They struggled for years or came out of nowhere. Over the past year, they became dominant in their fields, well on their way to becoming household names. One may be considered infamous. And the last one? Well, she’s a panda.
Bill de Blasio Little known before this year outside New York City political circles and his Park Slope neighborhood in Brooklyn, de Blasio received national attention with his resounding victory to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor of the Big Apple. De Blasio was praised as the grandson of an Italian immigrant who made good. He, his wife and their two children represented another vision of New York’s — and America's — melting pot. Read the story. Kathy Willens/AP Buy Photo