Person of the Year (formerly known as Man of the Year) is produced annually by prominent US-based magazine Time that features “a person, couple, group, idea, place, or machine that for better or for worse, …has done the most to influence the events of the year,” not necessarily in a positive way. Hence, even Adolf Hitler was Person of the Year in 1938.
Mark Zuckerberg was announced as Time’s Person of the Year 2010 at the strikingly young age of 26:
He’s also the second youngest ever recipient of the award.
The youngest ever, and the first Person of the Year was Charles Lindbergh in 1927. He was then 25 and a US Air Mail pilot. He was the first person to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean. He achieved the feat on 20-21 May 1927, flying from New York to Paris, a distance of almost 3,600 miles, in the single-seat, single-engine monoplane Spirit of St. Louis.
So a 80+ year gap between the youngest and second youngest awardee: the first light years away from the era of netbooks and similar gadgets.
Other young awardees were:
- Queen Elizabeth II, then 26 in 1952
– Martin Luther King Jr., then 34 in 1963
– Jeff Bezos, then 35 in 1999