IQ Facts and IQ of Famous People

by Stephen on January 5, 2013 · 44 comments

in Facts

An intelligence quotient, or IQ, is a score derived from one of several standardized tests designed to assess intelligence. The abbreviation “IQ” comes from the German term Intelligenz-Quotient, originally coined by psychologist William Stern.

IQ scores are used as predictors of educational achievement, special needs, job performance and income.

IQ Reference Chart:

IQ ScoreClassification
145 and overGenius
110–119High Average
90–109Average or Normal
80–89Dull Normal
70–79Mild disability
50–69Moderate disability
20–49Severe disability
Below 20Profound disability

IQ of Famous People:

PictureName & IQ
Albert-EinsteinAlbert Einstein

IQ Score: 160

sir-issac-newtonSir Issac Newton

IQ Score: 190

thomas-edisonThomas Edison

IQ Score: 145


IQ Score: 160

charles-darwinCharles Darwin

IQ Score: 165

leonardo-da-vinciLeonardo Da Vinci

IQ Score: 220

george-washingtonGeorge Washington

IQ Score: 118

Paul-AllenPaul Allen

IQ Score: 160

Muhammad-AliMuhammad Ali

IQ Score: 78

George-W-BushGeorge W. Bush

IQ Score: 125

Barack-ObamaBarack Obama

IQ Score: 130

Jimmy-CarterJimmy Carter

IQ Score: 156

Bill-ClintonBill Clinton

IQ Score: 137

Hillary-ClintonHillary Clinton

IQ Score: 140

Dwight-EisenhowerDwight Eisenhower

IQ Score: 122


IQ Score: 185

Bill-GatesBill Gates

IQ Score: 160

Stephen-HawkingStephen Hawking

IQ Score: 160

thomas-jeffersonThomas Jefferson

IQ Score: 160

Garry-KasparovGarry Kasparov

IQ Score: 190

John-f-KennedyJohn F. Kennedy

IQ Score: 119

Judy-HollidayJudy Holliday

IQ Score: 172

Lyndon-B-JohnsonLyndon B. Johnson

IQ Score: 126

Sofia-KovalevskayaSofia Kovalevskaya

IQ Score: 170


IQ Score: 140


IQ Score: 145

richard-nixonRichard Nixon

IQ Score: 143

Judith-PolgarJudith Polgar

IQ Score: 170

Ronald-ReaganRonald Reagan

IQ Score: 105

Arnold-SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger

IQ Score: 135

harry-trumanHarry Truman

IQ Score: 132



{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joseph E Fasciani April 15, 2013 at 10:17 am

Good day! The scale usually associated w/IQ scores runs from 0 to 200, and 100 is deemed average. Another way to regard it is as a classic bell-shaped curve, w/half the testees in the 0-99 half and the second in the 100-200 half, w/all shades between.

2 Carol A. McGuire September 3, 2013 at 4:59 am

Do you have an estimate IQ on Henry viii?

3 Stephen September 3, 2013 at 7:49 am

Hi Carol! Unfortunately I don’t 🙁

4 Joseph E Fasciani September 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

Well, it’s obvious that he wasn’t smart enough to keep his wives…. More seriously, it’s my understanding that J W von Goethe had the highest estimated IQ, at 200. One cannot go past this point on the traditional scale, as it is the end. One could move the goal posts, of course, but that affects the same change at the lower end, to the same equilibrium as before, thus nothing is gained. So the estimate of da Vinci’s at 220 isn’t possible, currently.

It was never meant to measure or indicate one’s prowess in politics or entertainment, so how war-mongers such as Obama, the Clintons, and Bush 43 made it here are murky, at best; ditto for Madonna, Holliday, and Schwarzenegger.

5 Angela Westgate October 28, 2013 at 2:44 pm


How is it possible to estimate the IQ of people such as Leonardo da Vinci when the IQ test wasn’t around prior to the early 1900’s? What measures are used to compare?


