An annual study conducted and released by YouGov shows that Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan are the only Indian actors to make it to the list of world’s most admired men. While Big B has claimed spot number 12 on the list, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan are on the 16th and 18th spots respectively. Both Salman Khan and SRK are among the new entrants in the Top 20 club. Other influential stars and celebrities, including the likes of Malala Yousafzai, Deepika Padukone and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan are also included on the list.
It was Bollywood actress Sushmita Sen who took to social media to share the post by You Gov.
“What an honour!!! Thank you friends from around the World, for always finding a way to reciprocate my love & admiration!!! I FEEL THE LOVE!!! #yourstruly#worldsmostadmiredwomen #2019 I love you guys!!! #duggadugga,” she captioned the post.
Sushmita Sen’s beau, Rohman Shawl also took to Instagram to show his support for his lady love, saying, “Well deserved jaan meri. I am so so proud of you, I love you,” he wrote.
American business tycoon Bill Gates has topped the list once again, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was recently re-elected for the second term, is on the sixth place. To provide a perspective, Narendra Modi’s ranking has improved by two places from the previous year.
When it comes to India’s leading ladies, only four Bollywood actresses have made it to the list; namely Aiswarya Rai, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and new entrant Sushmita Sen. Not many surprises there! Deepika Padukone has landed the 13th position and Priyanka Chopra has grabbed the 14th spot.
Right behind in the 16th spot is Aishwarya Rai and new entrant Sushmita Sen is in 17th place.
Right on top of the women’s list is Michelle Obama who has succeeded Angelina Jolie who was in the top position last year.
Interestingly, Big B’s ranking dropped by three places in comparison to last year, whereas his daughter-in-law Aishwarya suffered a decline of five spots. It also comes as a surprise that Pee Cee, who made headlines for her marriage to American singer and songwriter Nick Jonas, came down by two rankings. Deepika Padukone appears to be the only one who maintained her position on the list.