Time has announced the short list of the people who may be named the publication’s Person of the Year.
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Ten people have been selected as the finalists for the magazine’s honor, the “Today” show reported.
Editors said the people on the list had the most influence on the world.
Time will announce its Person of the Year on Wednesday.
Here are the names of the newsmakers chosen by Time’s editors:
Xi Jinping, the president of China, met with Russian president Vladimir Putin before the 2022 Winter Olympics, where the two world leaders showed a united front against what they called “external forces.” Xi called Putin an “old friend” and said that China supported Russia’s “core interest” during the height of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The Chinese military fired ballistic missiles around Taiwan during military drills as a response to the visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. Xi had asked President Joe Biden to dissuade Pelosi from making the trip, The Washington Post reported. Biden told Xi that he did not have that power, explaining to the Chinese president that the Congress was a separate branch. Biden also had warned Xi from taking actions if Pelosi made the trip.
Xi was selected to be China’s communist party leader for a third, five-year term in October. The communist party is the only political party in China, Forbes reported.
This is the second time Xi had been on the list for Time’s person of the year. The first was in 2019.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy is the comedian-turned-president of Ukraine. Zelenskyy became a household name after the invasion of his country by Russia in February, going to the front lines or celebrating with the Ukrainian people as Russian troops pulled out of the area surrounding Kherson.
Zelenskyy addressed the U.S. Congress virtually from Kyiv in March, asking for a no-fly zone and invoking memories of when the U.S. was attacked during Pearl Harbor and September 11, CNN reported.
The Ukrainian president called the invasion by Russia “war crimes” in April and when Russia announced it would seize four regions in Ukraine, called it a “farce,” saying that “the entire territory of our country will be liberated.”
Zelenskyy applied for NATO membership, and while Ukraine’s application is being accelerated, it is not clear if and when Ukraine will be accepted by the international alliance, CNN reported.
KIEV, UKRAINE – MARCH 19: aKIEV, UKRAINE – MARCH 19: Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy attends the rehearsal of his comedy show Liga Smeha (League of Laughter) on March 19, 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainians are set to go to the polls on March 31, choosing from nearly 40 registered candidates. Zelenskiy is in the lead with an unconventional campaign, but it is unlikely he will win an outright majority, forcing a second round runoff of the top two candidates on April 21. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) on March 19, 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE – MARCH 19: Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy backstage during the filming of his comedy show Liga Smeha (League of Laughter) on March 19, 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainians are set to go to the polls on March 31, choosing from nearly 40 registered candidates. Zelenskiy is in the lead with an unconventional campaign, but it is unlikely he will win an outright majority, forcing a second round runoff of the top two candidates on April 21. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 7: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meet Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife Olena during an audience at Buckingham Palace on October 7, 2020 in London, England. The President is on a two-day official visit to the UK. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 01: Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky arrives for the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 at SECC on November 1, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. 2021 sees the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference. The conference will run from 31 October for two weeks, finishing on 12 November. It was meant to take place in 2020 but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by Phil Noble – Pool/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 19: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivers a statement during the 58th Munich Security Conference (MSC) on February 19, 2022 in Munich, Germany. The conference, which brings together security experts, politicians and people of influence from across the globe, is taking place as Russian troops stand amassed on the Russian, Belarusian and Crimean borders to Ukraine, causing international fears of an imminent military invasion. (Photo by Ronald Wittek – Pool/Getty Images)
WARSAW, POLAND – AUGUST 31: Polish President Andrzej Duda (R) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky listen to their nations’ national anthems upon Zelensky’s arrival at the Presidential Palace on August 31, 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. Zelensky is in Poland for bilateral talks with the Polish government and to take part in tomorrow’s international commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – DECEMBER 09: (L-R) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend their summit on Ukraine at Elysee Palace on December 9, 2019 in Paris, France. The Normandy format was created in 2014 to resolve the conflict between Kiev and the breakaway republics in Ukraine’s east. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON – Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 24: President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky attends the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 24, 2019 in New York City. World leaders from across the globe are gathered at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, amid crises ranging from climate change to possible conflict between Iran and the United States. