Time Magazine 100 Important People of the 20th Century

Time Magazine 100 Most Important People of the 20th Century

1 Oprah Winfrey (TV Personality)

2 Adolf Hitler (World Leader)
   
3 Louis Leakey (Scientist)
   
4 Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (World Leader)
   
5 Igor Stravinsky (Composer)

6 John Maynard Keynes (Economist)
   
7 Edmund Hillary (Explorer)
   
8 Walter Reuther (Advocate)

9 Le Corbusier (Architect)
   
10 Pope John Paul II (Religious Figure)

11 Steven Spielberg (Filmmaker)

12 Sam Walton (Entrepreneur)

13
   
Willis Haviland Carrier
Inventor
62.50% (5 of 8 votes)
   
14
   
Mao ZeDong
World Leader
62.50% (55 of 88 votes)
   
15
   
Vladimir Illyich Lenin
World Leader
62.05% (780 of 1257 votes)
   
16
   
Winston Churchill
World Leader
61.29% (57 of 93 votes)
   
17
   
Muhammad Ali
Boxer
59.87% (91 of 152 votes)
   
18
   
Jackie Robinson
Baseball Player
59.76% (147 of 246 votes)
   
19
   
Watson and Crick
Scientist
58.82% (10 of 17 votes)
   
20
   
Harvey Milk
Politician
58.33% (14 of 24 votes)
   
21
   
William Levitt
Architect
58.33% (7 of 12 votes)
   
22
   
James Joyce
Poet
58.33% (7 of 12 votes)
   
23
   
Bob Dylan
Vocalist
58.06% (36 of 62 votes)
   
24
   
Margaret Thatcher
World Leader
56.40% (97 of 172 votes)
   
25
   
Philo T. Farnsworth
Inventor
56.25% (9 of 16 votes)
   
26
   
Martha Graham
Choreographer
55.56% (10 of 18 votes)
   
27
   
Aretha Franklin
Vocalist
55.00% (22 of 40 votes)
   
28
   
Princess Diana Spencer
Royalty
54.90% (56 of 102 votes)
   
29
   
Ray Kroc
Entrepreneur
54.55% (6 of 11 votes)
   
30
   
Mikhail Gorbachev
World Leader
54.55% (30 of 55 votes)
   
31
   
Lucky Luciano
Outlaw
54.55% (6 of 11 votes)
   
32
   
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Philosopher
54.55% (6 of 11 votes)
   
33
   
Mary Leakey
Scientist
54.55% (6 of 11 votes)
   
34
   
Helen Keller
Advocate
54.41% (74 of 136 votes)
   
35
   
Orville and Wilbur Wright
Inventor
54.41% (37 of 68 votes)
   
36
   
Estee Lauder
Entrepreneur
54.17% (13 of 24 votes)
   
37
   
T.S. Eliot
Poet
53.85% (7 of 13 votes)
   
38
   
Bill Gates
Computer Tech
53.45% (31 of 58 votes)
   
39
   
Che Guevara
Military Personnel
53.33% (24 of 45 votes)
   
40
   
Louis Armstrong
Vocalist
53.23% (33 of 62 votes)
   
41
   
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
U.S. President
53.10% (77 of 145 votes)
   
42
   
Jonas Salk
Scientist
52.78% (38 of 72 votes)
   
43
   
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
U.S. President
52.68% (59 of 112 votes)
   
44
   
Louis B. Mayer
Entrepreneur
52.38% (11 of 21 votes)
   
45
   
Alexander Fleming
Scientist
52.38% (11 of 21 votes)
   
46
   
Margaret Sanger
Sex Researcher
52.17% (12 of 23 votes)
   
47
   
Enrico Fermi
Scientist
52.17% (12 of 23 votes)
   
48
   
Albert Einstein
Scientist
52.02% (490 of 942 votes)
   
49
   
Pete Rozelle
Sports Executive
52.00% (13 of 25 votes)
   
50
   
Bruce Lee
Actor
52.00% (13 of 25 votes)
   
51
   
Anne Frank
Student
52.00% (39 of 75 votes)
   
52
   
Billy Graham
Religious Figure
51.98% (171 of 329 votes)
   
