She was also named the world's second greatest leader by Fortune Magazine and ranked the 29th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. They are the only musicians on the list. Both Obamas top the list of most admired people in America.
Michelle Obama has supplanted Angelina Jolie as the world's most admired woman, according to YouGov's annual study of which public figures the people of our planet look up to. Former US president Barack Obama comes in second, and the third to fifth places are all occupied by Chinese figures: actor Jackie Chan in third, president Xi Jinping in fourth and businessman Jack Ma in fifth.
Interestingly, in the YouGov survey of the Most Admired within the US, neither Taylor nor Madonna make the cut, nor does any other singer, male or female.
Michelle and Barack Obama. Unfortunately Trump follows as second as the most admired man in America, while Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg places behind Michelle Obama.
The survey interviewed more than 42,000 people from 41 countries. First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump neared the bottom of the worldwide lists at 19 and 14, respectively.
The former first lady is followed by Oprah Winfrey, Jolie, Queen Elizabeth II and Emma Watson. Or are the Obamas just even more accessible now that their presidency has ended? Earlier this year, Netflix announced the first slate of projects produced by Obama's production company, Higher Ground Productions.
This is an individual who has said she's never been proud to be an American.
For what reason is Michelle Obama the "most admired" in the world?
The New York Post reports that Obama made at least $1.2 million for three talks to Wall Street firms in 2017 while Michelle Obama earns an estimated $225,000 per corporate and non-profit speaker appearance. Soon, the Obamas can hit the billion-dollar mark and join the circle of wealthy billionaires like Winfrey.