Person of the Century Poll





The Person of the Century Poll Results

TIME's Person of the Century is that person who, for better or worse, most influenced the course of history over the past 100 years. Using that criteria, TIME's editors named the iconic and transforming scientist, Albert Einstein, as Person of the Century.

The Person of the Century poll is now closed. The ranking below reflects the status of nominees as of January 19, 2000, the last day of voting.


# Person % Tally
1 Elvis Presley 13.73 625045
2 Yitzhak Rabin 13.17 599473
3 Adolf Hitler 11.36 516926
4 Billy Graham 10.35 471114
5 Albert Einstein 9.78 445218
6 Martin Luther King 8.40 382159
7 Pope John Paul II 8.18 372477
8 Gordon B. Hinckley 5.62 256077
9 Mohandas Gandhi 3.61 164281
10 Ronald Reagan 1.78 81368
11 John Lennon 1.41 64295
12 American GI 1.35 61836
13 Henry Ford 1.22 55696
14 Mother Teresa 1.11 50770
15 Madonna 0.85 38696
16 Winston Churchill 0.83 37930
17 Linus Torvalds 0.53 24146
18 Nelson Mandela 0.47 21640
19 Princess Diana 0.36 16481
20 Pope Paul VI 0.34 15812


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