Michael Dell ahead of Bill Gates on most admired list

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More than a third, 38 percent, chose Dell, founder of computer and server manufacturer Dell Inc. Only 23 percent selected Gates, chairman of software giant Microsoft.

On the topic of business executives, 47 percent chose Vice President Dick Cheney, the former CEO of Houston-based Halliburton Co., as the most suited figure to run a company. He was followed by TV host Oprah Winfrey (16 percent), New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick (15 percent) and filmmaker Mel Gibson (13 percent).