TRENDING The Most Important Leaders in World History  

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For good or for bad, our leaders can be powerful forces for change in the world. But who are the most impaction people to ever hold prominent positions of power? This is a list of the most important and influential leaders in the history of the world.

Who are the most important world leaders? Anyone can vote on this definitive list of the men and women who shaped our civilization – for better or worse – making it a collaborative list of the greatest leaders of all time.

Visionaries, pragmatists, conquerors, and humanitarians all share this list. Rank these famous world leaders in terms of importance and add anyone you see missing. But remember: the most influential leaders (those who changed the face of world politics and forever altered their own countries) weren't necessarily good leaders. Some famous conquerors changed the world but let destruction in their wake. Others actually worked for the good of their people and became the great leaders in history.

So, who are the historical leaders that left their permanent mark (for good or bad)? Find out below!

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George Washington 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Abraham Lincoln 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Thomas Jefferson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Alexander the Great 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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James Madison 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Martin Luther King, Jr. 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Donald Trump 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Thomas Paine 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Napoleon Bonaparte 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Charlemagne 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Augustus Caesar 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Julius Caesar 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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John F. Kennedy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Otto von Bismarck 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Otto von Bismarck Lead to the unification of Germany in 1871, and first chancellor of the German Empire.

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John Locke 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Elizabeth I of England 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Mahatma Gandhi 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Benjamin Franklin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Joan of Arc 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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William the Conqueror 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Nelson Mandela 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Peter the Great 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Peter the Great Important Russian Tsar from 1682 - 1721, enforced the Europeanisation of Russia. Maybe the greatest Tsar ever.

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Constantine the Great 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Mother Teresa 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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James Monroe 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Arminius 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Arminius Turned the tide in the endless wars for Germanic independence against the Roman suppressors with his great victory in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in the year 9.

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Winston Churchill 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Leif Erikson 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Leif Ericson Brave Viking explorer, discovered Vinland (America) in circa 1000 AD.

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Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Otto I the Great, Holy Roman Emperor Great German King, stopped the Magyar invasion of Europe in 955. Founder of the Holy Roman Empire in 962.

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Catherine II of Russia 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Moses 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Moses

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Alfred the Great 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Richard I of England 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Richard I. of England Great English king and Duke of Normandy in the 12th century, glorious crusader, scored much great victories against Muslim armies.

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Patrick Henry 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Leonidas I 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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John Hancock 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Robert F. Kennedy 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Nebuchadnezzar II 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Attila the Hun 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Mehmed the Conqueror 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Joseph Stalin 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Jesus Christ 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Salah al-Din 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Martin Luther 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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William I 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
William I., German Emperor Founder of the Second German Empire. Together with his Minister President Bismarck he united Prussia and the North-Western principalities to the North German Confederation in 1866. Five years later, the North German Confederation ...

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Hannibal 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Suleiman the Magnificent 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Suleyman The Magnificent The Shadow of God and The Great Khan

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Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden Great Swedish king, turned the tide in the 30 years war for the protestant side.

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Pericles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History