ReutersAngelina Jolie is the most admired woman in the world.Admirable people can be world leaders, humanitarians, or movie stars. The common thread is that they're often making a difference in the world.
YouGov gathered open-ended nominations in December, used these to compile a list of 25 men and 25 women, and polled people again to choose who they admire most from the two lists.
The most admired man on the list is Bill Gates, followed by US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Gates, known first for co-founding Microsoft, is better known these days for his philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which supports initiatives in education, world health, and poverty. In 2014, Gates noted breakthroughs in particular on the global health front, especially when it comes to access to vaccinations and health care. He's also changing the way high school history classes are taught with the holistic, multi-disciplined Big History curriculum which enriches student learning of history beyond the typical chronological method.