World’s most admired in 2018:Bill Gates, Angelina Jolie emerge

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Angelina Jolie are the world’s most admired people,in an annual study compiled by YouGov.

This year, Yougov expanded to cover the views of people in 35 countries – the most ever – and means that YouGov interviewed more than 37,000 people to compile the list.

The world’s most admired people list features 20 men and 20 women, all of whom are chosen as a result of online interviews with more than 37,000 people in 35 countries.

FormerUnited states president Barack Obama made the number two with 9.7 per cent share of admiration, followed by Jackie Chan and Xi Jinping,while his wife, Michelle Obama placed second position in the female category.

The female list are Taylor Swift, Madonna, Priyanka Chopra, Liu Yifei and Gal Gadot all making an appearance. However, notable political figures, such as Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel, also feature in the top 10.

Infographic: YouGov

The female top 20 was dominated by entertainers with 14 of the most admired women being actresses, singers or TV presenters, although some are also notable for their humanitarian work.

The male list is predominantly occupied by those from business and sporting backgrounds and includes Elon Musk, Christiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Warren Buffet and David Beckham.

YouGov’s data has also been split into local categories, allowing users to see which figures proved most popular in their country.

In the UK, the most admired man is David Attenborough, with an admiration score of 16.6 per cent, whereas the most admired woman is Queen Elizabeth II, with a score of 19.6 per cent.

Other notable figures to appear in the UK’s most admired list include both Barack and Michelle Obama, Stephen Hawking, J K Rowling, Jeremy Corbyn and Prince Harry

Only three African countries of Egypt, Morocco and South Africa were included in the survey.

Trump is 15 places lower than his Presidential predecessor, with Obama succeeding him in almost every country bar Russia.

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