Most Influential Leaders of the 20th Century

The Top Ten
1 Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

At the beginning of the 20th century, while every leader was leading people either to fascism or communism; he was the only leader who has the vision of establishing a republic and democracy. He tried so hard to convince even his comrades for believing democracy and universal values. His vision was so ahead of his time, it allowed Turkish women to gain the rights to vote and to be elected, while it was a dream in Europe. In the middle of an islamic community, he tried to implement modern life style; scientific education system, deficit free economy and secular government legacy. His revolution was the only revolution in 20th century; which established a modern republic unlike the communist and fascist ones.

Starts his life in a sunny spring day in 1881, gets great marks in his schools, later on starts his job as an officer. Wins almost all battles he takes part in. Stops allied ships, suppliments and enormous allied landing at Dardannels, saving the Ottoman Empire and causing October Revolution indirectly. Fighting with France, Greeks, British, Armenians, Italians at the same time and winning against all of them. Foundation of Republic of Turkey. Abolishes Sultanate and Caliphate. Changes the Turkish Alphabet to Latin, gives women rights, makes economy function and the state independent. Currently rests under a giant mausoleum.

Ataturk is without doubt the greatest, smartest, most benevolent leader of the Turkish history and the most intelligent leader of the 20th century. He completely transformed, one might even say recreated a nation, preached science in every chance he got, gave equal rights to women even before most of the European countries and is the sole reason why the Turkish nation is far from being an Islamic fundamentalist people. May God bless this great great man!

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.

2 Winston Churchill Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, and a writer.

Gandhi, Hitler, Ataturk? As a American of German ancestry it pains me to say a Brit was probably not only the most influential but arguably the greatest man to walk the earth short of Christ himself.

In the face of certain doom this man lead his country to stand up, fight and oppose the most formidable force the world had ever seen. He walked among his people as the bombs were falling. Courage, strength, integrity, sincerity and the deepest conviction gave him the moral authority to lead a nation and the world from the brink of enslavement.

Hitler before Churchill what a joke. A brutal coward and a thug. He murdered a lot of people but last I checked the universal language is English not German and the symbol of his reign isn't even legal in his own nation.

By the way, all you FDR fans. Nope. Roosevelt did not have the courage to lead his people to do what was right over what was popular. As the Jewish peoples of Europe were being written out of the future, his ...more

He was irascible, opinionated, and wanted to keep the Empire together.

He was also probably the best informed, prolific author and speech writer of all time. I have little doubt that he helped save Western Europe from the clutches of Communism and did well to influence America to join him in the crusade against Hitler and Tojo.

He is directly responsible for saving the world from Nazism. If he had not encouraged the Brits to fight and win the Battle of Britain and to not make peace with Hitler, the Soviets would have fallen. If the Soviets fell than the world would have had no chance to stop the Axis powers.

England was ready to surrender, the nazis were basically winning battle after battle, and the end was near, but this guys speeches alone made Britain retaliate harder and stronger than ever. This guy basically saved the world and democracy.

3 Josip Broz Tito Josip Broz (7 May 1892, Kumrovec – 4 May 1980, Ljubljana), commonly known as Tito, was a Yugoslav communist revolutionary and statesman, serving in various roles until his death in 1980. During World War II he was the leader of the Partisans, often regarded as the most effective resistance movement in occupied Europe.

In 1980 he had the largest state funeral in history.

This man, that seems unknown to many, was loved by leaders from both sides of the Cold War. His death brought enemies together in silent mourning but it also brought the end of an era of brotherhood and unity.

Tito was the greatest leader of the 20th century because his influence stretched out to a global scale, but he is also the worst leader because nobody could possibly live up to his greatness.

He fought off Hitler, humiliated Stalin and resisted pressure from the United States. He had a vision of what he believed was right and he didn't allow anyone to halt his journey.

People talk about Lenin or Marx as the socialist revolutionaries, but they are wrong. Tito was the true revolutionary, by taking elements of many different ideologies he was able to create a truly socialist nation that strived for the people and not military or economic dominance. It wasn't about controlling the most land or having ...more

Yugoslavia prospered under Tito. With his leadership, the country was strong and united, fought off the Nazis, and played both sides perfectly over the course of the Cold War, all this DESPITE the diverse ethnic groups that were all thirsting for independence. Yugoslavia was easily the defining neutral power in all of Europe, somehow gaining the support of the West and the Marshall Plan in spite of the fact that it was a communist country. Honestly, Tito was a political genius to say the least.

Also, the fact that Yugoslavia basically collapsed the second Tito died really says something about how much of a miracle it was that he held the region together in the first place.

