Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2020 : Joe Biden & Kamala Harris
USA President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris have been named Time magazine’s 2020 ‘Person of the Year’ while Zoom CEO Eric Yuan ‘Businessperson of the Year’.
Biden (78) and Kamala Harris (56) made history on November 7 when they were announced winner in the Presidential election held on November 3 with becoming the oldest President and first female & black Vice-President respectively of the USA.
Both Biden and Kamala Harris are scheduled to take oath of their offices on January 20 next year.
Of the selection of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Time editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said in a statement, ‘for changing the American story, for showing that the forces of empathy are greater than the furies of division, for sharing a vision of healing in a grieving world, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year.’
On the other hand, in the category of Guardians of the Year, Time has named activists French Assa Traoré, Porche Bennett-Bey and the Fight for racial-justice organizers; frontline health workers fighting the pandemic and USA top infectious expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Besides, NBA star LeBron James has been named ‘Athlete of the Year’ and Korean pop group BTS as ‘Entertainer of the Year’.
In 2019, Time Magazine named Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (17) as ‘the Person of the Year’.
To note, the Time Magazine started naming influential person of any year in 1927 with the launch of ‘Man of the Year’. The name was later changed to Person of the Year.