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21 Celebrities With Surprisingly High IQs

When it comes to celebrities, most people assume that since they are actors, musicians, and socialites, that they aren’t very smart. That stereotype should be broken because these 21 celebs are probably smarter than all of us. The current definition of IQ test standard scores states that about two-thirds of all test-takers score between 85 and 115, while about only 5 percent of the population scores above 125. Many celebrities give up their education to make money off of their physical skills and talents. See which celebs scored above that!

James Franco – IQ 130

James Franco continues to further his education, even if he doesn’t need to take advantage of the free education route. He first obtained his undergraduate degree from UCLA before getting a master’s in fine arts from Columbia University. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. in English at Yale.

Ashton Kutcher – IQ 160

Ashton had scholarships to MIT, but lost them after getting into trouble with the law. He ended up studying biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa before he dropped out to pursue a career in acting.

Natalie Portman – IQ 140

Beauty and brains! Actress Natalie Portman graduated from Harvard University in 2003 with a BA in psychology.

Nicole Kidman – IQ 132

Hawaiian-born Nicole Kidman had an academic father. He worked as a researcher, and we’re guessing that interest followed on to Nicole. She later studied at the Australian Theatre for Young People, as well as the Victorian College of the Arts. Smart gal!

Emma Watson – IQ 138

We guess it runs in the family when it comes to brains. Both of Emma’s parents are lawyers and she completed a degree in English at Brown University.

Gene Simmons – IQ 117

Rock musician Gene Simmons is better recognized with his Kiss face paint. We wonder if people noticed him at Sullivan County Community College while he earned his degree in education.

Arnold Schwarzenegger – IQ 135

It might be surprising to many, along with his 135 IQ, he also holds a Bachelors in International Fitness and Business Administration. Coming from Austria as a penniless immigrant, he built himself to become the US to the Governor of California, along with successful careers in both bodybuilding and acting in between. It might be surprising to many, along with his 135 IQ, he also holds a Bachelors in International Fitness and Business Administration. Coming from Austria as a penniless immigrant, he built himself to become the US to the Governor of California, along with successful careers in both bodybuilding and acting in between.

Madonna – IQ 140

According to Madonna, her IQ is 140. This superstar singer and performer was a straight-A student and a cheerleader. She received a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and attended the American Dance Festival. However, in 1978, she dropped out and moved to NYC.

Matt Damon – IQ 160

Matt Damon attended Harvard, but he dropped out. Did you know that he wrote the initial script for the movie Good Will Hunting as an assignment in his English class.

Michael Jordan – IQ 154

Michael Jordan dropped out of the University of North Carolina in his junior year because he was drafted into the NBA. He returned to school in 1986 to finish his degree in geography.

Tyra Banks – IQ 120

Supermodel turned talk show host Tyra Banks earned a business degree from Harvard. You should check out your local college campus for a higher education degree, too. Tyra humbly shows off her graduation diploma!

Jodie Foster – IQ 132

Jodie has an impressive resume; she has a bachelor’s degree from Yale where she graduated from Yale cum laude. Foster was also valedictorian of her class at French-speaking Lycee Francais de Los Angeles.

Alicia Keys – IQ 154

Alicia Keys began playing piano at the tender age of 7 and wrote her first song at 14. She graduated valedictorian from the Professional Performance Arts School of Manhattan before she went on to attend Columbia University. However, she dropped out weeks in to pursue music. Good choice on this one, we gotta say!

Cindy Crawford – IQ 154

Cindy Crawford graduated as valedictorian of her high school class and signed her first modeling contract in soon thereafter. She also studied chemical engineering on a scholarship at Northwestern University.

Hillary Clinton – IQ 140

Hillary Rodham Clinton is a former US Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady. She was a leading candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in both 2008 and 2016. She attended Yale Law School where she earned a J.D.

Kevin Spacey – IQ 137

Kevin Spacey set a great example as he was valedictorian of his high school class and further attended Juilliard to study drama. However, he dropped out after 2 years to act on Broadway and then in films. He has earned both Tony awards and Oscars for his performances.

Shakira – IQ 140

Shakira has an academic as far as even opening a school in her hometown and was also a guest speaker at the University of Oxford. To put it in perspective, other Oxford honorees include Mother Teresa, The Dalai Lama, Eintein and some US presidents.

Shaquille O’Neil – IQ 101

No online degree for NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neil; he earned his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University. He went on to obtain his MBA from the online school the University of Phoenix and an Ed.D in human resources from Barry University. Buy your student textbooks and slam dunk the college exams.

Steve Martin – IQ 142

Steven Martin is not just a funny guy, but a very smart one too. He studied at Cal State as a philosophy major and then transferred to UCLA to major in theater.

