- Each year since 1927, Time magazine has awarded the title of Person of the Year
- Last year, Time voted President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as a tie for Person of the Year
- See picks for this year’s potential winners below, including best longshot odds
We are just over halfway into 2021, and it already feels like a whole year. While it’s definitely been an improvement over last year, Planet Earth is still an overall challenging place to be for now.
While Covid-19’s ups and downs have devastated the globe, life goes on. And so does pieces of human existence we all know and eat up with common interest. One of those pieces is Time Magazine’s annual Person of the Year award.
Since Charles Lindbergh was crowned the first winner of this title in 1927, the publication has gone on to make it a perennial tradition. For nearly 100 years, the most notable, interesting, influential, or impressive person (or group) has been named Person of the Year. So, who will be 2021’s crowned winner?
2021 Time Person of the Year Odds
|Doctors, Nurses, First Responders, and Health Care Workers||+150|
|World Health Organization||+300|
|Black Lives Matter||+1400|
|Medecins San Frontieres||+2400|
|Teachers and Educators||+2600|
All odds as of July 20th
Healthcare Workers Have the Best Odds
Current odds show Doctors, Nurses, First Responders, Health Care Workers as the probable winner for 2021 Person of the Year. While Time typically votes in an individual, the publication has given the title to groups throughout history. The group winner was first instated with the 1950 Person of the Year being named as the American Fighting-Man, for U.S. troops involved in the Korean War.
In 2003, Iraqi World Soldiers were named People of the Year, while “You” was awarded in 2006, in honor of individual content creators on the Internet. The same has happened in 2011 (The Protestor), 2014 (Ebola fighters), 2017 (The Silence breakers from the “Me Too” movement), and so on.
So, why didn’t healthcare winners get awarded last year? After all, they spend nearly all of 2020 saving the rest of us. While 2020 would have made more sense to award frontline workers who helped carry the world forward through COVID-19, Time awarded newly elected President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
The President vs COVID Relief
Time has been giving this prize to U.S. Presidents since Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. Throughout the near 100-year Person of the Year history, each U.S. President has been given the title with the exception of Gerald Ford. Since the award seems to unofficially go to each newly elected President, Biden and Harris weren’t going to be the ones to break that tradition over.
But will frontline employees still be a good bet by the time this award is given out in December? Even by the end of 2021, COVID-19 will still be affecting the globe. So it’s safe to say frontline healthcare workers have this in the bag.
If Time does decide to go with an individual rather than an encompassing group, Dr. Anthony Fauci is the most likely at +600. With the home and resilience, he’s given the United States over the past several years, he’s got true Person of the Year quality.
Longshot Best Bets
There are plenty of interesting contenders on the odds list. Climate activist Greta Thunberg is a great choice but given she won this exact title in 2019, she is unlikely to be awarded again.
But that doesn’t mean all long shots are off the table. Similar to frontline workers, Teachers and Educators is a fantastic bet at +2600. While they may have not been as in the mix throughout COVID as medical personnel, they have certainly helped many families through the past few years in difficult times.
Another longshot bet that is an interesting choice would be Elon Musk at +2400. The polarizing businessman definitely has turned headlines throughout the past several years. But given the current state of the world, it’s doubtful Musk will be awarded at this time. The public doesn’t want a millionaire to get more glory when regular people have actually been saving lives in the face of a global health crisis.
Pick: Doctors, Nurses, First Responders, and Health Care Workers (+150)