Status: 06.12.2023, 05:11 a.m.
By: Sonja Ruf
"Swifties" may be happy: Taylor Swift could be named "Person of the Year 2023". © Imago/USA today network
Today is the day: The New York Times Magazine selects the Person of the Year. There are nine names to choose from, including Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin.
New York – What do Joe Biden, Angela Merkel or Greta Thunberg have in common? That's right, they've all been named "People of the Year" by the New York Times Magazine! Now it's that time again. The winner for this year is to be announced on Wednesday morning. In 2022, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the "Spirit of Ukraine" received the award.
For the New York Times Magazine, the title is a tradition that dates back to 1972. The decisive factor for the election is that the person had the greatest influence on the world in the year in question and was therefore very present in the media. Groups or concepts can also be awarded. This year's shortlist for "Person of the Year 2023" includes nine names to choose from – including personalities from politics, business and showbiz. But who are these people? Here is an overview.
Person of the Year 2023: From pop culture to politics, the shortlist includes everything
The singer: Taylor Swift
It should be clear to everyone, no matter how far away she is from the "Swiftie bubble": Taylor Swift is currently one of the most famous and successful pop stars in existence. From the re-release of their albums with record-breaking hits to one of the most successful concert films in history. Swift's Eras tour is on track to become the highest-grossing world tour of all time.
The Fiction Character: Barbie
Barbie fans flocked to the cinema last year to see the first Barbie live-action film, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. Greta Gerwig's third feature film was the highest-grossing film of 2023, sparking an explosion of pink fashion, accessories, and other merchandise in stores around the world. The film made it clear that disguises in the cinema could become a trend again.
The British heir to the throne: King Charles III.
But he really couldn't wait any longer: After decades, Charles III was finally allowed to ascend the British throne this year and, after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, accepted his office as head of the United Kingdom. In addition to numerous functions, King Charles III is publicly committed to environmental protection and the fight against global warming.
Will AI entrepreneur and head of OpenAI Sam Altman become the person of the year 2023? © Imago/Abacapress
The Entrepreneur: Sam Altman
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The Chairman of the US Federal Reserve: Jerome Powell
The chairman of the US Federal Reserve has played a key role in tackling high inflation in the US and has done so far without triggering a recession. A goal that is felt not only by American citizens, but also around the world.
Chinese leader: Xi Jinping
Chinese President Xi Jinping began his fourth term in office in 2023, cementing his role as one of China's most powerful leaders. Xi has been on New York Times Magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people more than <> times.
The Russian leader: Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to wage war in the second year after the invasion of Ukraine. Putin faced a brief threat to his power in 2023 during the Wagner Rebellion, but the mercenary force eventually withdrew. Putin was voted Person of the Year in 2007.
Two groups can also be voted the most influential people of the year
People of the Year 2023? Artists in Hollywood went on strike and protested persistently throughout the year for better working conditions. © Imago/Zuma Wire
The Strikers in Hollywood
Hollywoods, screenwriters and actors have been on strike throughout the year for better working conditions and have suspended the production and filming of new series and films – a rare testament to the power of workers and the entertainment industry. Both the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) have since resumed their work.
Donald Trump's accusers
Donald Trump is the first U.S. president to be impeached in the country's history, in four separate cases involving more than 90 indictments. Prosecutors in four different states have filed charges against the former U.S. president for election interference, illegal storage of classified documents and falsification of business records, which requires a great deal of work and a whole lot of courage.
In summary: This year's selection for the "Person of the Year" is political, as well as broad and colorful. (Sonja Ruf)