Zelenski is the most influential person in the world according to a poll by Time magazine

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The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenski won the first place for the most influential person of the year according to the magazine TIME. Readers voted in a poll of people they think deserve a place on the TIME 100 annual list of the most influential people of the year. With more than 3,3 million votes cast, Zelenski was first with 5% of the vote.

When the war broke out in February, Zelensky, a comedian with no political experience, was introduced to the world stage before being elected president of Ukraine in 2019. "You understand they see," he told Simon Schuster of "TIME “ in an April interview about his role in the war. "You are becoming a symbol. "You have to act as the leader of the state must do."

In second place was the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Ilon Mask with 3,5% of the vote. Last December, Musk was named Person of the Year TIME for 2021 for its impact on "life on Earth and potentially life outside the Earth," as Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal wrote. The richest man in the world, Musk, continued to make headlines this year when Twitter accepted his $ 44 billion offer to buy the platform.

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The British Prime Minister came in third Boris Johnson with 3,4 percent of the vote. Earlier in the year, Johnson faced backlash and was fined by police when news broke that he had violated the rules of a conservative government's pandemic lock when he attended a birthday party at his Downing Street office in June 2020. The British Prime Minister was found to have broken the law, so he apologized in April, but said he did not knowingly break the rules.

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After Johnson, with 3,2 percent of the vote, were health workers, who remain critical members of society in the ongoing fight against Covid-19. The American president Joe Biden came in fifth with 3,1 percent of the vote.

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The "TIME 100" list for 2022, which was finally chosen by the editors of the magazine, will be presented on May 23.

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