Special Report

50 Most Powerful Leaders of All Time

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21. Isabella I
> Nation/Territory: Spain
> Title: Queen
> Time in power/Reign: 1479-1504
> Known for: Unified Spain, expelled Moors, bankrolled Columbus’ trip to western hemisphere.

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22. Martin Luther
> Nation/Territory: Germany
> Title: Leader of Reformation movement
> Time in power/Reign: 1517-1546
> Known for: Advocated reforming Catholic Church that led to creation of Protestantism.

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23. Suleyman the Magnificent
> Nation/Territory: Ottoman Nation/Territory
> Title: Sultan
> Time in power/Reign: 1520-1566
> Known for: Sultan of Ottoman Empire who reigned over significant advancements in law and literature.

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24. Elizabeth I
> Nation/Territory: United Kingdom
> Title: Queen
> Time in power/Reign: 1558-1603
> Known for: Launched the United Kingdom into world power.

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25. Louis XIV of France
> Nation/Territory: France
> Title: King
> Time in power/Reign: 1643-1715
> Known for: Established France as strongest European continental power.