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15 Smartest People in the World

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13. Judit Polgár

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Polgár is a chess grandmaster from Hungary. She is considered the greatest female chess player of all time. She is said to have an IQ of 170.

12. John Sununu

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With a reported IQ of 180, John H. Sununu has an impressive life story. Born in Cuba in 1939, Sununu later moved to the United States and graduated from MIT (with 3 separate degrees). Aside from a perfect score on his SATs, Sununu has had an impressive political career as a New Hampshire state representative, a White House Chief of Staff under George H. W. Bush, and as governor of New Hampshire from 1983 to 1989.

11. James Woods

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You may recognize him from his lengthy acting career in films like The Virgin Suicides, White House Down, or as the voice of Hades in Disney’s Hercules, but did you know that James Woods has an IQ of about 180? He graduated from MIT with a degree in political science.