TIME Person of the Year: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wins 2017 Reader Poll
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has won TIME’s Person of the Year 2017 online reader poll, earning more votes than other world leaders, industry titans, entertainers and activists.
The 32-year-old crown prince received 24 percent of the “yes” votes cast. Second place went to the people around the world who are part of the #MeToo movement, with 6 percent of the votes.
Finishing third, with 5 percent of votes each, were former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, special counsel Robert Mueller and the Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children.
TIME editors make the ultimate selection for Person of the Year — identified as the person or group of people who, for better or worse, wielded the most influence in the previous 12 months. The poll provides insight about how our readers view the people who most shaped the year.
In previous years, the winner of the reader poll has differed from the individual selected by TIME as Person of the Year. In 2016, for example, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won the online reader poll, but Donald Trump was named Person of the Year. In 2015, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders was favored among readers, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel was given the final title.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, made headlines recently when he an anti-corruption crackdown while leading the Saudi Vison 2030 to diversify the economy as well as helping in the expansion of culture and arts within society in the Kingdom.