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Obamas Are 'Most Admired' Man And Woman In The World, According To Global Poll

Former president and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, have respectively secured the top spots for most admired man and woman in the world.

A 2020 YouGov poll, which surveyed over 45,000 people in 42 countries and territories, saw the Obamas top the "most admired" titles in both the male and female categories.

The British data firm began conducting the poll back in 2014, and this year marks the first time the former POTUS topped the list.

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In previous years, Barack Obama has remained steady in the number two spot, right below Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

But this year, he was able to push Gates from first place and secure the "most admired" title for himself.

Gates took second place, with Elon Musk coming in at ninth and Russian President Vladimir Putin settling in at number 12.

First-timers on the list include Keanu Reeves (10th) and Michael Jordan (13th).

Other sports stars and celebrities featured in the top 20 spots include Jackie Chan (5th), Cristiano Ronaldo (6th), and President Donald Trump (15th).

This is the second year in a row that Michelle Obama has sat in first place in the female category.

Angelina Jolie, who previously held top spot, came in at number two with Queen Elizabeth II close behind in third.

First timers in the women's category include Jennifer Lopez (5th), Scarlett Johansson (7th), and teen climate activist Greta Thunberg (18th).

Interestingly, the men's "most admired" list largely features politicians and people from business and sports backgrounds, whereas the female's is dominated by celebrities.

YouGov determines the list's rankings based on respondents' answers to two simple questions.

The first is whether they admire the figure at all, and the second is if they admire that figure most of all.

As the group revealed online, Barack Obama topped the global list and outranked Trump in 22 of the 42 countries and territories surveyed, including America. However, Trump outranked Obama in Russia, where the current POTUS placed 11th and Obama 15th.

h/t: YouGov