In geopolitical terms, 2017 has been one rocky journey. Who will emerge as the TIME person of the year?
According to Ladbrokes, the joint fourth favourites to be the TIME person of the year 2017 are Angela Merkel, Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin, each with odds of 10/1. Kim Jong-un has certainly made his name ring across the globe this year, as had Putin, suggesting both have a realistic chance of following Donald Trump. As for Angela Merkel, with Germany looking like it could head back to the polls after the collapse of coalition talks, Merkel’s chances of becoming TIME person of the year are becoming very slim.
The third favourite is Donald Trump (8/1). It would not be the first time a US president secured the top spot more than once (Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were all named twice), but getting the spot two years in a row would be a major win for the president.
Finally, the joint two favourites are two politicians that have had major successes in 2017:
Macron came from seemingly nowhere to build a centrist movement, win the presidency, and then form a majority in France’s parliament. The remarkable rise of this youthful leader has been staggering to observe.
As for China’s president, his country's global dominance is clearly growing – perhaps filling a void left by America – and that is reflected in the buzz around Jingping.
Other notable odds for TIME person of the year 2017:
- Jeremy Corbyn 50/1
- Russian Bots/Russian Intelligence 33/1
- Elon Musk 16/1
- Pope Francis 16/1
The full odds can be accessed here. Odds were accurate on 23rd November.