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.
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 Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017
Time, however, had a different story.
The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.— TIME (@TIME) November 25, 2017
On Time’s shortlist, alphabetically, are:
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