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Michelle Obama has supplanted Angelina Jolie as the world’s most admired woman, according to YouGov’s annual study of which public figures the people of our planet look up to.
In fact, the American actress, filmmaker and humanitarian has fallen from first place last year to third place this year, with US talk show and philanthropist host Oprah Winfrey coming second in the 2019 list.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates remains the world’s most admired man. He’s topped the list every time YouGov has conducted the survey.
In fact, the top 5 men remain unchanged since last year. Former US president Barack Obama comes in 3nd, and the 3rd to 5th places are all occupied by Chinese figures: actor Jackie Chan in 3rd, president Xi Jinping in 4th and businessman Jack Ma in 5th.
This year the study expanded to cover the views of people in 41 countries – the most ever – with more than 42,000 people being interviewed to compile the list.
Barack and Michelle Obama are the most admired people in America
Within the United States, former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are the most admired man and women. Barack Obama is tailed by Donald Trump, Clint Eastwood, Bill Gates and Dwayne Johnson. The most popular women in the US after Michelle Obama are Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Melania Trump. Ellen DeGeneres and Queen Elizabeth II.
Three of the Democratic presidential contenders also make it onto America’s Most Admired list: Joe Biden is the 6th most admired man in the US, followed by Bernie Sanders in the 7th spot. Elizabeth Warren also made the list, as the 13th most admired woman in the country.
They aren’t the only political figures on the list. Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton are the 7th and 8th most admired women in the country, followed immediately by former UN ambassador Nikki Haley. Ivanka Trump also makes the list as the 11th most admired woman in the United States.