BREAKING: Donald Trump Is The TIME Person Of The Year For 2016

Donald Trump, 70, beat out the following to be named 2016’s TIME Person of the Year, just about one month after he was elected the next President of the United States:

Simone Biles

Hillary Clinton

CRISPR Scientists

Recep Tayyip Erdo?an

Nigel Farage

The Flint Whistleblowers

Beyonce

Narendra Modi

Vladimir Putin

Mark Zuckerberg

“It’s been a great honor, it means a lot, especially me growing up reading TIME magazine, it’s a great magazine,” Donald said in a phone interview with the Today Show. “I’ve been lucky to be on the cover many times this year and last year, so it’s a great honor.”

It’s not as a complicated process to select the Person of the Year as it seems. The TIME magazine staff meets starting in September, and pore over their issues from the rest of the year. Whether good or bad, they decide who had the most influence that year. The staff decides on the shortlist, and the selection is ultimately made by the magazine’s managing editor.

The Person of the Year could be anyone, or anything. TIME controversially made the Person of the Year “You” in 2006, using a mirrored cover to reflect back the reader. They decided that in the age of social media, the millions of people who contribute content online are the most influential. And in 1938, they picked Adolf Hitler…yikes. But again, it can be anyone, good or bad.

Picking the Person of the Year is a tradition that dates back to 1927. The TIME staff realized that they had never put legendary pilot Charles Lindbergh on their cover that year, despite his achievement. So they covered themselves by naming him their “Man of the Year”. The practice continued every year since.

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TIME Announces 2016 Person Of The Year, Meet The 11 Finalists

The shortlist of candidates for the 2016 Person of the Year—TIME’s annual selection of the person who most influenced the news, for better or for worse—was revealed Monday morning on NBC’s Today.

In alphabetical order, the 11 candidates chosen by TIME magazine’s editors are:

Simone Biles

Making her Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro, the talented 19-year-old gymnast earned four gold medals and one bronze, leading her “Final Five” team to victory and affirming her status as the best in the world.

Hillary Clinton

The former First Lady, New York Senator and Secretary of State became the first woman to receive the U.S. presidential nomination of a major political party, going on to lose the election but win the popular vote—the culmination of a hard-fought, divisive presidential race.

CRISPR Scientists

These scientists have developed a groundbreaking new technology that can edit DNA, a technique that has the potential to transform science and the human experience, as it could be used to find and remove mutations responsible for incurable diseases.

Recep Tayyip Erdo?an

After an attempted military coup failed in July, the Turkish president has tightened control over the country, arresting political opponents, firing thousands of state employees and shutting down news organizations.

Nigel Farage

As head of the U.K. Independence Party, Farage was a face of the successful campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, positioning the referendum as the start of a global populist wave against the political establishment.

The Flint Whistleblowers

Local residents, along with civil-engineering professor Marc Edwards and local pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, blew the whistle on the lead-poisoned water in Flint, Mich., drawing national attention to an environmental crisis that still has yet to be fully resolved.

Beyoncé Knowles

With a headline-worthy Super Bowl halftime performance, a world tour and a powerful second visual album, Lemonade, Beyoncé continued to surprise and provoke a global audience, using her platform to speak out about racial injustice, police violence and feminism.

Narendra Modi

At the head of a powerful government, the Indian Prime Minister has guided his country’s economy into position as the “emerging-market world’s most positive story.” Late in the year, however, he also stoked concern when he unexpectedly banned 500- and 1,000-rupee bills—a move that aimed to curb untaxed wealth but now threatens to slow the country’s economic growth.

Vladimir Putin

The Russian president made headlines this year with his country’s intervention in Syria and evidence showing that Russian operatives were responsible for the hack of Democratic National Committee servers.

Donald Trump

After campaigning as an anti-establishment, populist candidate, Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States—a stunning end to a presidential bid that repeatedly broke with political precedent.

Mark Zuckerberg

In the year that Facebook surpassed the 1 billion mobile daily users mark, the social-media titan has an unprecedented global reach. The CEO has also faced pressure to take responsibility for the site’s role in spreading fake or misleading news, amid criticism that those stories influenced the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.

The 2016 Person of the Year will be unveiled on Today on Wednesday morning, when the news will also be shared on Time.com.

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Trump Rips Time Magazine, Insults Angela Merkel After Being Snubbed For Person Of The Year

Real-estate mogul Donald Trump panned Time magazine on Wednesday for its Person of the Year declaration.

The magazine selected German Chancellor Angela Merkel, praising how she handled Europe’s currency and refugee crises.

Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, was among the finalists.

He wrote on Twitter that he was the “big favorite” and Merkel was “ruining Germany.”

On the campaign trail, Trump often criticizes Merkel for opening up her country to Syrian refugees despite the terror threat emanating from the Islamic State group, which is based in Syria and Iraq. Trump has repeatedly warned that the Syrian refugees coming to the US could be a great “Trojan horse” for terrorists to launch a military attack.

Time’s editor, Nancy Gibbs, announced the magazine’s Person of the Year award on the “Today” show. Trump finished in third place, she said, behind the Islamic State’s leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“We’ve never named a presidential candidate as person of the year,” Gibbs said of Trump.

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