Here are the 10 most admired people in the world in 2021

Each year, YouGov ranks the most admired personalities in 2021. Here are the top 10 for men and women.

The 5 male personalities of 2021


Chinese actor Jackie Chan comes in fifth in this ranking of the most admired male personalities in 2021. With an admiration rate of 5.7%, he remains in his place of 2020.

Jackie Chan is an actor and stuntman known worldwide for his action films in which he practices martial arts. In 2002, he obtained his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Football player Cristiano Ronaldo takes fourth place in the table. The Portuguese gained two places compared to 2020 and has an admiration rate of 5.8%.

World famous soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo currently plays for English club Manchester United. He is the only player, along with Lionel Messi, to have won the Ballon d’Or at least five times.


The third place of the podium is occupied by the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jiping, who also maintains himself in the standings. In 2021, he recorded an admiration rate of 6.5%.

Xi Jiping has been the leader of China since March 2013, he is also General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party. He is the son of one of Mao Zedong’s companions.

Bill gates

In second position, billionaire Bill Gates retains his place, with an admiration rate of 6.7%. Between 2015 and 2019, he sat in first place before being dethroned by Barack Obama in 2020.

American businessman and entrepreneur Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft. Since 1996, he has been one of the richest men in the world. In 2021, his fortune is estimated at 124 billion dollars (4e).


For the second year, Barack Obama retains first place in the ranking of the most admired male personalities in the world. A place at the top of the podium obtained thanks to an admiration rate of 7.8%.

Barack Obama was on the 44th President of the United States for two consecutive terms between January 2009 and January 2017. He was the country’s first black president.

The 5 female personalities of 2021

Michelle obama

Like her husband, Michelle Obama retains in 2021, her place as the most admired personality in the world, with an admiration percentage of 7.1%.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is admired for her many initiatives in favor of children and women.

Angelina Jolie

American actress Angelina Jolie also retains her number 2 spot. However, she obtains the same admiration rate as Michelle Obama, 7.1%

World-famous actress, Angelina Jolie is also very involved in many humanitarian causes. In particular, she defends access to education for all children and campaigns for women’s rights around the world.

Elizabeth ii

Queen Elizabeth II also maintains her place. With 6.1% admiration rate, the queen keeps third place in the ranking of the most admired female personalities in 2021.

Queen since 1952 (crowned in 1953), Elizabeth II is admired in her kingdom but also throughout the world. Enlisted in World War II, and queen at just 25, she is an example to young women.

Oprah winfrey

In fourth position, the businesswoman and host Oprah Winfrey, who also maintains herself compared to 2020. She records an admiration rate of 5.7%.

Oprah Winfrey is known through her talk show. She is one of the richest African Americans of the 20th century and the richest black woman in the world.

Scarlett johansson

It is the American-Danish actress Scarlett Johansson who takes the fifth position in this ranking. It gains two places compared to 2020 and has an admiration rate of 4.3%.

She is one of the highest paid actresses in the world and is particularly known for her role as Black Widows in the Marvel films.

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