6 Addiction314 December 1, 2013 at 10:58 am

Responding to the question about Henry VIII, I would assume he was pretty intelligent since he composed music, wrote poetry and prose, and was an accomplished athlete. He successfully ran a country, created the foundation of the Anglican Church, and in my opinion, created the society in which the Renaissance could take root in England. Without Henry VIII, we would have no Elizabeth or James (and no King James Version of the Bible). I’d definitely put him at well above average.

7 Tom Brown December 2, 2013 at 11:29 am

Are the IQs listed above for modern individuals based on administered tests or are they estimates?

8 Zombiegirl December 22, 2013 at 1:23 am

My IQ is 113

9 Christoper January 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Barack Obama’s IQ is more like 116 as Harvard test results were done. His highest possible, would be 119 on a very good day?!

10 Louie January 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm

If Madonna’s IQ is 140, my waist is 28, my biceps are 14 inches and other parts of me are close…….She is a damn Moron and the World knows it……

11 Jerry March 3, 2014 at 8:14 pm

My IQ was 155 at age 9. I believe it has dropped with time.

12 Gregory March 5, 2014 at 6:40 pm

There is absolutely NO way Bush’s IQ is even close to Obama. And 220 for Da Vinci? I had heard the highest ever was about 201 which was a woman

13 Elizabeth March 13, 2014 at 10:10 pm

DaVinci..he was far more brilliant and creative that anyone who had existed before, or that came after him.

And i find it silly that people have to put down Bush because they do not like him. Not an intelligent comment, Gregory.

I am assuming that those that were around before the invention of the i.q. tests are estimates.
Intelligence has nothing to do with morality either, so why put down Obama, Bush, or the Clintons. They can be intelligent, but also not ethical.

And why can’t movie stars be intelligent? Why put down Madonna, Arnie, or Holliday?
Sometimes the comments on here do not reflect all that much intellect, but emotional “reasoning”.

14 ronald April 8, 2014 at 10:07 am

How is about Sir Froyd?

15 loll April 11, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Are you afraid to mention Hitler ,hu has close to Napoleon, an same like R. Nixon -143 …

16 Deep April 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Mine is 148

17 Zebracake April 21, 2014 at 6:52 am

Cool! My IQ is higher than 4-5 presidents!!!! Did anyone notice the resemblence between Hawking and Gates?

18 Max Nocerino May 3, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Grrreeeeattt!! My IQ is 104, so I guess I can’t hope to amount to anything……

19 Leif Rotkirch May 11, 2014 at 6:17 am

Would appreciate having a scientifically valid explanation of how people, dead several centuries ago, like Newton, Goethe, Darwin or Kepler, can have been evaluated as to their precise IQ. Or is this IQ evaluation matter complete hogwash?

20 chess5 June 8, 2014 at 9:15 pm

IQ is not an accurate measurement of intelligence as it measures logic and that is only part of intelligence.

21 Gordo June 10, 2014 at 2:27 am

I’m pretty sure they got Ali and Bush’s numbers mixed up.

22 Rakych June 10, 2014 at 9:18 am

This is sooooo dumb. Explain to me why people are really considering this when IQ tests do not really tell a persons intelligence. Muhammad Ali comes in with a score of 78, yet if you ever heard him speak, you could tell the man was very intelligent. Also, how do you assess the IQ of someone who is dead, and not only dead, but dead for centuries. LOL, such a joke.

23 Sean June 10, 2014 at 10:10 am

These comments are hilarious! ‘Had to print and keep, especially Louie’s…dwl lol

24 Scott June 10, 2014 at 10:58 am

Jimmy Carter is in the genius scale? The accuracy of this whole list is now suspect with that!

25 J. Piersol June 10, 2014 at 6:56 pm

I read the highest IQ score in America was obtained by a little Black girl in the southern United States in 1956. Can you investigate this claim or something relevant to this statement?

26 Angelo Niklis June 10, 2014 at 9:08 pm

I’m not surprised Arnold scored high.

