Angela Merkel Time Person of the Year Time Magazine Cover
Painting by Colin Davidson for TIME

In the Latest Issue

Dec 10, 2015

The Choice
"I'm surprised at how faint-hearted we sometimes are, and how quickly we lose courage"

TIME’s 2015 Person of the Year: Angela Merkel

Runner-Up: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Runner-Up: Donald Trump

Runner-Up: Black Lives Matter

Runner-Up: Hassan Rouhani

Runner-Up: Travis Kalanick

Runner-Up: Caitlyn Jenner

Behind TIME’s Person of the Year Cover

The magazine has a long history of asking artists to create cover portraits

The 15-Minutes-of-Famers in 2015

The people and phenomena that rose, briefly, to the top

The Teddy Awards 2015

Doers, diplomats and leaders who ignored our worst instincts

This Was the Year the Adults Gave Up

Quit your job, smoke some dope, grow a beard

Readers Respond To TIME Stories






Highs & Lows

Similar themes, opposite fates

Firsts & Lasts

The most talked-about milestones


News stories amplified by social media


Memorable images of major (and minor) events


The most influential characters in fiction


Inanimate objects that drove the news

Then & Now

Checking up on TIME's past Persons of the Year

The Decider

Who's worthy of the title? Follow your own path to 2015's most notable figure


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