Most Influential People of All Time

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

The Top Ten

1 Jesus Christ Jesus 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

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

Billions claim him as Lord and Savior!

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).

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!

Christ's teachings, even in a secular perspective, led to Europe's reform to Christianity (starting with the Roman emperor Constantine). This led to some very big struggles, such as the Thirty Years War and the Crusades, as well as other conflicts such as the Great Schism and of course, the Reformation. None of these monumental historical events would have occurred if it weren't for Christ's teachings. Of course, Christ's teachings led Europe to become more pious and develop a regional unity through religion -- naturally, Christ didn't intend to cause any conflicts. His teachings also paved the way for the rise of Islam in the Middle East, which was also quite monumental, as Islam had spread from the Middle East, to Africa, to central Asia, even to Indonesia. Christ's teachings motivated people to do great things, to conquer their fears and fulfill an insurmountable duty, such as Joan of Arc leading the French armies against English invaders in the Hundred Years' War. His teachings ...more

2 Muhammad Muhammad (570 AD - 632 AD) was an Arabian Prophet, best known as the central figure (and last prophet) of the Abrahamic religion of Islam and is amongst the most revered and important historical figures in the world.

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.

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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.

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

He was the best man who walked on earth he was am man of humility and justice orphan since birth but obedient to the mother heaven is under her feet so be sure to love her. He came when people buried their daughters alive. He was liberator of all women rights. Stoned at atiaf and angel Gabriel came down from haven and said give me one word and I will crush the mountain upon this village but he said no just let it go maybe a descendent of these people will worship ALLAH the one and only who. When he fought in battle he gave rules like no other he said do not burn trees do not kill the elder nor the children nor the women just fight those who attack you. People who say he is a murderer their liars they are jealous. He said a women entered hell because a cat she failed to feed. Children would run up to him and he was sure to smile at them and give them sweet fruit dates at the time when children were scared to talk to their own dads. The prophet Muhammed said the best of you in character ...more

3 Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas 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.

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

He lived what he taught, what more to say. His opponents admired him silently. He made millions to march for a common cause. He infused courage and pride in Indian women by handing over some of the most important campaigns of Indian independence movement. For his whole life, he advocated Hindu-Muslim unity and ridiculed evils of Indian society like untouchability. His patience, courage and ideas behind non-violence are simply adorable.

4 Buddha Gautama 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

I certainly feel he was the most influential personality ever put his feet on earth. No other religion or path is as good or genuine as he suggested.

5 Albert Einstein Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science.

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.

An influential man, I certainly will remember him. (Not just because he shares my birthday) but he was also a dreamer. Dreamers are the hardest thing to find these days.

This most famous physicist has revolutionized modern physics the way we see it and grasp lot of people can't grasp it but I'm the only extraordinary autistic being who understand his theories and obviously his world famous equation.

6 Charles Darwin Charles 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.

Yes he was born a christian but over time he became more and more agnostic. - nobody_in_particular

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.

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.

7 Paul the Apostle Paul the Apostle, commonly known as Saint Paul, and also known by his native name Saul of Tarsus was an apostle who taught the gospel of the Christ to the 1st-century world.

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.

Paul should be listed in the second spot, his mission and ministry reached not only the Jewish people but also non-Jews and aided in the movement that became Christianity. His writings are critical to the Christian faith.

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

8 Martin 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.

I love Martin Luther King Jr. He should have lived and been president. But God knows best and God has the perfect plan.

9 Confucius Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. He is the founder of the religion with the same name as him. Confucius believed he was doing the Will of Ti'en (God or 'Heaven') by preaching ethics.

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!

10 Sir Isaac Newton Sir 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.

Isaac Newton should be much higher. He changed the science so he changed the world. Newton should be higher than Einstein.

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

He invented calculus. He should be next to like, Muhammed and Jesus. He pretty much helped bring about the entire Scientific Revolution, which led to innumerable innovations in medicine, astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy.

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11 Constantine 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 changed the course of history, two of his major decisions the foundation of Constantinople and his conversion to Christianity had profound impact on history. Our world would have been different without him, probably still in the dark ages. Besides he was a great statesman and a superb military leader.

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.

12 Abraham Abraham, 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.

This great man built a huge box like building in the middle of a desert that still stands today and over a billion+ people face It to pray 5 times a day every day for all their life. Need I say more? Great prophet of God. Peace be upon Abraham.

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

Without Abraham, there would be no Jesus. Jesus himself was Jewish and he was the first to establish a monotheistic religion, setting an example for the rest of the world. Definitely should be higher.

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

13 Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 - April 30, 1945) 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 ...read more.

He wasn't the only one to kill, but he was the one to be remembered the most

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.

