15th Annual AFI Awards - Red Carpet

Angelina Jolie 'Most Admired Woman In The World'

03 Feb 2015

...with Bill Gates leading the men, in YouGov poll

Angelina Jolie has beaten young activist Malala Yousafzai in a new poll to find the Most Admired Woman in the World. People from over 23 countries were asked to vote in the poll, conducted by officials last December amongst 25,000 around the globe, at YouGov, and the actress/director came out on top.

On the male side, Bill Gates' strong showing from country to country made sure he edged out Barack Obama, while huge block votes for various heads of state kept things sort of even.

The top tens in full are;

Women

1.  Angelina Jolie
2.  Malala Yousafzai 
3.  Hillary Clinton
4.  Queen Elizabeth II
5.  Michelle Obama
6.  Celene Dion
7.  Oprah Winfrey
8.  Julia Roberts
9.  Aung San Suu Kyi
10. Angela Merkel

Men

1.  Bill Gates
2.  Barack Obama
3.  Xi Jinping
4.  Jackie Chan
5.  Narendra Modi
6.  Pope Francis
7.  The Dalai Lama
8.  Jack Ma
9.  Stephen Hawking
10. David Beckham

Some of the more left-field celebrity-related results that caught our eye include;

* Kate Middleton being more admired in the USA than her grandmother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II
* George Clooney being more admired in France than former President Nicolas Sarkozy
* Sophia Loren remaining the 6th most admired woman in Germany
* Jason Statham being the 8th most admired man in Russia
* Taylor Swift being the 4th most admired woman in Singapore
* Celine Dion being the most admired woman in Nigeria 

For the full results, visit www.yougov.co.uk/news/2015/01/30/most-admired-2015