It has been a big month for some of the Bay Area’s top movers and shakers. First, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was named Time Magazine’s person of the year. And now, the newspaper Financial Times has named Apple CEO Steve Jobs the most fascinating public figure this year.

Jobs has had a busy year, introducing the iPad tablet in April, the iPhone 4 in June and finally adding the Beatles to iTunes.

“So, it has come to pass, Steve Jobs, the polo-necked Apple chief, described this week by U.S. President Barack Obama as the ‘epitome of the American dream,’ is the Financial Times’ Person of the Year,” the paper wrote.

Obama made his remarks in response to a question about whether there is a divide between the middle class and wealthy Americans. “We celebrate somebody like a Steve Jobs, who has created two or three different revolutionary products. We expect that person to be rich, and that’s a good thing,” President Obama said. “We want that incentive. That’s part of the free market.”

The newspaper also cites the fact that Apple once again revamped its iPod lineup, introduced a smaller Apple TV and the next iteration of its Mac OSX as other achievements in this whirlwind year.

The Financial Times is a British international business newspaper that is published daily in London.

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