TIME readers have spoken.
Well, to be more exact: voted.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman won the TIME Person of the Year 2017 online reader poll, earning three times as many votes as the second place finisher.
And while the magazine’s editorial staff selects the Person of the Year, TIME’s reader poll demonstrates an impressive recognition of the Crown Prince’s unprecedented efforts to drive political, economic, and social reform in Saudi Arabia. Simply, it provides “a window into who the reader thinks most shaped 2017,” according to the magazine.
The TIME Person of the Year poll—which has been published on an annual basis for 90 years—awards a reader-voted individual who had “the most influence over the news in the last 12 months.”
The young and ambitious Crown Prince received 24 percent of the ‘yes’ votes cast, capturing more votes than other world leaders, industry trailblazers, entertainers and activists and proving that the world cannot keep their eyes off Saudi Arabia’s innovative strategy toward modernization.
Saudi Arabia has caught global headlines because of key reforms including cracking down on corrupting and expanding women’s workplace and societal participation.
Dignitaries, including Mark Zuckerberg, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bernie Sanders have previously topped the TIME Person of the Year readers’ poll.
This year TIME announced “The Silence Breakers” as The Person of the Year on Dec. 6. Nevertheless, if Saudi Arabia continues to modernize at the current rate, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be an ideal candidate for the future Times Person of the Year honor.
Read more at Arab News.