New Delhi: According to a recent poll, Roger Federer has the second-best worldwide reputation of any public figure, behind only former South African president Nelson Mandela.
The Reputation Institute surveyed the public`s respect, admiration and trust in 54 public figures. Of the 50,000 people in 25 countries polled, Federer came in second, just ahead of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Richard Branson.
Federer`s on-court success and off-court charitable work were cited as reasons for his high ranking. He polled much higher than the four other athletes included in the poll -- Derek Jeter (No. 16), LeBron James (No. 23), David Beckham (No. 24) and Tiger Woods (No. 47).
Federer`s reputation is also considerably higher than that of Oprah Winfrey (No. 7), Queen Elizabeth II (No. 10), Barack Obama (No. 14) and Pope Benedict XVI (No. 26).
Respondents were asked to rate pre-listed attributes like degree to which a choice is liked, respected, admired and trusted, on a scale of 0-100. Federer managed to score an average of 72.1, just behind Mandela with an average of 78.5.