Today, Disney CEO Bob Iger was named Businessperson of the Year and the extremely popular “Baby Yoda” from the Disney+ Original series, Star Wars: The Mandalorian, was featured in the illustration by Tim O’Brien.
Time also announced sixteen-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg as Time’s Person of the Year.
“Painting Bob Iger was fun, but of course, like almost the entire universe, being able to paint baby Yoda at a time when he’s blowing up the Internet was thrilling,” said artist O’Brien.
Bob Iger also spoke about the Baby Yoda, character — who is officially called “The Child”.
“As soon as those ears popped up from under the blanket, and the eyes, I knew,”
Bob Iger also said it was his call to hold off on releasing Baby Yoda merchandise to avoid spoilers ahead of the Disney+ launch. During his Time profile, the launch of Disney+ is a major factor of this years decision. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who was on the company’s board from 2010 to 2018, said:
“I think the Disney+ launch has been amazing. It’s a big risk, but Bob’s really good at understanding the landscape further out as well as executing a strategy. It’s rare to be able to do both.”
Do you think Baby Yoda deserves to be on Time’s list?