The much-coveted Time magazine Person of the Year award has one to Facebook founder and multi-billionairre Mark Zuckerberg.
Zuckerberg took the prize for “connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives”, said Time journalist Lev Grossman.
As well as running the gigantic network, Zuckerberg this year also stepped up his philanthropic work, pledging to give away more than half of his $6.9 billion dollar wealth to Bill Gates The Giving Pledge charity.
Zuckerberg saw off stiff competition from the likes of president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai and the 33 rescued Chilean miners.
However, controversy floats around the decision, as Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of whistleblowing website WikiLeaks, topped the readers poll by a large margin. It’s enraged his many web followers, who are claiming the magazine has folded under external pressure from the US government in not naming him Person of the Year.