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Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, is Time's Person of the Year

December 15, 2010 |  9:06 am


Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook chief executive, is Time magazine's Person of the Year.

The announcement Wednesday morning was made by Zuckerberg on, where else, Facebook.

"Being named as TIME Person of the Year is a real honor and recognition of how our little team is building something that hundreds of millions of people want to use to make the world more open and connected," Zuckerberg said on his Facebook fan page. "I'm happy to be a part of that."

At just 26 years old, Zuckerberg is the second-youngest person to be named Time's Person of the Year, the magazine said. Aviator Charles Lindbergh was younger, at 25, when he was named Person of the Year in 1927.

Zuckerberg was chosen this year "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," Time said.

The magazine also noted that "The Zuck" donated $100 million to schools in Newark, N.J., this year and "weathered the potential backlash of that not-so-little movie."

Among the runners up -- WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai, the once-trapped Chilean miners and the "tea party."


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Image: Time magazine Person of the Year cover with Mark Zuckerberg. Credit: Time