When we are on a quest to improve our IQ, we may also feel anxious about knowing the IQ of celebrities. Some of us are in awe of celebrities and would like to believe if they really have a high or above average IQ or if they are just giving sound bytes to the media based on their efficient PR. There are many well-known personalities who have always been known for their IQ. Some were born smart while others gained IQs through stardom. Here are some of the famous personalities with high IQ:
Famous Emmy award winning actor, James Wood is known to have an IQ of 180. He has starred in famous movies like Ghosts of Mississippi and Once Upon a Time in America. When he was in college, he had scored a 779 on the math section of the SAT and a whopping 800 on the verbal section. He is a member of Mensa (high IQ society).
Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft and is also one of the richest people in the world. He has an IQ of 160. At the age of 13, he was into computer programming. Even though he dropped out of Harvard University in 1975, he didn’t stop; Bill and his friend Paul Allen ventured to create the software giant, Microsoft.
Quentin Tarantino, the director of popular movies like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Kill Bill, is also a very smart and talented actor, screenwriter, cinematographer, and producer. He is a member of Mensa and has an IQ of 160. He also dropped out of school.
Sharon Stone, the beautiful actress from Basic Instinct had claimed to be a member of Mensa. It is known that she has an IQ of 154.
Steve Martin, actor, writer, producer and musician by profession, has won Emmy and Grammy Awards. He is a member of Mensa and has an IQ of 142.
Madonna, the sensational pop star, has also starred in 22 movies. She had left her hometown of Michigan in 1977 just to pursue her singing career. She has an IQ of 140.
The famous pop singer, Shakira, who hit the top of the charts with songs Whenever Wherever, Hips Don’t Lie and many others, has an IQ of 140.
Geena Davis, actress, producer and writer has an IQ of 140. She starred in many movies like The Long Kiss Good night and Beetlejuice. She also won an Oscar for her performance in The Accidental Tourist. She is a member of Mensa and has an IQ of 140.
Apart from these, there are many others like Dolph Lundgren – IQ of 160, Dennis Miller – IQ of 135, Jodie Foster -132, Nicole Kidman – 132 and Michael Jackson – 115. It is a known fact that IQ score of 120 to 130 is considered very remarkable. However, an IQ of 130 or higher is considered excellent, and very few people reach this level.
Although many celebrities are known to be part of high IQ societies like Mensa, there is hardly any proper evidence about the same. For example, many people know that Sharon Stone was a member of Mensa; however, in 2002, she had revealed that she had never been associated as a member of Mensa. On the contrary, she claims to have attended Mensa school; however, a Mensa official clarified that there were no Mensa schools during the 1960s when Stone was a student.
A lot of information about celebrities with high IQs can be found on the Internet. However, there is no evidence to prove that the facts mentioned on various websites are genuine. Many celebrities take unfair advantage of publicly mentioning their IQ to show off how smart they are as well as how talented they display professionally.