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10 Famous People With Surprisingly High IQs

Hollywood stars are usually known for their good looks and talent rather than their intelligence. Based on their career choices, actors, models and recording artists are often dismissed as shallow and

Hollywood stars are usually known for their good looks and talent rather than their intelligence. Based on their career choices, actors, models and recording artists are often dismissed as shallow and unintellectual. In the entertainment business it helps to start young, so many opt to drop out of college or not to attend at all, contributing to the idea that celebrities are uneducated. Personalities like Justin Bieber, who thought the North Pole was a continent and said he hoped Anne Frank “would have been a Belieber” do little to help the cause.

However, a surprising number of stars are not only gorgeous and wealthy, but also incredibly clever. Many possess a flair for academia and have earned degrees from prestigious universities – actress Maggie Gyllenhaal has a BA in literature and Eastern religions from Columbia, talk show host Conan O'Brien is a Harvard graduate while supermodel Cindy Crawford won a scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University. Other celebrities have enviable linguistic skills – Kate Beckinsale is fluent in four languages, while Tom Hiddleston speaks five. Yet more impress with their business acumen – even Paris Hilton, though far from scholarly, has some serious entrepreneurial skills.

The average IQ in the U.S. is around 98, but the stars on the following list are so intelligent they put the general public to shame, boasting genius or near-genius IQs. Some even qualify for membership to Mensa; if they took up membership, it would certainly bring a touch of glitz and glamour to the world’s best-known high IQ society. It seems some people really do have it all…

10 Arnold Schwarzenegger: 135

9 Natalie Portman: 140

8 Shakira: 140

7 Madonna: 140

6 Geena Davis: 140

5 Steve Martin: 142

4 Nolan Gould: 150

3 Sharon Stone: 154

2 Quentin Tarantino: 160

1 James Woods: 184

James Woods is perhaps best known for his voice acting; his work has been heard in Family Guy, The Simpsons, Grand Theft Auto, and Disney’s Hercules. As a teenager, Woods aced his SATs, receiving a perfect 800 in the verbal section and 779 in maths. He won a scholarship to MIT, where he majored in political science. However, he quit before graduation to pursue acting. In an interview on the programme “Inside the Actor’s Studio”, Woods admitted to having an IQ of 184 – well over the requirements for “genius” status.

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