By Esther Zuckerman
Updated December 15, 2014 at 03:33 PM EST
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Barbara Walters named Amal Clooney née Alamuddin, who married George Clooney this year, the most fascinating person of 2014. “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 said.

Though Alamuddin is an accomplished lawyer, in choosing her as the most fascinating person, Walters (frustratingly) deems her fascinating mostly because she was able to snag Clooney. Walters says that Clooney “is suddenly in that stratosphere that we reserve for the Jackie Os and the Princess Dis and the Kate Middletons. That is, everything she does, says, or wears is officially fascinating.”

Lest we forget, however, this is the woman that, around the time of her wedding, inspired headlines like “Internationally acclaimed barrister Amal Alamuddin marries an actor.”