On Wednesday 9th December, the title for TIME Person of the Year will be unveiled on NBC’s TODAY show. Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Black Lives Matter Activits, Angela Merkel, Hassan Rouhani , Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick have all been shortlisted as those who have had the biggest impact in 2015.
The candidates chosen by TIME magazine’s editors, will make the final announcement.
Here’s what you need to know about the finalists:
Caitlyn Jenner, was awarded the Transgender Champion award at American GLAMOUR’s Women of the Year. She broke the internet and raised more awareness for the LGBT community for coming out as transgender earlier this year.
Donald Trump, American business tycoon is the front-runner Republican presidential candidate despite his controversial campaign unleashing provocative remarks.
Vladimir Putin, Russian president has been head-to-head with the West over sanctions on his country’s activities in Ukraine.
Black Lives Matter activists, the group has played a massive role in raising awareness over inequality and treatment towards African Americans. Their protests sparked a worldwide campaign after the death of Trayvon Martin.
Angela Merkel, the first female chancellor of Germany has faced numerous opposition this year from her party, especially over the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe.
Hassan Rouhani, Iranian president of Iran is in pursuit of a nuclear deal with the west to tackle the country’s drifting economic situation.
Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the dominant force behind planned attacks in Western community has inspired a growing number of loyal followers for ISIS over the war in Iraq and Syria.
Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber has faced a major criticism despite growing his company to a record breaking profit of $70 billion dollars.
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