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'Rules were made to be broken, and that’s certainly how Jobs lived his life,' Walters said in picking a person posthumously to top the annual list.
Barbara Walters has always made it a point to never pick a person who has died as the Most Fascinating Person of the Year – until now.
Apple’s brainchild Steve Jobs was chosen as Walter’s top pick of the notable year-end list before his death when he announced he would retire in August, ABC News reported.
“Rules were made to be broken, and that’s certainly how Jobs lived his life,” Walters said in a video excerpt.
Jobs, 56, died in October after battling pancreatic cancer for eight years, and his death sparked millions of mourners worldwide.
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Walters was not able to interview Jobs for the program and used clips from previous conversations with Apple’s founder. She also talked to Job’s colleague and friend, Disney President and CEO Bob Iger.
“There were really only two things in Steve’s life: there was Apple and there was his family,” Iger said. “And he zealously protected both of those.”
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Steve’s cancer was both the blessing and the curse – it was what pushed him to be the innovator he is known for and what cut his life short.
"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life," he said as Stanford University’s commencement speaker in 2005. "Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."