Donald Trump has beaten off stiff competition from controversial entrepreneur and pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli to win TIME’s Person Of The Year 2016, it has been announced.

Shkreli made headlines in 2015, when he hiked the price of HIV treatment drug Daraprim up from $13.5 to $750 per pill.

Despite competing against such a strong opponent, the President-elect managed to pip Shkreli to the post.

TIME editor Nancy Gibbs declared that being able to single-handedly trigger nuclear destruction is more influential than cutting off life-saving medication to hundreds of thousands of US citizens.

“It’s deemed on influence, not likability. The influence that Shkreli has over the lives of HIV patients is undeniable,” maintained Gibbs.

“Trump, however, could influence the whole world into oblivion.”

 

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