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Dr Mahathir most admired man in Malaysia, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar close second

Dr Mahathir most admired man in Malaysia, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar close second

Tasneem Nazari

British market research firm, YouGov, has released their annual list of public figures most admired by the people.

In Malaysia, our Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tops the list again as the country’s most admired man with 16% of votes (he was voted most admired man last year too!).

Malaysia’s first astronaut, Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor comes in at second place with 9% while Hong Kong martial arts actor Jackie Chan rounds off the top three at 7%. Yes, the lovable Jackie Chan is Malaysia’s third most admired man!


Technology billionaires Bill Gates and Jack Ma make fourth and fifth place respectively before another notable Malaysian, retired Olympic badminton hero Datuk Lee Chong Wei, comes in as the sixth most admired man in Malaysia with 6% of votes.

The rest of the list is made up by non-Malaysian men.

Portugese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo makes seventh place, former United States President Barack Obama came in eighth, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg in ninth and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 10th.


Picture credit: YouGov

Hold on, we’re not done.


Three notable Malaysian women were voted into the top three spots as Malaysia’s most admired women.

Topping the list is Malaysian sweetheart songbird Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza (Like Dr Mahathir, this is also Tokti’s second time topping the list!), followed by Malaysia’s favourite first lady, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah in second place.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s first female Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is the third most admired woman in Malaysia.

The next three spots are conquered by non-Malaysian women, popular American talk show host Oprah Winfrey came in at fourth place followed by actresses Angelina Jolie in fifth and Emma Watson in sixth.

Then, Malaysian entrepreneur and co-founder of FashionValet and The dUCK Group, Datin Vivy Yusof completes the list’s notable Malaysian females in seventh place.

Interestingly, the world’s most admired woman, former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, comes in at eighth place in Malaysia. She is followed by Queen Elizabeth II in ninth place and the super famous singer Taylor Swift rounds off the top tenth spot.


FYI, YouGov comes up with their annual list by gathering nominations from panellists in 41 countries with the question: “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?”


The 20 men and women who received the most nominations were then compiled into the global list and an additional 10 local figures were added to the list for individual countries.

In Malaysia, a total of 1,075 Malaysians participated in the survey. Which is a pretty small sample size if you ask us (these results are not statistically significant!).


So, what say you tell us: “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?”

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