A person takes the “title” of genius if their IQ exceeds 140, which belongs to 0.5% of the world population. 50% of people have IQ between 90 and 110, while 2.5% of the population reaches a genius level with IQ of over 130.
However, the list is not objective, as far as there are many different factors, besides the IQ, which determines how smart someone is.
Here are the Top 10 smartest people in the world:
10. Steven Hawking
First off, at number 10, he is an astrophysicist, with IQ of 160. Stephen Hawking, despite being diagnosed with a motor neuron disease an early age, continued to pursue his dreams.
The strength and support given him by his then wife, Jane Wilde, also helped him continue despite diversities.
9. Rick Rosner
American TV writer, Rosner, (IQ 192), has a checkered past, being employed in such positions as stripper and male model. He tried to sue the television show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? just because he answered a question incorrectly and lost the competition.
As far as “genius” status goes, he still managed to place second, behind Greek psychiatrist Evangelos Katsioulis, in The Guinness Book directory, 2013, Genius of the Year Awards.
8. Garry Kasparov
Kasparov, (IQ 190), former world chess champion, became famous for his abilities at a young age. In 1980, at the age of 17, he was considered a grandmaster of chess. Five years later, he became the youngest world champion.
7. Paul Allen
The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft (IQ 170), convinced partner Bill Gates to leave Harvard to chase a mutual dream. Due to a diagnosis of Hodgkins Lymphoma, Allen stepped away from Microsoft and eventually resigned.
However, he did go on to gain success in many other areas including the purchase of the Seattle Sea Hawks.
6. Judit Polgar
Hungarian chess player (IQ 170), was undoubtedly the best female chess player in the world. The reason for her high IQ may have had something to do with her father’s experiments while raising her and her sisters.
He said, “Geniuses are raised not born“. He could have been right, you can raise some of the smartest people in the world.
5. Andrew Wiles
Award-winning mathematician (IQ 170) is best known for proving Fermat’s Last Thereom in 1995, which was listed as the most difficult mathematical problem in the Guinness Book of World Records.
4. James Woods
Woods (IQ 180) was a famous actor, who before turning on the lights of Hollywood, studied algebra at UCLA and MIT.
3. Kim Ung-Yong
Third on the list is the 50-year-old astrophysicist, Ung-Yong, (IQ of 210). From the age of two years he could speak four languages with ease and at the age of eight, he was invited by NASA to study in the United States.
2. Christopher Hirata
In second place is the 30-year-old astrophysicist, with an estimated IQ of 225. Among his accomplishments, he started working at NASA when he was 16 years old, participated in studies of colonization of the planet Mars, and received his Ph.D. from Princeton University at age 22.
1. Terence Tao
The first position in the list, with estimated IQ of 230, is held for 36 year old mathematician Terence Tao, who was able to do simple math since the age of two, got a doctorate from Princeton University when he was 20 years old, and became the youngest professor in the history of UCLA at the age of 24.