The most popular role models chosen by mums for their children are Richard Branson and JK Rowling, according to a new poll.

However the children themselves say their parents are their best role models. Ahhh. Bless.

The survey asked 2,000 mums who they would most like their children to grow up to be like.

According to the Telegraph, 15% of mothers chose Sir Richard while 11% chose the Harry Potter author.

So, mums want their children to be rich, then...

The survey also questioned 1,000 children, and found that 20% of six to sixteen-year-olds thought their mum or dad was the ultimate role model.

The poll was carried out as part of the Mums' Wish List, commissioned by Aquafresh to launch a new campaign to reward mothers.

Other popular celebrities with mums were Jamie Oliver, the chef, who came third with 10% and Barack Obama, who scored 8%. Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates and Cheryl Cole, the singer, were both on 6%.

Cheryl Cole was also popular with children, coming second on 16%, followed by footballer David Beckham on 10%, television star Hannah Montana on 7% and footballer Wayne Rooney in fifth place on 6% - the same score as children's teachers.

Mums were also asked which celebrity they most admired - and 14% chose Myleene Klass, the M&S model and television presenter, ahead of Angelina Jolie and Sarah Brown on 8%.

The survey also found that mothers most wanted their children to enter traditional professions, with lawyer or architect most popular on 19%, followed by doctor or dentist on 17%.

Other preferred jobs were teacher, lecturer or academic, a scientist or engineer, and a plumber, builder or electrician.

Children chose teaching as their preferred career, followed by footballer, doctor, scientist and pop star.

Would you want your child to be like Richard Branson or JK Rowling when they grow up? How about Cheryl Cole?...

Source: Daily Telegraph