The Time magazine has named United State’s President-elect Donald Trump as its 2016 Person of the Year.
The announcement was revealed today on NBC’s “Today” show. Speaking on the show via phone, Trump called the title a “very, very great honor.”
Trump has already appeared on Time’s cover on numerous occasions this year, including two covers published before the election that featured a cartoon illustration of his melting face titled “Meltdown” and “Total meltdown.”
Trump criticized the magazine last year when it picked Merkel, who he called the “person who is ruining Germany.”
Trump, who had been a finalist, tweeted at the magazine “would never pick me as person of the year despite being the big favourite”, but his statement change on Wednesday after the reveal.
“It means a lot, especially me growing up reading Time magazine, and you know, it’s a very important magazine, and I’ve been lucky enough to be on the cover many times this year,” he said on NBC.
Donald Trump beat out 10 other finalists, including his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton to emerge winner. TIME however, declared Clinton their runner-up, and she was also the top pick among TODAY viewers.
The magazine has been selecting the year’s most influential person, group or idea since 1927. Its choices have included nearly every U.S. president, Adolf Hitler, Ayatollah Khomeini, Mahatma Gandhi and Pope Francis, along with groups like the “Ebola fighters.” The title was changed in 1982 to “Machine of the Year” for the computer.
In its 90-year history, Time has named only four individual women: American socialite Wallis Simpson, whose marriage to King Edward VIII caused a constitutional crisis, Queen Elizabeth II, President Corazon Aquino of the Philippines, and last year’s choice, German Chancellor Angela Merkel.