Move over, Angelina Jolie. America’s former first lady, Michelle Obama, is now the Internet’s most-admired woman, while Microsoft founder Bill Gates has held on to his long-standing title of the most-admired man.
These titles were awarded according to an online ranking of the world’s 40 most-admired people, published by UK-based market research firm YouGov on Monday (July 22).
The annual survey polled 42,000 respondents across 41 countries, whose residents accounted for over two-thirds of the world’s total population, the firm said. It weighted each country’s scores to reflect worldwide sentiments, it added.
As the survey was done purely online, the results only represented the opinions of the world’s Internet population, YouGov said.
Countries it polled with an online population of lower than 60 per cent of the total population, included China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa.
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For women, lawyer and activist Michelle Obama beat former American actress Angelina Jolie to come in tops.
Jolie fell to third place, while talk show host Oprah Winfrey came in second.
In general, the men’s list featured politicians, businessmen and athletes, while the majority of the personalities on the women’s list were actresses.
YouGov said in a statement that Gates has topped the list every year since 2015, with the top five personalities in the men’s list unchanged from 2018.
On the women’s list, Obama and Winfrey climbed one place each, while Indian actress Aishwarya Rai fell five places down the ranking.