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100 People who changed the World

Source: biographyonline

This is a list of 100 people who have changed the world. This list is not a judgement about who is ‘best’.

People who changed the world

  1. Jesus Christ (circa 5 BCE – 30 CE) Spiritual Teacher, central figure of Christianity
  2. Thomas Jefferson  (1743 – 1826) American President 1801 – 1809, principle author of Declaration of Independence
  3. Mikhail Gorbachev  (1931 – ) Leader of Soviet Union 1985 – 1991, oversaw transition from Communism in Eastern Europe.
  4. Lord Buddha  (circa 563 BCE – 483 BCE) Spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism
  5. Winston Churchill  (1874 – 1965) Prime Minister of Great Britain during Second World War
  6. William Shakespeare  (1564 – 1616) English poet and playwright
  7. Muhammad  (570 – 632) Founder of Islam
  8. Martin Luther King  (1929 – 1968) Civil Rights leader
  9. Abraham Lincoln  (1809 – 1865) American President during civil war, helped end slavery
  10. Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013) Anti-apartheid leader, first President of democratic South Africa in 1994
  11.  St Paul (5 BCE – 67 CE) Christian missionary
  12. Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945) Dictator of Nazi Germany
  13. George Washington (1732 – 1799) First President of USA
  14. Sri Krishna (circa 2000 BCE) Spiritual teacher, prominent figure in Hinduism
  15. Emperor Constantine (272 – 337) First Roman Emperor to embrace Christianity
  16. Martin Luther (1483 – – 1546) Key figure in Protestant Reformation
  17. Socrates (469 BCE – 399 BCE) Greek philosopher
  18. Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) Indian nationalist and politician
  19. Karl Marx (1818 –– 1883) German philosopher, founder of Marxism
  20. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 –– 1821) French military and political leader
  21. Simon Bolivar (1783 – 1830) Liberator of South American countries
  22. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) US President 1932-1945
  23. Charles Darwin (1809 –– 1882) Developed theory of evolution
  24. Sir Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727) English mathematician and scientist
  25. Confucius (551 BCE– – 479 BCE) Chinese philosopher
  26. Akbar (1542 – 1605) Mughal Emperor
  27. Queen Victoria (1819 –– 1901) British monarch 1837 – 1901
  28. Konrad Adenauer (1876 – 1967) German Chancellor post WWII
  29. Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 – 1964) First Prime Minister of India
  30. Ramses II (1279 BCE – 1213 BCE) Egyptian Pharoah
  31. Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) American writer and polymath
  32. Alexander the Great (356 BCE –– 323 BCE) King of Macedonia
  33. Woodrow Wilson (1856 – 1924) American president during WWI
  34. Christopher Columbus (1451 – 1506) Italian explorer
  35. Marcus Aurelius (121 –– 180) Roman emperor and philosopher
  36. Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642) Astronomer and physicist
  37. Plato (424 BCE –– 348 BCE) Philosopher
  38. Joan of Arc (1412 – 1431) French saint
  39. Charlemagne (742 – 814) King of Franks and Emperor of the Romans
  40. Aristotle (384BCE –– 322BCE) Greek philosopher
  41. Saladin (1138 –– 1193) Leader of Arabs during Crusades
  42. Babur (1483 – 1531) Founder of Mughal Empire
  43. Sir Walter Raleigh (1552 –– 1618) English explorer
  44. Voltaire (1694 – – 1778) French philosopher
  45. Catherine the Great (1729 –– 1796) Empress of all the Russias 1762 – 1796
  46. Mozart (1756 –– 1791) Austrian composer
  47. Guru Nanak (1469 – 1539) Spiritual teacher, founder of Sikhism
  48. Leonardo da Vinci (1452 –– 1519) Italian scientist, artist, polymath
  49. Louis Pasteur (1822 – 1895) French chemist and Biologist
  50. Leo Tolstoy (1828 –– 1910) Russian writer and philosopher
  51. Albert Einstein (1879 –– 1955) German physicist
  52. Ataturk (1881 – 1938) Founder of the Turkish Republic
  53. Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) Spanish painter and sculptor
  54. Pope John Paul II (1920 – 2005) Polish Pope from 1978-2005
  55. Margaret Thatcher (1925 – 2013) British Prime Minister 1979 – 1990
  56. Mohammed Ali (1942 – 2016) American boxer and human rights activist
  57. John F. Kennedy (1917 –– 1963) American President 1961 – 1963
  58. Boris Yeltsin (1931 –– 2007) First President of Russia 1991 – 1999
  59. Indira Gandhi (1917 –– 1984) Prime Minister of India 1980 – 1984
  60. William Tyndale (1494 – 1536)  Translated Bible into English
  61. Tim Berners Lee (1955 – ) Inventor of World Wide Web
  62. Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005) Civil Rights activist
  63. Benazir Bhutto (1953 – 2007) Prime Minister of Pakistan 1993 – 1996
  64. J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750) German composer
  65. 14th Dalai Lama (1938 – ) Spiritual and political leader of Tibetans
  66. Malcolm X (1925 – 1965) Black Civil Rights activist
  67. Lech Walesa (1943 – ) Leader of Polish solidarity movement
  68. Charles de Gaulle (1890 – 1970) French politician
  69. Joseph Stalin (1879 – 1953) Leader of the Soviet Union 1922 – 1952
  70. Marie Curie (1867 – 1934) Chemist and physicist
  71. Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807 – 1882) Independence leader in Italy and South America
  72. Johann Gutenberg (1395 – 1468 Inventor of the printing press
  73. Oliver Cromwell (1599 – 1658) British Parliamentarian
  74. Vladimir Lenin (1870 – 1924) Leader of Russian Revolution in 1917
  75. Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) Austrian neurologist, psychoanalyst
  76. Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997) Macedonian Catholic nun and missionary
  77. Bill Gates (1955 – ) Founder of Microsoft
  78. Ernest Hemingway ( 1899 – 1961) American author
  79. John Lennon (1940 – 1980) British musician and member of the Beatles
  80. Genghis Kahn (1162 – 1227) Ruler of Mongol Empire
  81. Haile Selassie (1892 – 1975) Emperor of Ethiopia 1930 – 1974
  82. John M Keynes (1883 – 1946) Influential economist
  83. Susan B. Anthony (1820 – 1906) American political activist
  84. George Orwell (1903 – 1950) English author
  85. Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931) Inventor and businessman
  86. Kofi Annan (1938 –  ) United Nations Secretary General 1997 – 2006
  87. Dwight Eisenhower (1890 – 1969) Supreme Allied Commander WWII
  88. Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 – 1962) helped to draft UN declaration of human rights
  89. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar (1891 – 1956) Indian political activist and social reformer who drafted Indian constitution
  90. Lyndon Johnson (1908 – 1973) US President 1963 – 1969
  91. William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833) Campaigner against slavery
  92. Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943) Scientist, inventor
  93. Alexander Fleming (1881–1955) Scottish biologist who discovered antibiotics
  94. Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) British author and creator of the English dictionary
  95. Eva Peron (1919 – 1952) First Lady of Argentina 1946 – 1952
  96. Henry Ford (1864 – 1947) American industrialist
  97. Princess Diana (1961 –– 1997) Humanitarian
  98. Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) Irish author, playwright
  99. Beethoven (1770 – 1827) German composer
  100. Aung San Suu Kyi (1945 – ) Burmese opposition leader