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142 - Chris Martin
The noted musician did a great job of balancing school and music back when he was still a student. Chris Martin was previously educated at the esteemed Sherborne School in Dorset. With an IQ of 142, it is quite possible he had to ward off university admissions with a stick. He later earned his degree in ancient Latin and Greek studies with first-class honors at the University College London (UCL). It was at UCL where he met his Coldplay bandmates.
While in college, Martin pursued music and formed a band in 1996 with Johnny Buckland, Will Champion, and Guy Berryman. Their band was initially called Pectoralz. They later changed it to Starfish and finally settled on Coldplay. Definitely the best of the three!
Unknown - Mehmet Oz
There aren't many doctors out there who find a way to channel their medical skills into a successful career in the entertainment industry. Dr. Oz is one of those chosen few. Though he may be known for his popular show "The Dr. Oz Show" and his recent foray into politics, Dr. Mehmet Oz is actually one of the most accomplished cardiothoracic surgeons in recent years.
Before becoming known as “America’s Doctor,” Oz received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University followed by an MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and an MBA from Wharton Business School. A respected surgeon, he holds a reported 11 patents related to innovative methods and devices used in heart surgery and transplants.
180 - Masi Oka
Before being known for roles in the show “Heroes”, Masi Oka got his first taste of fame on the cover of "Time" magazine at just the age of 10 as part of a feature about highly intelligent children.
A self-proclaimed geek, Oka received a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics with a minor in Theater Arts from Brown University. He found a way to combine his love for computer programming and the arts as a digital-effects artist working on films like “The Perfect Storm.” Oka soon, however, found himself starring in front of the cameras instead of behind the scenes.
Unknown - Mindy Kaling
Proving that some of the funniest people are sometimes also the smartest, Mindy Kaling proves that it takes brains to be that funny. Before creating hilarious shows like “Never Have I Ever” and “The Mindy Project,” Kaling was completing her bachelor’s degree in theater at Dartmouth College.
In addition to acting and writing screenplays, she has written two best-selling autobiographical essay collections, "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (and Other Concerns)" followed by "Why Not Me?" Though she may play ditzy characters, this comedy genius is one of the most talented women in show business. We can't wait to see how else she is going to use that spectacular brain of hers.
Unknown - Tatyana Ali
Tatyana Ali may be known for her role as the adorable little Ashley Banks on the classic comedy show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” but she is now all grown up and actually extremely intelligent in addition to possessing acting and singing chops.
After starring on the popular show, she enrolled at Harvard University where she majored in political science and earned a BA in African-American studies and government. Though Ali returned to Hollywood with roles on shows like “The Young and the Restless”, she has put her degree to good use by becoming involved with various political campaigns and social issues.
160 - Jayne Mansfield
Though she was known more for her gravity-defying hourglass figure, actress, performer, and Playboy Playmate Jayne Mansfield was actually quite brainy behind that body. According to her daughter, actress Mariska Hargitay, her glamorous mother had an IQ of 160, though Mansfield herself once said it was actually 163.
Mansfield studied at Southern Methodist University and later at the University of Texas in Austin. Often called Hollywood’s “smartest dumb blonde” not many people now know she reportedly spoke French, German, and Spanish. Unfortunately, the actress often lamented that her brains went unnoticed as the public was “more interested in 40-21-35 [her measurements]”!
Unknown - Connie Britton
Connie Britton is one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood. Playing everything from a country music star in “Nashville” to a high-tech millionaire in “The White Lotus,” Britton's real background is even more impressive. Britton attended Dartmouth College where she met her now ex-husband and majored in Asian studies.
Wanting to study Chinese, she even studied abroad at the Beijing Normal University. Though she admits her language skills are “real shaky,” her acting skills seem to have paid off! During her time in China, she roomed with future senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Looks like the two kept in touch as Britton publically endorsed the senator's campaign.
145 - Elizabeth Banks
Though she may often play wild characters on screen, Elizabeth Banks was a serious student when she was studying at the University of Pennsylvania. As a communications and theater arts major, she graduated magna cum laude and even earned a master’s degree at the American Conservatory Theater.
Banks has starred in popular film franchises like “Pitch Perfect'' (which she also produced) and “The Hunger Games” film series. She has also starred in memorable roles in television shows like “30 Rock,” “Modern Family,” and “Scrubs.” It seems that beneath her good looks and bubbly blonde persona, there is a surprisingly book-smart woman!
130 - Allison Williams
It can be hard to follow in the footsteps of your family members when your father is Brian Williams, one of the most well-known news anchors out there, but actress Allison Williams has paved her own way to her own stardom.
Before becoming a television and film star, Williams was an English major at Yale University. Today, she is known for her roles in the acclaimed horror film “Get Out'' and her role as Marnie Michaels on the HBO show, “Girls.” Though having a famous father certainly doesn’t hurt, William’s brain and talent have helped her carve out her own path.
Unknown - Brooke Shields
A popular model and actress, there is no denying that Brooke Shields is beautiful. But behind her beauty are some serious brains! After starring in films like “Pretty Baby” and “The Blue Lagoon”, Shields had sufficient funds to put her acting and modeling career on hold in order to study French literature at Princeton University. There, she earned a bachelor's degree in romance languages.
She even referenced her first film (“Pretty Baby”) in her senior thesis entitled, “The Initiation: From Innocence to Experience: The Pre-Adolescent/Adolescent Journey in the Film of Louis Malle, Pretty Baby and Lacombe Lucien” — talk about impressive!
Unknown - Ina Garten
You might be surprised to know that before Ina Garten was giving us advice on how to cook, she was advising presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter on nuclear energy budgets and policies. No kitchen work there, folks!
Garten actually worked in the White House’s Office of Management and Budget while cooking on the side. She eventually left the world of politics to open a gourmet food store called Barefoot Contessa — a name that would inspire several cookbooks, products, and of course, her show on the Food Network. From budget analyst to Bruschetta, Ina’s rise to fame is certainly impressive!
147 - Snoop Dogg
While most people would not associate rapper and media personality Snoop Dogg with the word “genius,” we do have to point out one thing: the guy has an obvious talent when it comes to words — who else would think to add the word “izzle” to the end of everything?
After releasing his debut hit album "Doggystyle" in 1993, the rapper has continued to be a pop culture icon. Whether it is his interest in a certain type of green substance, his surprising friendship with Martha Stewart, or his equally surprising business-savvy investments, the star clearly makes some intelligent decisions.
Unknown - Rebel Wilson
Rebel Wilson knows how to make us laugh with her roles in films like “Pitch Perfect” or “Bridesmaids,” but before embarking on her acting career, she actually wanted to be a lawyer. Sounds like a funny choice for someone whose name is literally "Rebel."
She received two degrees from the University of New South Wales — a degree in the arts and a law degree, with a focus on space law (seriously!). She even received the highest score in the Australian Mathematics Competition when she was just 14! The actress revealed that her law studies came in handy when negotiating her own contacts early on in her career.
Unknown - Chris Pine
While many people think you can’t be born with beauty and brains, Chris Pine proves that there's much more to him than his good looks (and that some people really are that lucky). The "Star Trek" actor is not only one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but he actually has a pretty impressive educational background.
Pine attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in English. He even studied abroad at the University of Leeds in England for a year. Listening to how eloquent he is during his interviews, it’s not hard to see that all that studying was worth it.
115 - Will Smith
It's hard to believe that the same man who brought us the ‘90s classic “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” almost became an engineer, but it’s true! Smith considered going to school to study engineering and believes he could have been accepted into MIT.
After being accepted to a pre-engineering summer program at MIT geared towards high schoolers, he decided to change course and pursue a career as a rapper and actor. But don't let his film credentials fool you, Smith is still as brainy as ever and has even shown off his ability to solve a Rubik’s Cube in under a minute!
Unknown - Retta
She might be known for her dry humor and hilarious facial expressions today, but before she starred as Donna on “Parks and Recreation” or Rubi in the Netflix hit "Good Girls," actress and comedian Retta (born Marietta Sirleaf) was actually studying to be a doctor!
