Bill Gates topped the international list compiled by YouGov, while the Dalai Lama came top in France and Sweden, and ranked highly in Norway, Germany and Denmark. He did not figure prominently in the list of admired people in China and Nigeria. Pope Francis was placed just ahead of the exiled Tibetan leader in the international list.
YouGov, an internet polling company, concluded: “Humanitarians are more globally admired than top world leaders like Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II, according to a new poll of 25,000 people in 23 countries.” The list can be viewed here.
President Obama came second in the international list, with China’s leader Xi Jinping third. YouGov noted that Xi “ranks highly only in China – while Obama places in nearly every country’s top 10 – but it is nevertheless a sign of the rising prominence of the fast-growing country in the global picture.”
The Dalai Lama was sixth on the list of India’s most admired, with current Prime Minister Narendra Modi topping the list, while he was seventh in the United States where President Obama is the most admired.