The list of the world’s most admired persons in 2021 includes Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate in history.
The results of YouGov’s annual worldwide survey show that Barack Obama has maintained his position as the world’s most admired man, having wrested the title away from long-time incumbent Bill Gates the previous year. As a result, according to a YouGov poll, Michelle Obama has maintained her status as the world’s most admired woman for the third year in succession.
In fact, the top three positions for each gender have remained unaltered since last year, with business tycoon and philanthropist Bill Gates retaining second among men and Chinese leader Xi Jinping coming in third among women. Angelina Jolie, the Hollywood actress and humanitarian, has maintained her position as the world’s second most admired woman, ahead of the third-placed British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.
The list was compiled following a survey of more than 42,000 people conducted in 38 nations and territories this year. Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani human rights activist, and Indian actress Priyanka Chopra have risen the most in the rankings this year, gaining five spots to ninth and tenth position, respectively. Specifically in the case of Chopra, this constitutes her strongest performance in the series to far.
Among the men, Argentine player Lionel Messi has witnessed the most significant improvement since the last survey, rising four spots from 11th to 7th, which is his highest ranking to date. Despite this record-breaking performance, as well as his recent Ballon d’Or victory, Messi continues to behind Portuguese rival Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently in fourth place (also Ronaldo’s best finish to date).
Female entertainers are more prevalent on the list, with ten of the most admired women being actors, singers, or television presenters, according to the survey (although some, like Emma Watson and Angelina Jolie, are also notable for their humanitarian work). The list of the most admired males, on the other hand, includes a greater number of personalities from political, business, and sporting backgrounds.
Actress Emma Watson arrives at the premiere of the film “Noah” in New York City, United States. Known for her portrayal as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” films, Emma Watson will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University, an Ivy League school in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 25th.
President Joe Biden of the United States and his vice president Kamala Harris of the United States, Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Thai rapper Lisa (of the Blackpink fame), and New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern are among the newcomers to the top twenty this year.
Additionally, investors Warren Buffett and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, as well as Indian actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Chinese actresses Liu Yifei and Yang Mi, have re-entered the top twenty-five this year, according to the rankings.
Using a combination of replies to two questions, the results are calculated: first, whether a respondent admires the figure in any way, and second, whether they are the figure that a responder admires the most. The findings of each country’s participation in the global compilation are also weighted to reflect the size of the country’s population.
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Malala and Prime Minister Imran Khan have both been included in the same list for the years 2018 and 2019.
Malala was recently named to the BBC’s list of the top 100 women to watch in 2021. The 24-year-old had already been included on the aforementioned list. “Malala Yousafzai, the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient, is a Pakistani education campaigner who also serves as a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Since she was eleven years old, she has advocated for young women’s right to an education “The activist’s story was relayed by the media.
It went on to say that “Her advocacy began with blogs for the BBC, where she wrote about life under Taliban control in Pakistan, as well as the prohibition on girls going to school. She was shot in the head by a lone gunman who boarded her bus in October 2012 while on a search for her.” “Following her recovery, she has continued her work as co-founder of the non-profit Malala Fund, which aims to build a society in which every girl can learn and lead without fear,” the publication stated.
According to reports, Malala stated, “In today’s world, hundreds of millions of girls are not in school. A society in which every girl has access to 12 years of free, safe, and high-quality education; a future in which all girls may learn and take on leadership roles is what I want to.”