Top 10 Most Famous People of All Time

Whether famous for their positive influence, good deeds, and memorable accomplishments, or infamous as a result of their wickedness and atrocities, these are the people in history whose names are well known today and will continue to be spoken for generations to come.
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

Everyone knows Jesus Christ. Even people who hate Him still acknowledge his impact. For those who hate Jesus, how can you hate someone that you don't believe in? Practically everyone in the world either hates Him or loves Him.

Christians, such as myself, love the Lord. But those who hate God, hate Him because they are still in the dark. And the darkness hates the light. Notice this, the world doesn't hate any other religion, just especially Christianity. Why? Because the darkness despises the light.

This is proof right before our eyes that Jesus is the way. Jesus didn't come to the world to condemn it, but to save it. There is proof too. Every day, demons are cast out, people are healed. Not for the glory of people, but for the glory of God.

Christians are just as sinful as everyone else. So what makes them different? The difference is that Christians, through their sin, have also learned never to reject God. Thus, Jesus graciously accepts them as His own and gives them the hope and faith that martyrs died for.

Jesus died to save you. No matter what you have done or who you are, Jesus, your true heavenly Father, loves you. That is why He died for you. That is also why Christians are driven by the power of the Holy Spirit to teach in the name of Jesus Christ. It is not just us Christians, for we could not love God by our own power. The Holy Spirit is alive and active in the world. The Holy Spirit is who brings previously sinful people to faith in God, to meaning, and to true love and joy.

Brothers and sisters, God be with you all. Jesus is Lord. Amen.

2 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson (Michael Joseph Jackson; August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter. He passed away from cardiac arrest caused by a propofol and benzodiazepine overdose on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael... read more

Obviously, Michael Jackson is the most famous and greatest human being to ever live. He profoundly changed the world and did the most loving and caring things for children and people in need.

He revolutionized the music industry and is the greatest dancer of all time. No one will ever beat him. He was, is, and always will be the best person that has ever lived.

Michael is known by every person on the planet. He got mobbed in countries that didn't even have technology. He was crowned King in Africa, not just the King of Pop, although he is that too. Specifically, he was crowned King of Sanwi, a place in Krindjabo, Ivory Coast, West Africa. He is also the proud owner of over 1,000 awards, a number that is still growing to this day. Along with many deserved awards, such as presidential awards, he also had over 4.8 billion fans.

I think it is very sad that his trusted personal doctor injected him with Propofol and Benzodiazepine, enough to kill an elephant, and walked away for 45 minutes. When Conrad Murray came back, he tried doing CPR on the bed to resuscitate Michael. The person knew that would do nothing. There's no way he didn't. Every year at multiple different award shows, Michael is reserved a seat in the front row. They put a RESERVED slash on the chair and a piece of laminated paper that says Reserved for the King of Pop Michael Jackson, with his face on it. Michael will always be the King, and no one will outshine him, definitely not Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, or Justin Bieber.

3 Muhammad Muhammad ibn Abdullah (570 AD - 632 AD) was an Arab religious, social, and political leader and the founder of the world religion of Islam. According to Islamic doctrine, he was a prophet, divinely inspired to preach and confirm the monotheistic teachings of Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets... read more

Our Prophet Muhammad SAW is the best man ever! No one compares to him! Michael Jackson, Jesus, they can never be above the humanity of our beloved prophet. While Michael has been doing charity for some years, our Prophet, 1400 years ago, started the organization of charity called Hilful Fuzul. He taught this world how to forgive and how to be humanitarian. No one can be above him!

A person who is more charitable and better than a person who feeds others without eating himself. At least Michael, Ya Allah, I am like a fool, who am I comparing with! In any case, no one, no human can be equal to the Prophet. Our Prophet used to tie stones to his stomach even when he was hungry. Even though he owned a lot of property during that period, he did not keep anything for himself and gave it all to the poor and afflicted.

Did Michael or anyone else feed others without eating themselves? Never! Even though he owns so much property, he gave it all away, not indulging in the luxury of enjoying even a little bit. No one can do this! I can challenge! So first, we should know more about the Prophet, and then we can really see that he is the one who deserves to be number one! No one else!

4 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... read more

Hitler will likely be remembered and talked about in history books worldwide for hundreds, if not thousands, of years to come. However, he will eventually be outdone by someone who is yet to be born.

