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Assange Is TIME's Person Of The Year, Readers Say

Callie Schweitzer |
December 14, 2010 | 9:43 a.m. PST

Editor-in-Chief

The votes are in, and readers have spoken loud and clear: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the person of the year.

With 382,020 votes, the 39-year-old Australian best known for running the anti-secrecy organization was the clear victor. Coming in second was Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, with 148,383 fewer votes.

Assange beat out pop culture icon Lady Gaga (though she beat him in Facebook "likes"), the president and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for the top spot.

The full list is below:

  1. Julian Assange
  2. Recep Tayyip Erdogan
  3. Lady Gaga
  4. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert
  5. Glenn Beck
  6. Barack Obama
  7. Steve Jobs
  8. The Chilean Miners
  9. The Unemployed American
  10. Mark Zuckerberg

TIME editors will reveal their choice on Wednesday morning's episode of the TODAY show.



 

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Comments

Tim, Melbourne, Australia (not verified) on December 14, 2010 1:44 PM

On a point of detail: Recep Tayyip Erdogan received 233,639 votes (143,835 behind Assange), not the 148,383 mentioned by Callie Schweitzer above.

(Avid readers of Time each week, especially our 17yo, now mainly on iPad, keep up the good work :) )

ps. Mr Assange gets my vote too.

callie.schweitzer on December 14, 2010 7:31 PM

Great catch, thanks so much. Fixed!