The 100 Most Influential People In History

Not surprisingly, Greeks have topped the prestigious list of the 100 most influential people in history.

Ancient Greek philosophers Aristotle and Plato topped the list of the 100 most famous people on the planet at number 1 and 2 respectively, followed by Jesus Christ, Socrates, and Alexander the Great, according to the CEOWORLD magazine. It has collected and analysed data on cultural production from 4,000 B.C. to 2017.

I must stress that in this context “influential” doesn’t necessary mean bad or good, rather those who have had the greatest impact on our life and history? Karl Marx? Jesus Christ? Einstein? Moses? Shakespeare?

Magazine named Leonardo da Vinci as number six on the list, followed by Confucius, and Julius Caesar. Homer (Turkey) and Pythagoras (Greece) round out the list at nine and ten, respectively.

Archimedes (Italy) took the No. 11 spot in 2017, followed by the Moses (No.12) and Muhammad (No.13).

Meanwhile, Adolf Hitler ranked No. 14 in the CEOWORLD magazine’s ranking of the most influential people in history.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart of Austria came in 15th place, followed by Shakespeare (16th), Michelangelo (17th), Augustus (18th), and Napoleon Bonaparte, ranked 19th.

Out of 100 most influential people in history, Isaac Newton ranked No. 20th.

The 100 Most Influential People In History

RankNameCountry
1AristotleGreece
2PlatoGreece
3Jesus ChristIsrael
4SocratesGreece
5Alexander the GreatGreece
6Leonardo da VinciItaly
7ConfuciusChina
8Julius CaesarItaly
9HomerTurkey
10PythagorasGreece
11ArchimedesItaly
12MosesEgypt
13MuhammadSaudi Arabia
14Adolf HitlerAustria
15Wolfgang Amadeus MozartAustria
16William ShakespeareUK
17MichelangeloItaly
18AugustusItaly
19Napoleon BonaparteFrance
20Isaac NewtonUK
21Albert EinsteinGermany
22Christopher ColumbusItaly
23Dante AlighieriItaly
24Ludwig van BeethovenGermany
25Gautama BuddhaNepal
26Cleopatra VII of EgyptEgypt
27Martin LutherGermany
28Galileo GalileiItaly
29HerodotusTurkey
30Paul of TarsusTurkey
31Augustine of HippoAlgeria
32NeroItaly
33ThalesTurkey
34Karl MarxGermany
35Marco PoloItaly
36CiceroItaly
37Mahatma GandhiIndia
38SophoclesGreece
39Vincent van GoghNetherlands
40Genghis KhanMongolia
41ZoroasterAfghanistan
42Immanuel KantRussia
43HippocratesGreece
44Sigmund FreudCzech Republic
45Pablo PicassoSpain
46NefertitiEgypt
47Swami VivekanandaIndia
48SolomonIsrael
49Jeanne d'ArcFrance
50George OrwellIndia
51Qin Shi HuangChina
52EpicurusGreece
53René DescartesFrance
54AshokaIndia
55TutankhamunEgypt
56NagarjunaIndia
57MaryIsrael
58Johann Wolfgang von GoetheGermany
59Marcus AureliusItaly
60VoltaireFrance
61Chandragupta MauryaIndia
62OvidItaly
63Niccolò MachiavelliItaly
64Blaise PascalFrance
65AryabhataIndia
66DavidPalestine
67Charles DarwinUK
68Jean-Jacques RousseauSwitzerland
69LaoziChina
70SaladinIraq
71Saint PeterSyria
72ChanakyaIndia
73John the BaptistIsrael
74Mary MagdaleneIsrael
75HeraclitusTurkey
76MahaviraIndia
77Vasco da GamaPortugal
78Elizabeth of EnglandUK
79Jawaharlal NehruIndia
80HoraceItaly
81Louis XIV of FranceFrance
82Joseph StalinGeorgia
83KalidasaIndia
84Vladimir LeninRussia
85EuripidesGreece
86Sun TzuChina
87Rabindranath TagoreIndia
88DemocritusGreece
89Martin Luther King, Jr.US
90Friedrich NietzscheGermany
91Benito MussoliniItaly
92Xerxes of PersiaIran
93Oscar WildeIreland
94Frédéric ChopinPoland
95Mao ZedongChina
96George WashingtonUS
97Indira GandhiIndia
98Benjamin FranklinUS
99Leo TolstoyRussia
100NostradamusFrance
Megan Batchelor

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Executive features editor at CEOWORLD Magazine
Executive features editor at The CEOWORLD magazine and lover of reality TV.I eat cereal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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