When asked without prompting to name the living man and woman whom they most admire in the world, Gallup poll found that Obama and Clinton each received 17 percent of all mentions.
Clinton tops the list of most admired woman for a record 16th time, trailed by Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin and Condoleezza Rice.
The lists, which Gallup has compiled nearly every year since 1948, are a mix of popular, high profile leaders in politics, business, charitable causes and entertainment.
Of particular note this year, according to Gallup, are newcomers to the men's list: Buffett and Thomas Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
On the women's list, Sarah Palin fell from her second-place slot, which she has held since 2008, to fourth place.
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