After graduating high school, she was accepted into Duke University where she earned a degree in sociology and was on a pre-med track. It was only while she was working as a chemist that she decided to try her hand at standup comedy — a move that would take her career from the laboratory to Hollywood.
Unknown - Hugh Laurie
There's no doubt that Dr. House was a genius in the popular medical drama, “House,” but what many fans of the show don't know is that actor Hugh Laurie is actually pretty brilliant himself. The actor attended Cambridge’s Selwyn College where he studied archaeology, anthropology, and social anthropology.
In addition to being a successful and acclaimed actor, Laurie is also an accomplished author. He wrote the best-selling novel, “The Gun Seller” in 1996 and the sequel called “The Paper Soldier.” He is also an accomplished musician who has released several albums. Give "Didn't It Rain" a listen and see for yourself!
133 - Kanye West
Like many things Kanye West says, it might be tempting to dismiss his claims of being a Mensa-level genius. However, Twitter feuds and mental health questions aside, it does seem that the rapper and fashion designer must have a special spark that has allowed him to find success in various industries.
West has become a prominent figure in both the music and fashion industry. Having reportedly started writing poetry at just five years old, West continued his talent as a wordsmith by studying English at Chicago State University. Though he famously dropped out, West’s ingenuity has helped make him a star.
Unknown - John Cleese
Not only is John Cleese a comedic genius, but he has also got the degrees to prove just how brilliant he is. A law student at England’s prestigious University of Cambridge, Cleese honed his acting chops as a member of the school’s famous Cambridge Footlights Club.
From being a writer at BBC radio to co-founding the famous comedy troupe Monty Python, Cleese is known for his razor-sharp wit and irreverent comedy. Another fascinating fact about the comedic actor is that he loves lemurs and actually has a species of lemur named after him, known as Cleese’s woolly lemur (avahi cleesei)!
Unknown - Wanda Sykes
It can be hard to picture actress Wanda Sykes involved in anything related to the spy world, but believe it or not, Sykes was actually once employed by the super secret National Security Agency! Sykes shared that after graduating from Hampton University with a BS in marketing, she worked for five years at the NSA doing some very secretive stuff she probably can't disclose even now.
She even held close to a top-secret level clearance! Thankfully, the funny woman left the world of sleuthing to enter the world of comedy and has never looked back — something we’re sure her fans are happy about!
Unknown - Kal Penn
He may have played a goofy guy on a quest for fast food in the hilarious film “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," but Kal Penn is actually a pretty serious guy in real life. After gaining fame from comedies and his role in the popular medical drama “House,” Penn decided to take a break from acting and do something a little different.
He joined President Barack Obama’s administration as the White House’s Office of Public Engagement’s Principal Associate Editor! After his stint in politics, he returned to television with roles in “How I Met Your Mother” and “Designated Survivor.”
Unknown - Leif Gantvoort
Though he has more than seventy acting credits to his name, actor Leif Gantvoort does not have an instantly-recognized face as most of his parts were pretty small. Maybe acting is just something he does as a side hustle while he uses that huge brain of his for other challenges. The actor revealed that he loved taking classes like physics and algebra when he was in school and is actually a member of Mensa.
He is so involved with the organization for people with high IQs, that he filmed a commercial for them where he joked about pulling the “genius card” during an argument! In addition to acting, Gantvoort puts his big brain to use as a writer, editor, director, playwright, and production designer.
140 - Scott Adams
If the name Scott Adams does not quite ring a bell, then we’re sure the name Dilbert will. If you grew up during the ‘90s, there is a chance that you remember the hilarious corporate-themed comic strip featuring an engineer named Dilbert. But while his title character was viewed as incompetent, Adams most certainly is not.
The author and cartoonist holds a BA in economics from Hardwick College and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. Before becoming a cartoonist full-time, Adams held positions from computer programmer to commercial lender, all of which have surely inspired his comic strip.
Unknown - Rhett and Link
It turns out it takes some serious brains to come up with viral comedic sketches — just ask the comedy duo Rhett & Link. The two roomed together while they were both studying engineering (of all things) at North Carolina State University. Link studied industrial engineering where he graduated summa cum laude and went on to work for IBM.
Rhett’s background is also impressive — he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in industrial engineering. The two changed career paths when they realized their funny videos were becoming popular. Today they have their own YouTube channel, podcast, novel, and IFC series.
Unknown - Charlie Korsmo
Child actor Charlie Korsmo once shared the screen with greats like Warren Beatty in “Dick Tracy” and Robin Williams in “Hook,” but he soon found himself wanting a life outside of Hollywood. We can totally respect that. The lifestyle isn't for everyone.
He went on to earn a degree in physics from MIT, worked for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and later served as a member of the House of Representatives. In case that wasn’t impressive enough, he received a law doctorate degree from Yale and is now a law professor at Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University School of Law!
Unknown - David Dorfman
As a child actor, David Dorfman made a name for himself by playing creepy kids in a variety of horror movies like “The Ring” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” But while he loved acting, he decided to step away from it when he got a little older to pursue his studies.
The child genius actually graduated high school early and began his undergraduate studies at UCLA at only 13 years old! By 19, he was attending Harvard Law School. Today, he serves as Legal Counsel for the US House of Representatives and is a Ranking Member of the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia.
Unknown - Julia Child
Few of us know that cookbook author and television personality Julia Child was actually involved in some pretty cool clandestine affairs. After attending Smith College, Child worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) where she went from providing secretarial help to devising a shark repellent to protect underwater explosives from curious sharks.
She was even stationed in Sri Lanka where she handled “highly classified communications”. They don't tell you that in Hollywood, now, do they? It was when she moved to Paris that Child’s interest in cooking took off. While she remains an icon of the culinary world, it’s fascinating to know about her pre-chef life.
Unknown - Rachel Fox
Some Hollywood stars take their hobbies and interests to the next level and then there is actress Rachel Fox, who probably doesn't know how to do things casually. Known for playing Kayla Huntington on the show “Desperate Housewives,” Fox developed a keen interest in the stock market and the world of finance.
In 2012, at just 16, she launched a blog called “Fox on Stocks” to share her knowledge and teach others about the stock market and investing. In 2015, she gave a TED Talk on the subject and has continued to serve as a consultant to sites like Investors.com while developing apps for investment.
135 - Dennis Miller
Many people believe that it takes intelligence to make people laugh, and we have to agree. Some of the most talented comedians are also some of the smartest people in Hollywood. Just think about Dennis Miller! After graduating with a degree in journalism from Point Park University, Miller held a variety of odd jobs before stumbling upon comedy.
Miller’s keen observations and sharp wit quickly led to him joining “Saturday Night Live,'' and hosting his own talk shows on HBO and CNBC. Known as one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time, Miller has perfectly blended comedy with intelligence.
Unknown - David Hyde Pierce
As psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the iconic sitcom "Frasier", actor David Hyde Pierce was the epitome of an educated snob. But perhaps one of the reasons why he was able to perfectly embody that persona was that Pierce boasts a pretty impressive resume himself.
Though he originally wanted to pursue a career in music, he ended up changing his course and majoring in theater studies and English literature at Yale University. In addition to starring in "Frasier," Pierce is also known for his recurring role in the show "The Good Wife" and the cult comedy film, "Wet Hot American Summer."
Unknown - Hedy Lamarr
Though she was known for her icy demeanor and exotic good looks, behind her beauty was a brain that was as equally enchanting. During the golden age of cinema, actress Hedy Lamarr lit up the screen with hits like “Lady of the Tropics” and “Samson and Delilah.”
But behind the scenes, Lamarr found acting quite boring and preferred inventing. She and composer George Antheil worked together on a patent for a radio guidance system to protect Allied torpedoes from being jammed by the Axis powers during World War II — technology that would later be found in Bluetooth and GPS!
Unknown - Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant may have made a name for himself by playing the bumbling Brit in a variety of rom-coms early on in his career, but the actor is actually far from dim. Before making it big in films like "Four Weddings and a Funeral," and “Love, Actually,” Grant was busy studying English literature at Oxford.
