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Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People of 2012 were just announced, continuing on with the tradition of naming the most fascinating people of the year, an annual event that began in 1993 when Walters collected 12 of the most interesting people of the year and brought their stories together for a primetime special. The end of the year list of the most accomplished, exciting, and fascinating public figures of the year was so popular, Walters has returned to present her list of the Ten Most Fascinating People of the Year every year since.

The most controversial, the most entertaining, and the most noteworthy people of the year generally represent a cross-section of athletes, actors, politicians, military, artists, and business people from around the world. Of the people to appear most often on the list are Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Tom Hanks, and General David Petraeus, who is 2012's Most Fascinating Person of the Year.

If they are controversial, entertaining, and engaging personalities, chances are you will find your favorite public figure on this list. Think it's Tom Hanks? Nelson Mandella? Pippa Middleton? BarYou tell us! Vote for your favorite public figure on this complete list of Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People of the Year. And if you don't see your favorite entertainer, political figure, or entrepreneur on the list, check back for the 2013 inductees onto the list of Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People.

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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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John Glenn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Steven Spielberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Prince William is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Steve Irwin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Queen Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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JK Rowling is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Betty White is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Tom Hanks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Prince Harry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Andre Agassi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Benjamin Netanyahu is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Frank Langella is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Katy Perry is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Kerri Strug is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Tyler Perry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Katherine Heigl is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Christopher Reeve is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Chris Rock is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Sarah Palin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Catherine, Duchess of Cambridg... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Amanda Knox is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Jamie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Sacha Baron Cohen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Rush Limbaugh is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Usher is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Laura Bush is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Dennis Rodman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Elton John is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Rick Nelson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Barbara Walters 2012 Most Fascinating People List