Here are the world's most admired people in 2021

 The Danes are generally very fond of their royal family. Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary are top notch in study.

 Peter Bergman  

Barack Obama maintains his position as the world's most admired man after toppling Bill Gates (who had been on the throne since 2014) off the stick as the world's most admired man last year.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama's wife Michelle Obama tops the list as the world's most admired woman for the third year in a row.


In fact, the top-three for each gender has remained unchanged since last year, with businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates still second among men, followed by Chinese Prime Minister Xi Jinping, the analysis agency Yougov said in a press release.

It's Yougov who is behind the annual survey, and again this year actress Angelina Jolie is the world's second most admired woman. Angelina Jolie is admired for her humanitarian efforts. British monarch Queen Elizabeth II is third.

The survey is based on interviews with more than 42,000 people in 38 markets.


Among the men is Argentine footballer Lionel Messi's high jumper of the year, having climbed four places from 11th to 7th place - his best ranking to date.

Despite this record-setting position, as well as his recent Ballon D'or victory, Messi still lags behind Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo in fourth place (also Ronaldo's best ranking to date)


New additions to this year's lists include US President Joe Biden and his vice president Kamala Harris, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Thai rapper Lisa (Blackpink fame) and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.


Denmark's most admired man and woman

The most admired man in Denmark is still Barack Obama, while Crown Prince Frederik takes second place and Bill Gates third.


Danes are generally very fond of their royal family – and on the women's ranking, Queen Margrethe takes first place, while Crown Princess Mary runs second.


The world's most admired woman Michelle Obama takes third place in Denmark

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen stormed into the women's top list last year in fourth place, but this year she will have to settle for sixth place, while Angela Merkel takes fourth place and Margrethe Vestager fifth place.

In the may-September survey, we then used the list to examine each of the 38 markets by asking two questions: "Who do you admire very much?", where respondents could choose from many different personalities based on the compiled list, and "Who do you admire MOST?", where they could only choose one. These two numbers were added up to a percentage indicating the degree of admiration shown to the right of each name in the graphic above and in the following table, which shows the full results for each country including local celebrities and public figures:


By asking respondents two questions, we can see both the breadth (i.e. global prevalence) and the intensity of a person's support.

All in all, we conducted surveys in countries that together cover more than 7/10 of the world's population. However, some parts of the world are better represented than others, so we weighted the impact that some countries have on the final numbers more - and weighted others less so that global figures more accurately reflect the overall positions of the world.


All surveys were carried out online, and in many of the countries the spread of the Internet is limited to such an extent that the examples represent only the proportion of the population that is online. Countries and regions where this applies are China (including Hong Kong), Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines and South Africa.


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