PM Imran and Malala Listed Among the World’s Most Admired People in 2018

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and tech pioneer Bill Gates have topped the World’s Most Admired People’s list for 2018 prepared by YouGov – compiling results from the data collected from 35 countries and 37,000 people.

In the global list, Pakistan’s newly sworn-in Prime Minister Imran Khan grabbed the 20th spot in men’s list while the Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is the 7th most admired woman in the world.

The organization has published the overall list of most admired people from around the planet as well as for all the countries participating in the survey separately.


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The YouGov’s panelists across 35 countries were asked this question:

“Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?”

Based on the answers, a list of 20 men and 20 women was made – only those who were nominated in 4 or more countries were included – with an additional 10 famous local personalities for country-wise rankings.

The polling was conducted online wherein two questions were asked:

  1. Who do you truly admire? (Multiple answers accepted)
  2. Who do you MOST admire? (Only one answer)

The numbers were used to compile an admiration percentage for each personality in the list.

Top 10 Admired Men and Women in the World

Rank Men Women
1 Bill Gates Angelina Jolie
2 Barack Obama Machelle Obama
3 Jackie Chan Oprah Winfrey
4 Xi Jinping Queen Elizabeth II
5 Jack Ma Hillary Clinton
6 Vladimir Putin Emma Watson
7 Dalai Lama Malala Yousafzai
8 Narendra Modi Angela Merkel
9 Amitabh Bachchan Taylor Swift
10 Cristiano Ronaldo Madonna


Top 10 Most Admired Personalities in Pakistan

Pakistan’s list includes most of the well known Pakistani personalities, both male and female, with Maulana Tariq Jameel and Bilquis Edhi topping the respective lists.

Rank Men Admiration Score (%) Women Admiration Score (%)
1 Tariq Jameel 17.60 Bilquis Edhi 22.10
2 Raheel Sharif 13.70 Aafia Siddiqui 10.80
3 Imran Khan 12.80 Angelina Jolie 6.70
4 Bill Gates 7.70 Farhat Hashmi 5.60
5 Pervez Musharraf 5.10 Muniba Mazari 4.90
6 Shahid Afridi 4.20 Malala Yousafzai 4.00
7 Aamir Khan 3.80 Hillary Clinton 3.50
8 Recep Tayyip Erdogan 3.40 Queen Elizabeth II 3.30
9 Justin Trudeau 3.10 Mahira Khan 3.30
10 Nawaz Sharif 2.60 Maryam Nawaz 3.20


Who is your favorite personality? Let us know in the comments section.

Via YouGov

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