Bill Gates Tops the 2016 world’s most admired list

Bill Gates Tops the 2016 world's most admired

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.

Bill Gates Tops the 2016 world's most admired list. Angelina Jolie Gage Skidmore / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0
Angelina Jolie Gage Skidmore / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

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.”

  • Old 333

    Who on earth did they survey? Non-Windows users? Certainly not victims of oral vaccine fails.

  • Occams

    “No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public” ~ H.L. Mencken

    Looks like ol’ Bill took ol’ H.L.’s words to heart.

  • Lou

    Allow me to add a few.

    Most Dishonest: Bill Clinton

    Most Dishonest: Shillary Clinton

    Best Political Marriage: The Clintons

    Most Dysfunctional Marriage: The Clintons

    Best Drug Running Family: The Bushs

  • leevitowt

    When we all know it is Trump or Putin.

  • gemmell

    and if you believe any of that i have a lampshade made out of skin to sell you…

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  • Jimmy Yost

    I doubt if there’s any truth to this bs that Bill Gates heads the most admired list, but if it is true then the world truly has gone mad.

  • This only confirms my view of such assessments: this is witless crap.

    Gates is a predator, and his Dalai Lama pose for his foundation is almost laughable.

    The foundation is about preserving his billions and giving himself a nice job or presiding over the little bit that gets donated here or there, having many important people approaching him with great kow-towing to ask for money.

    Nice work if you can get it.

  • Steve Hudson

    what garbage. Gates is one of the worst pukes on the planet, down there with Obama and Hillary, an everybody knows it.

    • Oops, you had two typos there. You put “worst pukes” when you meant to say “best guys”, and you typed “down there”, when you meant “up there”.