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Below is a list ranking TIME’s contenders for Person of the Year by popular vote. The number 0 to 3 before each name is Probaway’s rank estimate of the person being known in 500 years for something they did this last year – 2015. Go to previous Probaway Persons of the Year.

TIME Person of the Year Popularity List

  1. 0 – Bernie Sanders – US Senator – Liberal Presidential candidate
  2. 1 – Malala Yousafzai – Nobel Prize – Education for Muslim girls
  3. 0 – Pope Francis – Catholic Pope – Liberalizing church
  4. 0 – Barack Obama – United States president – Moderate policies
  5. 0 – Stephen Colbert – TV host – Wonderful interviews
  6. 1 – Refugees from Syria – Changing the face of Europe
  7. 0 – Narendra Modi – Prime Minister of India – Modernizing India
  8. 2Elon Musk – First private person launch into space
  9. 1 – Cecile Richards – Planned Parenthood – Continuing struggle
  10. 1 – Angela Merkel – Chancellor of Germany since 2000
  11. 0 – Adele – British songwriter/performer
  12. 0 – Loretta Lynch – US Attorney General
  13. 0 – Anthony Kennedy – US Supreme Court swing voter
  14. 1 – Vladimir Putin – President of Russia – Continuing struggle
  15. 0 – Misty Copeland – African-American principal dancer
  16. 1 – J.K. Rowling – British novelist of Harry Potter fantasies
  17. 0 – Viola Davis – American actress
  18. 0 – Jennifer Lawrence – American actress
  19. 1 – Donald Trump – Bizarre American – Presidential candidate
  20. 0 – Serena Williams – Tennis player
  21. 0 – Francois Hollande – French politician
  22. 2Mark Zuckerberg – Founder of social network Facebook
  23. 1 – Muhammadu Buhari – President of Nigeria – African democracy
  24. 1 – John Kerry – US Secretary of State – Continuing struggle
  25. 1 – Sundar Pichai – Chief Executive Officer of Google – Glass
  26. 0 – Jorge Ramos – News anchor
  27. 0 – Amy Schumer – American comic
  28. 1 – American Pharoah – Super race horse – Astonishing records
  29. 1 – Hillary Clinton – US Secretary of State – US Presidential candidate
  30. 0 – Taylor Swift – American singer-songwriter, actress
  31. 0 – J.J. Abrams – American director, writer, actor, and composer
  32. 1 – Caitlyn Jenner – Olympic champion – Transgender celebrity
  33. 0 – Carli Lloyd – American professional soccer player
  34. 1 – Tim Cook – CEO of Apple – Continuing iPhone series
  35. 0 – Bashar Assad – President of Syria in Civil War
  36. 0 – Nicki Minaj – American rapper and songwriter
  37. 0 – Marco Rubio – US Presidential candidate
  38. 0 – Paul Ryan – Speaker of US House of Representatives
  39. 0 – Drake – English singer-songwriter and musician
  40. 0 – Ben Carson – US Presidential candidate
  41. 0 – Megyn Kelly – political commentator on Fox News
  42. 1 – Benjamin Netanyahu – Prime Minister of Israel – Continuing hero
  43. 0 – Mahmoud Abbas – Chairman of the P L O
  44. 3Xi Jinping – Premier of China’s growth – Green world politics
  45. 1 – Hassan Rouhani – President of Iran – Atomic policy
  46. 1 – Travis Kalanick – Uber and Red Swoosh
  47. 0 – Lin-Manuel Miranda – American actor, composer, writer
  48. 0 – Mukesh Ambani – Indian business magnate, and richest Indian
  49. 2Palmer Luckey – Inventor of Oculus Rift – 4D Reality to market
  50. 0 – Janet Yellen – Chair of the Board of  the Federal Reserve
  51. 0 – Kim Kardashian West – American TV and social media personality
  52. 0 – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – leader of Islamic State, ISIS, or Daesh
  53. 0 – Carly Fiorina – Former CEO of HP; US Presidential candidate
  54. 0 – Kim Davis – Defied court order for marriage license to gays
  55. 0 – Ted Cruz –  Texas US Senator, US Presidential candidate
  56. 0 – Jeb Bush – 43rd Governor of Florida, US Presidential candidate
  57. 0 – Recep Tayyip Erdogan – President of Turkey, confronted Putin
  58. 0 – Charles and David Koch – Republican King-makers
  59. 0 – Michael Dell – American business magnate, Dell computers

This list gives me no option for who would be my Probaway Person of the Year. Xi Jinping may be well known in 500 years as the founder of a Chinese dynasty and of the most powerful economic and political power the world has ever known. And this year at Paris he may have set the course for a new Green Revolution for ecological stability. I don’t make my choice until January 1, 2016, and will make further inquiries into truly memorable events that happened this year at that time.

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