The Highest IQ Ever Recorded

If your IQ falls between 85 and 115, you align with the majority of the population. A score above 130 indicates exceptional intelligence, and anything higher than 160 makes you a genius. Marilyn vos Savant, however, is in a class of her own. According to the Guinness World Records, her astonishing IQ of 228 is the highest ever recorded. The daughter of Italian and German immigrants, vos Savant was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1946. At the young age of 10, she already displayed adult intelligence levels. In the 1980s, she decided to go before the Guinness World Records committee. Using two tests — the Stanford-Binet test and the Mega test — she demonstrated an IQ score that placed her above Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. In 1986, Guinness listed her as the person with the highest IQ on earth. Instead of studying quantum physics like some of her genius-IQ peers, vos Savant has worked as a columnist for Parade magazine since 1986. Readers are invited to pose logic puzzles for her to answer in her "Ask Marilyn" column.