Special Report

Most Admired Men and Women in 2018


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Mike Pence
> Pct. mentioning: 1%
> Role: 48th vice president of the United States, former governor of Indiana
> Age: 59
> Nationality: American

Mike Pence, a former radio talk show host, has carved out a career as a staunch conservative Republican. As Governor of Indiana, Pence took positions regarding same-sex marriage and abortion that rankled his opponents. However, Pence is seen as an even-keeled, reasonable politician who got credit for Indiana’s strong economy and triple-A credit rating.

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Elon Musk
> Pct. mentioning: 1%
> Role: technology entrepreneur, engineer
> Age: 47
> Nationality: American

Elon Musk’s work as a visionary entrepreneur and engineer has made him one of the world’s most admired billionaires. Musk currently leads rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX and electric car and energy company Tesla. He has founded numerous other companies as well.

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Joe Biden
> Pct. mentioning: 1%
> Role: 47th vice president of the United States, former U.S. senator from Delaware
> Age: 76
> Nationality: American

In an era of increasing political polarization, Joe Biden is one of the most liked politicians in the United States because of his easy-going demeanor and ability to find common ground with Republicans. He is also admired because he has endured more than his share of tragedies. About a month after he was elected to the Senate in 1972, his first wife and infant daughter were killed in a car accident, and his two sons were seriously hurt. Biden also lost his son Beau to brain cancer in 2015.

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Dalai Lama
> Pct. mentioning: 1%
> Role: Buddhist spiritual leader
> Age: 83
> Nationality: Tibetan

Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, is recognized for speaking out in support of autonomy for Tibet in the face of Chinese aggression. Pressure from China forced the Dalai Lama into exile in 1959. He has been a staunch advocate for better understanding and respect among the different faiths of the world, bringing with him messages of responsibility, love, compassion and kindness. For his efforts, the Dalai Lama received the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Bill Clinton
> Pct. mentioning: 1%
> Role: 42nd president of the United States
> Age: 72
> Nationality: American

Former President Bill Clinton ranks among the 10 most admired men in the United States for the 26th time this year. Though Clinton’s time in the White House was not without controversy, he was a popular president who continues to gain admiration for the charity work of the Clinton Foundation, a non-profit he founded in 1997.

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