There's something about Obama and Mary: Danes

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There's something about Obama and Mary: Danes

The American president and Denmark's crown princess are the Danes' 'most admired' man and woman in the world, a new poll shows.


Six years into his presidency, Danes are still wild about Barack Obama. 
In a YouGov poll asking people in 23 countries who they admired most, the US President was the Danes’ top male preference.
The most admired woman among Danes was Crown Princess Mary. Mary’s husband and mother-in-law shouldn’t feel too jealous though. Crown Prince Frederik was the second most admired man among Danish respondents and Queen Margrethe the second most admired woman. 
Mary and Margrethe were joined by the Danish People’s Party’s Pia Kjærsgaard as the only Danish woman in the top ten list, while Frederik and former PM and Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen were the only Danes on the men’s side. 
On the global list, former Microsoft head and current philanthropist Bill Gates was the most admired man while actress and activist Angelina Jolie was the most admired woman. They were followed by Obama and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, respectively. 
The global list was also peppered with celebrities. 
“Admiration isn’t only afforded to world leaders and humanitarians. Popular Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan scored highly across Asia, enough to make him the fourth-most admired man in the world – even ahead of Narendra Modi, the recently elected Prime Minister of India,” YouGov wrote in a press release. 
“Celebrity is also a powerful source of admiration in the women’s top 20. Singer Celine Dion and actress Julia Roberts are higher on the list than Myanmar politician Aung San Suu Kyi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel,” YouGov continued. 
The full Danish and global lists can be seen below. 


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