Toby Wellington, December 19, 2012
With yesterday’s release of the eight nominees for this year’s Person of the Year award, it was hard to see Apple CEO Tim Cook finishing at the top of the list. TIME announced Barack Obama as the winner of the award this morning as well as naming four runners-up, with Tim Cook taking the second runner-up spot.
The award is given to the person who had made the biggest impact over the course over the year, regardless of whether the impact was bad or good. Obama wins the award for the second time, as he was awarded it back in 2008 when he was first elected. The other person to beat out Tim Cook was Malala Yousafzai, the student activist from Pakistan that survived a Taliban assassination attempt.
While it’s rare for people outside of politics to win the award, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was named Person of the Year for 2010. Perhaps Tim Cook will be able to snag the award in the coming years when Apple releases their fabled Apple Television. Wouldn’t count on it though.Follow @macgasm