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“Sachin” 5th Most Esteemed Person

Microsoft creator Bill Gates has been titled as the most admired person on the globe with cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar fifth on a list of 30 people amassed after a poll in 13 countries, including India. The "World's most admired people poll" was carried out by YouGov for Times by surveying just about 14,000 people in Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, the US, Australia, Pakistan, Indonesia, India, China, Egypt, Nigeria and Brazil. There were four Indians in the top ten and seven overall in the record of 30 most-admired people. Sachin, 40, was fifth along with six other Indians featuring in the list- BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi (7th), Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan (9th), former President Abdul Kalam (10th), social activist Anna Hazare (14th), Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (18th) and business tycoon Ratan Tata (30th). Gates, 58, the co-founder of Microsoft and a billionaire patron, earned more approbation than US President Barack Obama who was second, Russian President Vladimir Putin (3rd), Pope Francis (4th) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (6th) to maintain the title. Some fascinating choices in the list of 30 were Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama (13th), American business magnate Warren Buffet (8th), Queen Elizabeth (17th) and Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie (19th). Amazingly, there were only six women on the list of most well-liked people with queen highest ranked among them. Other women to create it to the list were Jolie, US talk show host Oprah Winfrey (20th), German Chancellor Angela Merkel (26th), former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton (27th) and Chinese contemporary folk singer Peng Liyuan (28th). Sportsmen featured remarkably in the affections of abundant across the world. After Tendulkar it was Argentina footballer Lionel Messi who was 15th followed by US basketball player Michael Jordon (21) and Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo (22). Pakistani cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan was 12th on the list. No Briton marked in the world's top ten most-admired people. Stephen Hawking was placed highest, at 16th. Separate lists of the poll in different countries were also prearranged by YouGov. In the poll in India, as estimated, Tendulkar topped the list but fascinatingly it was Obama who came in second followed by Modi, Gates and Bachchan.

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