General David Petraeus Tops ’10 Most Fascinating People of 2010′ List

Key player in guiding Afghanistan conflict beat out Justin Bieber, LeBron James on annual list.

As Barbara Walters put it, her rundown of the year’s biggest movers and shakers, the “10 Most Fascinating People of 2010,” was definitely “eclectic.” After several revealing interviews with figures such as elderly “It” girl Betty White and the cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore,” Walters and crew chose General David Petraeus as the most intriguing figure of the year for his role in the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

Like last year, a Washington DC headline-maker topped the list, following First Lady Michelle Obama’s seat at the top spot in 2009. Walters dubbed him “an American hero” for his efforts in the embattled region. However, most of the list was populated with stars known more for their ability to spark tabloid rumors than calm countries grappling with civil unrest.

Octogenarian comedienne Betty White kicked off the list with a frank discussion of her 2010 spike in popularity, dubbing herself “overexposed.” The “Hot in Cleveland” star also spoke candidly about sex as she nears 90, proclaiming she gets busy if she “gets lucky!”

Facebook founder and billionaire entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg was also profiled in a segment that noted his push for the dissemination of information in his professional efforts is at odds with the mysterious personal front he shows the public.

Justin Bieber let Walters know that not only is he down to cut his hair, he plans to chop it off in the near future. The teen sensation also chatted about his love life and getting punished by his mom if he steps out of line.

The castmembers of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” gave Walters a crash course in fitting in on the shore, explaining the meaning of “grenades” and showing the legendary news anchor the proper way to pronounce “smushing.”

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock also sat down with Walters to discuss the amazing highs and devastating lows of a year marked by an avalanche of professional accolades and a highly publicized split from philandering biker hubby Jesse James.

Newly minted “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez also made the list, chatting about being a fan of the amateur talent juggernaut before she joined the show and spending more time out of the limelight with her husband of six years, Marc Anthony.

Miami Heat baller LeBron James and the unprecedented media circus that ushered in the NBA superstar’s announcement that he was switching teams were also featured.

Future royal Kate Middleton was also profiled as the woman poised to make her mark as a princess when she marries Prince William next year.

Alaska politician Sarah Palin candidly remarked that she would consider a presidential run if she felt she could get elected, and maintained assuredly that she could take on President Obama in a race for The White House.

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