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Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017? 

Lowe Saddler
Updated December 4, 2017 6k votes 977 voters 8.4k views 21 items

List Rules Which public figure deserves to be TIME's Person of the Year? Vote up your choices.

Editor's Note: Voting has been closed.

UPDATE: On December 6, 2017, Time announced "The Silence Breakers" of the #MeToo Movement as the 2017 Person of the Year. Runners up included Donald Trump, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, Colin Kaepernick, and Robert Mueller.

Time magazine has been choosing a Person of the Year since 1927. Usually, nominees have heavily influenced the social media and news cycles so much so that everyone in the US and most of the world knows their names and accomplishments.

In some cases, the Person of the Year has been extremely controversial. Adolf Hitler, for example, was chosen as Man of the Year in 1938. While he hardly accomplished any good for his native Germany or the land at large, all people from young children to old grannies knew of him. In fact, Hitler was the greatest threatening force in the entire freedom-loving world. He even created what he deemed the master race. More recently, figures like American President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were awarded coveted spots on the magazine's cover. Trump, though tendentious, completely shook the political world and beat more likely presidential candidate Hilary Clinton. Merkel was a less jarring cover woman: though controversial in her home region for a wide-open stance on refugees, she helped salvage all of Europe during the continental financial crisis in 2015. 

2017's Person of the Year may end up being controversial as well. Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is considered a front runner, though activist athlete Colin Kaepernick  has also been mentioned as a contender. Below is a collection of the most likely nominees: Time will be announcing the official winner in early December.

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Robert Mueller is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Robert Mueller Age: 74

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Robert Swan Mueller III (; born August 7, 1944) is an American lawyer and government official who served as the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 2001 to 2013. A ...more
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Justin Trudeau is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Age: 47

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Justin Pierre James Trudeau (; French: [ʒystɛ̃ tʁydo]; born December 25, 1971) is a Canadian politician who has served as the 23rd prime minister of Canada since 2015 and leader of the Liberal ...more

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Pope Francis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Age: 82

Birthplace: Flores, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pope Francis (Latin: Franciscus; Italian: Francesco; Spanish: Francisco; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio; 17 December 1936) is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. ...more
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Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Age: 28

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Colin Rand Kaepernick ( KAP-ər-nik; born November 3, 1987) is a former American football quarterback known for his political activism regarding police brutality and racism against ...more

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Meghan, Duchess of Susse... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Age: 37

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (born Rachel Meghan Markle; August 4, 1981), is an American-born member of the British royal family and former actress. Markle was raised in Los Angeles, California and ...more

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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Age: 69
Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is the 45th and current president of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and ...more

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James Comey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Age: 58

Birthplace: Yonkers, New York

James Brien Comey Jr. (; born December 14, 1960) is an American lawyer who was the 7th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from 2013 until his dismissal in May 2017. Comey had ...more
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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Age: 37

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

Serena Jameka Williams (born September 26, 1981) is an American professional tennis player and former world No. 1. The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world No. 1 in singles on eight ...more

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Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Age: 71

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham, October 26, 1947) is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer and public speaker. She was First Lady of the United States from ...more

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Jeff Bezos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Ian Sacci added Age: 55

Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

Jeffrey Preston Bezos (; né Jorgensen; January 12, 1964) is an American technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder, CEO, and president of Amazon.com, Inc. ...more

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Vladimir Putin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Age: 66

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин, romanized: Vladímir Vladímirovič Pútin; born 7 October 1952) is the President of Russia since 2012, ...more

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Xi Jinping is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Ian Sacci added Age: 65

Birthplace: Beijing, China

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Maxine Waters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Maxine Waters Age: 80

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Age: 29

Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Donna Brazile is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Ian Sacci added Age: 59

Birthplace: Kenner, Louisiana, United States of America

Donna Lease Brazile (; born December 15, 1959) is an American political strategist, campaign manager, political analyst, author, and Fox News contributor. She was formerly a CNN contributor ...more
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Patty Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Ian Sacci added Age: 47

Birthplace: Victorville, California, USA

Patricia Lea Jenkins (born July 24, 1971) is an American film and television director and screenwriter. She directed the films Monster (2003), Wonder Woman (2017), and the upcoming Wonder Woman ...more
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Kim Jong-un is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Age: 36

Birthplace: Pyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea

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Mohammad bin Salman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, also known as MBS, is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, First Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, and the youngest minister of defense in the world. ...more
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Britney Spears is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
root2 added Age: 37

Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi, United States of America

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Harvey Weinstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Age: 66

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Flushing

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Kevin Spacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Should Be Named TIME's Person Of The Year For 2017?
Age: 59

Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States of America

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