Jesus and Muhammad will be more commonly mentioned worldwide by far. However, it's impossible to confirm their existence.

Michael Jackson is not in the same league as the dictator who displaced most of Europe and dragged every other major country into a war.

Adolf Hitler is known by everyone in every single country. He’s the most notorious dictator of all time and is considered to be villain of humanity.

5 Albert Einstein Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest and most influential physicists of all time. Einstein is best known for developing the theory of relativity, but he also made important contributions to the development... read more

Albert Einstein is the smartest person of all time. He has inspired countless numbers of geniuses and influenced all the technological advances that we have today.

It's because people say he is one of the smartest individuals the world has ever had. We humans like to be better than others, and being smarter than Einstein will only make it better for the world. Those who are smarter than Einstein often contribute good things to the world.

Reading the reviews, I learned some things I never knew. Albert is somewhat like my idol, and he deserves #6. He was a great scientist who made life easier for future generations. When people hear the words "famous scientist," most think about Einstein. He may not be the best, but he is the best.

6 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American lawyer and statesman who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln led the nation through the American Civil War and succeeded in preserving the Union, abolishing slavery,... read more

Abraham Lincoln is considered to be the greatest President of all time. He ended slavery and gave African Americans the freedom they had always been fighting for.

He united the country more than it had ever been after the most divided civil war ever.

Anyone can relate to Lincoln, no matter who they are. In some way, he has positively impacted the lives of all Americans for the past 150 years. He was a great man but also just a man. He was humble and liked to tell dirty jokes. When I learn about him, I can see myself in him. I think that's why he is so loved.

7 Elvis Presley Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Dubbed the "King of Rock and Roll", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. His energized interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style, combined... read more

Music, and even the culture of America and the world, has never been quite the same since Elvis Presley's last breath and heartbeat that day in August 44 years ago. Though God gave humanity the gift of the short life of Elvis Aron Presley on loan, sadly, Generation X and 21st-century millennials think that boomers overrate him.

Boomers are not actually the biggest fans. Pre-boomers are. The fact is, Elvis Presley arrived on stage in his prime in the mid-1950s, before boomers came of age. Boomers didn't come of age until the 1960s and 1970s, when the Beatles arrived on the music scene.

8 Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Donald J. Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968... read more

Whether you like him or not, Donald Trump is one of the most talked about Presidents ever. Not only in America but the entire world knows who he is. You may not agree with him politically, but you can't argue that his influence is especially strong.

President Trump is easily the greatest president since Teddy Roosevelt, and maybe the greatest ever. The press and global elites have all colluded to try to tear him down, like they've tried to do to many others before - including the President's longtime friend, the late Michael Jackson - but they simply can't.

He's pursuing peace in the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula, crafted and passed great trade deals, dramatically cut taxes, and much more, all while the corrupt evils of the world attempt to bring him down.

9 Diana, Princess of Wales Diana, Princess of Wales (born Lady Diana Frances Spencer; 1 July 1961 - 31 August 1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II, and the mother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex... read more

The most famous woman to ever live is and is considered to be the queen of the people. Princess Diana of Wales is one of the most beloved and influential figures the world has ever seen.

She is beautiful and kind, and what happened to her will continue to break the hearts of people around the world for many years to come. Also, why is she the only woman?

By far the most famous woman of the twentieth century. She was loved by all, from every corner of the Earth, for her beauty, passion, and heart. Unlike others whose fame comes and goes, her fame will endure beyond time, and she will forever be in our hearts.

10 Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African-American president of the United States... read more

Obama is much better than Trump in a variety of ways. Instead of saying the election was rigged and challenging it until inauguration day, Obama transferred power in a humble way.

When Biden got elected, Donald Trump said the election was rigged and only wanted to count the votes from Election Day. He challenged Biden's win for months after Biden humbly accepted his victory.

He may not have been the best president, but he saved America as we know it. I don't think people really understand the depth of how much the American economy was in shambles.

This man inherited something rotten and saved it, while the other side wanted to ride the cycle and let the economy bounce back by itself.

The Contenders
11 Gautama 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.

Master was great. His teachings reflect human life as it is. He was one of the first to sacrifice everything and work for human welfare even after attaining enlightenment.

