In a survey conducted by YouGov, Bill Gates Tops the 2016 world’s most admired list. The world’s most admired woman is Angelina Jolie.
Bill Gates was followed by U.S President Barack Obama, Xi Jinping, Jackie Chan and Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking was voted the most admired man in the UK.
Queen Elizabeth II, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama complete the top five. In the UK alone, the Queen was ranked the most admired woman followed by Malala Yousafzai and Aung San Suu Kyi.
The biggest fallers on the male side compared to last year are Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was riding high in 2015 during his first year. Pope Francis – the biggest mover of all, who drops from sixth to 13th position.
After the promise of Catholic reform which set the Pope apart from his predecessors, the findings may demonstrate a dimming of excitement as the Argentinian becomes institutionalised.
Xi Jingping ranks highly because of huge support in populous China, however Barack Obama has the most widespread admiration. Queen Elizabeth fares similarly, ranking 2nd overall but placing in the top five in 17 countries.
Hillary Clinton remains the third most admired woman, boosting her presidential bid with a show of global admiration nearly equal to Obama’s. In the vast expanses of India and China she places first (ahead of Malala Yousafzai) and second (ahead of Angelina Jolie), respectively.
Malala Yousafzai is the biggest faller on the women’s side, however this indicates less a fall out of admiration than a fall out of the news.
“In December YouGov gathered open-ended nominations from panellists across 30 countries. Asking them simply “Thinking about people alive in the world today”. Which [man or woman] do you most admire?”
“These nominations were then used to compile a list of the 20 men and 20 women who received the most nominations and were nominated in at least 2 countries. An additional 10 popular local figures were added to the lists for individual countries.”