Time Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year will be announced Wednesday morning, but the 10 finalists for the prize were announced Monday on the NBC’s “Today” show.
The finalists Time editors selected range from Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, to Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether or not the Trump campaign played a role in Russia’s attempted interference in the 2017 election.
Time has been selecting a Person of the Year since 1927, according to the magazine.
The Person of the Year for 2017 will be announced between 7 and 8 a.m. ET Wednesday on the “Today” show.
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Just last week, the 2016 Time Person of the Year — President Donald Trump — made waves when he took to Twitter saying that he’d been told he would likely get the slot again in 2017, but that he’d turned it down.
Time, however, had a different story.
On Time’s shortlist, alphabetically, are:
Founder and CEO of Amazon — a company that has upended the retail sector and the entire economy — Bezos recently became the richest man on the planet, CNBC reports. In 2013, he purchased The Washington Post.
There are thousands of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. who were brought to the country as children. Since President Trump announced he would end an Obama-era program that deferred the deportations of these undocumented “Dreamers,” their fate has been thrown into uncertainty.
In its opening weekend alone, the movie “Wonder Woman” raked in more than $100 million at the box office, Variety reports — making its director, Patty Jenkins, the first woman to direct such a high-grossing blockbuster.
Kim Jong Un
As tensions between the U.S. and North Korea intensify over the rogue nation’s nuclear program, the leaders of each country — Trump and Kim Jong Un — have been trading personal attacks.
A former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick became a household name outside of sports by kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence and racism — and this year those protests expanded even further after the president publicly criticized them.
The #MeToo Movement
After allegations of rape and assault brought down Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the #MeToo movement has helped bring previously unspoken allegations of sexual assault, rape and workplace harassment out into the open, leading to high-profile firings in entertainment, news and more.
A former director of the FBI, Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2017 presidential campaign. Mueller’s appointment came after then-FBI Director James Comey was abruptly fired by the president earlier this year.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
The son of Saudi King Salman is only 32, but he’s already made a big impression as crown prince, including leading a crackdown of rivals for alleged corruption. The move that has been viewed by critics as an effort to gain more control himself, the New York Times reports.
Trump was named Time’s Person of the Year just a year ago. Since then, he’s thrilled his fans and rankled his detractors with the unfiltered persona — on Twitter and beyond — that helped get him elected.
He’s the leader of the most populous nation on the planet, and only became more powerful this year when he earned as second five-year term as president of China.