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Who Should Be TIME Magazine's Person of the Year 2015?

Updated June 14, 2019 19.4k votes 598 voters 4.9k views52 items

TIME magazine is currently polling for who should be its Person of the Year in 2015, with a wide selection of world leaders, entertainment luminaries, and business giants. With so many momentous stories in news, business, and entertainment this year, the people's choice for TIME magazine Person of the Year 2015 is sure to be someone who made a tremendous impact on the news.

As with all other years, TIME's Person of the Year for 2015 isn't necessarily the best person. After all, this is a title Adolf Hitler received multiple times. Instead, this title goes to the most newsworthy person, someone who made the news orbit around them and set the tone for everyone else. This is a person who dominated the headlines, for better or worse, and without whom 2015 would be inconceivable.

Here's your chance to vote up the people you think should be the TIME Person of the Year in 2015, or vote down the notable individuals you think aren't worthy.
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  • Paris Attack Victims1
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    Paris Attack Victims

    The world rallied in their memory after the terrorism acts that killed them.
  • Christine Lagarde2
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    Christine Lagarde

    Age: 64
    International Monetary Fund head.
  • Tim Cook3
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    Tim Cook

    Age: 59
    CEO of Apple, continuing the legacy of Steve Jobs.
  • Elon Musk4
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    Elon Musk

    Age: 49
    CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, revolutionizing automotive and space travel.
  • The World War II Veteran5
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    The World War II Veteran

    Dwindling in numbers, these members of the Greatest Generation are still showing greatness 70 years after the war's end.
  • Narendra Modi6
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    Narendra Modi

    Age: 70
    Prime Minister of India.
  • Xi Jinping7
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    Xi Jinping

    Age: 67
    Priemier of China.
  • François Hollande8
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    François Hollande

    Age: 66
    Prime Minister of France, dealing with the fallout of the November Paris attacks.
  • Roger Goodell9
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    Roger Goodell

    Age: 61
    NFL Commissioner, seen as the most powerful person in sports.
  • Stephen Colbert10
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    Stephen Colbert

    Age: 56
    CBS late-night host whose show is a must for political candidates.
  • Misty Copeland11
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    Misty Copeland

    Age: 38
    First African-American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre.
  • Hassan Rouhani12
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    Hassan Rouhani

    Age: 71
    President of Iran and key figure in the Iran nuclear deal.
  • Serena Williams13
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    Serena Williams

    Age: 39
    Tennis star who won all four majors in 2015.
  • Muhammadu Buhari14
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    Muhammadu Buhari

    Age: 77
    New President of Nigeria, who turned the tide against Boko Haram.
  • Vladimir Putin15
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    Vladimir Putin

    Age: 67
    President of Russia, and one of the world's chief geopolitical antagonists.
  • Sundar Pichai16
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    Sundar Pichai

    Age: 48
    Newly-appointed Google CEO.
  • Marc Benioff17
    154
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    Marc Benioff

    Age: 56
    Salesforce CEO and crusader for equal pay in the tech industry.
  • Charles and David Koch18
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    Charles and David Koch

    Influential Republican donors and kingmakers.
  • Viola Davis19
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    Viola Davis

    Age: 50
    Emmy-winning star of "How to Get Away With Murder."
  • Cecile Richards20
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    Cecile Richards

    Age: 62
    Embattled Planned Parenthood CEO.
  • J. K. Rowling21
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    J. K. Rowling

    Age: 55
    Harry Potter author who announced the newest story in the saga, a two-part Harry Potter play.
  • Bashar al-Assad22
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    Bashar al-Assad

    Age: 55
    Syrian president and leading figure in the Syrian Civil War.
  • Jorge Ramos23
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    Jorge Ramos

    Age: 62
    Univision anchor who clashed with Donald Trump.
  • Sasha Cohen24
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  • Malala Yousafzai25
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    Malala Yousafzai

    Age: 23
    Young Pakistani human rights advocate.