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Keshvar Alikhani
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List Rules Upvote the influential people who you think should be named TIME's 2014 Person of the Year.

Last year, it was Pope Francis. Before that, Barack Obama. This year: Beyoncé? Who do you think should be TIME Magazine’s person of the year in 2014?

Each year, the honor goes to the individual who most influenced the news. (By that measure, maybe famous breaker-of-the-Internet Kim Kardashian should take home the prize.) These powerful celebrities, politicians, activists, and innovators may not have changed the world for the better, but they’ve definitely left their mark. We’ve spent much of 2014 talking about their controversial decisions, fantastic accomplishments, and buzzworthy affairs.

America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are all on the short list. But what about the founders of Snapchat? Or hero activist Malala Yousafzai?

Who do you think was the most powerful person in the world this year? Cast your vote below and let everyone know who you would choose as the 2014 TIME Magazine person of the year.
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The Ebola Caregivers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
The Ebola Caregivers Finalist: The brave heroes currently fighting the biggest Ebola outbreak in history.

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Pope Francis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Pope Francis age 80 - Catholic Pope and winner of the Person of the Year title in 2013.

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Edward Snowden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Edward Snowden age 33 - Former NSA staffer who leaked classified information about government global surveillance programs.

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Malala Yousafzai is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Malala Yousafzai age 19 - Seventeen-year-old education and women's rights activist, and winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Taylor Swift is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Taylor Swift age 27 - Finalist: America's Sweetheart and Spotify-hating pop star.

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Tim Cook is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Tim Cook age 56 - Finalist: Apple CEO who developed the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay, first openly gay Fortune 500 CEO.

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67 99
Vladimir Putin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Vladimir Putin age 64 - Finalist: Russian president who oversaw the 2014 Winter Olympics and basically annexed eastern Ukraine.

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55 92
Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Jennifer Lawrence age 26 - Katniss from the Hunger Games franchise + favorite starlet of many

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47 78
Narendra Modi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Narendra Modi age 66 - Indian Prime Minister who has promised to focus on economic development.

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Joshua Wong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Joshua Wong Student activist and leader of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests.

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Massoud Barzani is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Masoud Barzani age 69 - Finalist: The leader of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, and a key player in the battle against ISIS.

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42 74
Matthew McConaughey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Matthew McConaughey age 47 - 2014 Best Actor Oscar winner and star of True Detective, Dallas Buyers Club, and Interstellar.

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22 47
Pete Frates & Pat Quinn is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Pete Frates & Pat Quinn Two friends, both with ALS, who are credited with founding the viral Ice Bucket Challenge

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Barack Obama age 55 - Forty-fourth President of the United States.

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Jerry Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Jerry Brown age 79 - California Governor who has eliminated the state's $26 billion deficit.

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Roger Goodell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Roger Goodell age 58 - Finalist: Controversial NFL Commissioner who gave Ray Rice a two-game suspension as punishment for beating his fiancee.

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26 69
David Koch and Charles Koch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
David Koch and Charles Koch Billionaire conservative political activists, and heads of Koch Industries.

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30 79
The Ferguson Protesters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
The Ferguson Protesters Finalist: The outraged citizens who protested the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.

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20 56
Jeff Bezos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Jeff Bezos age 53 - Founder and CEO of Amazon.com.

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Pharrell Williams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Pharrell Williams age 44 - Musician and renowned producer whose hit song Happy became a worldwide hit.

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23 72
Key and Peele is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Key and Peele Stars of Comedy Central's Key and Peele.

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John Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
John Green age 39 - Number 1 best selling YA novelist and author of The Fault in Our Stars.

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Salman Khan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Elise Hennigan added Salman Khan age 40 - Founder of the Khan Academy

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20 73
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Benedict Cumberbatch age 40 - Star of Sherlock and The Imitation Game.

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12 49
Alfonso Cuarón is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Alfonso Cuarón age 55 - Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer and editor known for Y Tu Mamá También, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Gravity.

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Kathleen Sebelius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Kathleen Sebelius age 68 - The Obama staffer responsible for rolling out the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

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Jack Ma is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Jack Ma age 52 - Finalist: founder and CEO of the Alibaba Group, the biggest tech IPO in history.

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Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Hillary Clinton age 69 - Former Secretary of State and prospective 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

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Janet Yellen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Janet Yellen age 69 - First woman to be named Chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

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Jason Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Jason Collins age 37 - Professional basketball player and first openly gay athlete in the four major sports.

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Imran Khan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
jawad.ahmed added Imran Khan age 64

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Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
MunkhbaatarGanbaatar added Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj age 54

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Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy The founders of Snapchat.

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Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Beyoncé Knowles age 35 - The one and only Queen B.

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Seth Meyers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Seth Meyers age 43 - Host of Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC.

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Hassan Rouhani is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Hassan Rouhani age 68 - Moderate Iranian president.

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Robert Griffin III is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
SpencerFlohr added Robert Griffin III age 25

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Miley Cyrus is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Miley Cyrus age 24 - Pop star, tongue enthusiast.

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Kerry Washington is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Kerry Washington age 40 - Star of ABC's hit show, Scandal.

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Kim Jong-un is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Kim Jong-un age 34 - Supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

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Carl Icahn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Carl Icahn age 81 - American billionaire businessman, and founder of Ichan Capital Management.

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Kim Kardashian is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Who Should Have Been TIME's 2014 Person of the Year?
Kim Kardashian age 36 - Reality TV star and breaker of the Internet.