TIME has published a shortlist of candidates for the title of Person of the Year: Putin and Barbie are on it
Editors TEAM are preparing to announce the 2023 Person of the Year, the annual selection of the person, group or concept that has had the greatest impact on the world during the previous 12 months.
In a tradition dating back to 1927, TIME's Person of the Year is an annual recognition of the person, group or concept that has made the most headlines, for both good and bad. Previous nominees included US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Martin Luther King Jr., German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Pope Francis and activist Greta Thunberg.
In 2022, TIME’s Person of the Year was the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky and “the people of Ukraine.”
The 2023 Person of the Year will be announced on the morning of December 6th.
Here's what the shortlist of nominees looks like.
Hollywood writers and actors have been on strike all year, halting production and filming of new and ongoing shows and films - a rare show of unity between the workforce and the entertainment industry. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild (SAG)-AFTRA have reopened; The WGA has already signed a new contract, and SAG has entered into a preliminary agreement and has not yet ratified its new contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
Chinese President Xi Jinping entered 2023 months into his third term, cementing his role as one of China's most powerful modern leaders. Xi has been named to the TIME10 list, which ranks the world's 100 most influential figures, more than 100 times. He was also named runner-up in TIME's Person of the Year in 2017.
Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift has had a big year, re-releasing her albums to record numbers and producing one of the most successful concert films in history. Swift's Eras tour became the highest-grossing tour of all time. The pop star was previously included in the 2017 Person of the Year list along with other “silence breakers” who spoke out against sexual violence.
In the past few weeks alone, Sam Altman has made headlines for his departure (and quick return) as CEO of OpenAI, the company that released the revolutionary ChatGPT that defined the modern artificial intelligence landscape. He was previously named to the inaugural TIME100 AI list as well as the 100 TIME2023 list.
Prosecutors in the Trump case
Donald Trump became the first US president to face criminal charges in the country's history. He faced more than 90 charges in four separate cases. Prosecutors in Florida, Georgia, New York and Washington brought charges of election interference, illegal possession of classified documents and falsification of business records.
Fans, especially women and girls, flocked to theaters to see the first-ever Barbie movie, the most anticipated film of the year, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. Greta Gerwig's third feature has become the highest-grossing film of 2023, earning $1,4 billion and sparking a boom in pink fashion, accessories and other products in stores around the world. The film showed that the possibility of theatrical success remains even in the world of streaming.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has served as the country's president or prime minister since 1999, continued with a full-scale invasion of Ukraine that began in 2022. Putin faced a brief threat to his power in 2023 during the Wagner PMC uprising, but his influence was ultimately strengthened as the group of mercenaries retreated after striking a deal with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. Yevgeny Prigozhin, leader of the Wagner group, later died in a plane crash. Putin was named TIME magazine's Person of the Year in 2007 and has been included in the TIME100 list several times, including in 2022.
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King Charles III
After decades of waiting for the throne, King Charles III took office as the primary monarch of the United Kingdom and other territories in May this year. At a time of change in the monarchy, he demonstrated the power of tradition. His mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was named Person of the Year when she ascended the throne in 1952.
Jerome Powell, who has served as chairman of the US Federal Reserve since February 2018, has played a key role in managing high US inflation by trying to create the architecture of a so-called "soft landing" - reducing inflation by raising interest rates without causing a recession - a goal that is felt in the wallets of Americans and economies around the world. He has been named to the TIME100 list twice (2019 and 2020).
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