After joining the Oxford University Dramatic Society, he began acting in various productions and films. Though he received an offer to continue his studies as an art history major, Grant chose to continue acting — a move that would eventually make him the star he is today!
135 - Julie Newmar
In the ‘60s, actress Julie Newmar was considered one of the most attractive women Hollywood had to offer. Though she is best known for playing the latex-clad Catwoman in the television version of “Batman,” there is actually a lot more to this creative woman.
During the 1970s, she applied for (and received) two US patents: one for a type of pantyhose called Nudemar that promised “cheeky derriere relief” (whatever that is), and a Marilyn Monroe-inspired brassiere. In addition to trying to revolutionize women’s undergarments, she is quite the savvy real estate investor, having snatched up various properties beginning in the ‘80s!
Unknown - Lucy Liu
While it may come as a surprise to many that certain celebrities are actually quite intelligent off the screen, few would be surprised to learn just how smart actress and artist Lucy Liu is. Born to Chinese parents, the "Charlie's Angels" star speaks Mandarin and English fluently.
After starting her college career at NYU, she transferred to the University of Michigan where she presumably put her language skills to use and earned a bachelor's degree in Asian languages and cultures. After graduating, Liu found success in both television and film; and most recently as an artist working across various mediums!
Unknown - Famke Janssen
We’ve got to hand it to celebrities who are not only eloquent and well-spoken in their own native languages but can do so (and even act!) in other languages as well. Actress Famke Janssen is not just a stunning model-turned-actress, she is also involved in various political and social causes.
She is also a polyglot — the brunette beauty speaks Dutch (her native language), English, French, and a bit of German. She initially studied economics at the University of Amsterdam but paused it before continuing her studies at Columbia University where she studied creative writing and literature after moving stateside.
183 - Brian Cox
The name Brian Cox may not sound familiar to most Americans, but many Brits know him as the former boy bander turned renowned physicist (a title not many people can achieve!). Cox began his career as a keyboardist for British pop bands D:Ream (don't look at us, that's how they wanted to spell it) and Dare.
Always interested in science, he enrolled in the University of Manchester where he later received a Doctor of Philosophy in high-energy particle physics. Today he hosts a variety of science-themed programs and is a professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester's School of Physics and Astronomy.
155 - Elon Musk
When it comes to listing the most important geniuses of our time, few lists would be complete without the addition of billionaire businessman Elon Musk. Considered the wealthiest man in the world (though that can fluctuate), Musk has been involved in everything from social media companies to sending rockets into space.
Musk is said to have a high IQ, though he chose to not attend Stanford University after having received a bachelor’s degree in Physics and in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania prior. Musk’s insight and ingenuity have made him one of the most admired and important people in the world.
Unknown - Issa Rae
She may not be afraid to let audiences see her less glamorous and silly side, but actress and writer Issa Rae was all serious when it came to her schooling. Rae attended Stanford University! Incredibly, before her career in television took off, she was actually debating between law school and business school.
While at Stanford, she explored her passion for acting and film — skills she would later use in her acclaimed HBO television series, “Insecure.” She is also a talented writer, having released her memoir “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.” With beauty and brains, it seems like there is no stopping this talented star!
166 - Lady Gaga
Once better known for her dresses crafted out of cold cuts, Lady Gaga is becoming increasingly known for her serious acting chops. In many cases, higher IQs are associated with creativity, and we have to say — if there’s one word to describe the artist that is Lady Gaga, "creative" would be it.
A skilled dancer, musician, songwriter, designer, and now actress, there’s no shortage of talent. It only takes a single watch of 2018's "A Star Is Born" to get a glimpse of the full scope of this woman's capabilities. We’re sure that she will continue to shock us all in the coming years as her career continues to evolve!
Unknown - Gemma Chan
With her stunning model looks and equally impressive smarts, it is easy to see how someone would be envious of the beautiful actress Gemma Chan. Not only was the English actress an accomplished piano and violin player, but she was also accepted to Oxford University where she studied law.
Despite receiving an offer to work at one of the United Kingdom’s most prestigious law firms, Chan turned it down to pursue her true dream — studying acting at the Drama Center London. With roles in films like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Eternals,” it seems that she is just getting started!
Unknown - Melania Trump
The Slovenian-born first lady was able to achieve one of the most important roles from just simple beginnings. Though she only attended the University of Ljubljana in her native land for just one year, Trump is an eloquent and well-read woman.
In addition to her model good looks and renowned sense of fashion, the former first lady also speaks a reported five languages — English, Slovenian, Italian, French, and even German. It is believed that she moved to the United States on the “Einstein Visa” — a visa only offered to those who are considered highly acclaimed in their field.
Unknown - Sacha Baron Cohen
He may have given the world outrageously ignorant characters like Borat and Ali G, but behind the outlandish characters and costumes is a very smart man. After all, it takes great intelligence to create such cultural icons. Actor Sacha Baron Cohen actually attended Cambridge University where he studied history.
While at Cambridge, he explored acting as a member of Cambridge’s Amateur Dramatic Club. To round out his acting education, he even took clown courses at the prestigious École Philippe Gaulier in Paris! All that clowning around must have paid off as Baron Cohen is considered one of the funniest men in Hollywood!
140 - Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey’s ability to find success in practically every medium has resulted in her earning the nickname “Queen of All Media”. As one of the most powerful (and wealthiest) women in the world, it should come as no surprise that Oprah has an uncommonly high IQ.
Though she was born into poverty, the media mogul found a way to pursue her dreams. While she was still, in high school, she was already presenting the news at a local radio station — a small step towards building her media empire. Oprah’s legacy in media and culture is no doubt the result of her genius.
150 - Warren Buffet
This entry on our list is almost too obvious but it's here nonetheless. Though he came from simple beginnings, Warren Buffet was able to use his intellect and business skills to become one of the wealthiest men in the world. The renowned investor and business magnate is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
Curious about investing and business, he pursued this passion by enrolling in the University of Pennsylvania's renowned Wharton School and at the Columbia Business School in New York City where he received a degree in economics. Many attribute Buffet’s uncanny instincts when it comes to making investments have led to his unbelievable success.
152 - Alan Rachins
Actor Alan Rachins may have played a flighty and free-spirited character on the iconic ‘90s show "Dharma & Greg," but in real life, the actor is actually pretty grounded. Before making it in Hollywood, Rachins studied at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Though he dropped out, he continued his studies at the Empire State College and later at the American Film Institute. In addition to directing, he wrote and sold scripts for popular shows like “Hill Street Blues” and “Knight Rider.”After being bitten by the acting bug, Rachins appeared in a variety of theater performances and television shows.
154 - Carol Vorderman
The name Carol Vorderman may not ring a bell to many of us across the pond, but the media personality and genius is quite well-known in her native UK. Vorderman is known for hosting the popular game show “Countdown” in which contestants must use math and word skills to solve tasks. Sounds intense!
Having majored in engineering at Cambridge, Vorderman has a particular gift for math and numbers. After working part-time at the UK’s Atomic Energy Authority, she began using her intellect and amazing arithmetic skills as a host on “Countdown”. She really is the definition of beauty and brains!
Unknown - Kara Hayward
Not only did actress Kara Hayward have the fortune of being cast in the Wes Anderson film “Moonrise Kingdom” when she was fourteen years old with no previous acting experience, but she just so happens to also be a genius!
Her genius credentials were proven when the American Mensa Organization (an organization for people with high IQs) wished her a happy birthday and revealed that the actress has been a member of the prestigious organization since she was nine! Though Hayward has continued to pursue an acting career, she is apparently also a talented writer and artist — talk about luck!
Unknown - Anderson Cooper
As one of the most important figures in media and news, it's no surprise that Anderson Cooper is extremely intelligent. His prominent place in the industry has also given him a few opportunities to play himself in different movies and TV shows. The journalist and news anchor honed his craft as a student at Yale University.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, he immediately began his career in news reporting by traveling to war-torn countries for Channel One News. He soon got his big break at ABC News and later at CNN. Since then, Cooper has been on the ground reporting on some of the most historical and major events in recent years.