I score around 127-135 on tests on the computer, although today I just took a detailed online test and scored 101. >: (

When I was a kid I scored 130 on a full, real IQ Test but I intentionally tried to score lower than normal. I’m figuring I was really about 140 as a kid, but that’s just a guess. I think I score lower these days because I’m dealing with Borderline Personality Disorder and a couple of other problems that make it difficult to read, concentrate and function. I read mental illness and being out of school results in lower IQ Test Scores.

I wish I had an IQ of 140 again and properly functional mind.

27 AllanT June 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Good read..

28 Kyleia August 8, 2014 at 1:14 am

My IQ is 130, but what do I know I’m only 14

29 woman September 18, 2014 at 4:40 am

For mine is 121 . What I could be with this iq idealistically

30 Joseph E Fasciani September 27, 2014 at 11:33 am

Friends, please bear in mind that ALL such tests can only accurately reflect the inherent prejudices or biases of their designers.

They do not, they CANNOT measure ‘intelligence’ as such, but rather how the test-taker is able to relate to what the culture of that particular test believes are favourable, positive outcomes or directions.

An IQ test test devised by Australian natives would be failed by anyone else, as we were not raised in that culture. Einstein and Goethe would be at as much of a loss as any of us would; so tell me, what was measured and what did we fall short of in that case?

31 Finn506 October 7, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I read that Alfred Einstein was asked “How does it feel to be the smartest man alive?” and he replied, “I don’t know, you’ll have to ask Tesla.” Any idea what Tesla’s IQ would have been?

32 Iqra October 11, 2014 at 3:25 am

There is nothing in reality about IQ test ,i am only believe on my ALLAH

33 Carol A. mcGuire October 12, 2014 at 4:34 am

Could we please get back to Henry VIII? I have wanted to know this for years! If anyone knows someone who understands how to calculate this would you please ask them to.I have searched and searched the internet to no avail. I did read, fairly recently, that he had an amazing memory, but was incapable of independent thought; which does make sense to me. Please, I’m asking for help here.

34 Knq34jr October 16, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Spencer Reid criminal minds 187

35 Christina November 3, 2014 at 10:07 pm

Can you tell me how do you know about the IQ of these famous people,such as Da Vinci? I do not think the IQ tests existed at that time.


36 leke November 8, 2014 at 8:37 am

A.Eintein once said “every body is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree then it will spent its whole life thinking that it is stupid” so guys those of you whose IQ values are as low as mine shouldnt bother cuz IQ or QI is deffinitely not a true test for Intelligence.I belief that every thing is Relative.or what ever

37 Lukas November 10, 2014 at 3:57 pm

IQ measure favors those in the academics. When we were in school my brother had no interest in anything academic and his IQ score was low. However, he’s naturally clever with his hands; crafts, mechanical assembly, he could easily do it. Many adults with good IQ score cannot even fixed a simple DIY furniture.

38 MOTI November 28, 2014 at 3:10 am

my IQ is 187 at my 19 age!!!!!!!. congratulation!

39 Kay Lynn November 28, 2014 at 10:49 pm

I’m 11 and I have an IQ of 130. That is okay, I suppose, but I want to be higher than Sir Issac Newton (190).

40 Tampuri Hakim January 19, 2015 at 3:55 pm

I have an I.Q of 130, and it motivates me work harder to maintain my intelligence.

41 Dave March 2, 2015 at 1:15 am

I am curently 14 years of age and after several tests, I have the average result of 129, I am quite a bit more intellegent than my fellow peers. I just wanted to share my findings.

42 Martin March 5, 2015 at 9:24 am

I always score in the 120s, but I’m not well spoken, though pretty good at logic….makes me think these tests are flawed

43 Tia April 8, 2015 at 12:01 am

OMG!I never knew Muhummad Ali’s IQ was 78! I heard some one say that Barack Obama had an IQ of 159 and he had a MENSA member ship….??? bruh … Anyway , this was super interesting thanks!!

44 Eduardo March 31, 2016 at 3:23 pm

All these vexatious people in the comments that say that their IQs are high is probably because they googled the answers to an inaccurate IQ test.

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