Still Poppin’: Michelle Obama Becomes Annual Poll’s Most Admired Woman in the World

Michelle Obama is now the most admired woman in the world on YouGov’s annual listing.

Results of the poll, which took responses from more than 42,000 people in 41 different countries, were published on Thursday, and the former first lady replaced Angelia Jolie, who was No. 1 last year.

The actress now holds the No. 3 position on that list of 20, where Oprah Winfrey is the second-most admired woman in the world. The rest of the top five are Queen Elizabeth II and actress Emma Watson at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.

Other lists published as well, including World’s Most Admired Men, Most Admired Men in America, and the Most Admired Women in America.

On the World’s Most Admired Men list, Barack Obama won the No. 2 spot, while Bill Gates is No. 1. Positions three, four and five are held by Jackie Chan, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Chinese businessman Jack Ma.

On the poll showing America’s famous men, Barack Obama is No. 1 on the list, followed by Donald Trump, Clint Eastwood, Bill Gates and Dwayne Johnson round out the top five. Will Smith was also named in the American poll and secured the No. 10 spot.

Michelle Obama also sits on top of the America’s Most Admired Women list, Winfrey comes in at No. 6. and Condoleezza Rice at No. 7.

According to the YouGov website, the polling began in December 2018, and participants were asked, “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?”

Then out of the people selected, a list of 20 men and women were compiled, and “10 popular local figures were added to the lists for individual countries.”

From there, a final list was given to people in 41 countries, and they were asked “Who do you truly admire?” and people could make more than one selection.

They were also asked “Who do you most admire?” and were only allowed to pick one person, which is how the final results were reached.

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