Former US President Barack and Michelle Obama are the most admired people in the world, according to a poll by the YouGov Opinion Research Institute.

According to "YouGov", this is the first time that the former US president tops the list of men since the "Most Admired in the World" poll began in 2014.

Microsoft founder billionaire Bill Gates is now ranked as the second most admired man after taking first place last year, while Chinese leader and party leader Xi Jinping is the third most admired man, according to the poll results.

The most admired woman in the world remains Michelle Obama, with actress Angelina Jolie in second place and British Queen Elizabeth II in third place. Last year, American presenter Oprah Winfrey was ranked second, Angelina Jolie third. "YouGov" interviewed 45,000 people from 42 countries.