Gallup showed Obama in the top spot in the results of a new poll.
The recognition comes after after she promoted the importance of voting in the November elections, and embarked on a tour to promote her autobiography, Becoming.
Queen Elizabeth, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi round out the top 10.
The answers were split, with Democrats and independents more likely to view Barack and Michelle Obama as most admired, and Republicans more likely to think the same of Donald and Melania Trump.
Pope Francis, Bill Gates, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former President Bill Clinton, Dalai Lama, former Vice President Joe Biden, entrepreneur Elon Musk and Vice President Mike Pence filled out the men's top 10.
The poll results were based on a survey of 1,025 and has a margin of error of 4 points.