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Jackie Chan moves ahead of Chinese leader Xi Jinping as most admired man

Bill Gates stays at No.1, Obama No.2, while Angelina Jolie heads women's list ahead of Michelle Obama

Jackie Chan, No.3 on YouGov's list of the most admired men in the world.

Jackie Chan, No.3 on YouGov's list of the most admired men in the world. (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Actor Jackie Chan (成龍) moved ahead of Chinese leader Xi Jinping (習近平) to take third place in the list of the world’s most admired men published on Great Britain’s YouGov website.

Chan and Xi exchanged places compared to the list for 2016, while Microsoft founder Bill Gates stayed at No.1 and former United States President Barack Obama at No.2.

Other prominent East Asians on this year’s list include Alibaba founder Jack Ma (馬雲) at No.5, the Dalai Lama at No.7, and Hong Kong entertainer Andy Lau (劉德華) at No.18.

In the separate list of most admired women in the world for 2018, actress Angelina Jolie stayed at No.1, followed by ex-President Obama’s wife Michelle Obama, talk show host Oprah Winfrey, Queen Elizabeth II and former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Four Chinese women feature in the top-20, all of them actresses, Liu Yifei (劉亦菲), Yang Mi (楊冪), Fan Bingbing (范冰冰), and Zhao Wei (趙薇), ranked from No.16 to No.19 respectively.

According to its website, YouGov collected open-ended nominations from panelists in 35 countries. Those nominations were the basis for a list of 20 most admired men and women named in at least four countries, with an additional 10 popular local figures added for individual countries.

In early 2018, YouGov used the lists to ask the 35 countries who they truly admired, with multiple selections possible, and who they admired the most, with only one choice allowed.

While ex-President Obama finished first in 19 countries, compared to only six for Gates, his poor rankings in populous countries like China and Russia, dragged his overall result down to second place, while Gates finished among the top-4 in each country polled, YouGov explained.

Updated : 2021-12-01 20:26 GMT+08:00