Although most of Barbara Walter’s Most Fascinating People of 2010 list was comprised of pop culture icons, her number one pick was General David Petraeus, who became the lead commander of the war overseas.
“In life, it seems, there are people who break things and people who fix them. This man is a fixer,” Walter’s said on the ABC special, 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010. “A lot depends on General Petraeus and his combination of humanity and strength.”
Former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin made the list for the third consecutive year, coming in at number two this year. Others who made the list (in order) were newly engaged British royalty Kate Middleton, basketball superstar LeBron James, new American Idol Judge Jennifer Lopez, Sandra Bullock, the cast of The Jersey Shore, pop-sensation Justin Bieber, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Betty White.
First lady Michelle Obama was named the Most Fascinating Person in 2009, President-elect Barack Obama was named Most Fascinating in 2008 and past honorees include J.K. Rowling, Nancy Pelosi, Camilla Parker Bowles, Paris Hilton, Laura Bush, Lance Armstrong, Gen. Tommy Franks, Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Nelson Mandela and more.