Steve Jobs named Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating Person of the Year"

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(CBS) - In a break from the program's history, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was picked as Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating Person of the Year."

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Walters began the segment explaining that Jobs had already won the slot when he stepped down as chief executive officer of Apple in August. Jobs died on Oct. 5, so Walters was never able to get the interview.

"Rules were made to be broken, and that's certainly how Jobs lived his life," Walters said.

Instead of a conversation with the fascinating man, Walters' team produced a short retrospective of Jobs, which included footage of the tech luminary through his life and career.

"His last words, his sister said, were 'Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow.' As always, Steve Jobs was seeing something we couldn't. And that makes him the most fascinating person of 2011," Walters' ended the segment.

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