Every year Time Magazine names its “Person of the Year,” and this year’s winner is none other than Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

At only 26, Zuckerberg, is the youngest “Person of the Year” since the magazine tapped famed pilot Charles Lindberg in 1927. As one of the world’s youngest billionaires, Zuckerberg has become a real power player.

The somewhat elusive social media king has stepped into the spotlight recently. Earlier this year he pledged $100 million over five years to the Newark, N.J. schools, and a few weeks ago, he joined forces with other billionaires who’ve vowed to give away most of their fortune to charity.

Created in Zuckerberg’s Harvard University dorm room, Facebook has exploded, and is used by more than 500 million users after just six years. It’s become an integral part of our lives, and was the subject of this year’s critically acclaimed film, “The Social Network.”

According to The Associated Press,Time’s “Person of the Year” is the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and the news during the past year for good or for ill.” And Mark Zuckerber fits the bill.

Do you think Mark Zuckerberg is the “Person of the Year”? Who would make your list?

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  • leelee

    Shirley Sherrod

  • Kamika

    I’m a little concerned that his backstory is the same as Google’s which is the same as Apple’s. There is something so wrong about these dorm room epiphany stories…

    Antoine Dodson should be the man of the year. Aside from making us all laugh he did a very noble thing in helping to protect his sister and getting the word out about predators.

  • At first I thought it was a joke but then the more I thought about it I can see why he was choosen. I too hate the new Facebook and how everything you write shows back up on your wall!! I have to do a lot of deleting!!

  • Phiona

    Julian Assange. His efforts have highlighted the plight in many countries where the people have no voice. He has affected the world much more strongly than Zuckerberg ever could imo.
    Also, it’s worth noting that majority of TIME readers picked Assange by an overwhelming majority, but the editors chose to ignore that and picked Zuckerberg instead.

  • Bree

    Mark deserves this. Actually, he should have been the person of the year at least 2 years ago but I guess he made it this year because of his philanthropic efforts.