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Who’s the Person of the Year? Depends Who You Ask

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was named Time’s 2009 Person of the Year. MSNBC reports of the Time’s reasons for its choice:

Because of his monumental influence on the world’s most important economy, Bernanke has been named TIME magazine’s 2009 Person of the Year.

TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel called the Federal Reserve “the most powerful, least understood government force shaping our lives” as he revealed his magazine’s choice live on TODAY Wednesday morning.

However, when MSNBC asked its readers they chose Steve Jobs:

Interestingly, more than 16,000 TODAYshow.com readers voted on their picks for Person of the Year and made decidedly different decisions. Readers’ top choice was Steve Jobs, who garnered 44 percent of the vote; the second pick was President Obama, who got 20 percent. Bernanke received backing from 3.2 percent of readers who participated.

Read more here.

For a list of previous preson of the year, go here.

Veronique de Rugy is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

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