Australia’s Most Admired

Australia’s Most Admired
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David Attenborough and Queen Elizabeth II top the list for the second year running

Natural historian and broadcaster David Attenborough is Australia’s most admired man for the second year running, according to YouGov’s annual study of which public figures people look up to.

He is followed by former President of the United States Barack Obama in second place, who is this year’s most admired man in the world. Microsoft co-founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates is in third, and the Dalai Lama is in fourth.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison comes in fifth place, appearing for the first time in the top ten, and is the only Australian in the top ten.

Celebrities feature prominently, with Hollywood actors Hugh Jackman, Keanu Reeves and Dwayne Johnson coming in sixth, eighth and ninth respectively.

The list of admired men is completed with professional tennis player Roger Federer in seventh, and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Elon Musk in tenth.

Queen Elizabeth II has again topped the list as Australia’s most admired woman. Other world leaders also do well on the list. Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern comes in second place, former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama in third, the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton in sixth and Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard in seventh.

Newcomer to the list and professional tennis player Ashleigh Barty comes in fourth, and is the only other Australian in the top ten.

Activists fare well in the list. Pakistani activist for female education Malala Yosafzai appears in eighth place, and is followed closely by Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg in ninth.

The top ten is completed with entertainers like television talkshow host Oprah Winfrey in fifth, and Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie in tenth.