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Who’s Barbara Walters’ Pick For The Most Fascinating Person Of The Year?

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Dec. 12 2012, Published 1:00 p.m. ET

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Prince Harry, Ben Affleck, One Direction, and even Honey Boo Boo Child were among those making Barbara Walters’ list of the Ten Most Fascinating People of the Year -- but only one person could claim the top spot! So who was it?

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Barbara Walters pick for the Most Fascinating Person of 2012 was -- ( drum roll please!) -- General David Petraeus, the once well-respected U.S. military hero whose extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, forced his resignation as director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

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"He is, without question, one of the finest officers and military minds of his generation," Walters said during her annual special that aired Wednesday night on ABC. "Then shockingly, he resigned this fall as head of the CIA because he'd had an extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell, his biographer...The story was irresistible – the keeper of the nation's secrets unable to conceal his own."

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As usual, Walters's annual Ten Most Fascinating list featured an eclectic mix of people, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; New Jersey Governor Chris Christie; actor/director Ben Affleck, who’s won critical praise for his political thriller Argo; Prince Harry, photographed in a naked Vegas romp; Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas; Family Guy creator (and upcoming host of the Oscars) Seth MacFarlane; British boy band One Direction; 50 Shades of Grey author E L James, and even reality TV sensation, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson.

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Click here to see who Barbara Walters named Most Fascinating in past years.

This is not the first time Hillary Clinton has made Walter’s Top Ten list. In fact, she was named Most Fascinating when she was First Lady in 1993  -- the first year Walters did the special.


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