Top 10 smartest people in the world today

Top 10 smartest people in the worldThe list of the 10 smartest people in the world was released by the website

A person takes the “title” of genius if his 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 website notes that the list is not objective, as far as there are many different factors, besides the IQ, which determine how smart someone is.

So, here are the Top 10 smartest people in the world:

10. Last of the top ten is the famous astrophysicist Steven Hawking, with IQ of 160;

9. American TV writer Rick Rosner (192);

8. Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov (190);

7. Billionaire co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen (170);

6. Hungarian chess player Judit Polgar (170);

5. Award-winning mathematician Andrew Wiles (170);

4. Famous actor James Woods (180), who before turning the lights ofHollywood had studied algebra at UCLA and MIT;

3. Third on the list is the 50 year old astrophysicist Kim Ung-Yong, with IQ of 210. From the age of two years he could speak four languages with ease and in the age of eight he was invited by NASA to study in theUnited States.

2. Insecond place is the 30 year old astrophysicist Christopher Hirata, with estimated IQ of 225. Among his accomplishments are the facts that he started working at NASA when he was… 16 years old, participating in studies of colonization of the planet Mars, and received his Ph.D. fromPrincetonUniversity at age 22.

1. 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.

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By | 2017-01-13T21:55:26+00:00 September 9th, 2012|Categories: Uncommon Science|Tags: , |7 Comments


  1. Chadinator July 6, 2013 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Wait!! You forgot me!!!

  2. miley July 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    Im smarter than all these people combined

  3. jem July 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    Interesting list! It’d be nice if there were more than one woman on this list, though (Judit Polgar). Maybe there should be a a top-10 men and top-10 women? Who would you recommend? I wonder what criteria were used to make the selections. The original site looks like one of those “Websites” designed to funnel people to buy something or sign up for something–in this case colleges. Incidentally — the name of that website,, is misspelled in your title. Also, a high IQ doesn’t necessarily mean a person will be successful, or even a kind, contributing member of society. I think quite a few serial killers have high IQs, not to mention Wall Street brokers! 🙂 OK, I think I’m done posting comments on the internet that nobody will read … thank you, and good day.

  4. fungy August 5, 2013 at 9:05 am - Reply

    you give me spring roll i love you long time

  5. Henry Flood September 9, 2013 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Top 10 *publicly known* smartest people in the world today…

  6. Bethany June 20, 2014 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Time for me to take an IQ test. I’m pretty sure I’ll score high. 🙂

  7. Ashton College April 30, 2017 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Born in Pompéia, Brazil, in 1993, Andrew Amaurick is recognized as undoubtedly the best Brazilian student in history.

    He is currently a member of 8 IQ societies, including the exclusive Giga Society. Only 1 in 30 billion people will match their intelligence levels.

    Brazilian genius Andrew Amaurick has an IQ of 175

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