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The 19 Smartest People The World Has Ever Seen

December 24, 2011   ·   0 Comments

Judit Polgar

The end of the year invites reflection, a look back to the mistakes we’ve made and the successes we’ve achieved.

There is no question that a high IQ brings plenty of both.

The following list has more than its share of tortured genius’ along with some ordinary folk doing their best to get along in the world.

Measuring IQ is an inexact science, and the following list is sometimes based on rumors and hearsay, but that’s the only way to measure the smartest people in the world.

Sharon Stone is alleged to have an IQ of 154

Stone is widely reputed to have an IQ of 154. She also said she was a Mensa member, but retracted this claim in 2002.

At the age of 15 she accepted a scholarship to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she studied creative writing and fine arts. She described herself as “a nerdy, ugly duckling,” according to her online biography at Penn State University Library.

Age: 53

Nationality: American

Job: Actress, model


Paul Allen is alleged to have an IQ of 160

Alleged to have nabbed a perfect 1600 on the pre-1995 SAT, Allen beat out his Microsoft partner Bill Gates by 10 points, and according to the Megafoundation is reputed to have an IQ of 160.

Allen must be smart to have convinced IBM, in 1980, that five year old Microsoft had a Disk Operating System which would work on Intel chips when it didn’t.

It was the pivotal move leading to the IBM contract, which has defined personal computing ever since.

Age: 58

Nationality: American

Job: Chairman, Vulcan Inc.


Stephen W. Hawking is alleged to have an IQ of 160

In an interview with MSNBC Hawking said: “People who boast about their IQ are losers.” However, his IQ is widely rumored to be 160. 

By his own account Hawking didn’t learn to read until he was eight and went to University College, Oxford, where his two lackluster final exam scores required a third, oral exam.

After being diagnosed with ALS, he declined taking a doctorate as he didn’t expect to live long enough to make it worthwhile.

Though his life expectancy exceeded his expectations, concerns that the disease would diminish his genius prompted Hawking to take the Mensa test to confirm his intellect remained unaffected.

Age: 69

Nationality: English

Job Theoretical physicist and cosmologist


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