I agree Tito was the best. The only dictator loved by people. Correct he was not dictator it was one party dictatorship. However communist party was good party. It encourages people to do their best. If someone is member of communist party got privileges. To be member ones has to be the best student, the best employee, the best employer, the best pupil... As I said do your best and you got privileges. In other words everyone wanted to have privileges and consequently everyone gave the best.
Tito was leader of this good party.

One of the founders of the Third World, a greatly awarded, decorated and appreciated man all around the world. Yugoslavia under Tito was the only European communist country which did not become a Soviet satellite state. Despite this, it was a country where life standards were high and lots of people who lived in this period would even argue that they liked it better under Tito's leadership. The Yugoslavian passport was also of great value and power.

4 Gandhi

Helped make non-violent forms of protest popular around the world with his famous Salt March, as well as other forms of resistance such as Satyagraha and Ahimsa. Worked within the Indian National Congress with other figures such as Jawaharlal Nehru. Frequently corresponded with leaders such as Leo Tolstoy, and inspired many other people around the world such as Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr.

Gandhi did NOT get Britain out of India. (They were going anyway within a very few years) He only got them out FASTER before India was ready. Churchill warned, (and was proved correct) that the Hindus and Muslims would wreak havoc on one another. Because Gandhi forced the issue over ONE MILLION people died needlessly in the holocaust he helped create. Also it is worth noting that Gandhi had no problem with the ridiculous caste system that has oppressed millions of Indians.

It is also worth noting that India was just a geographical expression with continuous war and oppression until the wicked imperialistic British forged it together for them.

The railroads and most of the 20th century infrastructure was also built by the wicked imperialistic British.

SUTEE, which was the practice of throwing the widow of a dead man ALIVE on his burning funeral pyre, was also stopped by the wicked imperialistic British.

The murderous THUGGE cult was also smashed by the ...more

I think that Mr Gandhi was and is still in this contemporary world one of the most influential person that human race has ever known. Be it his character, devotion, integrity, visionary, patient, peace maker, philosophy, humbleness, simplicity, and if I continue to enumerate there won't be enough word to define the exemplary person he was. He was second to none, and I do not believe that there will be another living man who can reach his achievement.

He was the true HUMAN BEING, with such a will and kindness that I might only dream about. Gandhiji was the incarnation of GOOD like Hitler was the incarnation of Evil.
His unwavering belief in the basic goodness of humanity should be the inspiration and hope for us all. He probably saved the lives of more people than anybody in history. Thank you, Mr. Gandhi. You are the true Hero.R. K from Poland.

5 Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler (April 20, 1889 - April 30, 1945) was a German politician of Austrian descent who served as the leader of the Nazi Party since 1921, Chancellor of Germany since 1933, and Führer of Nazi Germany since 1934. As dictator of Nazi Germany, he reversed the Treaty of Versailles, initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was a central figure of the Holocaust. He committed suicide two days before Soviet soldiers stormed his underground shelter in Berlin.

Personally, I believe Hitler is the greatest leader in the 20th Century. His commitment is extra-ordinary; he used all his skills to reach his aim and invented a knowledge and industry to implement his aim. He created a mission based on a philosophy; practically executed that mission;mobilized the entire nation to contribute to that mission. In this course, Hitler used all the resources around him to reach his aim; invented many resources those not freely available and managed those resources efficiently and effectively; gave a high and technical and disciplinary values to his work. I think, Hitler used all the human-distinctiveness and strengths that a human being can used to reach his aim or long felt inner-human urges.

(I know the entire world hate Hitler, so do I, but I highly respect his LEADERSHIP; how did he used his leadership a different story)

Took Germany from being one of the most deprived and socially fractured nations in Europe to the strongest, richest, and most unified nation in the world in ten years. His flaws and motives, as well as the motives of those around him, put him on a pedestal of darkness but he was the greatest and most amazing leader of the century.

Hitler was a terrible human being, but his actions have had large effects on the world. I think he's the most referred and among the most studied individuals of the 20th Century and his story before and during his reign in Nazi Germany has paved the way for understanding and studying dictatorship.

Also, while he was bad inherently, he was a very good politician with excellent leadership and understanding of politics and economics. I think he could have been an inspirational man, had it not been for the actions and moral path he took.

He was able to create a powerful economy, rivaling with the rest of the world with the restraints of the treaty of Versailles. Although the rest of the west did not want Germany to exist as a major world power, this man was able to create a world power out of a depressed economy.

6 Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 to 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and dominated his party for many years as a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century, leading the United States during a time of worldwide economic depression and total war.

