Disney's Bob Iger, Time's Businessperson of the Year, holds Baby Yoda in painting

"As soon as those ears popped up from under the blanket, and the eyes, I knew," Iger told Time.

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Painting of Disney CEO Bob Iger holding Baby Yoda

It was love at first sight for Disney CEO Bob Iger and Baby Yoda. Here, the babe celebrates Iger's win with a bowl of champagne -- um, we mean sparkling apple juice.

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Time on Wednesday named  Disney CEO Bob Iger its Businessperson of the Year on Twitter. And as part of the designation, artist Tim O'Brien created a painting of Iger holding a critter who's dominated the internet in recent weeks: Baby Yoda.

"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," O'Brien is quoted as saying in a tweet from Time.

Since the release of The Mandalorian on Disney Plus, Baby Yoda has stolen the collective heart of the internet and inspired countless memes

"As soon as those ears popped up from under the blanket, and the eyes, I knew," Iger said of Baby Yoda in the Time article.

Iger's designation as Time's Businessperson of the Year doesn't come as much of a surprise, given he runs a successful media giant that plays host to the Marvel and Star Wars

 franchises. Disney has had a strong year at the box office, with Avengers: Endgame becoming the highest-grossing movie of all time. On top of that, the new Disney Plus streaming service signed up more than 10 million subscribers soon after its launch last month, according to the company.