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  • BW Most Fascinating #1 Picks: Through the Years

    1993: Hillary Clinton. The first special, which aired in 1993, was called "Barbara Walters Presents: The 12 Most Fascinating People of the Year." Barbara Walters chose then-first lady Hillary Clinton for the top spot.
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    1994: Nelson Mandela. After 27 years behind bars, Nelson Mandela emerged from prison as a hero to a new generation of South Africans. In 1994, Mandela was elected as South Africa's first black president. That same year, he was also named Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person.
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    1995: Colin Powell. Before he became secretary of state under President George W. Bush, General Colin Powell stirred up excitement in 1995 over rumors of a possible presidential run. He later put speculation to rest in Nov. 1995 when he announced he would not run, but he won the top spot on Barbara Walters' list for "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 1995."
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    1996 and 1998: Bill Clinton. When President Bill Clinton was named Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of 1996, he had just been elected to his second term during a time of great economic growth and prosperity in this country. Clinton was named to Walters' list a second time in 1998, after the Monica Lewinsky scandal and his resulting impeachment.
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    1997: Prince William. William was named Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person in 1997, the same year his mother, Princess Diana, was killed in a car accident in Paris. He was just 14 years old. Fast forward almost two decades and William's son George, now third in line to the British throne, is featured on Walters' list for "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013."
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    1999: Lance Armstrong. Years before Lance Armstrong admitted to using performance enhancing drugs and his cycling empire crumbled, he was named Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person in 1999. That year, Armstrong, a cancer survivor, had won his first Tour de France. He would go on to win seven Tour de France titles in all, but was stripped of his medals amidst doping allegations.
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    2002: Laura Bush. When first lady Laura Bush was picked as Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person in 2002, the horrors of 9/11 were still fresh. "Our whole country has needed comforting," Bush said at the time.
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    2003: General Tommy Franks. The U.S. Army general led the invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, before retiring in July 2003. That year, he was picked as Barbara Walters' choice for the Most Fascinating Person.
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    2004: Karl Rove. The veteran political operative, credited with masterminding President George W. Bush's winning re-election strategy, was named Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person in 2004. "America goes through a process," he said at the time, "where we get strong feelings about the presidential elections. We elect somebody and the country comes together."
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    2005: The Duchess of Cornwall. Formerly Camilla Parker Bowles, the duchess topped Barbara Walters' list for "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2005," the year she married Prince Charles.
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    2006: Nancy Pelosi. Weeks before she was sworn in as the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi was revealed as Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person in 2006.
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    2007: J.K. Rowling. The author who launched a global phenomenon with a series about a boy with a scar and his magical adventures was given the top spot on Barbara Walters' list for "The Most Fascinating People of 2007," the same year Rowling released her final Harry Potter book.
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    2008: Barack Obama. Fresh off of winning a historical election to become the country's first black president, then-President Elect Barack Obama was selected to be Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person in 2008.
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    2009: Michelle Obama. After spending almost a year in the White House, first lady Michelle Obama was selected to be Barbara Walters Most Fascinating Person in 2009. In the interview, the first lady reflected on her "whirlwind" year, the family's transition to the White House and her and the president's workout routines.
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    2010 and 2012: Gen. David Petraeus. The former CIA director first topped the list in 2010 as the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and then again in 2012, for his extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, that led to his fall from grace.
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    2011: Steve Jobs. The choice of Steve Jobs as Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person in 2011 was an unusual one because the program had never featured a person who was not alive. In fact, the Apple founder was selected before he died on Oct. 5, 2011, at age 56, for his marketing genius and revolutionary inventions.
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    2013: Hillary Clinton. For Barbara Walters' final installment of her annual special, she chose Hillary Clinton as the Most Fascinating Person of 2013. Clinton was Walters' first No. 1 pick when "The 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year" special debuted in 1993. In the interview, Clinton talked about the 2016 presidential election, saying she "hadn't made up her mind yet" on if she would run.
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