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1. Adam Smith
For believing in people and their ability to improve their lot

2. Leonardo da Vinci
For being perhaps the greatest all-around intellect of the Millennium

3. Mahatma Gandhi
For having selflessly pioneered the non-violent way

4. Nelson Mandela
For his personal sacrifice that provided the engine for reconciliation in a situation which could have led to a great tragedy

5. Henri Dunant
Founder of the Red Cross who was the first to organise humanitarian protection and assistance pragmatically

6. Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi
Could easily be regarded as one of the world's greatest mystics, for his subliminal spirituality, expressed in poetry and piety that endeared him to peoples of different religions

7. Woodrow Wilson
For proposing that relations among states can be based on harmony rather than rivalry

8. St. Francis of Assisi
For his subliminal spirituality and humanity; his message of peace and harmony is of greater relevance now in the new global era

9. Simone Bolivar
For his role as Liberator of Latin America and a pioneer of de-colonisation

10. Albert Einstein
For his revolutionary theory of the universe which continues to inspire scientists, generating additional insights into the working of the universe.

Kofi Annan
Kofi Annan is the United Nations seventh secretary-general, appointed to a five-year term on 1 January 1997. He is the first secretary-general to work his way through the ranks, after joining the peace-keeping organisation in 1962.

The Ghanaian diplomat heads humanitarian efforts in conflict zones all over the world including East Timor, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Uganda.

His successes include helping persuade Libya to hand over two men charged with the Lockerbie bomb and negotiating with Saddam Hussein over the release of Western hostages from Iraq during the Gulf war.

He is fluent in English, French and several African languages.