Amancio Ortega, TIME's Person of the Year 2021?

Zara founder among finalists for TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year?

According to a well-placed source, Zara's founder Amancio Ortega is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2021. But while the business man's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.

UPDATE 26/10/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Ortega for Person of the Year?

The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 85-year-old business man, as a 2021 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Ortega so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the business man have already been named ‘Spaniard Of The Year’ by some major Spanish newspapers and even ‘Padrón Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Padrón (Amancio Ortega's hometown).

Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year

A representative for the business man was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:

“#OrtegaPOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 25 Oct 2021
“Congrats! Amancio has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 25 Oct 2021
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Amancio Ortega?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 25 Oct 2021

Could 2021 officially be the Year of Amancio Ortega?

Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2021 Person of the Year.

Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2021?

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