The World’s Most Admired Men 2020

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

A new YouGov poll shows Michelle Obama and former President Barack Obama are the two most admired people globally.  The poll, which surveyed over 45,000 people across 42 countries, had the Obamas as clear favourites in winning over people’s admiration.

For the most-admired man, Microsoft founder Bill Gates came in a close second, followed by President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and former actor Jackie Chan.

For the U.S., Obama was still the most-admired man, followed closely by current President Donald Trump, former President Jimmy Carter, actor Tom Hanks and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

Trump came in 15th place on the global admiration scale. According to YouGov, the current president trailed the former president in admiration for nearly every country measured except for one: Russia, where Trump ranked 11th, and Obama ranked 15th.

In the battle between whether Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi is the greatest of all-time in the world’s most popular sport, Ronaldo came in 6th on the global admiration scale while Messi came in 11th.

This year’s study is our largest ever, with more than 45,000 people in 42 countries and territories being interviewed to compile the list.


Here Are The World’s Most Admired Men 2020


10. Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves
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Keanu Charles Reeves is a Canadian actor. Born in Beirut, Reeves grew up in Toronto and began acting in theatre productions and television films before making his feature film debut in Youngblood.


9. Elon Musk

Elon Musk
Elon Musk

Elon Reeve Musk FRS is a business magnate, industrial designer, engineer, and philanthropist. He is the founder, CEO, CTO and chief designer of SpaceX; early investor, CEO and product architect of Tesla, Inc.

Founder of The Boring Company; co-founder of Neuralink; and co-founder and initial co-chairman of OpenAI.


8. Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug school, the newest Tibetan Buddhism school, which the Ganden Tripas formally headed.


7. Jack Ma

Jack Ma

Jack Ma, or Mǎ Yún, is a Chinese business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and former executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a multinational technology conglomerate. Ma is a strong proponent of an open and market-driven economy.


6. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro GOIH ComM is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays as a forward for Serie A club Juventus and captains the Portugal national team.


5. Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan

Chan Kong-sang SBS MBE PMW, known professionally as Jackie Chan, is a Hong Kong martial artist, actor, stuntman, film director, action choreographer, screenwriter, producer, and singer.


5. Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi

Narendra Damodardas Modi is an Indian politician serving as the 14th and current Prime Minister of India since 2014. He was the Chief Minister of Gujarat from 2001 to 2014 and is the Member of Parliament for Varanasi.


3. Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping
Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping is a Chinese politician who has served as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission since 2012, and President of the People’s Republic of China since 2013.


2. Bill Gates

Bill Gates
Bill Gates

William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, software developer, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation.


1. Barack Obama

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician and attorney who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, Obama was the first African-American president of the United States.



Source: | YouGov poll