Time’s person of the year: 10 finalists, 1winner and why they were nominated

Jeff Bezos, chairman and CEO of Amazon.com, speaks at a news conference Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

For over 80years, Time magazine has recognized the most influential people who made waves in the world for good or bad. That means hero and villain are all welcome on board. These are Time Magazine’s top 10 personalities of the year;

  1. Colin Kaepernick

By bending the Knee during the national anthem to protest African-Americans getting shot by police officers, he set off a never been seen movement in the NFL.

More players showed solidarity by holding hands and bending the knee during the national anthem

This protest angered Donald Trump and right winged Americans, but for the rest Collin Kaepernick  became a national hero. His number 7 jersey became the fastest moving merchandise of the NFL.  Unfortunately his career paid the ultimate price because he is presently out of a job.

The NFL body did not want to mix sports with politics.

He recently won the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy award which was presented to him by Beyoncé.

2) Kim Jong UN;

Well, if Time magazine awards heroes and villains, then its no surprise that  North Korea’s  31year old leader made the list.

He has been threatening to start world war three with his nuclear ambition. Sanctions, Isolation and threats have failed to deter him. He is marching forward with a ballistic missile capable of reaching the US mainland.

Even though the United States has the most powerful military in the world, and can easily defeat North Korea, in this conflict Kim Jun UN holds all the cards.

If a war breaks out,  he would destroy US ally in South Korea, Japan and GUAM.

A war with North Korea would lead to a nuclear holocaust that would destroy the Korea Peninsular and parts of Asia.

So the world and America threads carefully with the world’s most powerful villain

Also read:  The battle formation across the world for world war 3

   3) Patty Jenkins: Director Wonder woman

The wonder woman director broke numerous box-office records this year. After becoming the first woman to direct a film that made more than $100 million in its opening weekend, she signed on to direct a highly anticipated second installment in the boundary-breaking franchise.

4) Prince Mohammed Bin Salman;

Before his father became King, no one had heard of the 31year old Saudi prince. He was the youngest of 16princes in the Saudi Kingdom.

His father was crowned King after his uncle’s death in 2015. He became his father’s adviser. He proved himself so invaluable and politically savvy, he was promoted to crown prince demoting a much older prince originally in line to the throne.

As crown prince, he strategically positioned himself as head of the most powerful positions in Saudi: economic ministry, interior ministry and Defense. So he was in charge of the army, all security forces had the keys to the economic vault.

Finally Prince Mohammed launched an anti-corruption drive that many analysts Said was a move to consolidate power. Eleven princes, four ministers and several influential businessmen were among dozens of people detained.

This included the billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal a Saudi Royal and one of the richest men in the world. The message is clear: a new prince on the throne and everyone must fall in line

5) Silence breakers : women who started the #me-too Movement

The movement — which aims to shed light on the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault — took off after bombshell allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein and dozens of other male leaders in Hollywood, media, business and politics, fueling a moment of reckoning about the treatment of women in the workplace.

6) Jeff Bezos

This year he overtook bill gates to emerge the richest man in the world, and he continues to aggressively drive growth of his mega retail giant Amazon.

He rose to the top utilizing simple business principles like customer obsession over competitor obsession, focusing on lower prices for long term profit, etc

Also read: Bussiness principle that made amazon the richest man on earth

7) Robert Muller

He is fearlessly probing the trump –Russia connection, issuing subpoenas, and calling in high profile suspects. He would do his job even if it means taking down the most powerful man in the world. #fearless

8) President Trump,

He was named 2016 Person of the Year, has spent his first year in the Oval Office attempting to dismantle the work of the Obama Administration, from health care to immigration policy, environmental regulations to tax reform, all while continuing to spark feuds and controversy with an unfiltered Twitter feed.

9) Xi jingping

While Trump was busy being Trump, Xi Jingping lead China into the world stage

America withdrew from global trade deal with Asia, China closed in on the gap by creating a new one. America withdrew from climate change deal, china stepped up to the plate and increased their role in climate change.

America was busy dealing with North Korea, china was busy taking over South China Sea.

His influence with China economy and foreign policies gained him approval at home.

The President of China was given a second five-year term this year. He remains one of the most powerful leaders to ever rule china.

10) Dreamers

Thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents when they were children — face uncertain futures if the Trump Administration follows through on plans to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Some Democrats have threatened to force a government shutdown if the legal status of Dreamers is not resolved.

And the winners are….the silence breakers.

Women who came forward with their stories, thus encouraging others to come forward

This is the fastest-moving social change we have seen in decades,” Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal told the programme.

“It began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women – and some men, too – who came forward to tell their own stories.”

The decision to give the award to the “silence breakers” is a nod to the scores of people who have come forward with allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal.


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