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

1Bill GatesAngelina Jolie
2Barack ObamaMachelle Obama
3Jackie ChanOprah Winfrey
4Xi JinpingQueen Elizabeth II
5Jack MaHillary Clinton
6Vladimir PutinEmma Watson
7Dalai LamaMalala Yousafzai
8Narendra ModiAngela Merkel
9Amitabh BachchanTaylor Swift
10Cristiano RonaldoMadonna


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.

RankMenAdmiration Score (%)WomenAdmiration Score (%)
1Tariq Jameel17.60Bilquis Edhi22.10
2Raheel Sharif13.70Aafia Siddiqui10.80
3Imran Khan12.80Angelina Jolie6.70
4Bill Gates7.70Farhat Hashmi5.60
5Pervez Musharraf5.10Muniba Mazari4.90
6Shahid Afridi4.20Malala Yousafzai4.00
7Aamir Khan3.80Hillary Clinton3.50
8Recep Tayyip Erdogan3.40Queen Elizabeth II3.30
9Justin Trudeau3.10Mahira Khan3.30
10Nawaz Sharif2.60Maryam Nawaz3.20


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Via YouGov

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