Clearly the best President the United States had in the 30s till the mid-40s. His economic strategies were the cause of the US getting out of the Great Depression. He made America into a superpower except he was similar to Woodrow Wilson because he did declare WW1 and for FDR he did it for WW2. He is clearly flawed, especially he introduced Japanese Internment camps where people of Japanese descent were forced to undergo heavy scrutiny. FDR's legacy remains to be unpopular but important.

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.

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

7 Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (22 April 1870–21 January 1924), better known as Vladimir Lenin, was a Russian revolutionary, politician, and political theorist. He served as the first and founding head of government of Soviet Russia from 1917 to 1924 and of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1924. Under his administration, Russia, and later the Soviet Union, became a one-party socialist state governed by the Communist Party. Ideologically a Marxist, his developments to the ideology are called Leninism.

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.

Vladimir Lenin is the best leader of 20th in have ever seen. He was actually a genius, who cared about working class. Too bad he died soon. If he was there for longer period, USSR might have still existed.

He is unarguably the most influential and intelligent leader of the 20th century as he showed the entire world that Socialism was not a utopia claimed by many.

8 Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr.; January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an African American minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968. King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, inspired by his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi.

Probably one of the greatest American citizens ever, along with his wife Coretta Scott King, if not the greatest of all time. Helped advance Civil Rights in both Republican (Eisenhower) and Democrat (Kennedy/Johnson) Administrations, which helped to desegregate schools, but also advance voting rights, and prohibit discrimination in many areas such as employment and housing, which were a major part of the Great Society/War on Poverty programs proposed by LBJ. Also marched for other causes, such as the Poor Man's March on Washington, and his family still advocates through the King Center to help advance equal justice for all.

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.

A great man who tried his best to open the eyes of others.

9 Joseph Stalin Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian dictator, and was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Holding the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was effectively the dictator of the state.

Joseph Stalin is the best leader or USSR, if we stop looking at him from the lens of western liberal democracy. His brutality is highly controversial. Different books by historian always tell different events and things about his leadership, even they are not at consensus. However, if some brutality occurred in his regime, then it must be for the mechanism of socialism. In 2000, Russia revealed papers and those papers tell that he only wanted to maintain socialist structure.

This guy was Hitlers nightmare, he transformed Russia from a weak agricultural nation to a industrial superpower and even though he did kill millions (more than Hitler) he made the Soviet Ruble worth more than a US dollar and employment was guaranteed, free health care, injured worker were guaranteed pay and the state regulated food prices and many more.

He is a great leader of not only the Soviet Union and also the best leader of the national communism movement. His success inspired leaders and people in numerous different countries to rise up against the autocratic leaders.

A greatly influential leader does not necessarily mean a benevolent leader with a good influence. He truly was a great influence but seldom a good one.

10 Nelson Mandela Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid activist who served as the first president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government more.

Everyone likes Nelson Mandela! He's the best zombie of all time! He was a zombie two times over! (Died 1989, zombie until July 2013, zombie again until December 2013)

I think Nelson Mandela is the best, Africa is a really big country, and he made peace for the whole of Africa!

Great leader for peace. Even with those who persecuted him. Excellent example for mankind

He is/was the utopia in terms of humanity! The greatest connector and leader for peace and equality

The Contenders
11 John F. Kennedy John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29th, 1917 - November 22, 1963) commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination. The Cuban Missile Crisis, The Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the establishment of the Peace Corps, developments in the Space Race, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Trade Expansion Act to lower tariffs, the Civil Rights Movement, the "New Frontier" domestic program, and abolition of the federal death penalty in the District of Columbia all took place during his presidency.

Risked and lost his life by courageously attempting to take on the powerElites by his decision to shut down the Corruption of the Federal Reserve which would have a huge positive affect on the world by making an incredibly positive shift in the direction of the financial evolution of the planet.

Alas in 1963. He was Kicked out of the American Club by Lee Harvey Oswald and a bunch of other people then moments after. he lost his life

he was only 46 years old

12 Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II served as Pope and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005. He is called Saint John Paul the Great by some Catholics.

He helped free Poland, he helped Mother Teresa, he forgave the man who 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 Margaret Thatcher on the list? She discriminated against Catholics in my country, Ireland. She let Bobby Sands and the hunger strikers die, even though the Pope tried to stop the British government from doing it and give us a united Ireland. He is in heaven now, enjoying himself. Long live Pope John Paul 2nd's 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 was instrumental and responsible to the fall of communism, no doubt he is John Paul The Great!

He forgive the very person who wanted to kill him.. Its great to forgive... Forgiveness leads to PEACE on earth

13 Teddy Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, he became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the more.

