To find out who these figures are, the company started gathering open-ended nominations from panellists across 41 countries (the most ever) including South Africa in December.
The question was simple: “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?”
Fieldwork was also conducted from March to June with two questions: “who do you truly admire?” and “who do you MOST admire?” in addition to the nominations.
The findings, which differs by country, show that Trevor Noah is the most admired man while Oprah Winfrey is the most admired woman in South Africa.
Worlds Most Admired 2019. Our annual series, conducted this year in 41 countries, finds the most admired figures are:
1. Michelle Obama (+1)
2. Oprah Winfrey (+1)
3. Angelina Jolie (-2)
— YouGov (@YouGov) July 18, 2019
Here is a full list of the world’s most admired people from Africa for 2019:
- Trevor Noah (South African comedian)
- Cyril Ramaphosa (South African president)
- Patrice Motsepe (South African businessman)
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- Thuli Madonsela (South African advocate)
- Bonang Matheba (South African television presenter)
- Helen Zille (a retired South African politician)
Overall, Bill Gates remains the world’s most admired man while Michelle Obama has replacedAngelina Jolie as the world’s most admired woman in 2019.