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Celebrities with genius IQs who were top of their class at school

Who knew that the worlds of stardom and academic achievements would have such a prevalent crossover

Kesha clearly has a penchant for maths

We tend to think of the world of celebrity as being removed from the world of academic achievements and high IQs.

However, this is often not the case with some stars coming from backgrounds saturated with high level academic achievement and mathematical ability.

Recently, an old Kesha interview has been reshared on TikTok, in which she talks about how much she loves maths.

She says: “I used to really get off on math, like math makes me hot. Like I love it.”

Kesha has an impressive IQ of 140, receiving an SAT score of 1500, just shy of the perfect score of 1,600.

Kesha pictured in 2019


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In the clips, she adds: “It’s kind of like solving mysteries, math problems. Sometimes when I get drunk I’ll talk to my guitar player and be like ‘give me a math problem’!”

These clips are helping to reignite the comments surrounding how many musicians, performers and celebrity personalities boast genius level IQs with many of them having also having an impressive mathematical background.

Here are some more celebrities that you might not realise possess multidimensional talents:

Lisa Kudrow

Although Lisa’s character on friends, Phoebe Buffay, is portrayed as lacking in common sense, in real life Lisa has an IQ of 154.

She graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Science before working with her father for eight years whilst trying to become an actress.

During this time, she earned a research credit for his study on the comparative likelihood of left-handed individuals developing cluster headaches.

Cindy Crawford pictured in 2020


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Cindy Crawford

Also with an IQ of 154, Cindy Crawford, the highest paid model of the 1990s didn’t end up completing her university degree due to pursuing a full time modelling career but she previously gained a scholarship to study chemical engineering (with mathematics) at Northwestern University.

Matt Damon

Matt Damon boasts an IQ of 160 and attended Harvard (although he later dropped out). He also co-wrote the initial script for Good Will Hunting in his English class for an assignment, a film that focuses on the character, Will, who is a genius in mathematics.

Ashton Kutcher

Despite playing Michael in That ‘70s show, a character who certainly lacked in the common sense department, Ashton Kutcher has an IQ of 160, the same as Stephen Hawking.

Before dropping out to become a model, Kutcher attended the University of Iowa with a planned major in biochemical engineering.

Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik indeed played a neurobiologist on The Big Bang Theory, yet in real life, she also has a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA.

She was also accepted to Harvard and Yale, but chose to attend school close to home. It’s been reported that Mayim’s IQ is between 150-163.

Mayim Bialik


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Dara Ó Briain

Dara has demonstrated his intellect on TV, being the host of and getting regularly involved in programmes such as “School of Hard Sums”, “QI”, “ Have I Got News For You?” and “Dara O’Briains Science Club”.

Although his IQ is not publicly known, he did study mathematics and theoretical physics at University College Dublin.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan studied mathematics until his junior year at college. Jordan excelled in the subject and his enjoyment for the topic was reflected in his class choices. It’s reported that his IQ is around 154.

Carol Vorderman

Carol Vorderman is best known from her time on Countdown, acting as the maths guru on the show.

She studied engineering at Cambridge before becoming one of the nation’s most loved celebrities and has an IQ of 154.

Brian May

Brian May, the guitarist in Queen, studied mathematics and physics at Imperial College, London.

He was so passionate about the subject that before his big musical break, he was in fact a maths teacher.

Although May has never taken an IQ test, it’s assumed that it would be around 170 to 180 considering the quality of his papers in Astrophysics.

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