This year, seven of those on the top ten Most Admired Man list are from the world of U.S. government and politics: Obama, Romney, the two George Bushes, Bill Clinton, Ron Paul, and John McCain. One is from international politics — Nelson Mandela — and three are from religious vocations — Billy Graham, Pope Benedict XVI, and the Dalai Lama.
Of the top ten Most Admired women, four have been associated with U.S. government and politics (Clinton, Michelle Obama, Rice, and Sarah Palin), one with the entertainment world (Winfrey), two with international advocacy causes (Malala Yousafzai and Aung San Suu Kyi), one with international government (Margaret Thatcher), and two with royalty (Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton).
This year, there were no men on the top ten list from the world of business, while last year that group included Warren Buffet, Donald Trump, and Bill Gates. Last year’s lists for both men and women reflected the then-active Republican primary process and included Newt Gingrich on the men’s list and Michele Bachmann on the women’s list.