Indonesia’s Most Admired

Indonesia’s Most Admired

President Joko Widodo tops the list as Indonesia’s most admired man

President Joko Widodo has topped the list as Indonesia’s most admired man, according to YouGov’s annual study of which public figures people look up to. Former President of Indonesia B.J. Habibie, who passed last September, previously held the position.

Following Joko Widodo is Islamic preacher and scholar Abdul Somad in second place. Other notable Indonesians include Former Governor of Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama in fourth, Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto in ninth and newcomer to the list – actor Reza Rahadian in tenth.

Technology billionaire also fare well on the list. Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates comes in sixth place, and Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma in seventh – both moving down the list from last year.

The top ten list of most admired men is completed with Portuguese football player Cristiano Ronaldo in third, former United States president Barack Obama in sixth and Hong Kong martial arts actor Jackie Chan in eighth.

TV anchor Najwa Shihab tops this year’s list as Indonesia’s most admired woman, followed by last year’s most admired woman, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudijastuti.

In third place is Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani. She is followed by Surabaya’s first female mayor Tri Rismaharini in fourth, and rounding off the list of Indonesian women in the top ten is the nation’s first female President Megawati Sukarnoputri in tenth place.

Entertainers have a strong presence in the top ten – singer Taylor Swift comes in fifth, actresses Angelina Jolie and Emma Watson in sixth and eighth respectively and TV talk-show host Oprah Winfrey in seventh.

The list is completed with former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama in ninth and Queen Elizabeth II in tenth.

Numbers show the percentage share of admiration for each person in 42 countries and regions worldwide



From January to March this year YouGov gathered open-ended nominations from panellists across 42 countries and territories, asking them simply: “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?” These nominations were then used to compile a list of the 20 men and 20 women who received the most nominations and were nominated in at least four countries. An additional 5-10 popular local figures were added to the lists for individual countries.

Because the first wave of fieldwork was carried out before the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, some figures associated with leading national efforts to counter the disease did not make it on to the national admiration lists. This is unlikely to affect the global results, as such figures are generally only well-known in their own country and a candidate needs to be nominated in at least four countries to stand a chance of making the global top twenty (which it is less likely still they would have reached).

In fieldwork conducted from May to September we used these lists to poll each of the 42 areas asking two questions: “who do you truly admire?”, where respondents could make multiple selections, and “who do you MOST admire?”, where they could only pick one. These two numbers were combined into a percentage share of admiration, displayed to the right of each name in the graphic above and table below, which shows the full results for every country including local celebrities and public figures:

By asking respondents two questions, we can understand both the breadth (i.e. global reach) and the intensity of a person's support.

Altogether, we polled in countries that constitute more than seven-tenths of the world's population. However, some parts of the world were better represented than others, so we weighted up the impact certain countries had on the final scores and weighted down others so the global scores more accurately reflect the breakdown of sentiment in the world overall.

All of the surveys were conducted online, and in many of the countries the internet penetration is low to the point where the sample can only be said to be representative to the online population. The countries and territories where this applies are China (including Hong Kong), Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and the Philippines.