LONDON: Cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan and social activist Abdul Sattar Edhi have been included in The Times list of most admired persons on the planet.
An international poll conducted for The Times put cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan at number 12 and Abdul Sattar Edhi at 29.
Bill Gates was declared the most admired person on the planet, highly regarded than Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and the pope.
The poll surveyed 13,895 people in Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, the US, Australia, Pakistan, Indonesia, India, China, Egypt, Nigeria and Brazil.
Imran Khan featured at number 12, ahead of Dalai Lama, Anna Hazare, Lionel Messi, Stephen Hawking, Angelina Jolie, Oprah Winfrey, George W Bush, Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton.
Abdul Sattar Edhi, one of the most universally admired persons, featured ahead of Indian business tycoon Ratan Tata.
The list also includes several Indian personalities. Those who feature in the top 10 category are cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, Hindu politician Narendra Modi, filmstar Amitabh Bachchan and former Indian president Abdul Kalam.
The UK politician most admired by Britons was Nigel Farage, the right-wing United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader, who has won an appeal amongst the right-wing electorate in rural Britain at the cost of the ruling Conservative party. David Cameron was the person “most admired” by only two British people out
of a thousand. On the contrary, The Times said that Russian President Putin’s support among Russians helped him to secure third place in the world overall.
The Times said that no Briton featured in the world’s top 10 most-admired people which showed that trust in the nation’s politicians is well and truly on the wane. Sachin Tendulkar, the Indian cricketer known as the Little Master, is the fifth most admired person in the world owing to his huge popularity in his home country.
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