French president Emmanuel Macron is the bookmakers’ early pick to be nominated TIME magazine’s Person of the Year for 2017, the same year he ascended to power after succeeding former French leader Francois Hollande.
Hollande founded the centrist political movement of En Marche! in April 2016 and won the French presidency a little more than one year later, beating far-right opponent Marine Le Pen, then his main rival.
He’s favoured at 5/2 (3.50) with Betway to win the award and take his place on TIME’s front cover, although 2016 winner, Donald Trump, sits close behind him at 4/1 (5.00).
TIME’s Person of the Year is described as “the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year,”per Nancy Gibbs, who penned the article announcing Trump’s win last year.
The President of the United States has certainly been influential, largely through his Twitter account and a long line of controversial decisions since moving into the Oval Office in January.
Also in the running to win the 2017 award are German chancellor Angel Merkel at 6/1 (7.00), North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at 8/1 (9.00) and technological kingpin Elon Musk, who is an outsider at 14/1 (15.00).
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TIME Person of the Year 2017 Odds
Emmanuel Macron: 5/2 (3.50)
Donald Trump: 4/1 (5.00)
Angela Merkel: 6/1 (7.00)
Kim Jong-Un: 8/1 (9.00)
Pope Francis: 8/1 (9.00)
Vladimir Putin: 9/1 (10.00)
Barack Obama: 12/1(13.00)
Elon Musk: 14/1 (15.00)