You usually don’t think of celebrities and politicians as having high IQs. But, you may be surprised to find that multiple stars not only graduated from top-rated universities in the country but also possess high IQs.
An average IQ score is between 90 and 110. find out the 25 celebrities and politicians who surprisingly made the list. You’ll be shocked by #17!
Bill Clinton, 148
The 42nd President of the United States had a long and distinguished political career before his presidency.
With an estimated IQ score of 148, Clinton graduated from Georgetown University and later received his law degree from Yale University. He also attended Oxford University and has obtained an honorary degree from the university for being a “tireless champion of the cause of world peace.”
Bill O’Reilly, 150
Bill O’Reilly may be famous for his political commentary on his former cable show, The O’Reilly Factor, but he also received a near perfect SAT score (1585 out of 1600).
He has an estimated IQ score of 150, allowing him to earn two master’s degrees: one from Boston University in Broadcast Journalism and the other in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Ivanka Trump, 139
Ivanka Trump is a highly intelligent entrepreneur and former executive vice president of the Trump Organization, with an estimated IQ score of 139.
Like her father, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, with a degree in economics. She has launched her own namesake brand, Ivanka Trump, and produces shoes, clothing, and handbags. Many individuals describe Ivanka as the “shining star of the Trump family ensemble.”
Cindy Crawford, 154
Cindy Crawford has made a name for herself as a runway model and spokesperson for multiple organizations, including the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the California Wildfire Center.
In addition to her beauty, she is a highly intelligent woman with an estimated IQ score of 154. She was valedictorian of her high school class and attended Northwestern University for one year as a chemical engineering student before pursuing her modeling career.
Malia Obama, 139
It appears that Malia Obama has inherited her parents’ intelligence. With an estimated IQ score of 139, the 19-year-old is a current college student at Harvard University.
She also spent the summer of 2016 working as an intern in the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, Spain. With an IQ score like hers, she is destined to achieve greatness, just like her parents.
Kesha has had hit songs since she was 18 years old, but she also has an estimated IQ score of 140.
She received a near-perfect score on her SATs and was accepted to Barnard College at Columbia University. Ultimately, she chose to leave Columbia to pursue her music career. Her songwriting courses provided experience for her to eventually write hits, like “Tik Tok” and “Your Love is My Drug.”
Hillary Clinton, 140
Hillary Clinton was the 42nd First Lady of the United States, but she refused to hide behind her husband’s shadow.
With an estimated IQ score of 140, she received a law degree from Yale University, where she met Bill. After her husband’s presidency, Hillary served as the junior U.S. Senator from New York and the U.S. Secretary of State. She also was the Democratic Party’s nominee for President of the United States in the 2016 election.
Matt Damon, 160
Matt Damon may have played an unrecognized genius in Good Will Hunting, but it appears he is a genius in real life.
With an IQ score of 160, Damon attended Harvard University, where he discovered a love for writing and wrote an early draft of the screenplay for Good Will Hunting. He received an Academy Award for the screenplay in 1998.
Tiffany Trump, 118
President Trump’s younger daughter keeps a lower profile than her older half-siblings. Thanks to Instagram, we can learn about her daily life.
With an estimated IQ score of 118, the 24-year-old is a current law student at Georgetown University. Like her family, she also attended the University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate education. It’s a family tradition to be an Ivy League student.
Barack Obama, 141
The 44th President of the United States is often referred to as the “coolest” President ever, but he is also highly intelligent.
With an estimated IQ of 141, Obama studied at Columbia University for his undergraduate studies in political science and English literature. He earned a law degree from Harvard University. This educational background prepared him for his eventual eight years as President.
George W. Bush, 124
During George W. Bush’s terms as the 43rd President of the United States, the media loved to make fun of Bush’s intelligence.
However, he has an estimated IQ score of 124 and graduated from Yale University and Harvard Business School. Presidency runs in the family because he is the eldest son of Barbara and George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States.
Emma Watson, 138
It shouldn’t be too surprising that the actress who won viewers’ hearts as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series is also incredibly intelligent.
With an estimated IQ score of 138, Watson graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. She is also a spokesperson for women’s rights, founding the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate gender equality.
Barron Trump, 136
Barron Trump, 11, is the youngest and only child of Donald and Melania Trump, and he is smarter than most kids his age.
