Michelle Obama Named 2019’s ‘Most Admired Woman’ in the World

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Editor’s note: This post was originally published on July 22, 2019, when Michelle Obama was named 2019’s most admired woman in the world by YouGov. It was updated on December 31, 2019, after the former first lady was also named the most admired woman for 2019 by a new Gallup poll.

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Congratulations are in order for former first lady, Michelle Obama, who is officially the world’s most admired woman. This is Obama’s second year in a row winning Gallup’s most admired woman title, besting current first lady Melania Trump.

Gallup Poll

According to Gallup, the 55-year-old was the only woman to rank in double-digits with a total of 10 percent. After Obama and Trump, who garnered 5% of the votes, popular talk show host Oprah Winfrey and teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg tied for fourth place with 3 percent each on the most admired woman’s list.

This year, former President Barack Obama and President Donald Trump tied for most admired man. It is Barack Obama’s 12th time in the top spot and the first time for President Donald Trump.

Since 1948, Gallup has asked Americans each year to name which woman and man living anywhere in the world they admire the most. This year’s results are based on a December 2nd to December 15th poll by Gallup.

Obama has been keeping busy since former President Barack Obama left office. The former first lady’s memoir, Becoming, was the best selling book of 2018. She may also soon be able to add a Grammy winner to her resume, after being nominated in the best-spoken word category for the audio version of Becoming.


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YouGov Poll

Back in July, Obama was also named the world’s most admired woman in an annual study conducted by online research firm YouGov. According to an annual poll by YouGov, Obama beat out actress Angelina Jolie as the world’s most admired woman. The study interviewed more than 42,000 people in 41 countries.

Obama also rose above Oprah Winfrey, who ranks second this year, Queen Elizabeth II, who ranks fourth, and Emma Watson, who ranks fifth. As for the men, things pretty much stayed the same in the top five rankings. Microsoft Founder Bill Gates came in first, Barack Obama in second place, actor Jackie Chan in third place, and Chinese President Xi Jinping in fourth place and businessman Jack Ma in fifth.

This year the top 12 women were entertainers, either actress, singers of talk show hosts. But some like Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson were admired for their humanitarian work. The list of most admired men contains more people from business, political and sporting background.

Within the United States, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump came in 14 and 19th place. The Trumps and the Obama’s weren’t the only political figures this year. Three of the Democratic presidential contenders also made it onto ‘America’s Most Admired’ list, including Joe Biden in 6th, Bernie Sanders in 7th, and Elizabeth Warren in 13th. Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton are the 7th and 8th most admired women in the country, followed by Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley.


With former President Barack Obama coming in second and Michelle coming in first, could it be Obamas are the world’s most admired couple? Unlike some other first ladies before Obama, she has been in the spotlight since leaving the White House.

The 55-year-old has appeared on talk shows and award ceremonies, and her bestselling autobiography “Becoming” has sold more than 10 million copies since it’s release in 2018.

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