I don't understand this list, which puts even Michael Jackson and Adolf Hitler ahead of Master. Master explained the truth of life and always emphasized reality. He never taught a single thing that was bad, unethical, dishonest, illogical, or impractical in his teachings.

Because he was a good guy who found a way for people who found it hard to live, he also tried to bring peace to a world suffering from old age, sickness, and death. I loved him so much. Though he failed to bring peace to the world, he did try his best for human life.

12 Leonardo Da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 - May 2, 1519) 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,... read more

One of the greats. If he wasn't around, we wouldn't have cars, bikes, planes, and helicopters. He achieved so many things. He also created the most amazing painting, the Mona Lisa. What a star! He did so many things, and he was born in the 1400s, yet people still remember him.

Many people might not know why he's famous or what he even looks like, but everyone knows the name and at least some of his art. He even has a whole city named after him!

The very first Renaissance man. Had the world regarded him as a hero much like Jesus Christ, we might be better off today.

13 Shahrukh Khan Shah Rukh Khan, also known as SRK, is an Indian film actor, producer, and television personality. Referred to in the media as the "Badshah of Bollywood", "King of Bollywood", "King Khan", he has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films, and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards.

He is one of the best actors in the world. A great inspiration, he is humble, charitable, soft-spoken, kind-hearted, passionate, well-read, witty, a brilliant orator, loyal, honest, and a hardworking family man.

He respects all religions and always stands for women's rights. He works single-handedly for women who are acid attack victims. He is funding a cancer treatment ward at Nanavati Hospital entirely on his own, providing free treatment for needy people for many years. He is the most dignified person.

He is the biggest movie star in the world, the world's second-richest actor, and the only actor after whom a moon crater is named. He has four honorary doctorate degrees, was listed among Newsweek magazine's most powerful 50 people around the world, and is a recipient of the UNESCO pyramid and crystal awards for philanthropy.

A rare species of orchid in Singapore is named after him. He is also the recipient of the highest civilian awards of France and Malaysia. He is the only actor on the list of 365 people who changed the world.

14 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... read more

The most famous African American and is known as their spokesperson. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of, if not the most iconic figures to ever walk this earth.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a man with a lot of hopes. He gave the "I Have a Dream" speech. He was a brave man who wanted to give a voice to freedom for all. He wanted to play a part in an honorable, acceptable world. Martin wanted to be the leader for Black people. He was a good leader for his non-violence beliefs for everyone. He wanted freedom, but not through violence.

15 George Washington George Washington (February 22, 1732– December 14, 1799) was an American military officer, statesman, and Founding Father who served as the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. Appointed by the Continental Congress as commander of the Continental Army, Washington led the Patriot... read more

Obviously, the first President of the United States is on this list. George Washington is considered the father of America, and he led the revolution against the British, which gave America its freedom.

Washington, the first president of the United States, was a fair, honest, brave, and kind man. He led the Revolutionary War and had the chance to become king of the U.S.A. He was fair and honest, so he did not become king, because America had just fought a war to be independent from kings and royalty. Why have another king? Washington instead became president. He was always brave and noble. I admire him for that. FACT: At Washington's presidential ceremony, he forgot his Bible, which he needed. Luckily, they were in a church and quickly found a substitute. Now they always bring an extra Bible to presidential ceremonies.

16 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... read more

Overall, Nelson Mandela is an amazing person with an unforgettable legacy. I did a report on him and learned about the many positive contributions that this man brought to the world. I believe he is the most inspiring person.

He lived to face enormous challenges and yet forgave those who oppressed him. He continued to stand for reconciliation. He has changed and affected millions positively.

I agree with post 32. He was a very great man. He was in prison and later became a president. Nelson Mandela was at the 1995 and 2007 Championships of the Springboks. He is a very great man, an honorable man. From: Niki Stander.

17 Muhammad Ali Muhammad Ali, born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. (January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) was an American professional boxer, activist, entertainer, poet, and philanthropist. Nicknamed The Greatest, he is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sporting figures of the 20th century, and... read more

Best boxer. Had many iconic quotes. WHAT'S MY NAME!? Also, amazing at boxing. Don't call him Cassius Clay, or ask that loser what happens.

He was the greatest entertainer and speaker. He protested against the Vietnam War at the cost of losing all his money and title.

