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barbara-walters-fascinating-peopleBarbara Walters released her list of 2014’s 10 Most Fascinating People last night on ABC. Her annual show, which she says is her last… maybe, rounded up some of the year's most fascinating individuals in entertainment, business and beyond. And you won’t believe who was named the Most Fascinating!

Michael Strahan


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Michael Strahan topped the list for one of the year’s most fascinating people because of his enormous accomplishments, which seemed to all have happened this year. After being named the new co-host to sit alongside Kelly Ripa for Live! With Kelly and Michael, the former football player was announced as a contributing anchor to Good Morning America. And this year, the former Giants player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Neil Patrick Harris


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Neil Patrick Harris added some big moments to his resume this year. He was recently announced as the host of 2015’s Academy Awards, co-starred as a dark and twisted ex-boyfriend in the blockbuster hit Gone Girl, and happily married his partner David Burtka this year. The two are parents to twins Harper and Gideon, 4.

Oprah Winfrey


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Barbara Walters chose to focus on Oprah’s life and how she has progress, changed, and evolved over the years. Oprah told Barbara how she wishes to remove the stigma of being 60. Also, Winfrey revealed that she doesn’t regret not marrying and not having children. In fact, she also said that the only thing in her life she would like to make peace with is the "weight issue."

Elon Musk


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The 43-year-old business and technology genius made Walters’s list for his collaboration of Tesla, the $750,000 electric car, and his ideas about taking the fiction our of "science fiction." His ideas for the future include Jetson-like motives such as traveling at lightning speed and transporting to Mars if necessary after the Earth becomes inhabitable.

David Koch


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"I’m basically a libertarian, and I’m a conservative on economic matters, and I’m a social liberal," Koch told Walters. The 74-year-old billionaire was on the libertarian vice-presidential ticket in 1980 with presidential candidate Ed Clark. He is notably critical of President Obama and has supported Republicans since 2012.

Scarlett Johansson

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Scarlett Johansson welcomed a baby, secretly got married, and decided she wanted to go into directing filmS versus starring in them. While she told Walters that she hopes she never has to make the choice of being in front of the camera or behind it, she’s grateful to have been exposed to the technical side of filmmaking.

Taylor Swift


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There’s no question that 2014 was the year of 1989. Taylor Swift dropped her first pop album this year and what’s even more incredible is that her country fans stayed loyal to Swift and her writing style. Taylor Swift spent the year alongside famous and fem-power friends Lorde, Selena Gomez, Lily Aldridge, and more. She also sparked headlines by taking her music off of Spotify, saying in July, "Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically." Then recently she spoke in front of fellow music females Aretha Franklin, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, and Iggy Azalea that she has  :taken this year to stand up for my value as a songwriter, as a businesswoman and a content creator. I’m open to... change and progress. I’m not open to the financial model that is currently in place."

George RR Martin


Game of Thrones creator topped the list as Walters pointed out the cultural shift that has been a product of the fantasy-like show. A graduate of Northwestern University, Martin spoke to Walters about the most offensive question he often receives – "What will happen to the show if you die?" Martin, 66, says he plans to be storytelling for years to come.

Chelsea Handler

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Chelsea Handler ended her seven-year run with E! after her final Chelsea Lately show in August. The comedienne isn’t done yet though. She will be starring in a new talk show series on Netflix. The show will capture Handler’s racy personality, celebrity guest interviews, and usual unique banter.

Amal Clooney


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And the "most fascinating person of the year" is… Amal Clooney, formerly Amal Alamuddin. Walters honored the human rights activist and British barrister. On Sunday’s broadcast, Walters shared, "You could say hers was the wedding of the year. But let’s put it into perspective: It was really one of the greatest achievements in human history."

Walters continued, "Amal Alamuddin – known now as Amal Clooney – is suddenly in that stratosphere that we reserve for the Jackie O’s or the Princess Di’s or Kate Middleton. That is, everything she does, says or wears is officially fascinating."

The leading spot left many viewers indifferent about Barbara’s choice for "Most Fascinating." Yes, Clooney's wife is stunning, intelligent, and fascinating, but to top 2014's list? We're scratching our heads. 

It seems like some people might have been left out – people who perhaps truly impacted society, such as Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist for female education and youngest-ever Nobel Prize winner.

Ms. Walters emphasized that this will "probably" be the last annual show for Most Fascinating. However, she said that last year as well, so we’ll have to wait and see...

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