Unknown - Michael Muhney
Starring in a soap opera like “The Young and the Restless'' may not seem like the typical behavior of a genius, but actor Michael Muhney isn’t your typical genius. The brainy actor studied his craft at The Theater School at DePaul University.
In addition to acting, Muhney is quite the polyglot — he learned American Sign Language (ASL) and German. His most recent role was in four episodes of the TV show "Truth Be Told." The “Veronica Mars'' actor also casually mentioned in an interview that he was a member of the Mensa organization! Handsome and brilliant? Some people have all the luck!
Unknown - Ellie Kemper
Ellie Kemper may have played a hilarious dim-witted character on the show “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” but the actress is actually quite the intellectual behind the scenes! Though she always showed an interest in comedy and theater, “The Office” actress studied English at Princeton University, even taking a year to study English literature at Oxford University.
Her writing skills have come in handy as a contributing writer for "The Onion" and "The Huffington Post," and as the author of her own book, “My Squirrel Days.” We’re sure she will continue to use her comedic talent and sharp wit in many other projects to come.
Unknown - George Lucas
Even those who are not fans of the “Star Wars” franchise must know George Lucas and have to admit that the man is a genius, especially when it comes to filmmaking. Though the world of film has been forever changed by his ingenuity and creative mind, Lucas almost didn’t pursue his movie dreams. In fact, his college studies included anthropology, sociology, and literature.
It was only when he began studying at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts that his interest in film flourished. Lucas’s ability to push the limits of film technology has resulted in him creating works of cinematic art.
160 - Ashton Kutcher
Yes, it's Christopher Ashton Kutcher, and no, you're not being Punk'd! This American actor started acting in his teenage years. His career only grew from there, but beyond entertainment, he's the founder of a venture capital firm called A-Grade Investments.
Kutcher is known for taking dumb character roles in films and television (namely the air-headed Michael Kelso in "That 70s Show"), but in reality, he is a genius as an actor and as a math wiz. His success in both professions is because of his IQ level of 160, and success comes naturally to people with that level of intelligence.
134- Al Gore
It appears that people with great intellectual abilities are drawn to one another like Kylie Jenner to lip injections. Harvard randomly paired Al Gore, with an IQ of 134, with another person from this list — Tommy Lee Jones. The two were roommates during their freshman year, and that pairing was so successful that they continued living together for years.
Gore's high IQ could also be how he became so successful as a climate change activist and politician. The former Vice President (1993-2001) served under Bill Clinton, who you can also find on this list. His book and documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," became a huge success as well.
140 - Claire Danes
American Actress Claire Catherine Danes has four Golden Globe Awards, three Emmy Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. She was named one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" in "Time Magazine" and established her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at a very young age.
She got a good head-start in her career, allowing her to have experience by being part of numerous films and television shows. You've seen her evolve from a sweet girl to a strong independent woman right on your screens, but did you know that Claire has an IQ of 140?
135 - Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones is an American filmmaker and actor who is known as one of the last great actors that can effectively play the "strong, silent type." He has four Academy Award nominations under his belt, and one win for Best Supporting Actor, for the 1993 thriller film, "The Fugitive", as US Marshal Samuel Gerard.
Throughout his career, Jones was able to portray real-life individuals, like Howard Hughes, Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, Murderer Gary Gilmore, Douglas MacArthur, Oliver Lynn, and Ty Cobb. All of which he performed flawlessly. Who would have ever thought that he also holds a high IQ of 135?
160 - Quentin Tarantino
We’re positive that some of you have been expecting the legendary Quentin Jerome Tarantino to be on this list. We can't blame you, we know how iconic he is, and we know that he's a genius. If you've seen any of his movies you kind of learn to expect it. For one to create films like Quentin's, you need to be a genius.
Non-linear storylines, satirical topics, beauty in violence, and peculiar ways of finishing films all allowed him to pave a career for himself. He has a knowledge that seems to transcend that of a typical director, and we know why: his IQ is over 160.
140 - Robin Williams
The late Robin McLaurin Williams was a legendary actor and comedian known for doing iconic roles like Mrs. Doubtfire, and voicing the Genie, in Disney's "Aladdin." It's incredible to know that all that fame started from a humble place, as he began as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Mr. Williams got his first spark of fame as an alien named Mork, in a sitcom entitled "Mork & Mindy." He was able to sustain a successful career throughout his life, until his tragic 2014 death. The world was devastated upon hearing that a genius comedian like him, with an IQ of 140 and someone who had brought so much happiness to the world had passed away.
143 - Meryl Streep
Behold, the brilliant and legendary Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep! Why are we not surprised that she's on this list, you ask? Well, that's because she is simply described by many as the "best actress of her generation." Streep is known for her versatility in any role, as well as her phenomenal ability to adopt any accent.
She has won over 3 Academy Awards out of 21 nominations, and 8 Golden Globe Awards out of 31 nominations — her nominations and wins have surpassed any other actor. There's a saying going around about her stating that "there's nothing Meryl can't do," and her having an IQ of 143 might prove that to be true.
147 - David Duchovny
David William Duchovny is an American actor, producer, writer, novelist, director, composer, and singer. He is famous for his role as FBI agent Fox Mulder, on the hit television series "The X-Files," and as a writer named Hank Moody, on "Californication." The two roles have earned him Golden Globe Awards as well as other accolades.
He also excelled in other things, apart from acting, as he was an executive producer of a cop drama, called "Aquarius." He graduated from Princeton University and got an MA in English literature from Yale University, and he had an IQ of 147 to thank for that.
130 - Jordana Brewster
The beautiful Jordana Brewster first erupted as an American model and actress in an episode of the successful soap opera "All My Children" (1995). It was quickly followed by her role in another soap opera — "As the World Turns," where she played Nikki Munson. This role got her a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding teen performance in 1997.
What launched Jordana Brewster to substantial fame was when she got cast for the role of Mila Toretto in the "Fast and the Furious" film franchise. Her IQ of 130 proves she has beauty AND brains. What a killer combo!
140 - Glenne Headly
Glenne Headly was an American actress that rose to fame after her role in the famous "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," alongside Michael Caine and Steve Martin, in 1988. Two years later, she got even more recognition after landing a role in Warren Beatty’s ‘Dick Tracy’, starring Madonna and Al Pacino. She won a Theater World Award and was nominated for two Emmy Awards.
Besides her amazing acting skills, Headly was also one of the smartest in her class at NYC drama school, with an IQ of 140! Not surprisingly, she also attended the American College of Switzerland on a full scholarship. And she also chose an equally brilliant partner, marrying the talented John Malkovich in 1982.
170 - Paul Allen
When people think of Microsoft, they automatically think of Bill Gates. But what many don’t know is that half of the credit belongs to Paul Allen, the American philanthropist, and investor that co-founded the computer giant together with Gates.
With an IQ of 170, Allen didn’t only co-found Microsoft and changed the history of technology as we know it, but he also owns the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers. Allen has also founded the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Cell Science, and Artificial Intelligence. Another cool establishment that Allen has co-founded is the Mojave Aerospace Ventures! Impressive indeed!
160 - Dexter Holland
If you remember the famous 1980s rock band The Offspring you’ll surely remember the super blonde frontman and lead singer, Dexter Holland. But Dexter wasn’t only about banging his head with the band and having a good time. With an IQ of 160, Holland graduated as class valedictorian from his high school in Garden Grove, California.
He went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in biology, and a Master's degree in molecular biology, from the University of Southern California. Holland even pursued a Ph.D. in molecular biology but never finished his studies after The Offspring started to get worldwide success.
140 - Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth Shue was a rising star back in the 80s and 90s. She was considered one of the hotties of the time, and landed huge roles that jumpstarted her career, such as leading roles in "The Karate Kid," "Back to the Future Part II and III," "Leaving Las Vegas," "Hollow Man," "Cocktail," and many more. Apart from being nominated for Golden Globes, BAFTA, and an Academy Award, Shue is also incredibly smart.
She was inducted into her high school’s Hall of Fame and attended Wellesley College. And as if that weren’t enough, her IQ of 140 got her into Harvard in 1985. However, due to her acting success, she had to pause her studies until 2000, when she finally graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor's in Political Science.
