Philippine's Most Admired

Philippine's Most Admired

Rodrigo Duterte remains Philippine’s most admired man

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has again topped the list as Philippine’s most admired man, according to YouGov’s annual study of which public figures people look up to.

Other notable Filipinos on the list include professional boxer and Senator of the Philippines Manny Pacquiao in fifth place, and actor Coco Martin in seventh.

Entertainers make up a significant part of the list. Hong Kong martial arts artist Jackie Chan comes in third, and Hollywood actors Keanu Reeves and Brad Pitt come in sixth and tenth respectively.

Technology billionaire entrepreneurs also fare well in the top ten. Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is in fourth place, and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma in ninth.

The top ten list of most admired men is completed with Pope Francis in second place and former President of the United States Barack Obama in eighth.

Actress and model Angel Locsin is Philippine’s most admired woman this year. She is followed by fellow actress Anne Curtis in second place.

Most of the top ten consists of entertainers. Hollywood actresses Angelina Jolie, Gal Gadot and Emma Watson come in third, fourth and fifth respectively. Talk show hosts Oprah Winfrey and Ellen Degeneres come in seventh and ninth. American singer Taylor Swift comes in eighth and Filipino actress Marian Rivera is in tenth.

The list is completed with Queen Elizabeth II in sixth place.



In December YouGov gathered open-ended nominations from panellists across 41 countries, asking them simply: “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 the 20 men and 20 women who received the most nominations and were nominated in at least four countries. An additional 10 popular local figures were added to the lists for individual countries. 

In January we then used the lists to poll each of the 41 countries asking two questions: “who do you truly admire?”, where respondents could make multiple selections, and “who do you MOST admire?”, where they could only pick one. These two numbers were combined into a percentage share of admiration, displayed to the right of each name in the graphic above and table below, which shows the full results for every country including local celebrities and public figures:

Numbers show the percentage share of admiration for each person in 41 countries worldwide

Choose a country to see the most admired people worldwide


By asking respondents two questions, we can understand both the breadth (i.e. global reach) and the intensity of a person's support.

Altogether, we polled in countries that constitute more than two-thirds of the world's population. However, some parts of the world were better represented than others, so we weighted up the impact certain countries had on the final scores and weighted down others so the global scores more accurately reflect the breakdown of sentiment in the world overall.

All of the surveys were conducted online, and in many of the countries the internet penetration is low to the point where the sample can only be said to be representative to the online population. The countries where the online population is lower than 60% of the total are China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and Thailand.