My Person Of The Year

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

The Gateses run a multibillion-dollar foundation benefiting health and education

Thirty years ago, Jimmy Carter was Person of the Year. In the decades since, he has focused on big issues: waging peace, fighting disease and building hope. President Carter has inspired us and countless others across the political spectrum by tirelessly living his own advice: "The worst thing that you can do is not to try."

BILL AND MELINDA GATES 2005: JIMMY CARTER

Solidarity leader Walesa won the Nobel Peace...

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