He has an estimated IQ score of 136, and he is fluent in two languages: English and Slovenian (a cultural mixture of his parents). Barron is currently a student at the Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in Manhattan.
Michelle Obama, 125
Michelle Obama wasn’t a trophy wife to her presidential husband. With an estimated IQ score of 125, Michelle graduated from Princeton University and then received a law degree from Harvard University, just like her husband.
Michelle used her position as First Lady of the United States to lead several campaigns, including the fight to end childhood obesity and gender inequality.
Ashton Kutcher, 160
Ashton Kutcher rose to fame on That ‘70s Show and has appeared in multiple movies since then.
However, it might be surprising that Ashton Kutcher has an impressive estimated IQ score of 160 and he wasn’t originally going to become an actor. He attended the University of Iowa, where he intended to become a biomedical engineer. He eventually left to pursue a modeling and acting career.
Melania Trump, 130
Melania Trump is the First Lady of the United States. She is a former model and was born in Slovenia.
Because of her low profile, people wouldn’t expect Melania to have an estimated IQ of 130 and an educational background from the University of Ljubljana in architecture and design. She also speaks six languages: Slovenian, French, Serbian, German, Italian, and English.
Conan O’Brien, 160
Conan O’Brien isn’t your regular talk-show host. He’s literally a comedic genius.
With an estimated IQ score of 160, O’Brien was valedictorian of his high school class and graduated from Harvard University with degrees in history and literature. After graduation, he soon began his career as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live, often appearing in his sketches. The rest is history.
Colin Firth, 160
Colin Firth is more than just an actor, best known for his portrayal of King George VI in 2010’s The King’s Speech and as Fitzwilliam Darcy in the 1995 television adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
The British actor has an estimated IQ score of 160 and attended the Barton Peveril Sixth Form College in Eastleigh. He also studied at the Drama Centre London.
Sasha Obama, 146
Sasha Obama has the highest IQ score of her family, with an estimated score of 146.
With a score like this, it will be exciting to witness the 16-year-old’s educational journey as she graduates from the Sidwell Friends School. Will she follow in her sister’s footsteps and attend Harvard University? Only time will tell, but Sasha is clearly capable of achieving an impressive amount of success.
James Woods, 180
James Woods is an award-winning actor best known for his performances in Salvador, Casino, The Way We Were, Hercules, and many more.
Other than his acting career, he has a brilliant mind with an estimated IQ score of 180. He studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he had planned to pursue a career as an eye surgeon. He ultimately made the decision to leave MIT to begin an acting career.
Donald Trump, 156
The media loves to tease President Donald Trump about his statements and constant use of Twitter, but he actually has an estimated IQ of 156.
He is a real estate and business mogul who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. While he didn’t have any political experience prior to becoming the 45th President of the United States, Trump has a much higher IQ than most people believe.
Jodie Foster, 132
Jodie Foster appeared in television commercials when she was three years old, later resulting in her film career in The Silence of the Lambs, Taxi Driver, Panic Room, and more.
With an estimated IQ score of 132, Foster was a gifted child, and she attended a French-language prep school. Already a successful actor, Foster graduated from Yale University with a degree in literature and delivered the valedictory address for the school’s French division.
Lisa Kudrow, 154
Lisa Kudrow may have played the lovable airhead Phoebe Buffay on the popular sitcom Friends, but she is nothing like her character.
With an estimated IQ score of 154, Kudrow earned a degree in biology from Vassar College, where she intended to follow in her father’s footsteps and research headaches. She worked on her father’s staff for eight years before pursuing an acting career. Thank goodness she did!
Mayim Bialik, 163
Mayim Bialik doesn’t just play an intelligent scientist on the popular sitcom The Big Bang Theory; she’s a real-life genius.
With an estimated IQ score of 163, Bialik earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from UCLA and later received her Ph.D. in the same field. Her scientific background in neuroscience makes it convincing that she knows what she is talking about as she portrays Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS show.
Michael Jordan, 154
Michael Jordan is an NBA legend, but he is also highly intelligent.
With an estimated IQ score of 154, he had to leave the University of North Carolina when he was drafted for the NBA. He returned to school in 1986 and earned a degree in geography. Despite being a basketball star, Jordan valued his education. He once said, “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”