163 - Kris Kristofferson
Kristofferson made a name for himself as a country singer, who later achieved international stardom as an actor by landing roles in Martin Scorsese’s 1974 classic, "Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore." He went on to star in "Flashpoint," "I’m Not There," "A Star Is Born," "Where the Red Fern Grows," "Planet of the Apes," and many others.
Kris’s IQ of 163 helped him achieve the rank of Captain whilst in the U.S. Army, and also prompted him to graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor's in Literature from Pomona College. As if that weren’t enough, he went on to study at Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship and graduated with a Bachelor's in English Literature in 1960.
125 - Mira Sorvino
Sorvino was introduced to acting life very early on, with her dad, Paul Sorvino, being a worldwide famous actor known for his epic roles in "Goodfellas," "Dick Tracy," and other major motion pictures. In fact, as a young girl, Mira would write her own plays and she and a friend would star in them! She got her rise to fame after winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Mighty Aphrodite."
But this girl isn’t only an incredibly talented actress, she's quite the genius, too. With an IQ of 125, she graduated magna cum laude at Harvard, with a degree in East Asian Studies, and she lived in China for a year, where she learned Mandarin fluently. And, she dated Quentin Tarantino for two years!
165 - Myles Jeffrey
Jeffrey got his 15 minutes of fame when he played a role in the 1990’s "Face/Off," alongside John Travolta and Nicholas Cage. He went on to star in "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Babe: Pig in the City." Most of his acting roles were in the early 2000s but after 2003 they became few and far between.
The most recent part he got on the screen was in 2018 in the Bruce Willis action drama "Reprisal". Jeffrey is actually a certified genius! When he was only 6 years old, he tested in the 99th percentile of an IQ test, scoring an impressive 165!
158 - Laura Shields
With an IQ of 158, Laura Shields was never your typical model/actress. In fact, she graduated with honors from Leeds University, with a chemical engineering master’s degree, no less! Born in the UK, Shields started a modeling career at a young age, eventually winning the title of Miss UK in 2004.
A few years after her win, she tried her hand in acting but a real career in the field was never in store for her. She has no more than five credits to her name, one of them being uncredited, and another in a Justin Timberlake music video. However, with that kind of brain, we are sure that whatever non-showbiz path she has taken, she is doing great. Shields is a member of Mensa, the high IQ society.
147 - Jim Morrison
With an IQ of 147, Jim Morrison certainly had the brains to back up his musical genius. Not to mention being one of the most handsome musicians in rock n' roll history. Morrison earned his Bachelor's degree in Film from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) and even created several short films during his time there, but it looks like it never turned into a full-blown career in the field.
Morrison moved to Venice Beach shortly after and became an icon of the Bohemian lifestyle and the hippie movement of the 60s. There he met The Doors band members, who were mesmerized by Morrison's unique poetry and writing abilities.
140 - Rashida Jones
Rashida Jones was born among artistic geniuses. Her father, Quincy Jones, is a famous musician, music producer, composer, and film producer with 80 Grammy Award nominations and 28 wins. And her mother, Peggy Lipton, was a famous 1960s actress. Needless to say, Rashida saw talent from an early age.
She was very involved in the theater and music departments whilst studying for her Bachelor's in comparative religion at Harvard University; it probably wasn't so hard for her, considering her IQ of 140! Rashida even wrote her own music scores and campus plays, many of which she performed herself. She is best known for her many appearances on "The Office," "Parks and Recreation," and countless roles in light comedies alongside Jason Segal, Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, and the like.
160 - Sylvester Stallone
You'd be hard-pressed to find a single person that doesn't know who Sylvester Stallone is. If you don't know him from the legendary Rocky series, you will surely know him from any of the five Rambo films. But contrary to the image of the strong, brute he usually portrays in films, Stallone is incredibly smart and a very talented writer.
In fact, did you know that Rocky has an IQ of 160?! The same as Stephen Hawking. Stallone has received 3 nominations for an Academy Award, won a Golden Globe, been inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, and was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Unknown - John Lithgow
John Lithgow is most known for his epic role in "3rd Rock From the Sun." He had an early start in the theater world, thanks to his dad being a big theater producer. Lithgow became an outstanding actor, with unforgettable roles in "The World According to Garp" and "Terms of Endearment," both of which got him an Academy Award nomination.
Apart from being a talented actor, Lithgow also has a brilliant mind. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in history and literature. And, he even sat on the Board of Overseers at Harvard! Lithgow received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship after he graduated, which allowed him to study at the famous London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
135 - Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie's first acting roles were in her father's films, in which she co-starred with her famous brother, Jake Gyllenhaal. Her first big acting debut, though, was in the cult classic, Donnie Darko, in 2001. Her next big role was in 2002's "Secretary." From then on, she went on to star in "The Dark Night," "Mona Lisa Smile," and "Stranger Than Fiction."
With an IQ of 135, Gyllenhaal graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor's degree in literature and Eastern religions. And, she went on to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London for one summer. Well done, Maggie!
150 - Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer became a national sensation when "The Jerry Springer Show" hit screens nationwide. The show ran from 1991 to 2018 and is regarded as one of the highest-grossing shows in TV history in the US. What will come as a surprise to many, is that this tabloid-like, sensationalist show's host is actually incredibly smart.
Before he became a famous TV personality, Springer graduated with a law degree from the prestigious Northwestern University, and actually worked as a campaign adviser for Robert Kennedy in 1968! He even tried his luck in politics, becoming the mayor of Cincinnati in 1977.
153 - Colin Firth
This British actor has made a name for himself on the big screen. Colin Firth graduated with honors from Barton Peveril College in the U.K., where he fell in love with English literature. In fact, Firth was considered one of the smartest in his class, since his incredible memory allowed him to quote novels by Thomas Hardy and Lord Byron by heart!
You might know him for his award-winning performance in "The King's Speech," but what you probably don't know is that he commissioned scientists to scan politicians' brains and find out if there were any particular traits to them depending on their political affiliations. How cool is that? Firth was credited as a co-author of an academic paper on human brain research.
Unknown - Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton is one of those rare actresses that come around every once in a blue moon. Her unique facial features and overall look, as well as her astounding acting skills, have made her a worldwide acting icon. She started out in the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1984 and landed her first Hollywood role in "The Deep End," for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe.
She's landed roles in many groundbreaking cinematic masterpieces, including several of the Coen Brother's films, "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "We Need to Talk About Kevin." But what's also impressive is this English lady's mind; she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, no less!
134 - Edward Norton
Norton is not only considered one of the best actors of the 21st century, but he is also incredibly smart. The three-time Academy Award-nominated actor graduated with a Bachelor's degree in history from Yale University. After an injury, he started to get interested in theater, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Norton moved to Japan shortly after graduating, where he learned Aikido and became fluent in Japanese! This genius has proved himself to be a consistently first-rate actor who impressed audiences and critics alike. He has graced our screens in masterpieces like "Primal Fear," "American History X," "Birdman," "Fight Club," and several of Wes Anderson's films.
Unknown - Lupita Nyong'o
Born in Mexico, Lupita started her career in the early 2000s, as part of the production crew for many major films. She went on to make her debut as an actress in the short film, "East River." In 2009, she wrote, directed, and produced her own documentary about the albino population in Kenya. Shortly after, she enrolled in the Yale School of Drama and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts.
Lupita got her big-screen breakthrough shortly after graduating when she was cast in Steve McQueen’s "12 Years a Slave." She even won an Academy Award for her performance. Nyong'o went on to star in award-winning films after that, including two "Star Wars" movies, "Black Panther," "Us," and more. She’s talented, AND a genius!
Unknown - Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd has been a Hollywood sweetheart since her role in the 1990s "Ruby in Paradise." She continued to earn recognition as a high-profile actress with her performances in "Frida," and " A Time to Kill." Her most recent roles have been few and far between as she decided to focus on humanitarian efforts instead. We can only bow down.
