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.
|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.
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.