Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made the shortlist for Time’s “Person of the Year,” a recognition of the person or group of people who most influenced the news during the past year, for better or for worse, according to the magazine.
The final 10, revealed Monday morning on NBC’s “Today” show, also includes President Donald Trump, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins, The Dreamers, the #MeToo movement, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, special counsel Robert Mueller, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Trump was the 2016 Person of the Year and, as usual, created a stir on Twitter recently when he said the magazine told him he was “probably” going to win again but that he “took a pass.” The magazine denied that claim.
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
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
Time’s blurb on Bezos made mention of his status as the richest man in the world and added that he continues to “expand the global reach of his retail empire.”
Jenkins became the first woman to direct a film that made more than $100 million in its opening weekend. She tweeted on Monday, calling the designation “stunning” and “flattering.”
Wow. Wow. This is pretty stunning. Thanks to all who voted and are voting for me. So flattering. TIME announces the 2017 Person of the Year shortlist on 'Today' show https://t.co/OL0S73PVmn
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) December 4, 2017