Saudi Arabia's Millennial Crown Prince Leading Time's 'Person of the Year' Poll

Move aside Donald Trump: Mohammed bin Salman is currently leading the field which includes Taylor Swift and Vladimir Putin - the distinction has been given to controversial leaders in the past like Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin

In this file picture taken May 14, 2012, Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) speaks with a Saudi prince while he waits for Gulf Arab leaders ahead of the opening of Gulf Cooperation Council summit, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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The controversial Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, is currenlty in first place in Time magazines annual "Person of the Year" poll.

Bin Salman has made headlines around the world for his quick ascendency to the top of Saudi Arabia's power structure, for his ambitious reform plan and a surprise corruption purge of top officials and fellow princes.

The poll, started last week and, is "important," the magazine notes, but adds that "TIMEs editors ultimately have jurisdiction over who is deemed Person of the Year."

Time has been giving the honor since 1927, which began as "Man of the Year," recognizes the individual who had the most influence over the news in the last 12 months.

Saudi Arabia's millennial crown prince leading Time's 'Person of the Year' poll
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U.S. President Donald Trump, the 2016 "Person of the Year," began a feud with Time magazine last week over the honor and is currently ranked below both Taylor Swift and Vladimir Putin in the poll. 

Trump says hes not playing ball with Time magazine as it decides its Person of the Year. The magazine counters that Trump has it all wrong.

In a tweet Friday as he spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Florida, Trump sounded dismissive of the honor he received last year and could well receive again.

He tweeted: Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named Man (Person) of the Year, like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!

Time later posted a tweet of its own disputing Trumps account: The President is incorrect about how we choose Person of the Year. TIME does not comment on our choice until publication, which is December 6.

Trump frequently brags about appearing on the cover of the iconic magazine. He has falsely claimed to hold the record for cover appearances.

Times "Person of the Year" has gone to a wide variety of people — even Adolf Hitler, in 1938, and Joseph Stalin, in 1939 and 1942.

The Associated Press contributed to this report