12. Steve Martin
This is a case in which it is also understood that college is not always a good place for geniuses. He began to study philosophy, but the life of a teacher did not seem like it was for him. However, the fact that he did not finish his studies, did not prevent him from joining the Mensa Organization, a club for smart people that have an above-average IQ.
13. Rashida Jones
She has said that she grew up a “straight-up nerd” and “had a computer with floppy disks and a dial-up modem before it was cool.” Jones displayed a musical ability from an early age and can play classical piano. She was voted “Most Likely To Succeed” by her classmates at school. She studied religion and philosophy at Harvard University and graduated when she was 21 years old.
14. Rowan Atkinson
His IQ is reported to be 178. Quite the opposite of the character who made him famous, the giddy Mr. Bean, he was a brilliant student who received top-notch grades at school. Before changing his career to acting, he studied engineering at Newcastle University, went on to Oxford University to do a Master of Science, and even embarked on a PhD.
Bonus: Albert Einstein
Success doesn’t come suddenly, not even for geniuses like Einstein with an estimated 160 IQ. When he graduated, he spent 2 difficult years looking for work as a teacher. Physics weren’t the most important thing in his life, and his great passion was music. Playing the piano and the violin helped him to think, and for him a life without playing music was inconceivable.
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