The Most Significant People In History

Which individuals have been the most significant, and influential, people in history? While this question is obviously up for debate, and does have some room for interpretation, historians have attempted to come up with the answer.

They are ranked the top 100 most significant people in history for their overall affect, good or bad, on human history. Today’s rising popularity of thousands of celebrities has led to a very strong list of arguably the most significant people in history. Here are the top 15.

Christopher Columbus

It was in 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, thus launching European colonization of the Americas that would take place for over 400 years following his voyage. Columbus comes in at number 20 on our list due to this massive exodus he essentially started when he sought a new trade route to India.

Albert Einstein

The theoretical physicist Albert Einstein was the German-born creator of what has become known as the Theory of Relativity. His ideas have influenced our understanding of the entire universe and, if that weren’t enough, have yielded inventions like the atomic bomb.

Joseph Stalin


Joseph Stalin is one of history’s great tyrants, his significance is derived from his status as the leader of the Soviet Union from the 1920 until his death in 1953. Not only did he lead the Soviet Union with an iron fist during its rise to power as a nation, he was also a key player in World War II, thus setting up his nations rivalry with the United States in the decades following the second World War.