Billy Graham on ‘Most Admired’ List for Record 58th Time

By   •   December 29, 2014

Billy Graham
Billy Graham once again has the honor of appearing on Gallup's annual list of most admired people in the world. The 96-year-old evangelist has preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ to nearly 215 million people in 185 countries and territories, and his ministry continues online and around the world through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

For a record 58th time, Billy Graham has been named as one of the ten most admired men in the world.

Gallup released its annual list on Monday after surveying 805 people throughout the United States and asking, “What [woman/man] that you have heard or read about, living today in any part of the world, do you admire most?”

Sharing a spot with former President George W. Bush, Mr. Graham tied for fourth place on this year’s list of most admired men.

The 96-year-old evangelist has been among the top 10 every year since 1963 (except 1976, when the survey didn’t happen). He also appeared on the list every year from 1955-1961.

Most Admired Men and Women

This year, President Barack Obama once again took the top spot on the list of most admired men. The sitting president has held the No. 1 position for 58 of the last 68 years.

Pope Francis took the No. 2 spot, followed by former President Bill Clinton.

Author, political commentator and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson holds the No. 5 position on the men’s list.

Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai, Condoleeza Rice and Michelle Obama topped the list of most admired women. Also in the top 10: Sarah Palin and Angelina Jolie.

Unbroken Connection

Billy Graham and Louis Zamperini
Louis Zamperini (right) traveled across the country to visit Billy Graham at his Montreat, North Carolina, home in 2011. A new documentary from the BGEA tells the rest of Zamperini’s amazing “Unbroken” story.

Jolie recently directed the WWII movie Unbroken. Based on the book by Laura Hillenbrand, it portrays the early life of Olympic runner and American bombardier Louis Zamperini. The movie, which opened on Christmas Day, does not depict Zamperini’s life after WWII, when he struggled with depression, alcohol abuse and ongoing nightmares about the war.

In 1949, Zamperini reluctantly attended the historic Billy Graham Crusade in Los Angeles, where he made a decision to accept Christ. Zamperini went on to do extraordinary things in the name of Jesus. To capture the rest of the story not told in the movie, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) produced a new half-hour documentary, which was narrated by Zamperini before he passed away on July 2, 2014.

Get a copy of the DVD or watch it online for free.

Around Billy Graham’s birthday on Nov. 7, the BGEA also released a video called Heaven. The video has a new message from Mr. Graham, coupled with powerful, true stories from people who have faced the reality of death, and what happens next.