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In the 21 years that Barbara Walters has anointed the Most Fascinating People of the Year, the top spot has gone to luminaries such as Nelson Mandela, J.K. Rowling, and Steve Jobs. The 2014 title went to Amal Clooney LLM ’01, who, among her many accomplishments:

Was a senior adviser to Kofi Annan, the joint special envoy of the UN and the Arab League on Syria;

Served as counsel to the inquiry on the use of armed drones led by the UN special rapporteur on counter-terrorism and human rights;

Was a legal adviser to the UN commission investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri;

Represented clients before the International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice, and European Court of Human Rights;

Married George Clooney—“really one of the greatest achievements in human history,” Walters said.

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