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Benedict XVI named among USA Today most-admired list

The top spots on the list are dominated by politicians with former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at numbers two and three. Former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates were named at four and five. Pope Benedict XVI actually tied for sixth place with Evangelist Billy Graham who has made the top 10 every year the survey has been taken since 1955. The only other religious leader is the Dalai Lama, coming in at number 10 on the most admired list, right after Jimmy Carter and Glenn Beck who tied at number eight. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues her nine year streak of being named the most-admired woman. She is one of four first ladies on the list, including Michelle Obama and Laura and Barbara Bush. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was cited at number two, just before TV host Oprah Winfrey. Three of the woman are leaders from outside of the United States: from England are Queen Elizabeth and former prime minister Margaret Thatcher, as well as democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar. Also on the list is Condoleeza Rice, former Secretary of State in the Bush administration. Besides leaders and political figures, Angelina Jolie is the only actress to be named among the top ten most-admired men and women. AE RRHC -BN