Some Past Honorees Give Their Picks for This Year

To help us make the selection, TIME asked prominent individuals,including previous Persons of the Year, whom they would choose

DR. DAVID HO 1996 Director, Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center

Bill Gates because of the tremendous impact his foundation is making on global health. He has led the world to focus more on major health problems, such as malaria, that have long plagued the poor on our planet. His philanthropy is quietly improving the lives of millions in developing countries.

CORAZON AQUINO 1986 Former President of the Philippines; she ousted Ferdinand Marcos

I think someone like Muhammad Yunus, who founded the Grameen movement, should be TIME's Person of the Year for pioneering microfinancing for poor women, helping dramatically reduce poverty. Unlike...

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