Melania Trump – IQ “high” 110 – 130

Blaz Matija Vogelnik, a professor who taught Melania went on to tell CNBC that Melania did indeed pass rigorous testing in order to gain entry to the university. However, he believed her “IQ was very high.” Whether or not she actually has a high IQ, the professor seemed to speculate a bit, believing that once Melania realized she could use her looks to further herself, she no longer saw the point in using her IQ to get a degree.

Christopher Reeves – IQ 160

Well, no explanation needed for this Super Man.

Quentin Tarantino – IQ 160

Despite being a high school dropout, Quentin is certainly one of the sharpest and smartest celebrities in the industry. He has produced cleverly directed successfully major blockbusters.

Sharon Stone – IQ 148

At the very young age of 15, Sharon accepted a scholarship to Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she pursued creative writing and fine arts.

Nolan Gould – IQ 150

You may recognize him from the funny sitcom Modern Family, as a goofy kid who doesn’t seem like the smartest kid, however, he rocks a very high IQ, and is a member of Mensa.

Sylvester Stallone – IQ 160

Rocky legend Sylvester Stallone, is much smarter than he looks, he holds an IQ of 160 (as much as Christopher Reeves).

Lupita Nyong’o – IQ 150

Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o won’t have any problem paying her tuition! She earned a Master’s of Fine Arts from Yale School of Drama.

Jerry Springer – IQ 150

Talk show host Jerry Springer is shown in New York, Thursday, April 15, 2010. Springer makes his Game Show Network debut Monday April 19 as host of a dating show called “Baggage.” Before becoming the host of a crazy talk show, Jerry Springer earned a degree in political science from Tulane University.

Angela Bassett – IQ 130

Powerful actress Angela Bassett earned a degree in African American Studies from Yale College. She also has a master’s from Yale School of Drama.

Mayim Bialik – IQ 163

This actress not only plays a genius on “The Big Bang Theory” but she is one in real life, too! Mayim Bialik graduated from UCLA with a triple major in Hebrew, Jewish Studies, and Neuroscience. She earned a PhD in neuroscience in 2008. Bet she’s thankful for her American education.

Ron Jeremy – IQ 120

Adult film star Ron Jeremy obtained an undergraduate degree in education before earning his master’s in special education from Queens College.

Dave Duchovny – IQ 147

David Duchovny went to Princeton University where he earned his bachelor’s. He then started working toward his masters from Yale University in English Literature, but abandoned his Ph.D. studies after booking a beer commercial.

Sasha Grey – IQ 140

Sasha Grey doesn’t have much to offer in terms of degrees and higher education, however, with a reported IQ of 140, she has proven herself to be quite the academic when penning articles one would find in upper division undergraduate courses on topics like existentialism, German expressionism and French New Wave.

Tommy Lee Jones – IQ 135

Academy Award-winning Tommy Lee Jones enrolled in Harvard on a need-based scholarship where he had a room across from Al Gore. Jones graduated cum laude from Harvard with a BA in English.

Anderson Cooper – IQ 123

The face we all know from the news and CNN, Anderson has a degree in Political Science and International Relations at Yale Univeristy.

Dexter Holland – IQ 160

Lead singer of the band The Offspring, Dexter Holland shockingly earned a master’s degree in molecular biology from the University of Southern California.

Bill Clinton – IQ 137

Former President of the United States, Bill Clinton has a very broad academic background. He studied at Yale Law School (earned his degree and met Hillary), Georgetown, and Yale University.

Conan O’Brien – IQ 160

Late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien graduated from Harvard University. He studied history and American Literature, which is boring for him!

Rowan Atkinson – IQ 178

Best known for his role as the silly Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson earned a degree in electrical engineering from Newcastle University.

Ken Jeong – IQ 130

Ken Jeong plays some wild characters on the big screen, but before pursuing his acting career, he earned a pre-med degree from Duke University. He earned his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a practicing physician.

Lisa Kudrow – IQ 154

Lisa Kudrow was the girl who was a little off her rocker on “Friends.” She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology (perfect for Phoebe) from Vassar College.

Kate Beckinsale – IQ 160

Kate has a knack for languages, she’s fluent in four – she studied French and Russian literature at Oxford University’s New College and is also fluent in French German and Russian.

Edward Norton – IQ 134

After studying history at Yale University, he then worked at the Enterprise Foundation, which is a non-profit that his grandfather started.

Kesha – IQ 140

Might also be a surprise for some, but Kesha got a near perfect SAT score. She dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to pursue a career in music, and is still in the industry.

Michelle Obama – IQ 115

Michelle Obama, wife of President Barack Obama, scores an IQ of 115, which is an impressive score. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Michelle spent her early legal career working at the Sidley Austin law firm, where she met her husband, Barack.

Geena Davis – IQ 140

Geena Davis has quite an academic background and went to Sweden to do an exchange program as a student and became fluent in Swedish. She also studied drama at Boston University, plays the piano, the organ, drums, and the flute.

Colin Firth – IQ 153


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