- Volodymyr Zelensky (-600) is a heavy favorite to become the first repeat winner of the Time Person of the Year
- Elon Musk (+750) and Joe Biden (+1000) received the honor in 2021 and 2020, respectively
- Xi Jinping (+2000) could become the first Chinese leader to win the award since 1937
The Time Person of the Year is awarded to the person or event deemed by the publication’s editors to have had the most influence on global events over the past 12 months. The American news magazine has handed out the honor for almost a century, dating all the way back to 1927.
While it’s only April, oddsmakers have already released a list of favorites for the 2023 Person of the Year – which will hit news stands in early December. Before we look at the list of contenders, here’s where you can check out the top betting sites for Entertainment in 2023 and the latest betting odds for the 2023 Oscars.
‘Time’ Person of the Year 2023
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Repeat win for Zelensky?
Time magazine’s editor called the decision to name Volodymyr Zelensky (-600) the 2002 Person of the Year “the most clear-cut in memory”. However, could the inspirational Ukrainian president become the first repeat winner in almost a century? While no person has ever won in back-to-back years, many U.S. presidents have claimed the honor more than once. Including, Franklin D. Roosevelt (1932, 1934, 1941), Harry S. Truman (1945, 1948), Lyndon B. Johnson (1964, 1967), Richard Nixon (1971, 1972), Ronald Reagan (1980, 1983), Bill Clinton (1992, 1998), George W. Bush (2000, 2004) and Barack Obama (2008, 2012).
Joseph Stalin (1939, 1942) and Mikhail Gorbachev (1987, 1989) were the only leaders of other countries to be named Person of the Year twice. And, in some what of an upset, Adolf Hitler only received the award once! All this to say, Zelensky’s a bad chalk bet.
Zelensky handing out a posthumous medal to the mother and son of a Ukrainian soldier on the anniversary of the Russian invasion. pic.twitter.com/MNsF4AeG2O
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) March 29, 2023
Biden, Musk or Thunberg?
Elon Musk (+750) won in 2021 after Tesla became the most valuable carmaker in the world. The billionaire was also listed as a finalist last year, but “making Twitter worse” likely won’t land him on the cover of Time this December. Joe Biden (+1000) also isn’t a great bet as it’s more common for U.S. presidents to receive the honor in the year they’re elected into office.
2019 cover girl Greta Thunberg (+2000) is the only other past victor to appear on the board. And, before you wager on the Iran Protestors (+1800), keep in mind that the magazine named ‘Women in Iran’ as their Heroes of the year in 2022.
Other notable names
Janet Yellen (+1500) is the U.S. Treasury Secretary. The 76-year-old has been all over the news lately, calling climate change an “existential threat”, dealing with the World Bank and making moves to counter Chinese influence. But, she’s likely not enough of a celebrity to pay off this bet. Similarly, a politician who is not in power, such as Ron DeSantis (+1800), has little to no chance. What about Lula da Silva (+2000)? While he is certainly irking the West on foreign policy lately, Brazil’s new President is nowhere near impactful enough, or evil enough, to become the world’s top newsmaker over the next eight months.
King Charles III (+2200) is an interesting longshot bet when you consider his mother, Elizabeth, won Time Person of the Year in 1952 when she ascended to the throne. However, times were simpler back then and everyone now knows that English monarchs have little impact on the world.
Xi Jinping and Putin toasting in Moscow.
Has WW3 started and they just haven’t told us? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/wkFmaWDQD3
— Doug 🇺🇸 (@ProudPatriot247) March 22, 2023
Our best bet isn’t exactly a person you will want to wager on and cheer for. It’s Xi Jinping (+2000), President of the People’s Republic of China. As the autocratic leader of the world’s most populated country and second largest economy, Xi Jinping is capable of swinging the Ukraine war in Russia’s favor, invading Taiwan, and any other number of evil deeds over the next calendar year.
On second thought, let’s hope he isn’t named the 2023 Time Person of the Year.
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