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.
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.
Obama has evidently maintained an overwhelming fan base.
With YouGov interviewing 45,000 people in forty-two different countries and territories.
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?”
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.
The survey had some unexpected contenders, to say the least.
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…
We have the “nicest guy in Hollywood”, Keanu Reeves.
Evidently, the Tesla and Space X founder has captured the admiration of many people across the globe.
The prominent figure of Buddhism, the eighty-five-year-old Dalai Lama, came 8th, beating other prominent religious figures such as Pope Francis.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
The prominent leader of the Communist Party in China has been in charge of the country since 2013.
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.
Obama topped the global list in twenty-two of the forty-two countries and territories surveyed, including the USA.
Well, he didn’t fare too well, coming in as the fifteenth most admired in the world.
There, Trump placed eleventh, whereas Obama came in fifteenth.
Where, like her husband, Michelle Obama came out on top.
It’s a good day for the Obamas, isn’t it?
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…