Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky succeeds billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, boss of SpaceX and Tesla, as Time magazine’s 2022 personality of the year.
He succeeds Greta Thunberg, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris or even Elon Musk. By crowning the Ukrainian president, the US magazine also paid tribute to the “spirit of Ukraine”.
“Whether the battle for Ukraine engenders hope or fear, Volodymyr Zelensky has galvanized the world in a way we haven’t seen in decades,” wrote Time editor Edward Felsenthal for whom the choice this year had “never been so clear”.
“For proving that courage can be as contagious as fear, for inspiring people and nations to unite in defense of freedom, for reminding the world of the fragility of democracy – and peace – Volodymyr Zelensky and the Spirit of Ukraine are Time’s 2022 Person of the Year,” the New York-based magazine added.