Special Report

50 Most Powerful Leaders of All Time

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6. Cyrus the Great
> Nation/Territory: Persian Nation/Territory
> Title: Emperor
> Time in power/Reign: 550-530 B.C.E.
> Known for: Founded the Persian Empire.

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7. Alexander the Great
> Title: King
> Country: Ancient Macedonia
> Time in power/Reign 336-323 B.C.E.
> Known for: Conquered much of known world.

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8. Ashoka the Great
> Nation/Territory: Present-day India
> Title: Emperor
> Time in power/Reign: 268-232 B.C.E.
> Known for: Expanded his empire into one of the largest ever in the Indian subcontinent.

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9. Hannibal Barca
> Nation/Territory: Carthage
> Title: General
> Time in power/Reign: 241-183 B.C.E.
> Known for: One of history’s greatest generals, he crossed Alps with elephants to defeat Rome.

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10. Qin Shi Huang
> Nation/Territory: Present-day China
> Title: Emperor
> Time in power/Reign: 221-210 B.C.E.
> Known for: First emperor of unified China.