Barbara Walters Names Steve Jobs 'Most Fascinating Person of 2011'

Barbara Walters Names Steve Jobs 'Most Fascinating Person of 2011' Why anyone cares who Barbara Walters thinks is the most fascinating person of the year is anyone's guess, but it's hard to argue with "The View" co-host's accuracy with the man she put on top of this year's list.

For the first time ever, she chose someone who actually is no longer alive - Apple founder and all-around genius Steve Jobs.

Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in October of this year, causing an outpouring of grief, remembrance and support for a man who fundamentally changed the face of technology, business and the world at large.

“It’s hard to imagine there ever being anyone quite like him again,” Walters said, adding that she broke her own rule in putting Jobs on the list because "rules were made to be broken." Fair enough, Barbara. Fair enough.

The list also includes one of the most polarizing figures (well, family, really) on the scene today - the Kardashians. Can an entire family be an actual person? This year, clearly Walters could give a damn about such inconsequential questions, though she does have some good ones for the sisters Kardashian.

During her "Most Fascinating People" special, Walters asked Kim and Khloe about what it is, precisely, that they actually bring to the table.

"You don't sing, you don't dance, you don't act. Forgive me, but you don't have any talent,"

"But we're still entertaining people," responded Khloe.

"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. So there's definitely a lot more pressure to be famous being famous for being ourselves," said Kim, who apparently neglects to realize that there are plenty of people actually hate her for being her, particularly "Kardashian Wedding her."

Most conspicuously missing from the list? Charlie Sheen. While he's also arguably the least likable person, or biggest drugged-out sh^&-mess of the year to boot, it's awful hard to argue that the man and his bizarre actions weren't "fascinating" in 2011.

Take a look at the entire list below. Who did you find most fascinating in 2011?

  • Steve Jobs
  • Herman Cain
  • Simon Cowell
  • Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson of "Modern Family"
  • Katy Perry
  • The Kardashians
  • Donald Trump
  • Derek Jeter
  • Amanda Knox
  • Pippa Middleton

Watch Steve Jobs' fantastic 2005 Stanford Commencement Address: "How to Live Before You Die":

 
 
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