Most Influential People of All Time

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41 Tom Hanks Tom Hanks Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his roles in Splash, Big, Turner & Hooch, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, You've Got Mail, The Green Mile, the Toy Story Franchise, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code, Captain Phillips, and Saving Mr. ...read more.

Get a life.

42 William Shakespeare William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

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 ...more

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. - mgenet

he os good

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43 Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, poetry, ...read more.

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.

I voted for Jesus Christ but this guy should still be in the top 10 he is a genius - louiethefly

He was an artist, an inventor, a scientist and an architect. So many conflicting roles, yet he pulled them all off effortlessly ~

He should at least enter top 5.
He's the most talented person I know of.

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44 K.S. Chithra K.S. Chithra Krishnan Nair Shantakumari Chithra, often credited as K. S. Chithra or simply Chithra, is an Indian playback singer from Kerala. Chithra also sings Indian classical, devotional, and popular music. V 2 Comments
45 Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was an American actress, singer and model. Decades after her unexpected death, she has remained one of Hollywood's greatest sex symbols with her eye-catching style, champagne blond hair, and breathless manner of speaking. ...read more.

In 20, 50, 100, 500 years girls/women will still copy and imitate her - Alexandr

A timeless character. Her mystery and persona will forever intrigue generations to come.

46 Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system, X rays, Radio, Remote Control, Laser, and electric motors . Tesla developed and ...read more.

This man help give us the modern age, a genius without a doubt who was robbed by Edision as well as other power brokers of the day. I admire him not only for his incredible mind but for a character that was so dedicated to the idea and to the greater progression of man that though he knew later that he had been dubbed he made very little of it and went on inventing, writing and creating till the end. I cannot say enough about this amazing individual.

This guy was so incredible, his ideas were ROBBED by Thomas Edison!

Nikola Tesla is the greatest geek who ever lived. I read two books about him and I think he is the most awesome person ever

Champion of science. Worth being on this list and much higher...

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47 Alexander the Great Alexander the Great Alexander III of Macedon, commonly known as Alexander the Great, was a King of the Ancient Greek kingdom of Macedon and a member of the Argead dynasty.

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.

He should be #1 without alex nothing of the above happens jesus doesn't happen hitler the pope darwin none alexander took a barbaric world and made it civil. Bar none Alexander is the most influential of all time

this is the best 1 do I have to explain the pure greatness?
- dissthisnoob

He has probably influenced every human figure on this list

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48 Abubakir As-Siddique

He deserves to be higher up on the list

I think he must be at the top of criminal and murderer list

I'm surprised why he is out of top 10 he was good leader and he was a good examplery leader to all our leaders

49 Mother Teresa Mother Teresa Mother Teresa also known as Blessed Teresa of Calcutta was a Roman Catholic religious sister and missionary.

A Lovable and Adoring person who sacrificed life for orphanage

She is my real mother. She was in kolkata where I am living. Really honour to me.

Humble, selfless, loving and caring. Your legacy will live on forever on Mother Teresa

She helped so many people its unbelievable

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50 Johannes Gutenberg Johannes Gutenberg Johannes Gensfleisch zur Laden zum Gutenberg (c. 1398 – February 3, 1468) was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe. ...read more.

54 is to low could produce and disseminate information at lightning speed compared to calligraphy. Revolutionized learning in Europe

51 Umar Al-Khattab

I would like him to be in top 3 he established good empires such as the ottoman empire

I am surprised why is he out of top 10

He should be in the top 3,or at least in top 5

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52 Michael Jordan Michael Jordan Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.

Considered as the greatest player to ever set foot on the basketball court. Love by many around the world and Nike is still making a lot of money selling Jordan brand. Not only influential in the basketball court but also influenced many athletes around the world such as soccer David Beckham and the current dominate player in the NBA Lebron James.

The greatest sportsman of all time! Owns a billion dollar brand! I don't know why Ali gets all the hype, he is widely regarded to NOT be the greatest boxer of all time!

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53 Michelangelo Michelangelo Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (6 March 1475 – 18 February 1564) was an Italian sculptor, painter, architect, and poet of the High Renaissance who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art. ...read more.

Look at his works in the Vatican and you will know he deserves better than this.

54 Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking Stephen William Hawking is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

He is a genius and the fact that he is also disabled makes him a great role model for disabled people.

Hawking is one of the most influential people of all time. He inspired me to get into cosmology.

He is the greatest genius after Albert Einstein. He can be placed in top 10.

Truly an inspiring soul. He should be in top 10!

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55 Steve Irwin Steve Irwin Stephen Robert "Steve" Irwin, nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter", was an Australian wildlife expert, television personality, and conservationist.
56 Eminem Eminem Eminem, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, is an American rapper, actor and music producer born on October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, Missouri. Eminem has sold over 300 million records making him the bestselling hip-hop artist of all time. In addition to his solo career, he is a member of D12 and (with Royce ...read more.

Dude! I didn't even LIKE rap before him! No joke. I thought rap was, like, devil music or something because that's what my parent's told me. So I was like "Bad music can't be good." (Duh) But, one day, I was sitting on the bus in, like, 5th grade and this girl asked if I wanted to listen to some Eminem. I was all like "Heck yeah! " (I was rebelling. Still man! ) She handed an ear bud and real slim shady came on. I LOVED it but I knew I might get caught so I didn't listen to it again for a while. But then I got to 6th grade and got all depressed because I mom was getting sick. And one day I was having a sleep over at my house and my friends wanted me to draw something. I love drawing while listening to music so I turned a song on with my laptop. My friend Savannah hated the song so she turned on "Mocking bird" by Eminem and after that, I was officially hooked with Eminem. The only person in my family that actually knows is my big brother Isaac. No one else knows. - dipperpinesfangirl618

My role model. Hip-Hop would never be the same without eminem. 2pac, biggie, eminem and nas. RESPECT. He is telling the truth in his songs and inspired many people. He is a GENIUS

Eminem is amazing wit h talent and one of the best story's of all time. Not to mention he's white and is just behind Tupac In my opinion

He is amazing
I love you The Real Slim Shady

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57 Homer Homer The Greek poet Homer was born sometime between the 12th and 8th centuries BC, possibly somewhere on the coast of Asia Minor. He is famous for the epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, which have had an enormous effect on Western culture, but very little is known about their alleged author. V 1 Comment
58 Hammurabi

The guy invented the first law system

59 Suzanne Collins

Inspired so many people with her ideas of hope and revolution how one person can make a difference

60 Walt Disney Walt Disney Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons.

Everyone who he shouldn't be on this list is dumb. He basically made your childhood, even if you don't like Disney, people got inspire by him.

Because its shapes a child imagination from a young age the characters are perfect

The evolution of the American imagination

Eminem and shivers above this guy nah

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