Steve Jobs Is Barbara Walter’s Most Fascinating Person Of 2011

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Last night, Barbara Walters said, “Rules were made to be broken.” These were the words that Steve Jobs lived by, and last night, he became the first post-humus Most Fascinating Person of the Year in the program’s 19-year history. The mark he left on our culture is undeniable and well worth the honor. He made the list when he announced his retirement as head of Apple, but his passing in October came before Barbara could interview him.

No surprise, the Kardashians also fascinated Barbara Walters this year. The royal family of reality tv has become a national obsession. The fascination hits close to home as Khloe Kardashian prepares for life here in Dallas.

Barbara Walters posed the question about the sisters being famous for just being famous, “You don’t really act. You don’t sing. You don’t dance. You don’t have any — forgive me — any talent.”

Kim responded with, “It’s more of a challenge for you to go on a reality show and get people to fall in love with you for being you.”

Other fascinating people included Amanda Knox, Herman Cain, Simon Cowell, Donald Trump, Katy Perry, New York Yankee Derek Jeter, “Modern Family’s” gay couple Jesse Tyler Ferguson & Eric Stonestreet, and Kate Middleton’s sister Pippa.

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