100 Most Influential People Of The 20th Century

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This list is of my own personal opinion and not a definitive list
This quiz is from a western viewpoint, but does include some eastern figures
Century taken into account, how much did the person do in the 20th century vs 19th or 21st centuries
*Indicates group ^Indicates Woman
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Last updated: June 30, 2015
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Occupation/Claim to Fame
1. Scientist, E=MC2
Albert Einstein
2. Indian Politician, Salt March
Mohandas Gandhi
3. American President, New Deal
Franklin D. Roosevelt
4. German Politician, Fuhrer
Adolf Hitler
5. British Politician, Finest Hour
Winston Churchill
6. Soviet Politician, WW2
Joseph Stalin
7. Apartheid, President South Africa
Nelson Mandela
8. Civil Rights, I Have A dream
Martin Luther King, Jr
9. Boxer, Rumble In The Jungle
Muhammad Ali
10. American President, 14 points
Woodrow Wilson
11. *Musicians, Abbey Road
The Beatles
12. Actor, The Godfather
Marlon Brando
13. Soccer Player
14. Cuban Politician, Missile Crisis
Fidel Castro
15. *Astronauts, Moon Landing
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins
16. Italian Politician, WW2
Benito Mussolini
17. Soviet Politician, Last President of USSR
Mikhail Gorbachev
18. Ford
Henry Ford
19. Chinese Politician, Founder People's Republic Of China
Mao Zedong
20. *Aviation, Kittyhawk
Orville and Wilbur Wright
21. American President, Atomic bombs
Harry Truman
22. Musician, Graceland
Elvis Presley
23. ^Actress, Some Like It Hot
Marilyn Monroe
24. Soviet Politician, Lead Bolsheviks
Vladimir Lenin
25. Latino Revolutionary
Che Guevara
26. Animator, Theme Parks
Walt Disney
27. American President
John F. Kennedy
28. Basketball Player
Michael Jordan
29. Cosmonaut, Sputnik
Yuri Gagarin
30. ^British Politician, Iron Lady
Margaret Thatcher
31. ^Actress, On Golden Pond
Katharine Hepburn
32. Soviet Politician
Nikita Khrushchev
33. Director, Actor
Charlie Chaplin
34. ^Nun, Teacher
Mother Teresa
35. ^Fashion
Coco Chanel
36. ^Scientist, Radiation
Marie Curie
37. American President, Tear Down This Wall
Ronald Reagan
38. ^Author, And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie
39. Vietnamese Politician
Ho Chi Minh
40. Musician, Thriller
Michael Jackson
41. Aviation, Spirit Of St. Louis
Charles Lindbergh
42. Scientist, Inventor
Nikola Tesla
43. Civil Rights, Nation Of Islam
Malcolm X
44. Artist, Guernica
Pablo Picasso
45. Actor, The Shining
Jack Nicholson
46. Baseball Player
Babe Ruth
47. Pope
Pope John Paul II
48. ^Aviation, Dissapeared
Amelia Earhart
49. ^Politician, Womans Rights
Eleanor Roosevelt
50. Director, Jaws
Steven Spielberg
Occupation/Claim to Fame
51. Baseball, Racial Barrier
Jackie Robinson
52. ^Blindness, Deafness
Helen Keller
53. ^TV Personality, Philanthripist
Oprah Winfrey
54. ^Activist, Refused To Move To Back Of Bus
Rosa Parks
55. Artist, Campbell's Soup Cans
Andy Warhol
56. Manhattan Project
J. Robert Oppenheimer
57. Martial Arts
Bruce Lee
58. Microsoft
Bill Gates
59. Author, A Farewell To Arms
Ernest Hemingway
60. Economist, Left Leaning
John M. Keynes
61. Musician, Jazz
Louis Armstrong
62. French Politician, Paris Airport
Charles de Gaulle
63. Director, Psycho
Alfred Hitchcock
64. Penicillin
Alexander Fleming
65. ^Indian Politician, Assasinated
Indira Gandhi
66. Economist, Right Leaning
Friedrich Hayek
67. Standard Oil
John D. Rockefeller
68. ^British Royalty
Queen Elizabeth II
69. American President, Watergate
Richard Nixon
70. ^Actress, Cleopatra
Elizabeth Taylor
71. Aviation, Spruce Goose
Howard Hughes
72. Actor, Sleuth
Laurence Olivier
73. Inventor, Patents
Thomas Edison
74. Apple
Steve Jobs
75. *Broadway Musicals
Rodgers and Hammerstein
76. Psychoanalyst
Sigmund Freud
77. Russian Czar
Nicholas II
78. Actor, Raging Bull
Robert De Niro
79. Spanish Dictator
Francisco Franco
80. Actor, Singer
Frank Sinatra
81. ^Actress, My Fair Lady
Audrey Hepburn
82. Artist, Swans Reflecting Elephants
Salvador Dali
83. Actor, Cool Hand Luke
Paul Newman
84. Author, The Cat In The Hat
Dr. Seuss
85. Musician, Hit The Road Jack
Ray Charles
86. Cambodian Politician, Khmer Rouge
Pol Pot
87. ^Actress, Kramer Vs Kramer
Meryl Streep
88. Artist, Woman With A Hat
Henry Matisse
89. ^Hiding, Diary
Anne Frank
90. Criminal, Prohibition
Al Capone
91. Author, The Catcher In The Rye
J.D Salinger
92. Soviet Politician, Founder Of Red Army
Leon Trotsky
93. Track And Field, Berlin
Jesse Owens
94. Chinese Premier, Second In Command To Mao
Zhou Enlai
95. American Politician
Theodore Roosevelt
96. ^British Royalty
Princess Diana
97. *Climbers, Mount Everest
Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay
98. Canadian Prime Minister, Nobel Peace Prize
Lester B. Pearson
99.. ^Primotalogist
Jane Goodall
100. Tiananmen Square Protest
Tank Man
Level 53
Jun 29, 2015
Feel free to comment if there is somebody who is not on this list but should be. Do not tell me "well i think this person should be ahead of this person" it took me like 3 hours to do this quiz and gather data on people i'm just happy i made it to 100 people.


Level 85
Jun 30, 2015
Interesting list. I would probably have done better if the clues were more specific -- name of book, work or art, type of sport, etc. I did a similar list based on TIME magazine's top 100. http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/42254/top-100-people-of-the-20th-century
Level 53
Jun 30, 2015
Thank you for voicing your opinion. I will be making the hint/clue more "conclusive" if you will, to further help the quiz taker achieve success.
Level 74
Jun 30, 2015
Hello. To say something: Kafka, Conan Doyle, Pancho Villa, Saddam Hussein, Khomeini, Eva Peron, Grace Kelly... And I'd leave out: Meryl Streep, Ray Charles, Oprah Winfrey or De Niro.
Level 54
Feb 25, 2018
Where is the name of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan?

He altered the course of history in South Asia once for all.

Stanley Wolpert in his book "Jinnah of Pakistan" has written:

“Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.”