Narendra Modi fifth in list of most admired persons of 2015

  • Naresh K Thakur, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Feb 04, 2015 20:13 IST

This is not a lineup of the most influential or hard power, but the list of top 25 most admired persons, where Prime Minister Narender Modi has been placed at number 5.

The poll 'World's Most Admired 2015' was conducted by YouGov- a UK-based international internet market research firm. Former chairman of Microsoft, Bill Gates tops the lists; United States (US) president Barack Obama comes second with Chinese Premier Xi Xinping close behind, followed by Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan with the fourth most admired man in the world.

Conducted in December 2014, the poll gathered information from panelists across 34 countries, asking them: "Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?"

These nominations were then used to compile a list of 25 men and 25 women, who received the most nominations and were nominated in at least 2 countries.

Modi has two spiritual leaders behind him, Bishop of Rome, Pope Francis on number 6 and Nobel Peace Laureate, the Dalai Lama, who has made India his exile home, on 7th place. In the country wise survey in Europe, Dalai figures on the top of the list in Sweden and France and 6th and 7th places in India and US respectively.

In India, Modi tops the list, followed by cricket Sachin Tendulkar, Bill Gates, actor Salman Khan, followed by US president Barack Obama.

2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi has been put on 7th place in the Indian list of the poll. Among the women nominees, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie figures on the top of World list, followed by Pakastani Child Rights and Education activist Malala Yousafzai. Last year, the 17-year old became the youngest person in history to win a Nobel Peace Prize.

The top two are followed by Hillary Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II, and first lady of US, Michel Obama. Myanmar opposition leader and Nobel Peace Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been placed on number 9, while All India Congress chief Sonia Gandhi has found the 13th place in the list.

Among India's Most Admired Women, Malala is on the top of the list, followed by Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) chief ministerial candidate for Delhi, Kiran Bedi. The next in the list are Angelina, Hillary and Katrina Kaif, followed by Gandhi.

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