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What do Edward Snowden, Miley Cyrus and Bashar Assad have in common?

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A general view of atmosphere before the TIME's 2010 Person of the Year Panel at Time & Life Building on November 10, 2010 in New York, New York. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for TIME Inc.

TIME Magazine has released its top 10 finalists for the publication’s “Person of the Year” awards. The 2013 shortlist includes N.S.A. leaker Edward Snowden, pop star Miley Cyrus, Jesuit pontiff Pope Francis and Syrian President Bashar Assad. .

The winner will be announced Wednesday. The prestigious title is given to “the person who’s had the most impact on events this year for better or for worse,” according to TIME Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs.

President Barack Obama made this year’s list—after earning to top honor in 2012 and 2008. Also on the list: DOMA plaintiff Edith Windsor, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

Aside from Obama, winners in recent years include Mark Zuckerberg, Ben Bernanke, Vladimir Putin and some more abstract selections including “The Protestor” and “You.”  

The true winner is always chosen by TIME editors, but readers are invited to weigh in online. This year’s readers’ choice was Egyptian General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

Who do you think had the biggest impact on 2013? Are there any names on this year’s list that don’t belong? And who’s missing from the list?


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