Brainiac Celebrities: 25 Stars With High IQs
1. Tyra Banks, IQ of 120
No matter what you want to say about Tyra Banks, you cannot deny that she is a self-made mogul. With a Harvard business degree, Banks is a former supermodel turn talk show host and reality television host … With a LOT of money.
2. Shakira, IQ of 140
This singer has been a guest speaker at Oxford University, and has opened a school in her hometown.
3. Mayim Bialik, IQ of 163
A genius on Big Bang Theory? Not only! Mayam Bialik has a triple degree from UCLA: Hebrew, Jewish Studies, and Neuroscience. She earned her PhD in neuroscience in 2008.
4. Sharon Stone, IQ of 148
Unfortunately better known for less admirable pursuits, Sharon Stone earned a scholarship to Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. There, she studied fine arts and creative writing. How old was she when she received the scholarship? FIFTEEN.
5. Nolan Gould, IQ of 150
Despite playing a character on Modern Family who wasn’t particularly known for smarts, Nolan Gould is actually a member of Mensa!
6. Matt Damon, IQ of 160
Matt Damon was studying at Harvard (like so many of the people on this list!) before dropping out to devote time to acting. The initial script for Good Will Hunting was written for an assignment in his English class at Harvard.
7. Arnold Schwarzenegger, IQ of 135
Bodybuilder. Actor. Governor of California. Austrian. Ah-nold has been all these things and more … How, might you ask? Probably because he is not only blessed with good looks that remain appealing well into his late sixties (Schwarzenegger is currently 69,) but also a high IQ and two Bachelor’s degrees: one in Business Administration, one in International Fitness.
8. Michael Jordan, IQ of 154
Michael Jordan was in his junior year at the University of North Carolina before he dropped out. Why did he drop out? BECAUSE he was drafted into the NBA, duh. He came back in 1986 to finish his geography degree.
9. Sylvester Stallone , IQ of 160
Screenwriter, actor, director, icon.
10. Madonna, IQ of 140
A straight-A student in high school, Madonna earned a dance scholarship to attend the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. She attended the American Dance Festival while at U of M. However, Madonna heard a higher voice call her name in 1978. She dropped out, and moved to New York CIty to see what else she could make of herself.
11. Gene Simmons, IQ of 117
Gene Simmons apparently earned an education degree, of all things, at Sullivan County Community College. That would be quite the substitute teacher experience. Would he show up to the classroom in full KISS makeup?
12. Ashton Kutcher, IQ of 160
Ashton Kutcher’s intellect is clearly far higher than the characters he typically is typecast as, like Kelso on That 70s Show: Kutcher had scholarships to study at MIT, before he lost them by getting in trouble with the law. He studied biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa for some time, before dropping out to become an actor.
13. Shaquille O’Neal, IQ of 101
The basketball giant earned his undergrad at Louisiana State University. He also got a degree in Human Resources from Barry University, and an MBA online from the University of Phoenix.
14. James Franco, IQ of 130
Who doesn’t adore James Franco (strange social media posts, or not)? Franco has a bachelor’s from UCLA, a Master’s in Fine Arts from Columbia University, and is in the midst of earning his Ph. D in English Literature at Yale.
15. Emma Watson, IQ of 138
Of course, both of Emma Watson’s parents would be lawyers (not dentists?) Watson earned a degree in English at Brown University.
16. Natalie Portman, IQ of 140
Brilliant beauty and philanthropist Natalie Portman earned her BA in psychology from Harvard in 2003.
17. Stephen Hawking, IQ of 160
Prize-winning theoretical physicist, disability rights activist, cosmologist, author, and total badass.
18. David Duchovny, IQ of 147
David Duchovny earned his bachelor’s from Princeton University, and commenced upon a Master’s in English Literature at Yale. However, after successfully booking a beer commercial, he dropped out to act.
19. Quentin Tarantino, IQ of 160
A high school drop out, Quentin Tarantino is one of the most unique, beloved, and controversial filmmakers in America.
20. Geena Davis, IQ of 140
Davis went to Sweden as an exchange student, and became a fluent Swedish speaker. At Boston University, she majored in drama. She plays drums, flute, the organ, and the piano.
21. Sasha Grey, IQ of 140
Porn actress Sasha Grey has not attended institutions of higher learning, as she earns plenty of money doing other people on camera. However, she reportedly writes incredibly expressive and intelligent articles about German Expressionism, French New Wave, and existentialism, just because she can.
22. Brad Pitt, IQ of 126
Always known for his beauty rather than his brain, Brad Pitt actually started off in 1982 as a student at the University of Missouri. He majored in Journalism, focusing in advertising; however, he dropped out TWO WEEKS before graduating! Why? Apparently the pull to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting was too irresistible; he couldn’t put it off for even two more weeks. We say, no harm done, Brad.
23. Nicole Kidman, IQ of 132
Nicole Kidman studied at the Victorian College of the Arts as well as the Australian Theatre for Young People. Her father was a researcher.
24. Tommy Lee Jones, IQ of 135
Tommy Lee Jones earned a need-based scholarship to Harvard, living across the dorm hall from no lesser than the likes of Al Gore. Jones graduated cum laude from Harvard with a BA in English.
25. Steve Martin, IQ of 142
It takes a lot of smarts to know how to make people laugh. Steve Martin studied philosophy at Cal State, then transferred to UCLA to major in theatre.