Judd has a Bachelor's degree in French from the University of Kentucky, a Mid-Career Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. And as if managing three majors wasn't enough, Judd has been doing humanitarian work for more than a decade, mainly focusing on gender equality and the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls. She has also narrated three documentaries for the Youth AIDS group.
Unknown - Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly is not only one of the most talented actresses in Hollywood, but she's also one of the smartest. She landed her first major role in Sergio Leone's 1980 masterpiece film, "Once Upon a Time in America." That was the jump start of what would become an incredibly successful career, acting in films like "Labyrinth," "Requiem for a Dream," "A Beautiful Mind," and countless others.
Connelly has won an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe, and has been nominated several times. What's more, this astounding lady studied drama at Yale and Stanford University, and she speaks Italian and French fluently!
130 - Ashley Rickards
Most of the people who know Ashley Rickards' face are young adults. These are the people who watched her play Jenna Hamilton on MTV's "Awkward" or Samantha Walker on "One Tree Hill." After graduating from high school at 15 years old, no one could deny the brains of this girl. Plus, as a freshly graduated teenager, she had all the time in the world to pursue an acting career. No one said the universe was fair.
With an intellect sharp enough to shave your legs, Rickards has also written a book and has been an advocate of human rights. The exact numbers aren't out just yet, but we do know that Rickards is a Mensa member. This means that her IQ is higher than 98 percent of the population!
154 - Danica McKellar
Danica McKellar, also known as Winnie Cooper from the "Wonder Years," took a break from acting to study Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she graduated summa cum laude in her class. There is even a mathematical theory with her name on it – the "Chayes–McKellar–Winn theorem." Honestly, with an IQ of 154, it's hardly surprising.
Now, we were never really good at math so we won't try to explain the theory or figure out what it means, but we do know it sounds important. McKellar went on to author several mathematic books, three of which have made The New York Times children's bestseller list. She is an education advocate who strives to make math more approachable to adolescents; mainly teenage girls and young women.
135 - John Legend
It seems like whatever John Legend does, he does it well. This multi-awarded, illustrious musician graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on African-American literature. He graduated from high school as a salutatorian in just four years and started his academic studies when he was just 16 years old! We would call him a nerd, but it takes more than a common nerd to marry Chrissy Teigen so we’re gonna pass.
The songwriter and record producer has a string of accolades under his belt, such as the Academy Award for Best Original Song, the Hal David Starlight Award, and even a Primetime Emmy Award. He was given an honorary degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. It looks like his IQ of 135 has taken him a long way in life.
125 - Freddie Highmore
The English actor made his first debut in the comedy "Women Talking Dirty" when he was only seven years old. Since then, he has built a prominent name for himself in Hollywood. Despite his success, Highmore never stopped studying. He gained his high school education at an independent school called Highgate School.
Later, when he was filming "Bates Motel," he studied at the University of Cambridge’s Emmanuel College. Highmore earned a double-first degree, a British counterpart of first-class honors, in Spanish and Arabic. He won a People’s Choice Award in 2017, but with an IQ of 125, it's not like he needs external affirmations to know he's doing a good job.
170 - Brian May
Brian May, the legendary lead guitarist and songwriter of the rock group Queen has a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a degree he obtained back in the 70s. And mind you, he earned the degree with honors. May then went back to school at Imperial College London so he could complete his Ph.D. in astrophysics. He did his doctoral thesis on the motions of interplanetary dust. That’s like, space and stuff, right?
Prior to earning a degree in physics, May was educated at Hampton Grammar School where he achieved ten GCE Ordinary Levels and three GCE Advanced Levels in mathematics, applied mathematics, and physics. With an IQ of 170-180, Dr. May’s intellect is just as rockin’ as the songs he wrote and played in the band.
190 - Stanley Kubrick
One of the most influential filmmakers of our time, Stanley Kubrick is simply brilliant. With a record that includes films like "A Clockwork Orange" and "2001: A Space Odyssey," it shouldn't come as a surprise to see that his IQ is incredibly high. And when we say high we mean skyscraper high. His IQ of 190-200 places him on the same level as Isaac Newton and Leonardo da Vinci.
Many of the people on this list have put their supreme brains to work as straight-A students or top-notch academics (huh, dorks). Kubrick, however, says that school was never really his thing and that his achievements in the education system have been quite mediocre. As an adult, Kubrick criticized the American education system, saying it wasn’t effective or stimulating enough in order to help kids live up to their full potential.
154 - Michael Jordan
When being hugely successful in the Olympics is one of the least famous things you’ll ever do, you know you’ve got the perfect career as a legendary athlete under your belt. So much has been said about Michael Jordan that at this point, it’s almost not worth going into. However, not many people know that he dropped out of university to pursue an NBA career.
He’s been in a number of commercials since retiring from the NBA and is an avid golfer, but at this point, we’re just going to take the opportunity to casually remind you that he was also in "Space Jam." Oh, and to also remind you that he has since completed his Geography degree and has an IQ of 154.
126 - Brad Pitt
Producer and actor, Brad Pitt has one of the world’s most recognized faces. It’s a pretty one, too. We first saw him in "Thelma and Louise" as a hitchhiking charmer who Geena Davis’ Thelma falls for. Prior to the onset of success, Pitt bailed on a journalism degree in order to pursue acting. He has also worked as a mover and an El Pollo Loco chicken mascot before becoming one of the most sought-after men in the business.
Since then Pitt has starred in numerous iconic films such as "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Ocean's Eleven," "Interview With the Vampire," "Fight Club," and more. There are simply too many to choose from! Pitt sounds even more impressive when you learn he has an IQ of 126. Looks + brains = Brad.
159 - Bill Clinton
It seems that even the greatest of men, with the greatest of IQs, have a weakness: women. Bill Clinton’s image of being a “good ol’ boy,” was shattered by one of the White House’s biggest scandals ever. His IQ of 159 couldn’t save him from the hellfire of the media and the American public.
Now would be a good time to remind everyone that despite the stupid things he has done, when it comes to being book-smart, Bill brings a lot to the table. He has earned degrees in foreign services and law, but somehow people seem to know less about that and more about him playing the sax. What a nice lesson in human priorities.
130 - Angela Bassett
Doing well at Yale doesn’t come easily to anyone. It takes discipline and hard work, and apparently, Angela Bassett knows that all too well. It turns out this movie star has always seen her education as a priority, which is important for someone with an IQ of 130. She did so well in school that she became the first African-American student in the National Honor Society when she was in high school.
Basset got into Yale as part of a special program for students with difficult backgrounds. That was how she got her B.A. in African American Studies. She later completed another degree, this time it was a Master of Fine Arts, which she got from Yale as well. Other than bowing down there's not a lot we can do.
160 - Reggie Jackson
Reginald Martinez Jackson is a famous former American professional baseball right fielder. He was able to play 21 seasons for various sports teams such as the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and California Angels of Major League Baseball. He is also a National Baseball Hall of Famer.
He was a prodigy on the field, scoring record-breaking points. Everyone wanted to be just like him, but considering that his fame (as well as his college scholarship) was part of his athletic career, not many know how smart he is. Jackson has an IQ of 160, the same as Stephen Hawking.
185 - Condoleezza Rice
Anyone who’s ever been even mildly interested in politics will immediately recognize the name and face of the 66th United States Secretary of State between 2005 and 2009, Condoleezza Rice. Rice is an incredible woman most look up to. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Denver, where she graduated with honors.
After that, she continued her education at the University of Notre Dame, obtaining a Master's degree in Political Science. She then pursued a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver, so that's Dr. Rice, for you. With an IQ test score of 185, it's no surprise she's been an unstoppable political powerhouse and inspiration for women of color. She certainly obliterated the glass ceiling!
140 - Madonna
Everyone knows Madonna. She has been revered in the music world as the "Queen of Pop" since the '80s. Her music has always pushed the boundaries of songwriting, film, and mainstream art. The reason behind her being so successful throughout the years is her ability to reinvent her music every time.
Her work has inspired hundreds of musicians today, having sold 300 million records across the globe, making her the top-selling female recording performer of all time, as recorded by the Guinness World Records. Not only is she filthy rich and famous, but she also has a high IQ of 140. Well, at least according to her.
