Jolie is also noted for her extensive charity work; she is currently a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. According to the organization's web site, she has donated over $5 million to the organization since 2001 and has personally visited with refugees and underprivileged children in Haiti, Namibia, Cambodia, Ethiopia and other places.
Almost 30,000 people from 23 countries took part in the poll, in which Jolie prevailed over human rights activist Malala Yousafzai, former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Queen Elizabeth II, who held second, third and fourth positions, respectively.
Apart from Jolie, the poll analysis specifically pointed to the success of Democratic Party politician Hillary Clinton.
"Though Hillary has not officially declared her candidacy for the 2016 presidential elections, she is widely considered a favorite to follow Barack Obama into the White House. As this year's Most Admired survey shows, she enjoys widespread public esteem, both here and abroad," the analysis said.
Separately, Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates secured the title of "the world's most admired man" in a poll that also gave kudos to Pope Francis, Russian President Vladimir Putin and former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
President Barack Obama, who ranked first last year, ranked second.