Time magazine’s Person of the Year is Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old founder of Facebook.
Zuckerberg took to Facebook to make the following statement about the honor:
“Being named as TIME Person of the Year is a real honor and recognition of how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to make the world more open and connected. I’m happy to be a part of that.”
Zuckerberg founded the social networking site Facebook in his college dorm six years ago. This was his year, with Facebook reaching more than a half a billion users.
The movie “The Social Network” is based on Zuckerberg, and has just been nominated for Best Picture by the Golden Globes.
Time’s Person of the Year tradition dates back to 1927, the year the magazine was launched. The first Person was aviator Charles Lindbergh. Others named throughout the decades have included Franklin D. Roosevelt (1932, 1934 and 1941), Adolf Hitler (1936), the American Fighting Man (1950), the Generation Under 25 (1966), American Women (1975), and, during their terms in office, Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, both Bushes, Clinton and Obama, as reported by People.