140 - Hillary Clinton
With an IQ of 140, Hillary Clinton is one of the most impressive people on this list. She started as a lawyer and a First Lady, but she carved out a substantial independent role in politics. Afterward, Clinton served as Madame Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and presidential candidate. That’s more than enough for one lifetime if you ask us. Following the Clintons’ post-presidential bankruptcy, she memorably commented that they came out of the White House “dead broke,” but they sure turned things around.
They were up $100 million by 2008, making them a part of America’s wealthiest, those who are in the top 1% of earners. By 2017, Hillary received $51 million in book sales and speaking engagements. She received a $14 million advance for her 2014 book, and that same year she pulled in more than $8 million in speaking fees. She received an $8 million advance for her first book. That doesn't happen to people with an average IQ.
163 - Mayim Bialik
Mayim Chaya Bialik is an American actress and neuroscientist, as well as an author. She is famous for her role in "The Big Bang Theory, as Amy Farrah Fowler, who just like Mayim, is a neuroscientist. She has been nominated for four Emmy awards in the "Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series" category.
Adding to that, she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2016 and 2018. There have been sources that claim Mayim Bialik's IQ is 150, while some argue that it is 163, but either way, she's one of the smartest women in Hollywood.
160 - Conan O’Brien
Conan Christopher O'Brien is an American host, comedian, producer, and writer. He attended Harvard University and became the president of The Harvard Lampoon, the school's legendary humor periodical. His quick wit and intelligence and self-deprecating humor are what made him successful in television hosting.
O'Brien is one of the many comedians on this list since it takes brains to make people laugh. And, true to form, he has an IQ of 160! While his college years didn't earn him any Ph.D., in 2011, Dartmouth College did award him an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. Rightfully so, if we might add.
130 - Goldie Hawn
Goldie Jeanne Hawn is not only known as a famous American actress and producer but she's also renowned for her beautiful voice. She was born in the '40s and rose to fame in the '70s. She has continued to become a bankable star for many years.
People saw her as a goofy and charming person, and everyone loved her for it. No one would have thought that she was incredibly smart, definitely not someone with an IQ of 130. She's a testament that being goofy doesn't necessarily mean you're dumb; sometimes it might even serve as a hint that you're smarter than anyone else! No wonder her daughter Kate Hudson is known to have a high IQ as well.
148 - Sharon Stone
Sharon Vonne Stone is an American actress and producer. In the past, she used to model for commercials and print advertisements. Her first role was as an extra in Woody Allen's comedy-drama, "Stardust Memories."
She later had the pleasure of acting in several films, playing minor characters, until she rose to international fame as a femme fatale, when she starred as Catherine Tramell, in "Basic Instinct." With Stone being an icon, correlating her to someone who's smart and intelligent isn't exactly the first thing that comes to mind — nevertheless, she is very smart and has an incredible IQ of 148.
140 - Ke$ha
Kesha Rose Sebert, also known as Ke$ha, is an actress, rapper, songwriter, and singer. A label signed her at age 18, and her first significant success came 4 years later when the number-one single "Right Round" was released by Flo Rida, featuring her.
Her music and image skyrocketed her to fame, but this was unfortunately put to a halt when disputes between her and Dr. Luke started to spread out. She has sold over 59 million records in the US and 76 million records worldwide. It could be her talent, but it could also be the fact that she has an IQ of 140. You be the judge.
138 - Nicole Kidman
Ahh, the stunning Nicole Mary Kidman — the famous Australian actress and producer. Her career as an actress started in Australia when she got cast in the 1983 films, "BMX Bandits" and "Bush Christmas," but her career broke through with the 1989 thriller, "Dead Calm."
She is a well-rounded actress, equipped with everything an A-lister should have. Kidman has been the recipient of multiple accolades, which include two Primetime Emmy Awards, one Academy Award, five Golden Globe Awards, as well as a Silver Bear for Best Actress. It is safe to say that it is not only her beauty and talent that have brought her to where she is right now but also a high IQ of 138.
160 - Bill Gates
Now, this is someone we all knew would make this list. For those of you who don't know who Bill Gates is, well, he is one of the wealthiest people on the planet. Why? He's the technological genius behind the Microsoft Corporation. While the man had attended Harvard University, as you would expect someone of his caliber, he surprisingly dropped out so he could start his own company. Not bad for a dropout!
William Henry Gates III is a genius with an IQ of 160. He has championed a new age of technology for all of humankind, and as if that wasn't enough, he uses both his wealth and his intelligence in order to contribute to important causes.
143 - Scott Levy
Scott Levy is an American semi-retired actor, podcaster, and professional wrestler known by many as "Raven." He has appeared in wrestling promotions for the World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation, and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Levy's known in the wrestling world as "one of the best talkers," and his grunge-inspired aesthetic is what made him a force in the industry. But did you know that apart from being a superstar in the ring he also has an impressive IQ of 143? Who knew?! Well, his college buddies may have known, as Levy has earned a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Delaware.
160 - Stephen Hawking
Okay, if there's someone who we expect to be on this list, it’s Stephen William Hawking. Everyone knew who he was: a natural-born genius. He was an English cosmologist, theoretical physicist, author, and director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, at the University of Cambridge.
One of his most famed works was a collaboration with Roger Penrose, about the gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity, as well as the theoretical prediction that black holes do emit radiation. Does that sound like gibberish to you? Well, don't worry, you're not alone! We can't blame Hawking, when your IQ is 160, it's the price you pay for being that smart!
184 - James Woods
James Howard Woods is an American film and voice actor, as well as a producer. He’s best known for his roles in "Casino," "Contact," and "Once Upon a Time in America." He holds a Golden Globe Award for his film "Promise."
His voice has graced major A-list video games and animations, like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Hades in Hercules, Falcon in Stuart Little 2, Kingdom Hearts series, and Phillium Benedict in Recess: School's Out. He is a legendary Hollywood actor that once again proved that being smart, particularly having a high IQ of 184 like him, will take you places.
130 - James Franco
Everyone knows James Franco as a famous actor, but he's also a great filmmaker and instructor at NYU, USC, UCLA, Studio 4, Palo Alto High School, and Playhouse West. He has already received a couple of Golden Globes awards, proving to the world that he's a great actor. And he volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity.
What else? James Franco has an IQ of 130, which makes him smarter than most people in the same age bracket. That's why he was able to undertake four different degrees simultaneously. When you come to think of it, he has this cheerful personality that steers him away from being perceived as someone who's smart.
140 - Natalie Portman
Neta-Lee Hershlag is an Israeli-American actress, producer, and director. She is a proud recipient of various accolades: one Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. She debuted in a film titled "The Professional," where she played a hitman’s young protege, a girl named Matilda.
Her real rise to popularity started when she was a high school student, as she starred in a very pivotal role, as Padme Amidala, in "Star Wars: Episode I." Adding to her being a successful actress, Natalie's IQ score is 140. She attended Harvard University while filming the Star Wars prequel. Fun fact: She attended Harvard alongside another genius: Mark Zuckerberg.
150 - Nolan Gould
Gould is an American actor, most known for his part in the famous ABC show "Modern Family." Nolan is one of a few young actors that has achieved a lot in a short time. In between winning Emmy awards, Gould became a member of Mensa, had accelerated ten grades in school, and graduated from high school by taking a General Education Development.
It is pretty self-evident that he's a great actor, but it wasn't until he got interviewed on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that everyone discovered he has an IQ of 150. It seems like nothing can stop Nolan Gould from getting what he wants. Such an inspiration!
132 - Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster is an American actress, producer, and director. She has three British Academy Film Awards, two Academy Awards, one Cecil B DeMille Award, and two Golden Globe Awards under her belt. When she pursued directing, she also received a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award.
Foster has always opted for roles that portray strength and intelligence. Many people know her for her acting, but almost no one knows how intelligent she is, or that she has an IQ of 132. Growing up and knowing she was smart, she used to think she would not pursue a career in acting because she used to think the profession was unintelligent. Interestingly, what changed her mind about it was her time as a Yale student.
