Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010 aired Thursday night on ABC.

From Hollywood, her list of fascinating people included actress Betty White, singer Justin Bieber, the cast of the Jersey Shore, actress Sandra Bullock, and singer Jennifer Lopez.

Other big names included Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, athlete LeBron James, , future princess Kate Middleton, and former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin.

ABC Barbara Walters News Special 2010

Walters named General David Patraeus the most fascinating person of 2010.

“If you had to fight a war in Afghanistan, a country which has defeated every foreign army that ever entered it, you would probably want the smartest, toughest, most rational, competent and realistic leader you can find–in other words, General David Patraeus,” said Walters in her one hour special.

According to Wikipedia, General David Patraeus is s a United States Army general who serves as the current Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces Afghanistan (

Walters refers to him as a “true American Hero” and he is also credited with having pulled Iraq back from the brink of an all-out sectarian war in 2007 (

2010 marks Walters 18th year hosting the ABC special.

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