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A recent history of Time's Person of the Year

The news magazine's 13 most recent picks for the year's biggest newsmaker

Last Updated: Dec. 11, 2013

Time Magazine announced the identity of its 2013 "Person of the Year" on Dec. 11: Pope Francis. The title is given to the individual or group the magazine's editors feel "most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year." Use the arrows to read about the individuals Time named as its "Person of the Year" between 2001 and 2013, and its reasons for doing so.





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