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 19: German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (R) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attend a photo opportunity ahead of bilateral talks at the 2022 Munich Security Conference on February 19, 2022 in Munich, Germany. The conference, which brings together security experts, politicians and people of influence from across the globe, is taking place as Russian troops stand amassed on the Russian, Belarusian and Crimean borders to Ukraine, causing international fears of an imminent military invasion. (Photo by Alexandra Beier – Pool/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE – MARCH 31: Comedian and leading Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelenskiy celebrates after exit polls showed that he likely won the first round of voting at his election night gathering on March 31, 2019 in Kiev, Ukraine. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the top two vote-getters will face off in a second-round election on April 21. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
KYIV, UKRAINE – FEBRUARY 01: (L-R) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson seen with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy following their joint news conference on February 1, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The prime minister held talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in a show of support for Ukraine as 100,000 Russian troops amass on the Ukraine border. The UK also announces £88m of new funding for Ukraine to help reduce its reliance on Russian energy supplies. (Photo by Peter Nicholls – Pool/Getty Images)
KYIV, UKRAINE – FEBRUARY 08: French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shake hands at the conclusion of their joint press conference after their meeting on February 08, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The meeting comes one day after Macron met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and discussed several proposals in a five-hour long meeting in an effort to find common ground on Ukraine and NATO. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 01: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) meets with U.S. President Joe Biden in the Oval Office at the White House on September 01, 2021 in Washington, DC. This was the two leaders’ first face-to-face meeting and the first by a Ukrainian leader in more than four years. (Photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY – JULY 12: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky give statements ahead of talks at the Chancellery on July 12, 2021 in Berlin , Germany. (Photo by Stefanie Loos-Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. Supreme Court
The U.S. Supreme Court is among the 10 finalists after several laws were struck down, namely Roe v. Wade, despite the majority of Americans disagreeing with the decision as found by Pew Research. The high court also clarified that the Second Amendment allows people to carry firearms outside the home.
The court also started the term with its first Black female justice, Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Elon Musk was named Time’s Person of the year in 2021 when the magazine’s editor-in-chief said that the Tesla founder “is reshaping life on Earth and possibly life off Earth as well,” “Today” reported.
Musk has purchased and changed Twitter after firing several top executives, laying off about half of Twitter’s 7,500 employees and making several changes to the social media platform.
Here are some memorable photos of SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk through the years.
2008: Tesla founder Elon Musk attends the launch party for the Tesla Roadster, the world’s first highway-capable all electric car available in the United States, at the Tesla Flagship Store on May 1, 2008, in Los Angeles.
2009: CEO Elon Musk (left) arrives at the Tesla UK launch on June 25, 2009, in London.
2010: Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger laugh during a news conference at Tesla Motors headquarters May 20, 2010, in Palo Alto, California.
2011: Talulah Riley and Elon Musk attend the 2011 Orange British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 13, 2011, in London.
2012: Director Bryn Mooser, executive producer Elon Musk, executive producer Olivia Wilde and director David Darg of the film "Baseball in the Time of Cholera" attend the "Help Wanted" Shorts Program during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the AMC Lowes Village on April 21, 2012, in New York City.
2013: CEO and CTO of SpaceX and CEO and Chief Product Architect of Tesla Motors Elon Musk participates in a discussion at the New York Times 2013 DealBook Conference in New York at the New York Times Building on November 12, 2013, in New York City.
2014: Actress Talulah Riley (left) and CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014, in West Hollywood, California.
2015: Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during an event to launch the new Tesla Model X Crossover SUV on September 29, 2015, in Fremont, California.
2016: Elon Musk and actress Kate Hudson attend the 2016 InStyle and Warner Bros. 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California.
2017: Maye Musk (left) and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.
2018: Elon Musk and Grimes attend the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018, in New York City.
2019: SpaceX Chief Engineer Elon Musk (right) speaks with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (center) while viewing the OctaWeb, part of the Merlin engine used for the Falcon rockets, at the SpaceX Headquarters, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Hawthorne, California.
2020: SpaceX founder Elon Musk celebrates after the successful launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the manned Crew Dragon spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center on May 30, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
2021: Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Armin Laschet, CDU Federal Chairman and Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, talk during a tour of the plant of the future foundry of the Tesla Gigafactory on August 13, 2021, in Grünheide near Berlin, Germany.
The ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Scott has taken her 4% stake in Amazon and turned it into something that can help the world, donating millions of dollars to charity.
Scott gave $122.6 million to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to help children make strong connections with mentors across the country. The donation was the largest the organization had ever received.
In 2022, Scott has donated almost $2 billion to 343 organizations to help underserved communities, she wrote in a Medium post.
Check out these photos of billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, a novelist and the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, through the years.
2003: Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, arrive at the premiere of "The Italian Job" at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center as part of Tribeca Film Festival on May 11, 2003, in New York City.
2012: MacKenzie Bezos (left) and Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com, attend the "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012, in New York City.
2013: Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, arrive for the Allen & Co. annual conference July 12, 2013, in Sun Valley, Idaho.
2015: Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos (left) and MacKenzie Bezos attend Amazon Prime’s Emmy Celebration at the Standard Hotel on September 20, 2015, in Los Angeles.
2016: Washington Post reporter and former Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, participate in the opening ceremony of the newspaper’s new location January 28, 2016, in Washington, D.C. Kerry and Bezos worked to help free Rezaian after he spent 18 months in an Iranian prison after he was jailed and tried in secret for espionage.
2017: Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos (left) and MacKenzie Bezos attend Amazon Studios Golden Globes Celebration at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.
2017: CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos and writer MacKenzie Bezos attend the Amazon Studios Oscar Celebration at Delilah on February 26, 2017, in West Hollywood, California.
2018: Chief Executive Officer of Amazon Jeff Bezos (left) and MacKenzie Bezos attend the seventh annual Sean Penn & Friends Haiti Rising Gala benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization on January 6, 2018, in Hollywood, California.
2018: Jeff Bezos (left) and MacKenzie Bezos attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California.
Rep. Liz Cheney has spearheaded the impeachment of former President Donald Trump after the events of Jan. 6, “Today” reported.
However, not all who have been working for the Jan. 6 committee are happy with how focused on Trump Cheney has appeared to become, The Washington Post reported. Weeks before the final report by the committee was scheduled to be released, the report is to focus mostly on Trump with other parts of the investigation being regulated to snippets, the Post reported.
Months after calling for Trump’s impeachment, Cheney was stripped of her No. 3 position in the GOP caucus before she lost her seat in the primary election to represent Wyoming. Trump-endorsed candidate, Harriet Hageman, won the primary.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis became a national political name after he restricted LGBTQ rights in schools by signing the Parental Rights in Education Act, which prohibits “classroom instruction” on sexual orientation and gender identity starting in kindergarten through third grade.
DeSantis also repealed House Bill No. 486 which allowed the Walt Disney Company special designation to self-govern, a bill that had been in place since 1967. DeSantis repealed the protection after Disney spoke out against the parental rights act, which some called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, WFTV reported.
DeSantis won re-election handily when other GOP candidates struggled and is currently being called “a Trump alternative” during the lead-up to the 2024 election, despite not declaring his candidacy to run against the former president.
Janet Yellen was the first woman to become the secretary of the treasury. In 2022 as inflation loomed, Yellen was the person who explained the signs of a recession and developed preemptive financial policies. She also traveled around the country trying to gain support and confidence for President Joe Biden’s administration in a post-pandemic economy, “Today” reported.
Protestors took to the street after the death of Mahsa Amini, an aspiring lawyer who had been in morality police custody. The police were enforcing mandatory dress codes.
After Amini’s death, women in Iran would not cover their heads, going so far as to cut their hair and burn their headscarves, “Today” reported.
Gun safety advocates
In a year of several shocking mass shootings, gun advocates have said enough is enough. With still a month to go in 2022, there had been more than 600 mass shootings in the U.S. including a racial attack at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, that left 10 people, all of whom were Black, dead, followed by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 children and two teachers dead.
More than 450 gun safety demonstrations were held across the country on June 11 and just hours after the demonstrations, two senators from each side of the aisle announced a framework agreement for new gun legislation that promised “red flag” laws and enhanced background checks, “Today” reported.