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Times Magazine's world top 25 political icons

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Alexander the Great
Mao Zedong
Winston Churchill
Genghis Khan
Nelson Mandela
Abraham Lincoln
Adolf Hitler
Ernesto Guevara
Ronald Reagan
Franklin Rossevelt
Dalai Lama
Queen Victoria
Benito Mussolini
Margarte Thathacher
Simon Bolivar
Qin Shi Huang
Kim Il-Sung
Charles de Gaulle
Louis XIV
Haile Selassie
King Richard the Lionheart and Saladin


  1. Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History depends on who the selection committee consists of. It is wonderful that unprejudicially Time included Gandhi, otherwise the list is biased. According to a 1978 book by Michael H. Hart, on the seleection of the most influential people in history, the first person on Hart's list is the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Hart asserted that Muhammad was "supremely successful" in both the religious and secular realms.
    The 1992 revisions included the Henry Ford replacing Pablo Picasso, some of the rankings were re-ordered, although no one listed in the top ten changed position and Muhammad still occupied the No one position.

    My (Hart) choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels. Of humble origins, Muhammad founded and promulgated one of the world's great religions, and became an immensely effective political leader. Today, thirteen centuries after his death, his influence is still powerful and pervasive. The majority of the persons in this book had the advantage of being born and raised in centres of civilization, highly cultured or politically pivotal nations.


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