Muhammad Ali, in his time, was the most famous person on the planet. He rivals many famous superstars.

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

He taught non-violence to the world, which even many gods failed to do. Followers of many gods believe in killing animals and have no mercy for living beings. Mahatma Gandhi followed the principles of the Jain religion, the only true religion in the world, which tells us to live and let live. To me, non-violence is the biggest thing that can change the whole world and save the only planet, Earth.

Future generations may or may not believe that such a person of flesh and blood ever walked on Earth - Albert Einstein. No God took care of our souls. Neither Karl Marx's communism nor any socialist philosophy can break the shackles of blacks. Only the great Gandhi's philosophy can do it. Yes, it has done so. He is the greatest ever to walk on Earth.

19 John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (9 October 1940 - 8 December 1980) was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age... read more

He is one of the most phenomenal human beings to ever walk this planet. He has contributed so much that is good, hopeful, cutting-edge, and forward-thinking. We lost so much when he died, but his music, charity, and compassion will always live on!

John Lennon is the lead singer of the most famous band ever, The Beatles. He was also a successful solo artist. He is amazing.

Not only was he already in the most iconic band in pop culture, but he also had the most notable solo career afterward. Singer-songwriter, activist, artist - there's a lot John Lennon did in 40 years.

20 Moses Moses is a prophet in Abrahamic religions. He is the Lawgiver of Judaism. God sent him to the Pharaoh in Egypt to tell him to release the children of Israel from bondage. When the Pharaoh disobeyed God, God sent 10 plagues. Finally, Pharaoh relented, and Moses led the children out of Israel (through... read more

If you know Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible, you should know Moses. He was one of God's great prophets.

He is one of the most important characters in the Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam, and Judaism), so he is a well-known figure by the majority of religious people around the world.

Great person who was a true believer and had a great connection with God.

21 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

Well, we ARE talking about famous people, and I know that Gandhi is an amazing human being who can never be forgotten. However, if you were to ask people of all ages who Gandhi is, they might not know what to answer. I bet they could even name a couple of Eminem's tracks. That's just my opinion, though.

Also, based on my experience, quite a large number of young people aren't familiar with Albert Einstein, but they are the ones rapping along to Without Me.

He is the greatest rapper of all time and the best-selling artist of this century. He has so many awards, you can't even count them. Do you know anyone who doesn't know him? No, really, everyone knows Eminem.

22 Julius Caesar Gaius Julius Caesar, known by his cognomen Julius Caesar, was a Roman politician and military general who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire.

The man who initiated the Roman Empire, one of the most influential forces in Europe and Western culture. A symbol of power, he is remembered as one of the most important historical figures.

Should be number 2 - definitely the most well-known ancient leader and one of the greatest minds to ever walk the Earth. The mighty Roman Empire existed because of him.

Caesar's legacy continues to this day. English, Russian, and German all use some variation of the Roman Emperor's name to mean "leader."

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

Known worldwide for his influence on the sport of basketball and the sports industry as a whole.

Best player ever! Also, a very smart and successful businessman!

The platinum standard for being a winner. The greatest champion ever.

24 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.

A great playwriter and author; he created some of the best plays EVER!!!
He is one of the BEST poets in all history, and my No.1 author. His A Midsummer Night Dream is AMAZING!!!

William Shakespeare changed the world forever. He plays a significant role in world literature and invented numerous words we use today, such as "fashionable," "bedroom," "useful," "mimic," "successful," and many more. He is pretty much the greatest poet, playwright, and actor in history. Shakespeare deserves to be higher up on this list.

One of the most famous authors ever, he is still remembered even though he was born in the 1500s. He has written 43 books. He is so amazing and certainly deserves a spot in the top twenty.

25 Beyoncé Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter, is an American singer and actress, who started out in the popular pop/r&b girl group Destiny's Child. They had multiple top 5 hits such as "No, No, No", "Say My Name", "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Survivor", "Independent Women", "Bootylicious", and "Jumpin', Jumpin" from... read more

Her music may not be the best and the most outstanding nowadays, but no one can claim that she doesn't have talent. After all, she is Queen and she is definitely famous enough to be on this list. I think she should be higher up the list.

She's iconic, like a number 1 queen. Come on, she's low-key making history. We all know her. She's very famous.

She is a beautiful, strong woman who everyone wants to be!

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