138 - Emma Watson
It has been decades, and we still can't forget Hermione Granger snapping at Ron and uttering the words "It’s Wing-gar-dium Levi-o-sa, make the ‘gar’ nice and long." Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is an icon of her generation, inspiring people to fight for what is right through her actions.
Her role as Hermione Granger (who is also famously smart) has earned her worldwide fame, significant awards, and a bank deposit of over $60 million. She was the perfect actress to be cast for the role, because she shares the same level of intellect as the character, with an IQ of 138.
150 - Ben Stein
Benjamin Jeremy Stein isn't just a famous American writer, but also a good lawyer, an impressive actor, and a commentator on economic and political issues. He graduated from Columbia University and then from Yale Law School.
Stein's reputation quickly grew, because he was brilliant at creating speeches for US presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He proved to be multi-talented when he entered the entertainment field and became a comedian, actor, and Emmy Award-winning game show host. It would surprise no one to know that Ben has an IQ of 150 because it surely is evident through the course of his career.
130 - Ken Jeong
Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong, or Ken Jeong, is an Asian-American comedian, actor, and wait for it, a licensed physician. If you have watched the film "The Hangover," you'd recognize him as the person who played the role of the gangster Leslie Chow. He created, wrote, and produced an ABC sitcom titled "Dr. Ken," which he also starred in.
Jeong, as mentioned earlier, is a licensed physician. He decided to stop the practice because he wanted to pursue his acting career. Ironically enough, Ken got his first break playing a doctor role in the film "Knocked Up." He's funny alright, but his IQ is an impressive 130.
178 - Rowan Atkinson
It's funny how Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, the English actor and screenwriter who portrayed the role of the dumbest character ever, Mr. Bean, is known to be very intelligent. With an incredibly high IQ of 178, he is considered to be a genius and probably one of the smartest celebrities out there.
With his impressive IQ, it's no surprise that he once considered an academic career. Atkinson has a successful career behind him; he got listed as one of the 50 funniest actors in British Comedy, according to "The Observer." He is also considered to be part of the UK's top 50 comedians.
160 - Lisa Kudrow
For those who don't know, the lovable Lisa Valerie Kudrow is an American comedian, actress, producer, and writer. She gained fame for the role of Phoebe Buffay on the hit television sitcom "Friends." For her role as Phoebe, she has received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, from six nominations.
She also received other accolades, like a Golden Globe Award nomination and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, from 12 submissions. Case in point, Lisa is successful in her craft, and seeing her portray the role of Phoebe in "Friends" has thrown her miles away from being perceived as intelligent, but her IQ of 160 says otherwise.
130 - Barack Obama
One of America's most recent Presidents, with an IQ of 130, is Barack Obama. The American attorney and politician who served for an 8-year term is also the first African American to be elected to the presidency. With that kind of record, we don't really need a number to tell us how smart or intelligent he is. It is clear that he is indeed a switched-on individual, with or without his IQ results.
A constitutional scholar and author of two bestsellers (prior to his presidential campaigns), Obama was a breath of fresh air amongst his fellow Presidents. A test taken well before his university days saw his IQ at 102. However, this was quickly dismissed and the current score known today is 130.
132 - Kate Beckinsale
Kathrin Romary Beckinsale is a British actress who made waves after starring in the movie "Underworld." Her role in the movie didn’t necessarily scream "I'm smart!" It was a fantastic movie, nonetheless. When asked about her past, she told everyone that it was always her dream to be an actress.
She was immersed in film ever since she was young and has worked her way up to the top. We can't say if her high IQ of 132 is responsible for her success, but what we can say, is that her acting skills are amazing and her accent is just sublime!
156 - Aisha Tyler
Aisha N. Tyler, famously known as Andrea Marino in the first season of "Ghost Whisperer," is an American Actress, director, comedian, and talk show host. Her roles in films and television shows like "Criminal Minds," "Lana Kane," and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" were all roles of independent women using their voices. This made her a beacon of inspiration amongst female fans.
Right now, she holds a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host. Her voice has graced major video games, like Halo: Reach, as well as Watchdogs. Tyler is known for doing many things, but what she isn't known for is the fact that she has an IQ of 156.
154 - Cindy Crawford
When you hear people saying "Bring back the supermodel era!" you know that a strutting Cindy Crawford appears in their mind. She belongs to the Fashion Hall of Fame, together with other big names like Naomi Campbell and Tyra Banks.
Now, a source confirms that supermodel Cindy Crawford is as intelligent as she is beautiful. With an impressive IQ of 154, we now understand why Cindy became who she is today! Cindy Crawford has a daughter, rising supermodel Kaia Jordan Gerber (who looks like a mini version of her mom). Does she have the same IQ as her mother? We want to think it's a "yes!"
140 - Geena Davis
Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis is an American actress who's also an activist, a producer, and a former archer and model. She was one of the brightest celebrities of her time and has received multiple accolades for her work, both in film and television. Her portrayals of authentic and strong female characters have made her such an icon.
While Davis never graduated from college (she didn't have enough of the required credits), she did end up getting an honorary degree of a Doctor of Fine Arts from Bates College in 2009. She can thank her incredible IQ of 140 for her excellent portrayals and career choices!
140 - Shakira
She might be well-known for her legendary bops "Hips Don't Lie" and "Waka Waka", as well as for her beautiful face, bubbly personality, and bold dance moves. But the Shakira behind all that is an individual with an IQ of a whopping 140.
Sources say that she was a quiet student, well-educated, and well-versed in her subjects. There wasn't a class that she did not excel in throughout the course of her time in school. People say that if Shakira hadn't been a singer, she would have become a successful doctor or scientist. Now that's something we did not expect!
160 - Dolph Lundgren
Hans Lundgren, or Dolph Lundgren, is a Swedish director, actor, film producer, screenwriter, and martial artist. You may have seen him on your screen when he starred in "Rocky IV," as Soviet boxer, Ivan Drago, in the year 1985. Lundgren starred in more than 40 films in the course of his career, most of which were in the action genre.
Portraying roles that are usually violent, strong, and antagonistic, it's hard to see Dolph as a gentle individual who's capable of emotions and intelligence, but he is kind personality quickly reveals his sweet nature. His IQ is an impressive 160.
154 - Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is one of the most revered musicians of our time. She is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist. Her musical journey began when she was trained to play the classical piano, but as we all know, she later branched out to different genres. By the time she was 12, she had started composing songs. Keys had her contract with Columbia Records by age 15.
We could even say that she's a musical genius, but maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves. What we can confirm is that Ms. Keys has an IQ of 154, which wasn't much of a surprise, given her musical achievements.
160 - Matt Damon
Matt Damon is probably one of the brightest stars in Hollywood today. He’s been in movies that have sold millions of tickets worldwide, and who knows where his talent will take him next? Whether he continues to become a star or changes careers and becomes something else, we can only be sure of one thing: he'll still be successful.
We have every reason to believe that because according to reliable sources, the actor has an IQ of 160. That alone can be an assurance that no matter which industry he becomes passionate about, he can and will be successful! No wonder most of the roles he gets in movies are of smart people, the shoe fits!
135 - Arnold Schwarzenegger
The great Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger is an Austrian-American actor turned filmmaker, author, businessman, activist, philanthropist, and former professional powerlifter and bodybuilder. He was the 38th Governor of California and has already served two terms for the state, from the year 2003 to 2011.
Arnold has done so much for other people in his life, and we must not forget how good and influential an actor he was. Looking back, the characters he played in films weren't portrayed to be smart, but Arnold has been blessed with an IQ of 135. He wasn't only muscular in real life; he was also very brainy. Talk about a lethal combination!
142 - Steve Martin
American actor Stephen Glenn Martin is also a great writer, musician, producer, and comedian. He first appeared in the public eye when he was writing for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" in the '60s. Martin has been successful in different fields: as an actor, playwright, pianist, banjo player, and author. He is also an Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy Awards recipient, among others.
People love him for his witty and smart humor. Comedians are smart, and that’s probably the reason why Steve Martin has been so good at being one. Well, seeing that his IQ stands at 142, we understand why he has become so successful in everything he does.