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This infographic reveals the world's most influential people, born before 1950, using data from all language editions of Wikipedia. "It shows you how the world perceives your own national culture," says César Hidalgo, head of the Media Lab's Macro Connections group, who researched the data. "It's a socio-cultural mirror."