil right activist, and he was the first American Muslim leader. He died because of his fight against the segregation and absolutely because of his religion (Islam) as I believe.

54Tupac Shakur
He isn't the most influential leader of the 20th century, nor the greatest rapper of all time but he's words touched everybody. He was about racism, poverty, violence and about what the new generations have to deal with: drugs, alcohol and so on. He was assassinated at the age of 25. R.I.P.
Tupac Shakur is the greatest rapper ever and the most influential leader ever. Not just by his music, but by touching everyones heart and soul. Tupac will always be remembered as one of the greatest man who ever lived in this world.

55Al Capone

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