Barack Obama Named Most Admired Man In The World | 22 Words

It has been announced today that, in YouGov's annual survey, Barack Obama has come out on top as the most admired man in the world.

It's quite the achievement, isn't it?

Obama, who served as President of the United States from 2009-2017, has ranked higher than any other man in the world when it comes to his overall admiration.

Despite bidding farewell to the White House 4 years ago...

Obama has evidently maintained an overwhelming fan base.

The study, which is conducted every year, was the largest yet...

With YouGov interviewing 45,000 people in forty-two different countries and territories.

But how exactly was this list formulated?

Well, as you'd expect, it was a mammoth task. From January to March this year, YouGov gathered open-ended nominations from panelists across the selected countries and territories, asking them simply: "Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?"

The nominations collected from the question were then used to compile the final list...

And the twenty men and twenty women who received the most nominations and were nominated in at least 4 countries were the ones to make the final cut.

And the battle for the winning spot was an incredibly close call.

The survey had some unexpected contenders, to say the least.

For example...

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For the first time in the poll’s history, Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, was not at the top of the list, having been demoted to second place by Obama after 6 long years. Let's take a look at the top ten runner-ups...

In tenth place...

We have the "nicest guy in Hollywood", Keanu Reeves.

Elon Musk came in at 9th.

Evidently, the Tesla and Space X founder has captured the admiration of many people across the globe.

As for 8th place?

The prominent figure of Buddhism, the eighty-five-year-old Dalai Lama, came 8th, beating other prominent religious figures such as Pope Francis.

In 7th place...

We have Jack Ma. The Chinese businessman is the co-founder of Alibaba Group, and is the crucial component of an "open and market-driven economy."

Cristiano Ronaldo came in 6th place.

Of course, the A-List footballer has been the inspiration for many young children far and wide - as well as his illustrious career in football, he's also an active member of numerous charities including Save the Children, Unicef and World Vision.

And for the 5th most admired man in the world...

The one and only Martial Arts master, Jackie Chan. As well as his work in film, Chan has also been behind the camera and worked on numerous other projects that have earned him multiple awards.

In 4th place...

We have Narendra Modi, the 14th and current Prime Minister of India. The politician has been leading the country since 2014 and, though he has been branded as "controversial", he quite evidently has a large fanbase.

Xi Jinping came 3rd.

The prominent leader of the Communist Party in China has been in charge of the country since 2013.

And, as stated earlier...

In 2nd place, we have Bill Gates. The software developer and philanthropist was a worthy contender, and this year marks his first time out of the number one spot.

Because, as you all know, former POTUS, Barack Obama, took the winning spot.

Obama topped the global list in twenty-two of the forty-two countries and territories surveyed, including the USA.

President Trump's ranking, on the other hand?

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Well, he didn't fare too well, coming in as the fifteenth most admired in the world.

He only ranks ahead of Obama in one country: Russia.

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There, Trump placed eleventh, whereas Obama came in fifteenth.

YouGov also surveyed for the most admired woman in the world...

Where, like her husband, Michelle Obama came out on top. It's a good day for the Obamas, isn't it?

You can see the full list here.

Congratulations to the Obamas! For more on the former POTUS, keep scrolling to hear what he had to say on President Trump's handling of the pandemic...