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.

A man with ideas that were ahead of his time. A tough man with liberal ideas. Anti trust laws, child labor laws, national parks. The greatest American president by far.

T.R. "humble? "
He was an egocentric blowhard of the first order.
His "boundless enthusiasm" was for total statism.
You don't have a clue what you're talking about.

A great military leader, and president...oh don't act like you don't know that this man led the ROUGH RIDERS

14 Mikhail Gorbachev

Helped to make the Soviet Union, and the communist system more accountable to the people/restore trust, with his famous reforms of "Glasnost" and "Perestroika". Signed nuclear arms reduction treaties which would help begin the end of the Cold War. Was in the most badass Russian Pizza Hut Commercial known to man (look it up on YouTube.) and developed relationships with Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush, which increased friendliness between the two nations.

This man could not win the love of his own people. Ask people on the street in Russia who is the worst leader in the history of Russia, 8 out of 10 will name Gorbachev (the rest will name Yeltsin). The people did not forgive him for destroying the Soviet Union and plunging the country into chaos, poverty and banditry, which came after the greatest robbery in history. In the 30 years since then, Russia has evolved from a developed industrial superpower into what is now called the capacious name " Nigeria with Snow." Some say it's not his fault, but the reality is that it was the result of his actions. China, being much less developed than USSR in early 90s, was able to successfully implement perestroika, and now look what it has become. The Soviet Union would have been in its place...

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.

Just wanted his people to be happy and free. No matter their leader, he re-introduced elections, which he lost. He ended the Cold War too.

15 Margaret Thatcher Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, was a British stateswoman and politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and was the first ever woman to be Prime Minister, having defeated James Callaghan in the 1979 General Election.

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.

Should be ranked at least in the top 5. Margaret Thatcher brings a huge impact during non war period, except for a brief war over the falklands. It is easy to rank someone like Churchill higher because he was viewed as the hero who saved Britain from defeat of war. But other then that, Churchill contribution is minimal. Thatcher was so influential throughout the whole world. It was she who started of with the big privatization agenda in which was heavily copied in Asia and Eastern Europe. She also played a huge role both in Britain and Europe. It was during her leadership that welfare spending was cut and her refusal to join the Euro currency was correct. Her fight against the labor union which today influence French upcoming presidential candidate Francois Fillon and few other countries. Her stance against socialism is gaining more and more relevance today. This is a leader who can foresee things 30-40 years ahead. She is the greatest leader of the 20th century.

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.

16 Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomeini Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini, known in the Western world as Ayatollah Khomeini, was an Iranian Shia Islam religious leader and politician.

He was the Grand Ayatollah and the supreme leader of Shia's, the revolution he brought has still impact in Iran. He had great leadership qualities due to which he desolate the liberal government of shah of Iran (Mohammad Reza Pahlavi) Imam Khomeini considered be the only greatest philosopher of the 20th century.

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.

He was so influential that he had the biggest funeral ever, but his influence was bad.

The great man for his influence over the country men and all over the muslim world

17 Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman was the 33rd President of the United States, an American politician of the Democratic Party.

He made the most difficult decision a President has ever had to make. It saved untold Japanese and American Lives. He was incorruptible. He was not power hungry and made his decisions based on what was good for America and in accordance with his Christian faith.

Very weak leader. He had a chance to turn the Soviet Union into radioactive ashes before it developed its own nuclear bomb but he didn't use it. This was a betrayal of the ideas of democracy.

18 Muhammad Ali Jinnah "Quaid-e-Azam" Muhammad Ali Jinnah (December 25th 1876 - September 11th 1948) was a British-Indian lawyer and politician, whom would later go on to become the founder of Pakistan in 1947 and its first Governor-General. He died only a year after from tuberculous, but has remained an influential and important leader in the 20th Century and was one of the prominent figures who supported The partition of India

Gandhi's aim was to protect India from a split-up. And Jinnah's was to provide a autonomous state to not only his nation, but people who really were oppressed by the staggering Hindu majority. Jinnah's struggle was unique, and not that he just led the Pakistan Movement, it was indeed his leadership that did what the Islamic Reformers, Mughals, and other Influential Legends couldn't do. That is Jinnah. A Victor, indeed. He won the duel against Gandhi, as the movement is summed up as a game of chess between these two, Gandhi was not able to refrain Indian split and lost it to Jinnah.

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.

Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a great statesman, who used his wisdom and political acumen to make even his opponents agree on the Independence of Muslims in a separate homeland.
No where in the world, a minority Muslim community has achieved independence except for Pakistan, mainly due to the great leadership and principled stand of Quaid to even win his opponents

19 Fidel Castro Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, known as Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926 – November 25, 2016), was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Under his administration, Cuba became a one-party Communist state; industry and business were nationalized, and state socialist reforms implemented throughout society.

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.

He should be the Man of the Century. The Cuban Revolution is one of the most wonderful things in the world.
No one was stronger than Fidel Castro in the long story of mankind.

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.

Good riddance to bad rubbish, I hope he does not RIP.

20 Ronald Reagan Ronald Wilson Reagan (1911-2004) was an American politician and actor who was 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989 . Prior to his presidency, he was the 33rd Governor of California from 1967 to 1975, following a career as a Hollywood actor and union leader until his death in 2004

Created all the problems we are dealing with today. His trickle down economics has created the economic disaster that every Republican President repeats and every Democratic President has to spend their whole term clearing up.

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.

By escalating the arms race he brought the Soviet Union to its inevitable end quicker. Through Nancy's War on Drugs he worsened conditions for those whom have addiction problems.

With Thatcher and Gorbachev, led the way to a reunified Germany... Also restored America's stature in the world, both economically and politically.

21 B. R. Ambedkar Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (14 April 1891 – 6 December 1956), popularly known as Babasaheb or B. R. Ambedkar, was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement and campaigned against social discrimination towards Untouchables (Dalits), while also supporting the rights of women and labour. He was Independent India's first law minister, the principal architect of the Constitution of India and a founding father of the Republic of India. more.

An enigmatic personality, brilliant and humble. He could have served into other nations for his betterment or could have converted to islam or christianity to gain political influence and power (considering the pre-independent India), but he chose only to strive for his community people and also the low level communities in hindu society. He even made reforms in the consitution to benefit every strata of the Indian society protecting the harmony and integrity of India.

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.

The above leaders are allowed to study, speaks and they are treated better than animals but Dr. B. R. Ambedkar is faced this issues even than he rights an Constitution equal to all. That's why I am selecting this one and only the best leader for ever...

Unarguably one of the finest statesman, administrator, economist who continues to inspire millions. His ideas which were way ahead of his time have started finding resonance in the present era of welfare based society. He attacked socio-politico-economical inequality and worked hard towards achieving egalitarian society.

22 Charles de Gaulle Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (22 November 1890 – 9 November 1970) was a French general and statesman. He was the leader of Free France (1940–44) and the head of the Provisional Government of the French Republic (1944–46). In 1958, he founded the Fifth Republic and was elected as the 18th President of France, a position he held until his resignation in 1969. He was the dominant figure of France during the Cold War era and his memory continues to influence French politics.

French general and statesman who led the Free French Forces during World War II. He later founded the French Fifth Republic in 1958 and served as its first president from 1959 to 1969.

Should be on the top ten. He restore the nation of France, and succeed after the terrible defeat on juin 40, to get a occupation zone in Germany, to avoid a civil war, and get a seat to France at the ONU.

He was the leader on the Free French Forces and a true opponent to the Vichy Regime. He play a huge part in the decolonisation.

23 Mao Zedong Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949, until his death in 1976. His Marxist–Leninist theories, military strategies, and political policies are collectively known as Maoism or Marxism–Leninism–Maoism.

Mao Zedong transformed China into what is now known as the People's Republic of China. Through The Great Leap Forward China is now one of the largest producers of technology oriented products. It is also one of the worst nations where human rights are concerned. Like many of the leaders on this list, he was a great leader but not a good one.

His gargantuan ego, villainous contempt for the human condition, and role in shaping Southeast Asia earn Mao a spot in the top ten.

If "Influential" means he killed the most civilians of anybody in history, then Mao is your guy!

He changed China, though people are not rich at that time, they were happy.

24 Tenzin Gyatso (14th Dalai Lama) The Dalai Lama is a monk of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Je Tsongkhapa. The Dalai Lama title was created by Altan Khan (Shunyi Wang of China) in 1578. The 14th and current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso.

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.

So influential, he had a cartoon character named after (and a damn great one at that (it's Avatar: The Last Airbender in case you were wondering) )

25 Bill Clinton William Jefferson Clinton (Born August 19th 1946) is an American politician who was the 42nd President of the United States. He previously served as governor of Arkansas. He became president after unseating incumbent president George H.W. Bush in 1992. He was re-elected in 1996 after defeating Senator Bob Dole. A member of the Democratic Party, Clinton was ideologically a New Democrat and many of his policies reflected a centrist "Third Way" political philosophy. more.

He's a cool dude

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