Volodymyr Zelensky wins the 2022 TIME100 reader poll


youUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky led the 2022 TIME100 reader poll, in which readers voted for people they believe deserved a spot on TIME’s annual list of most influential people of the year. With more than 3.3 million votes cast, Zelensky came first with 5% of the vote.

When Russian forces began a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, Zelensky, a comedian with no political experience before being elected Ukraine’s president in 2019, was thrust onto the world stage and rallied leaders to support Ukraine. “You understand they’re watching,” he told TIME’s Simon Shuster in an April interview about his role in the war. “You are a symbol. You must act as the Head of State must act.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stands in the town of Bucha, northwest of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, on April 4, 2022.

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In second place, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, with 3.5% of the vote. Last December, Musk was named TIME’s 2021 Person of the Year for his influence on “life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too,” as editor and CEO Edward Felsenthal wrote. The richest person in the world, Musk continued to grab headlines this year when Twitter accepted its $44 billion bid to buy the social media platform.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson came third with 3.4% of the vote. Earlier this year, Johnson faced backlash and was fined by police when news surfaced that he had broken his own Tory government’s pandemic lockdown rules when he attended a birthday party at his Downing Street office in June 2020. The first sitting Britain’s Prime Minister found guilty of breaking the law, Johnson apologized in April but said he would not knowingly broke the rules.

Close behind Johnson, with 3.2% of the vote, were healthcare workers, who remain critical to the ongoing fight against COVID-19. US President Joe Biden came fifth with 3.1% of the vote. Over the past year, the Biden administration has led the US response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court and faced pressure as he tries to push through his agenda by a divided Congress amid looming inflation and climate threats. cash. The upcoming midterm elections in November will determine whether the Democratic Party retains control of Congress and will ultimately decide what level of influence the rest of Biden’s presidential term will have.

The 2022 TIME100 list, which is ultimately chosen by TIME editors, will be unveiled on May 23.

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