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The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010

Updated on December 9, 2010
Betty White
Betty White
Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber
The Cast of Jersey Shore
The Cast of Jersey Shore
Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez
LeBron James
LeBron James
Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton
Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin
General David Petraeus
General David Petraeus


Yes it’s that time of year again.  The time when Barbara Walters lets us know who she thinks the Ten Most Fascinating People of the year are.  This year’s list is as follows.


BETTY WHITE was born January 17, 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois and is an actress and comedian. Betty White is best known for her roles as Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nyland on The Golden Girls sitcom.

MARK ZUCKERBERG was born May 14, 1984 in White Plains, New York and is co-founder of the most popular social networking site Facebook.  Mark Zuckerberg is now a billionaire and has even had a movie created about him.

JUSTIN BIEBER was born March 1, 1994 in Ontario, Canada and is a pop singer and self- taught musician. Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube and quickly rose to fame.  Justin Bieber quickly rose to fame with all the young fans; teens and tweens that think of him as a teen heartthrob.

THE CAST OF 'JERSEYSHORE' - The Jersey Shoreis a MTV reality show that follows eight housemates as they spend their summers together on the JerseyShore.  The show was an instant hit and controversial as it followed several young Italian Americans some of which were portrayed stereotypically.  The cast includes Paul ‘PAULY D’ DelVecchio, JENNI FARLEY, SAMMI GIANCOLA, VINNY GUADAGNINO, RONNIE ORTIZ-MAGRO, NICOLE ‘SNOOKI’ POLIZZI , and MIKE ‘THE SITUATION’ SORRENTINO.  

SANDRA BULLOCK was born July 26, 1964 in Arlington, Virginia and is an actress.  Sandra Bullock rose to fame with the movie Speed and continued her success with many movies to follow.  2010 was both a stellar and disappointing year for Sandra Bullock when she was recognized as for her role in the movie the Blind Side, adopted her son, and divorced her husband of five years; Jesse James.

JENNIFER LOPEZ was born July 24, 1969 in The Bronx, New York and is an actress, singer and dancer. Jennifer Lopez got her start as a dancer on the show In Living Color and rose to fame with the movie Selena. Jennifer Lopez is also famous for the men she has dated; Sean Combs and Ben Affleck.  She is also notorious for her body specifically her backside.

LEBRON JAMES was born December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio and is a professional basketball player in the NBA. LeBron James started his basketball career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Controversy and speculation swirled around his intentions of being traded to another team two years before he became a player for the Miami Heat. 

KATE MIDDLETON was born January 9, 1982 in Berkshire, England and is the fiancée of Prince William of Wales. The two were engaged on November 23, 2010 and will be married April 29, 2011. Kate Middleton has been on many “Best Dressed” list and is quickly becoming a royal icon.

SARAH PALIN was born February 11, 1964 in Sandpoint, Idaho and is a politician who was Governor of Alaska.  Sarah Palin was the first female governor of Alaska and is best known as the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States in 2008.  It is highly speculated that Sarah Palin will run for presidential nomination in 2012.

The Most Fascinating Person of 2010

GENERAL DAVID PETRAEUS was born November 7, 1952 in New York and is a United States Army General.  David Petraeus is the current International Security Assistance Force and the United States Forces in Afghanistan.  David Petraeus is most known for his Humanistic approach to the fight in Afghanistan.


Unfortunately I think Barbara Walters has again disappointed me. Why is Sarah Palin on the list again she was just on last years list maybe its time to have someone new.  I completely agree with Sandra Bullock and Betty White though.  Hopefully next year she will pick some truly fascinating people.


Justin Bieber

Jennifer Lopez


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    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Tony, I am with you, I really don't get why she picks the people that she does. I usually only agree with maybe one or two of her choices. Thanks for your comments.

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      Tony McGregor 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Justin Bieber fascinating? And I agree with you about the Palin woman. Jennifer Lopez - now that's fascinating! Makes me wonder about Walters's criteria for "fascinating"?

      Interesting Hub, thank you.

      Love and peace


    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Susan - I am not sure that I would like Justin if I were 12 but he does have a lot of teens and tweens swooning. Betty White has to be my favorite on the list. She is awesome. Thanks for the comments.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I so agree with your comment about Sarah Palin and although I am not a Justin fan he has done really well for himself and I would probably like him if I were 12. I love Betty White she deserves to be on this list! Interesting hub.

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      7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Interesting list, it's nice to learn the reasons why these famous folks earn the title of fascinating people. Thanks :) Katie

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      KoffeeKlatch Gals - Thank you so much. I agree Betty White deserves kudos for being around so dang long and for still being so dang funny!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a top ten list. I found the selection fascinating. I think Betty White deserves kudos, at her age to make such a large comeback is quite beautiful. Great hub, I enjoyed it.

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Hello hello - Remember these are not my picks. But I agree I have no idea how Barbara Walters could pick her. She has chosen her two years in a row and its disturbing to me.

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      How could you pick Sarah Palin? If she will be the next president than America can say Good Night.

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Thanks Journey

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      7 years ago from USA

      Hi Triplet Mom,

      You've done an excellent synopsis of the show. I watched quite a bit of it on television. Thanks for this recap!

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      fishskinfreak2008 - I was extremely dissapointed that she was on this list yet again. There are so many others who could have been picked. Thanks for your comments.

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      7 years ago from Fremont CA

      Sarah Palin is a flop. She'll NEVER be President. What about JOHN BOEHNER, who will be the next House Speaker? VERY INTERESTING

    • Triplet Mom profile imageAUTHOR

      Triplet Mom 

      7 years ago from West Coast

      Micadeolu, SteveoMc, annieloulaurel - Thank you for your comments.

      SteveoMC - I am glad that you didn't hate this hub!!

    • annieloulaurel profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice hub! Quite varied.

    • SteveoMc profile image


      7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      I actually thought I would hate this hub, but I found a couple of the entries and the videos fascinating. Thanks.

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      The Dream Interpreter 

      7 years ago from Nigeria, +2347067550237.

      I like this.


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