Michelle Obama Named World's Most Admired Woman The former first lady took over the top spot from Angelina Jolie in a new poll by YouGov. Philanthropist Oprah Winfrey took second in the poll, while the Oscar-winning actress and activist slipped to third. According to YouGov, results were calculatedby responses from more than 42,000 people in dozens of countries worldwide. On the men's side of the YouGov poll, Obama's husband, former President Barack Obama, took second. His spot remains unchanged

Study: Michelle Obama most admired woman in world

She’s also most admired in US. Where did her husband, former President Barack Obama, rank?

Michelle Obama has taken over the title of most admired woman in the world. 

YouGov expanded its annual list to cover the views of people in 41 countries, with more than 42,000 people deciding the 20 men and 20 women on the “most admired” list.

Here’s how they did it. 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?” 

Using these reponses, they compiled a list of the 20 men and 20 women who received the most nominations and were nominated in at least four countries. 

In January YouGov used the lists to poll each of the 41 countries asking two questions: “Who do you truly admire?” (respondents could make multiple selections) and “Who do you MOST admire?” (only one pick allowed).

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For the women, 12 of the 20 are entertainers: 

  • No. 2: Oprah Winfrey
  • No. 3 Angelina Jolie (No. 1 last year)
  • No. 5: Emma Watson
  • No. 7: Peng Liyuan (also wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping)
  • No. 10: Taylor Swift
  • No. 11: Madonna
  • No.13: Deepika Padukone
  • No. 14: Priyanka Chopra
  • No. 15: Ellen DeGeneres
  • No. 16: Aishwarya Rai
  • No. 17: Sushmita Sen
  • No. 20: Yang Mi

Six are world leaders or first ladies:

  • No. 1: Michelle Obama
  • No. 4: Queen Elizabeth II
  • No. 8: Hillary Clinton
  • No. 12: Angela Merkel
  • No. 18: Theresa May
  • No. 19: Melania Trump

Rounding out the top 20:

  • No. 6: Malala Yousafzai
  • No. 9: Tu Youyou

For the men, the results included not only politicians and entertainers, but also businessmen, athletes and religious figures. The top five are in the same order as last year.

  • No. 1: Bill Gates
  • No. 2: Barack Obama
  • No. 3: Jackie Chan
  • No. 4: Xi Jinping
  • No. 5: Jack Ma
  • No. 6: Narendra Modi
  • No. 7: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • No. 8: Dalai Lama
  • No. 9: Lionel Messi
  • No. 10: Vladimir Putin
  • No. 11: Warren Buffett
  • No. 12: amitabh Bachchan
  • No. 13: Elon Musk
  • No. 14: Donald Trump
  • No. 15: Pope Francis
  • No. 16: Shahrukh Khan
  • No. 17: Imran Khan
  • No. 18: Slan Khan
  • No. 19: Recep Tayyip Erdogen
  • No. 20: Andy Lau

The Obamas are No. 1 in the United States, with President Donald Trump at No. 2 for the men and first lady Melanie Trump at No. 3 for the women, behind Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

There are four male entertainers making the top 20 in the U.S.: No. 3 Clint Eastwood, No. 5 Dwayne Johnson, No. 10 Will Smith and No. 12 Jackie Chan.

You can check the entire list, plus the results for other countries, at yougov.com.

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