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THE MODI WAVE

Modi beats Pope Francis and Dalai Lama in a ranking of the world’s most admired people

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  • Niharika Sharma
By Niharika Sharma

Reporter based in New Delhi.

Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

In India, politicians are generally perceived to be corrupt and marred in scandals. Yet, prime minister Narendra Modi has managed to break that perception and emerged as one of the most admired people in the world.

Ranked the sixth most admired person on the planet, Modi beat the head of the catholic church Pope Francis, American investor Warren Buffett, and US president Donald Trump.

Among Indians, Modi is more admired than cricket icons such as MS Dhoni (the second most admired Indian) and Sachin Tendulkar (7), business tycoon Ratan Tata (3), and Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, and Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone.

The ranking is based on an online survey by UK-based market research and data firm YouGov, which gathered nominations from panelists across 41 countries.

American tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates held on to his top spot as the most admired man. Meanwhile, former US first lady Michelle Obama replaced Hollywood star Angelina Jolie as the most admired woman.

“The US actress, filmmaker and humanitarian has fallen from first place last year to third place this year, with US talk show and philanthropist host Oprah Winfrey coming second in the 2019 list,” YouGov said.

Here are the 20 most admired women and men, globally, according to the survey:

1
Michelle Obama
Bill Gates
2
Oprah Winfrey
Barack Obama
3
Angelina Jolie
Jackie Chan
4
Queen Elizabeth (II)
Xi Jinping
5
Emma Watson
Jack Ma
6
Malala Yousafzai
Narendra Modi
7
Peng Liyuan
Christiano Ronaldo
8
Hillary Clinton
Dalai Lama
9
Tu Youyou
Lionel Messi
10
Taylor Swift
Vladimir Putin
11
Madonna
Warren Buffett
12
Angela Merkel
Amitabh Bachchan
13
Deepika Padukone
Elon Musk
14
Priyanka Chopra
Donald Trump
15
Ellen Degeneres
Pope Francis
16
Aishwarya Rai
Shah Rukh Khan
17
Sushmita Sen
Imran Khan
18
Theresa May
Salman Khan
19
Melania Trump
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
20
Yang Mi
Andy Lau

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