53
   
Sigmund Freud
Doctor
51.85% (28 of 54 votes)
   
54
   
The Simpsons
TV Series
51.72% (30 of 58 votes)
   
55
   
Coco Chanel
Designer
51.61% (16 of 31 votes)
   
56
   
Walt Disney
Animator
51.47% (70 of 136 votes)
   
57
   
Charlie Chaplin
Actor
51.43% (36 of 70 votes)
   
58
   
Charles Lindbergh
Aviator
51.40% (55 of 107 votes)
   
59
   
Rosa Parks
Advocate
51.28% (20 of 39 votes)
   
60
   
Marilyn Monroe
Actress
51.25% (82 of 160 votes)
   
61
   
Lucille Ball
Comedienne
51.13% (68 of 133 votes)
   
62
   
Eleanor Roosevelt
First Lady
51.11% (23 of 45 votes)
   
63
   
Henry Ford
Automaker
50.94% (27 of 53 votes)
   
64
   
Frank Sinatra
Vocalist
50.56% (136 of 269 votes)
   
65
   
Richard Leakey
Scientist
50.0% (2 of 4 votes)
   
66
   
Edwin Hubble
Astronomer
50.0% (8 of 16 votes)
   
67
   
David Ben-Gurion
World Leader
50.0% (79 of 158 votes)
   
68
   
Kurt Godel
Mathematician
50.0% (3 of 6 votes)
   
69
   
Leo Hendrik Baekeland
Inventor
50.0% (6 of 12 votes)
   
70
   
Theodore Roosevelt
U.S. President
50.0% (93 of 186 votes)
   
71
   
Bill Wilson
Entrepreneur
50.0% (9 of 18 votes)
   
72
   
Ho Chi Minh
Military Personnel
50.0% (35 of 70 votes)
   
73
   
Lech Walesa
Politician
50.0% (4 of 8 votes)
   
74
   
Alan Turing
Mathematician
50.0% (10 of 20 votes)
   
75
   
Emmeline Pankhurst
Advocate
50.0% (6 of 12 votes)
   
76
   
Tenzing Norgay
Adventurer
50.0% (8 of 16 votes)
   
77
   
Oscar Hammerstein II
Playwright
50.0% (4 of 8 votes)
   
78
   
William Shockley
Inventor
50.0% (4 of 8 votes)
   
79
   
Robert H. Goddard
Scientist
50.0% (4 of 8 votes)
   
80
   
Thomas J. Watson, Jr.
Entrepreneur
50.0% (6 of 12 votes)
   
81
   
Richard Rodgers
Songwriter
50.0% (6 of 12 votes)
   
82
   
Marlon Brando
Actor
49.85% (163 of 327 votes)
   
83
   
Mahatma Gandhi
Diplomat
49.45% (90 of 182 votes)
   
84
   
Beatles
Musicians
49.19% (121 of 246 votes)
   
85
   
Nelson Mandela
World Leader
49.18% (150 of 305 votes)
   
86
   
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Advocate
48.96% (375 of 766 votes)
   
87
   
Pablo Picasso
Artist
48.44% (31 of 64 votes)
   
88
   
Jean Piaget
Scientist
48.15% (13 of 27 votes)
   
89
   
Jim Henson
Puppeteer
47.62% (10 of 21 votes)
   
90
   
Ronald Reagan
U.S. President
47.41% (7555 of 15934 votes)
   
91
   
Akio Morita
Entrepreneur
45.45% (5 of 11 votes)
   
92
   
Juan Trippe
Entrepreneur
42.86% (3 of 7 votes)
   
93
   
Pele
Soccer Player
41.94% (13 of 31 votes)
   
94
   
Mother Teresa
Religious Figure
40.35% (1261 of 3125 votes)
   
95
   
David Sarnoff
Entrepreneur
40.0% (2 of 5 votes)
   
96
   
Rachel Carson
Advocate
39.13% (9 of 23 votes)
   
97
   
Unknown Rebel
Advocate
33.58% (1158 of 3448 votes)
   
98
   
Andrei Sakharov
Scientist
33.33% (1 of 3 votes)

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