The List of the Most Admired Men and Women Around the World Was Just Released, and Trump Won't Like It One Bit

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Despite repeated claims by President Donald Trump about his popularity and standing in the world, the 45th President again took a back seat to the 44th. And the FLOTUS fared worse than the POTUS.

YouGov—of the United Kingdom—released their latest poll numbers regarding the most admired woman and man in the world.


The results hail from industry, entertainment and politics. The Obamas had a very strong showing with former First Lady Michelle Obama capturing the top spot as most admired woman in the world while her husband, President Barack Obama, garnered second place behind Microsoft founder Bill Gates for most admired man worldwide.

The current residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue did not fare quite as well. Donald Trump came in at number 14 while FLOTUS Melania Trump was 19th.

The men's top 20 was:

  1. Bill Gates
  2. Barack Obama
  3. Jackie Chan
  4. Xi Jinping
  5. Jack Ma
  6. Narendra Modi
  7. Christiano Ronaldo
  8. Dalai Lama
  9. Lionel Messi
  10. Vladimir Putin
  11. Warren Buffett
  12. Amitabh Bachchan
  13. Elon Musk
  14. Donald Trump
  15. Pope Francis
  16. Shah Rukh Khan
  17. Imran Khan
  18. Salman Khan
  19. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
  20. Andy Lau

On the men's side, Trump came behind several other world leaders including Vladimir Putin of Russia and Xi Jinping of China.

In the United States, the Obama's were in first place for both most admired man and woman. Trump moved up to second place at home while Melania Trump came in at number 3 behind Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

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Here are the top 20 most admired women in the world:

  1. Michelle Obama
  2. Oprah Winfrey
  3. Angelina Jolie
  4. Queen Elizabeth (II)
  5. Emma Watson
  6. Malala Yousafzai
  7. Peng Liyuan
  8. Hillary Clinton
  9. Tu Youyou
  10. Taylor Swift
  11. Madonna
  12. Angela Merkel
  13. Deepika Padukone
  14. Priyanka Chopra
  15. Ellen Degeneres
  16. Aishwarya Rai
  17. Sushmita Sen
  18. Theresa May
  19. Melania Trump
  20. Yang Mi

Internationally, both Hillary Clinton and Angela Merkel came in higher than either Trump, with Clinton at 8th and Merkel at 12th.

YouGov shared the news on Twitter.

According to YouGov, even after expanding their survey to include responses from 41 countries, the men's top 5 remained unchanged from the prior year. The men's list gained two new members, both Indian actors.

The women's list saw a shuffle at the top with Michelle Obama moving up and five new women joining the top 20: Chinese leader Xi's wife, singer Peng Liyuan; Ellen DeGeneres; Chinese scientist Tu Youyou; Indian actress Sushmita Sen; and FLOTUS Melania Trump.

Trump joined the list in the lowest spot among the five new female members.

People noted who placed ahead of Trump on the world stage.

No word yet from the President regarding the poll results. But they seem to indicate his claim to have made the United States more admired than Obama did on the international stage false according to the rest of the world.

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