10 Famous People With Surprisingly Low IQs

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10 Famous People With Surprisingly Low IQs

A large crowd gathered to commemorate Margaret Thatcher and honor the iconic British Prime Minister. The mayor of London informed the people of how important it was to have an IQ higher than 130 for everyone.

However, the honorable mayor didn’t perhaps do his homework. He forgot the examples of several iconic figures, who despite having been born with a lower IQ made it big in their lives.

From prominent scientists to legendary artists to even Presidents of the US, there have been many people who defied the norms of science and proved to the whole world that IQ is not a measure of success.

Take a look at 10 of them here

1. Muhammad Ali

The legendary boxer once said, “I’m the greatest, not the smartest.” He has been a world champion in boxing. Sports Illustrated called him the Sportsman of the Century and the BBC awarded him with the award of Sports Personality of the Century. This is only the beginning of the list, and as you go down, you’ll see that there have been so many successful people in the world with incredibly low IQs.

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2. Abraham Lincoln

For a man who was as visionary as Lincoln himself, thinking that he had a low IQ would be completely wrong. However, that is not the case. The man who changed America’s history forever didn't boast of a high IQ after all. He was the President who abolished slavery and here he is, with a pretty low IQ. So, if you’re low on your IQ, it’s no reason to be upset.

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3. Dr. James Watson 

Many people might not know this Noble-Prize winning artist, but he is attributed to something very significant to human beings. Dr. Watson along with another friend came up with the structure of DNA. So, it’s not like sportspersons and politicians can have a low IQ. A world renowned scientist, who discovered the DNA, is also on the lower side of it.

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4. Francis Crick

Remember Dr. Watson’s friend who helped him in the discovery of DNA? Well, that is Francis Crick. He is also a Noble-Prize winning molecular biologist.

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5. Ronald Reagan

What started with America’s 16th President didn’t seem to stop there. America’s 40th President Ronald Reagan too has a pretty low IQ. It is believed that his IQ is somewhere in the region of 105.

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6. Andy Warhol

With an IQ as low as 86, it is hard to understand how this genius of pop art made a name for himself. One of the most prominent figures of the Pop Art Movement, Warhol has proved that a low IQ doesn’t mean the end of the road at all.

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7. EO Wilson

Another scientist on this list, Wilson has won the Pulitzer Prize. Just like his colleagues Watson and Crick, he is an example that brilliance is not a factor of IQ. It is perhaps sheer determination and a zest to discover that makes a successful person.

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8. John F Kennedy

Joining the list is another US President. The iconic 35th President of the States has an IQ of about 60. If you look at everything he did, it is hard to believe that he had the IQ of an average student at High School.

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9. Britney Spears

She is the best-selling female artist of the first decade of the 21st century. She was the highest paid female musician of 2012. That is Britney Spears for you. However, the iconic singer doesn't have an IQ to boast, but then again does she need to?

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10. Richard P Feynman

What better way to end the list with yet another Nobel-Prize winning physicist? Feynman is an embodiment of all the people above who just send a message to all of us that a high IQ doesn't always mean good things in life. What is important is to have the zeal to learn as much as possible and apply everything that you’ve learned.

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A high IQ could come handy to flaunt in front of others, but it is not the ultimate formula for success. Keep practicing and learning, and one day, just like all these great men, you’ll make it big in your life. Tell us what you think about it in the comments below.

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i am very smart and amwhat some consider a savant however my iq is only 92 

You IQ definitely does measure you intelligence, there's a reason why the army doesn't except someone with an IQ lower than 87(Thats over 10% of the people in the US), the military needs as many people as they can get, especially in times of war, so you know that a low score signifies something. I would like like to know though, just how low the IQ's of the people listed really are, I noticed that this site is using these people as an example, but they didn't list their scores. Also, Brittany Spears isn't definitely not the brightest person on the planet, I remember hearing about her weird mental issues as a kid, famous doesn't amount to intelligence, this current generation of young adults, celebrities and internet sensations have given us volumes of evidence to prove that. All that being said, smart doesn't equal wise and just because you don't have a high IQ, doesn't mean that you can't take in and act on knowledge, you just have to try harder. But yes, I do believe that your intelligence level can be based off your IQ score. Place a person with a low score and a person with a high score side by side and you will notice the different if you talk to them.

A lot of people believe that IQ is the best measure of a person’s intelligence. I don’t believe that at all as only a piece of paper with set number of question is what determines a person IQ which is a ridiculous way of deciding a person’s self-esteem. An intelligence quotient or IQ is a score derived from a set of standardized tests of intelligence. Intelligence tests come in many forms, and some tests use a single type of item or question. Most tests yield both an overall score and individual sub-test scores. Regardless of design, all IQ tests attempt to measure the same general intelligence. Research shows that general intelligence plays an important role in many valued life outcomes. In addition to academic success, IQ correlates with job performance, socioeconomic advancement- one’s level of education, occupation, and income. It also correlates with social pathology- adult criminality, poverty, unemployment, dependence on welfare, children outside of marriage. When we strong adhere to this as our understanding of people and use IQ as a yardstick of intelligence we are sure to be shocked out of our wits when we learn about people who became successful fared poorly in the test. Success depends on a person’s application and what he makes of himself or herself upon interacting with the world. Talent is cheaper than table salt but it is the hard work which makes the talented successful so you should not be surprised when you come across famous people with low IQs. People like Paris Hilton, Courtney Kardashian, Britney spears and Chris brown are all celebrities with low IQ’s. They are guilty of committing foolish acts and have behaved in a silly manner more often than not leading us to believe their other side which is contrary to the hype they usually get from everyone.


For more than a century  our intelligence quotient (IQ) has been used as the basis to measure how clever people are. A High IQ separated the clever ones from the mediocre and below average ones.
But now the IQ scale has been dismissed as a myth by scientists who have found out that our intelligence can be predicted only by combining the results of at least three tests of our mental agility.
Different circuits within the brain are used for different thought processes, meaning that separate tests of short-term memory; reasoning and verbal skills are required to measure someone's overall intelligence.
As per the article is concerned , it also clearly defies IQ to be the perfect tool for measuring intelligence as we have so many celebrities with Low IQ who have achieved great success in life. Had we been measuring their intelligence through IQ test, our world would have never been able to witness people like Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy and many other politicians who have done great things for the betterment of the society.
Other celebrities with low IQ like Brittany Spears, Andy Warhol, and Mohammad Ali who have been entertaining us for the longest time never lacked intelligence. In, fact these celebs with their low IQ’s have achieved much more than a lot of people who have high IQ’s.


No, intelligence is not only about IQ, it is rather a much wider term. 

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