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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg - not WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange - is Time's 'Person of the Year'

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, has been named Time magazine's ‘Person of the Year’ for 2010 despite a readers' poll that overwhelmingly backing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for the title.

At 26, Zuckerberg is the youngest to win the title of the person or thing that has most influenced the culture and news during the past year since the first one chosen, Charles Lindbergh, who was 25 when named in 1927.

Mr Zuckerberg has put himself on the map not only as one of the world's youngest billionaires, but also as a prominent newcomer to the world of philanthropy. Earlier this year he pledged $100 million over five years to the Newark school system in New Jersey.

He has built Facebook into an international phenomenon by stretching the lines of social convention and embracing a new definition of community.

In a Time's poll Julian Assange was the people's choice winning more votes than the next two highest candidates combined (Lady Gaga and the Prime Minister of Turkey). Zuckerberg ran a very distant 10th, with fewer than 5% of the number of votes cast for Assange.

Top 10 readers' choices

1. Julian Assange

2. Recep Tayyip Erdogan

3. Lady Gaga

4. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert

5. Glenn Beck

6. Barack Obama

7. Steve Jobs

8. The Chilean Miners

9. The Unemployed American

10. Mark Zuckerberg



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