The following results are based on a Dec. 15-18 USA Today/Gallup poll. In 1946, Gallup first asked Americans to name, without prompting, the person they most admire living in any part of the world. Since 1948, Gallup has asked Americans to name separately the Most Admired Man and Most Admired Woman, and has done so each year except in 1967 (when only Most Admired Man was asked) and 1976. » USA Today/Gallup poll: Most Admired women of 2011 » Read: President Thomas S. Monson one of Americans' 10 'Most Admired Men,' Gallup poll says You can also see the complete report on gallup.com.
Thomas S. Monson grew up in Utah and served in the navy near the end of World War II. After graduating in business from the University of Utah, he worked as an advertising executive for and eventual general manager of the Deseret News. His service for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began at an early age, when he was called as a bishop at age 22. Since then he has served in various capacities for the LDS Church and was called as an apostle for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 36. He has served as President of the LDS Church since 2008 and has overseen the dedication of multiple LDS Temples during his time as the Church's prophet. He is known for his charity during his time as an LDS bishop and as an apostle, as well as for his remarkable memory and gift for story telling.
Bill Gates is one of the co-founders of Microsoft and one of the world's richest men. Interested in technology at an early age, Gates and his partner Paul Allen began Micro-Soft in 1975, a company which eventually became a preeminent software business. Gates has been married to his wife Melinda since 1994. He eventually left Microsoft in 2008 to devote more time to charitable work through the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, a philanthropic organization which he jointly runs with his wife.
Elected in April 2005, Pope Benedict is the leader of the Catholic church. He is of German descent and grew up while the Nazi regime was in power. He found strength in his parent's faith and subsequently attained a degree in theology. He has a long background service and had authored several books and essays and has received honorary degrees from various colleges and universities worldwide.
A businessman and current presidential candidate, Trump made his fortune as a real estate developer. Despite business failures and successes, Trump is currently claims to be worth $7 billion. He is married to model Medania Knauss, with whom he has one child. He has four other children from his previous two marriages. In addition to his business success and presidential bid, Trump was the host of The Apprentice, an NBC show where contestants fought for top management positions in one of Trump's companies.
One of the frontrunners in the 2012 Presidential race, Newt Gingrich has returned to politics after roughly a decade out of office. During his time out of office, Gingrich continued to be involved in the political realm and pursued various business ventures. He and his wife, Callista, jointly run Gingrich Productions, a media production company.
Among the wealthiest people in the world, Warren Buffett is the president, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. This self-made billionaire is known for his business savvy and his philanthropy work, donating most of his earnings to charitable foundations. Despite his vocal aversion to investing in technology companies Buffett recently invested stock in IBM. He cited IBM's track record of reliably supplying technological and innovative solutions.
This American Evangelical Christian minister has been one of the top 10 most admired men 55 times since 1955. Since beginning preaching in the early '40s, Graham has gained millions of followers. Graham increased his audience with the use of newspapers, radio and television to broadcast his message. From President Eisenhower on, Graham has served as an advisor to each United States Presidents. In 2007 he published The Preacher and The Presidents: Billy Graham and the White House.
The first Democratic president in decades to win a second term, Bill Clinton worked to weaken the power held by opposing forces worldwide: he instigated several U.S. military missions to capture and kill Osama Bin Laden, worked to end conflict in Yugoslavia and made efforts to fight against Saddam Hussein's resistance to the United Nations effort to destroy nuclear weapons. Since finishing his term as President of the United States, he has lectured extensively and has been involved with philanthropic work, including creating the William J. Clinton Foundation.
A former Texas governor and two-term President of the United States, George W. Bush was most notably involved with his efforts surrounding the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and his efforts in fighting terrorism in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He created the Department of Homeland Security . During his time as president, he also cut taxes for federal taxpayers, effectively beginning a record 52 consecutive months of job creation. Since the end of his presidential terms, Bush released Decision Points, a book containing his memoirs.
From humble beginnings to becoming President of the United States, Barack Obama embodies what many see as the American Dream. A former civil rights attorney, he has written two critically acclaimed books, the second of which was a no.1 bestseller on New York Times and Amazon.com lists. He was the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate since the Reconstruction and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Under the Obama administration, troops pulled out of Iraq and Osama Bin Laden was killed.