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To make this list I looked at all the living people who had ever been Time’s person of the year, person of the decade, person of the century, or included on Time’s list of the 100 most influential people of the year, the century, or all time. Points were allotted as follows:

One of the 100 most influential of the year = 0.01 points

Person of the year: 1 point

One of the 100 most influential of the century = 1 point

Person of the decade = 10 points

Person of the half-century = 50 points

Person of the century = 100 points

One of the hundred most influential people of all time = 50 points (since recorded history is 5000 years and there are 100 people)

If they shared any of these honors with someone else, the points got divided by the number of people. So for example James Watson got 1 point for being one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century and got 50 points for being one of the 100 most influential people of all time, but since both honors were shared with Francis Crick, his total was 25.5 points making him the most influential living person ever (according to the collective wisdom of the World’s most prestigious magazine).

Number 1: James Watson 25.5 points

Number 2: Mikhail Gorbachev 13 points

Number 3.5: Paul McCartney 12.75 points

Number 3.5: Ringo Starr 12.75 points

Number 5: Barack Obama 2.11 points

Number 6 George W. Bush 2.04 points

Number 7: Lech Walesa 2 points

Number 8: Bill Clinton 1.535

Number 9: Bill Gates 1.36 points

Number 10: Oprah 1.1 points

Number 11: Angela Merkel 1.08 points

Number 12.5: Vladimir Putin 1.06

Number 12.5: Pope Francis 1.06 points

Number 14: Jeff Bezos 1.05 points

Number 15: Mark Zuckerberg 1.04 points

Number 16: Donald Trump 1.04

Number 17: Ben Bernanke 1.01 points

Number 18: Stephen Spielberg 1.01 points

Number 19: Bob Dylan 1.01

Number 20: Greta Thunberg 1.01 points

Number 25: Jimmy Carter 1 point

Number 25: Queen Elizabeth 1 point

Number 25: David Ho 1 point

Number 25: Newt Gingrich 1 point

Number 25: Rudy 1 point

Number 25: Tim Berners-Lee 1 point

Number 25: Pele 1 point

Number 25: Ted Turner 1 point

Number 25: Peter Ueberroth 1 point

Number 30.5: Henry Kissinger 0.5 points

Number 30.5: Ken Starr 0.5 points

Number 32: Bono 0.34 points

Number 33: Melinda Gates 0.33 points

Number 34: Hillary Clinton 0.1 points

Number 35: Hu Jintao 0.1 points

Number 36: Kim Jong-un 0.08 points

Update june 23, 2020: an earlier version of this article incorrectly ranked Gates too low

Updated July 5, 2020: earlier versions of this article accidentally omitted Newt Gingrich