12 High IQ Celebrities: Unveiling the Intellectual Elite

Though IQ may not be a perfect analysis of intelligence, it is still a valid test of mental capacity. Even when most celebrities are recognized for their looks, talent, and charisma rather than their intelligence and degrees. There are a lot of smart and high IQ celebrities in this sea of stars.

The majority of the population has IQ scores between 80 and 115. People with IQ scores more than 140 are considered to be smart. Individuals with exceptional IQ scores are part of Mensa, a high-IQ society club.

Let’s see who these individuals are who are blessed with both charisma and brains:

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Well, Shakira is not only an attractive and energetic stage performer but also a genius. Yes, she has an IQ of about 140. The ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ singer is multi-lingual and also attended UCLA for a history course during her break from the limelight. The Colombian singer known for her versatility, once turned to detective mode to deduce her partner was cheating on her, just through a jam bottle!

Taylor Swift

12 High IQ Celebrities: Unveiling the Intellectual Elite

Are we even surprised? The creator of a melodious discography with metaphorical lyrics reportedly has an IQ score of 160. The songwriting superstar with a massive fandom of all ages across the world has amassed huge album sales, majorly due to her musicality and lyrical superpower. Swift’s way of crafting stories and narrating them through her song lyrics in a mystical and heart-touching way has won her accolades.

Conan O’Brien

A Harvard guy, reportedly with an IQ of 160, Conan is one of the most celebrated late-night TV hosts. He is well-known for his quick wit and favorable personality. The Emmy Award winner has been celebrated for his comedy-writing skills, and of course, you need to have some level of intelligence to be such a talented person and gain critical acclaim. Indeed, Conan is one of the most genius celebrities.

Natalie Portman

Acted in some of the most popular, critically acclaimed, box-office hit films such as Black Swan, Star Wars, and Brothers, the star has scored more than 1400 on her SAT. Not just that she also graduated in Psychology at Harvard University. The actress is fluent in more than five languages, including her first language Hebrew. The actress has also authored scientific journals and is praised for her great acting skills and gifted appearance.

Quentin Tarantino

The American film director, writer, and actor well-known for his movies ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’ and the Kill Bill series has an IQ score of 160. Those who have watched ‘Pulp Fiction’ and other movies of his surely have an idea of how genius Tarantino can be. Despite being a high school dropout, his cinematic style shows that he has a good knowledge of history and global cultures.

Rowan Atkinson

Atkinson mostly known for his worldwide famous character Mr.Bean, has a whooping IQ score of 178. Growing up, we all thought of Mr.Bean as a manchild, having zero awareness of his actions. But who knew Atkinson, the actor himself, who portrayed such a one-dimensional character, is a genius who has a degree in electrical engineering and even attended Oxford University before becoming a full-time actor?

Lady Gaga

The pop genius known for her loud outfits, provocative lyrics, composing skills, and terrific voice has a very high IQ score of 166. The ‘Born This Way’ singer wrote her first song at the age of 13, which proves that she is a musical prodigy. Her most popular hits ‘Just Dance’ and ‘Poker Face’ were written all by herself within 10 minutes. Gaga has been credited for her talent and her influence in starting new trends in pop culture and raising the standards of the music industry.

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg has an estimated IQ of 147, which makes him a genius, just like Shakira and Taylor Swift. The fierce rapper known for his Californian G-Funk sound has been acknowledged for his playful lyrics, and soulful rhythm, and for being a trendsetter in the rap music scene.

Ashton Kutcher

The Hollywood actor is not just a man with good looks, but also is highly intelligent and has an IQ of 160. The actor known for his eccentric roles on screen has attended the University of Iowa. Not only that, but he also got scholarships for MIT and Purdue, though he eventually dropped his education plans to get into acting.

Matt Damon

It’s no surprise to hear that Matt Damon has an IQ of 160 because the people who have been following his career know that he strikes as an intelligent person. The American actor and screenwriter has been praised for his exceptional writing skills and good movie choices. The actor is expected to play a role in 2023’s most-awaited movie Oppenheimer.

Lisa Kudrow

Mainly known for her role as Phoebe Buffay in the popular sitcom ‘Friends’, Kudrow may seem like a quirky person. Though the ‘Smelly Cats’ singer seems like an eccentric woman due to her iconic character, many don’t know the fact that she boasts an IQ of 154. Lisa graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Vassar College before switching to acting.

Kate Beckinsale

The actress had her IQ tested at a very young age and the score was 152. She had her acting debut when she was a student at the University of Oxford. She should not only be praised for her magnificent screen performance but also her intelligence. The British actress is reportedly fluent in four languages, including Russian. She once stated that she won’t dumb herself down in front of the audience like other women have to.

This list has celebrities who had educational degrees in fields, which are not related to their current work. This proves how multi-talented they are, and why multi-passionate people are so successful.

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