Steve Jobs is ‘Most Fascinating Person’ of the year

December 15, 2011

Steve Jobs may not have been able to bet out “The Protester” as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, but the late Apple co-founder has topped another notable year-end list.

Jobs was picked as Barbara Walters’ “Most Fascinating Person of the Year,” marking the first time the program has featured someone who is dead, ABC News reported.

According to the report, Walters actually picked Jobs for her 18th annual list after he retired in August, prior to his death in early October.

Walters wasn’t able to interview Jobs for the segment. Instead, she used clips from other Jobs conversations and spoke Disney president and CEO Bob Iger.

Walters said that she broke the rule about having a posthumous profile for Jobs.

“Rules were made to be broken, and that’s certainly how Jobs lived his life,” Walters said in a preview of the program.

Others who made Walters top-10 list include Herman Cain, The Kardashians, Katy Perry and Donald Trump.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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