Michelle Obama named the most admired woman in the world

Michelle Obama named the most admired woman in the world

ADMIRED: Michelle Obama

MICHELLE OBAMA has been named as the most admired woman in the world in a new poll.

The YouGov poll, which interviewed upwards of 42,000 people in 41 countries, saw the former first lady come out on top as the no.1 admired woman in the world, followed by Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Queen Elizabeth II and Emma Watson.

Mrs. Obama has inspired millions of women throughout the years, and most recently toured the world in support of her memoir Becoming which broke records across the globe.

The debut memoir from the Harvard grad, became the fastest-selling audiobook in Penguin Random House history, and has seen her speak in some of the world’s biggest venues including London’s O2 arena as she discussed life, career, family and love.

The full list of most admired women in the world are:

Michelle Obama
Oprah Winfrey
Angelina Jolie
Queen Elizabeth II
Emma Watson​
Malala Yousafzai​
Peng Liyuan
Hillary Clinton
Tu Youyou
Taylor Swift
Angela Merkel​
Deepika Padukone​
Priyanka Chopra
Ellen Degeneres​
Aishwarya Rai​
Sushmita Sen
Theresa May​
Melania Trump
Yang Mi

Meanwhile, Microsoft mastermind Bill Gates was labelled as the most admired man in the world, retaining his place at the top of the list.

RESULTS: YouGov poll (Photo credit: YouGov)

The next four admired men also remained the same as the last poll’s results, with Barack Obama, Jackie Chan, Xi Jinping and Jack Ma.

See the full list of admired men in the world below:

Bill Gates
Barack Obama
Jackie Chan
Xi Jinping
Jack Ma​
Narendra Modi
Cristiano Ronaldo
Dalai Lama
Lionel Messi
Vladimir Putin
Warren Buffett
Amitabh Bachchan​
Elon Musk
Donald Trump
Pope Francis​
Shahrukh Khan​
Imran Khan
Salman Khan​
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Andy Lau​


In December, YouGov gathered open-ended nominations from panelists across 41 countries, asking them: “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 four countries. An additional 10 popular local figures were added to the lists for individual countries.

In January, they then used the lists to poll each of the 41 countries asking two questions: “who do you truly admire?”, where respondents could make multiple selections, and “who do you MOST admire?”, where they could only pick one. These two numbers were combined into a percentage share of admiration, displayed to the right of each name in the graphic above.

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