The world's most admired people have been revealed in a new YouGov study, with Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates topping the table alongside actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie.

Former US president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama came in second place, with the latter moving up three spots and the former holding onto second place.

It also meant that Obama came in 15 places than the man that replaced him, though President Trump did edge up one place to rank 17th in the table. Russia's Putin was in sixth place overall, behind Alibaba's Jack Ma.

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Most admired men Most admired women
1. Bill Gates 1. Angelina Jolie
2. Barack Obama 2. Michelle Obama
3. Jackie Chan 3. Oprah Winfrey
4. Xi Jinping 4. Queen Elizabeth II
5. Jack Ma 5. Hillary Clinton
6. Vladimir Putin 6. Emma Watson
7. Dalai Lama 7. Malala Yousafzai
8. Narendra Modi 8. Angela Merkel
9. Amitabh Bachchan 9. Taylor Swift
10. Cristiano Ronaldo 10. Madonna
11. Lionel Messi 11. AishwaryaRai
12. Warren Buffett 12. Priyanka Chopra
13. David Beckham 13. Deepika Padukone
14. Elon Musk 14. Gal Gadot
15. Michael Jordan 15. Theresa May
16. Pope Francis 16. Liu Yifei
17. Donald Trump 17. Yang Mi
18. Andy Lau 18. Fan Bingbing
19. Recep Tayyip Erdogan 19. Zhao Wei
20. Imran Khan 20. Elizabeth Warren

Sir David Attenborough and the Queen were top of the list for Brits' most admired public figures, with the late Stephen Hawking in third and Dame Judi Dench in the same spot on the women's list.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is the fifth most admired man among Brits, while Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg was 10th on the list.

Theresa May came in 15th on the list, a new entry to the rankings, though behind the likes of Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Madonna and Taylor Swift.

Gates has been the top-ranked person every time YouGov has conducted the survey, and Jolie has also topped the tables since 2015 when separate male and female categories were introduced.

Overall, entertainers dominated the female top 20 list, while sporting figures cropped up more on the male list – with Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo pipping rival Lionel Messi to feature in the top 10 most admired men in the world.

Tesla boss Elon Musk was a new entry in 14th place.

The study for this year covered the views of people in 35 countries, with YouGov interviewing more than 37,000 people to compile the list.

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