Time's Person of the Year will be announced Wednesday. Reader's were invited to cast their vote, but the real choice is made by Time editors, said executive editor Radhika Jones.
“While we don’t make our selection based on the poll results, it’s always interesting to see where some of our preferred candidates end up,” Jones said.
The eight finalists were announced today. They are (in no particular order):
- Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo!
- Mohamed Morsi, president of Egypt
- Undocumented Americans
- Bill and Hillary Clinton
- President Barack Obama
- Malala Yousafzai, the student activist from Pakistan who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban
- Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple
- Higgs Boson and Italian physicist Fabiola Giannati
Whom do you believe should receive the honor? Vote in our poll below.
"TIME's Person of the Year is bestowed by the editors on the person or persons who most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year," said the magazine's website.
Kim Jong Un, supreme leader of North Korea, was ranked first in Time's "completely unscientific" reader poll, with 5.6 million votes.
The list of all who earned the title over the last eight decades is available online.