He might have killed millions of people but if you look at him before that he was a great person. He created Vollswagen, the autobahn, the first ever Boy Scouts and created millions of jobs to bring Germany out of a depression created by world war 1 with over 40% unemployment rate. He also was a great speaker and was able to influence all of Germany into believing in his goal. Now if you don't think creating a world war has some kind of influence on the world you are an idiot. He should be much higher on this list.

14 Martin Luther Martin 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?!

15 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...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!

No one has more impact on our society than Michael. Listen to his songs and his message. And all the money from his concert tours that he donated to help the poor. He was a great humanitarian and an inspiration to all.

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

16 Aristotle Aristotle 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.

The basis of many scientific theories and philosophies come from Aristotle, along with his direct contribution to history as the teacher of Alexander the Great and inspiration to other philosophers/scientists such as Rene Descartes.

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.

17 Joseph Lister

Obviously he is a nobody

I voted for him as a joke.

He was very good in medical

18 George Washington George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

He was general of the us army and unanimously elected president? How is that not important and influential

Thanks to him, we have America. And how much has america given us? Well, They are one of the largest economies, One of the largest militaries, Huge influence over other countries

AND the revisionist dumbing-down of the American education system is complete. Some of the posts here reflect the most brainwashed SJW's anywhere.

I do not care about this man but he was for shure racist.

19 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

"that government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish on this earth"
"trusting on Him who can go with me and remain with you, I confidently hope that all will yet be well."
"i am a firm believer in the people, if given accurate information they can be relied upon to meet any national crisis"

Arguably the greatest president ever who led his country through the toughest of times.

Indeed, one of the few who truly recognize themselves as human beings. Those who know the majesty of nature constructed by altruism and consideration.

Amazing person

20 Nelson Mandela Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election.

He stopped racism in South Africa. How more influential can you be? He probably changed more than ten people put together could.

Nelson Mandela is amazing! My family is African and we had to leave Africa because of apatite and just as we left he got out of prison. I'm so proud of my country now because of what he has done and even today he brings great happiness to my family.

Great leader with great desire to change lives of young people

Jesus was just influential to Christians. But seriously Adolf Hitler 51th place I would put him second and Mandela first but the reason I choose Mandela is that he influenced the world in a good way and Hitler in a horrible way

21 Pope Peter I

My one over-riding goal, even more than being God's representative on Earth, was to one day find myself between Socrates and Tupac.

22 Max Planck Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck was a German quantum physicist who was born on April 23, 1858 in Kiel, Germany. He is best known for winning a Nobel prize on the field of physics in 1918 and he published his own well known book called treatise on thermodynamics. His accomplishments was for being elected ...read more.
23 Justinian I

He developed the foundation of our law system today.

24 Napoleon Bonaparte Napoléon Bonaparte was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the French Revolution and led several successful campaigns during the Revolutionary Wars.

I am just going to say that this man spread democracy through out Europe.
If it wasn't for him then europe would still be a continent ruled by absolute monarchy. Stop right their and just think about it in his time their was legit no other country besides the US that is a democracy. This man also spread the idea of equality.

French statesman, king of France, the most brilliant general of his time, he won series of splendid victories against England, Russia and Austria in 1805. He was defeated in the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815 and exiled to St Helena, where he died in 1821.

He was a political reformer and brought glory to France. He did not kill his own people like Stalin, he was well educated and he seeked peace when he became an emperor but his enemies regarded him as a traitor and that is why he fought against them.

Napoleonic code, pushed the unification of Italy and Germany, sold the United States the massive Louisiana territory thus allowing America to become the declining superpower that it is today.

25 Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara, 5th September 1946 - 24th November 1991) was a Zanzibari-born British singer of Indian descent, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and songwriter of the British rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave ...read more.

Freddie Mercury only contribution to the world was through music. Rock music and that is music most people on the world do not listen to. Let's be real most who live Queen are middle upper class white people. He was also a satanic homosexual which is celebrated these days but is very destructive and harmful to society and anyones health who practises it. Jusy read the stats. Is it any wonder Mercury died from AIDS? HIV. Is extremely high among homosexual men because of the highly promiscuous risky lifestyle chose to live.

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

I cannot believe he wasn't in the top ten, let alone the whole list! By now, you must know me, the crazed Freddie Mercury fan. I am just very upset that I had to ADD him! He deserves to be number 2 or 1! (Jesus is #one). All you have to do is listen to "The Show Must Go On". He influenced me in many ways. He told me to be creative, to love, and of course that you should never give up. As I say, "Don't stop till you drop! "
And this quote was like how Freddie was. He never gave up until he succumbed to HIV/AIDS in 1991. Long live.

If it weren't for him and Queen there wouldn't probably be a Lady Gaga! He influenced her! What a great man!

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