It is very difficult to assess whether a famous person is more or less than another. What is fame based on?
Well, in this article we are going to meet the most famous people in the history of mankind.
Most of them are neither singers nor actors, but rather religious or scientific characters who carried out such important feats and with such repercussion that they were consecrated as famous people maintained to this day.

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The 20 most famous people in history
Because we all know Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber, but let’s face it, in 100 or 200 years, no one will talk about them. However, people like Ludwig Van Beethoven, Albert Einstein, Mohammed or Leonardo Da Vinci will remain in our minds for hundreds of years to come. Maybe thousands.

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That is why, regardless of current fashions and the geographical and chronological egocentrism in which we live, most of the famous people who will transcend history are not currently alive, but are in the books and objects that we have today. 20. Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1849)
This American politician and lawyer starts at position 20 on our list of the world’s most famous people. For many, he is also the most famous president of the United States of America , in large part for his work leading the country during the Civil War.
He unfortunately was assassinated in 1865, which probably made him jump into the annals of history. 19. Joseph Stalin (1878 – 1953)
Known simply as Stalin, he was one of the most famous dictators in history and by extension, one of the most famous people in the world. His actions marked the course not only of his nation, but of humanity. 18. Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)
This is not only among the famous people in the world for any of his acts or ideas, but forever changed the way in which human beings relate, above all, between races. A symbol of freedom of expression and the defense of human rights, specifically, among the black community.

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17. Plato (424 – 348 BC)
Without a doubt, the most famous philosopher in history is also one of the famous people who have had the greatest impact on the way we think and perceive the world. From his metaphysical dualism to his myth of the cave, they will be remembered as long as there are human beings (cults) alive. 16. William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)
Among all the famous people on this list, I could not miss the number one writer of almost all rankings , the incomparable William Shakespeare. As we usually say, one of the writers of whom less is known but of those who have been read the most. 15. Genghis Khan (1162 – 1227)
Nicknamed the Great Khan, he was one of the most important warriors and conquerors in ancient history. Of Mongolian origin, he was the founder of the Mongol Empire, one of the largest empires that have ever existed. 14. Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939)
The world’s best known psychologist and neurologist is one of the most talked about dead famous people even today in such areas. In addition to his studies on drugs and aphasia, Freud revealed to human beings the fact that much of what we are (or think we are) is nothing more than the product of our unconscious. 13. Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882)
If Freud emphasized that the much praised human reason was not the center of the human mind,Darwin showed that the human being, as a species, was not the center of life on Earth.
Together with Copernicus, these three authors make up what are known as the “three narcissistic wounds of humanity”. 12. Julius Caesar (100 – 44 BC)
Full name Gaius Julius Caesar, he was the most influential and well-known Roman military and political leader of the Roman Empire. Although we could put his successor Augusto Cesar almost on a par as famous people. 11. Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727)
If we made a list of famous people who stood out in scientific areas, Isaac Newton would appear among the first three. His advances in physics marked a point of no return for human knowledge. 10. Mozart (1756 – 1791)
We did not know whether to put him in ninth or tenth place, but there is no doubt that Mozart is one of the two best-known composers who deserves his place among the most famous people in history. 9. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Beethoven probably has more compositions consumed by a larger audience than Mozart. Be that as it may, they were both great musicians who even today, are known by people who don’t even listen to classical music . 8. Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945)
Unfortunately, not all famous people are famous for good deeds . The greatest dictator that history has known was undoubtedly Adolf Hitler, who demonstrated that the human being is capable of the greatest atrocities.7. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821)
French conqueror and ruler, he was the leader of the coup d’etat of 18, allowing him to become the first consul of the Republic in 1799. He managed to win endless victories, but his greed, like the of Hitler, I end up taking its toll. 6. Moses (XIV – XIII BC)
Born as a prince of Egypt, he ended up becoming one of the most famous people in history for his work as a prophet and legislator, as well as a spiritual leader. One of the great figures of Judaism and of the monotheistic Holy Scriptures. 5. Gautama Buddha (563 – 483 BC)
His date of birth and death are not clear today, but it is known that he lived 80 years. Eight decades that allowed him to become a famous person. Or rather, almost a deity. Thanks to his teachings, Buddhism was founded in India (the second most populous country in the world, at the moment). 4. Christopher Columbus (1436/1456 – 1506)
Born in Genoa (Italy) and died in Valladolid (Spain), he is almost certainly the most famous traveler in history. He set sail for the American continent and put in contact (for better or for worse) two societies hitherto incommunicado. 3. Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
The most famous physicist in the world, the most famous scientist in the world, and after all, one of the most famous people in history. His studies and discoveries on quantum physics (among many others), changed the way of understanding the universe. Today we can find it from memes and famous quotes on social networks, to documentaries and t-shirts sticking out their tongues. 2. Mohammed (570 – 632)
We might as well have altered the order between the first and second places of famous people , because both marked the course of history through religion. In the case of Mohammed, for the Muslim religion he is “the last of the prophets”. 1. Jesus of Nazareth (4 BC – 30/33)
Without a doubt, the most famous and influential person in Western culture and Christianity; for many, the son of God. According to certain scriptures, he was a Jewish preacher who lived in Galilee and Judea. Almost as famous as he was was his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

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