10 Amazingly Successful People Who Would Fail Boris Johnson's Over-130 IQ Test

29/11/2013 13:31 | Updated 29 November 2013

"I said I was the greatest, not the smartest." - Muhammad Ali

In a speech honouring Margaret Thatcher this week, Boris Johnson called for more to be done to help the 2% of the population who have an IQ above 130.

Well, you wouldn't have wanted to help any of this lot then, Boris.

Yes, here are 10 remarkable people who would fail the Mayor of London's over-130 IQ test, according to biographies, records or estimates. It includes Presidents of the United States - in fact, plenty of American Presidents are believed to have had IQs of under 130 - Nobel Prize winners and two highly successful (pop) artists.

  • 1 Muhammad Ali - 78
    World champion boxer; Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Century and the BBC's Sports Personality of the Century.
  • 2 Abraham Lincoln - 128
    16th President of the United States; the President who abolished slavery.
  • 3 Dr James Watson - 124
    Nobel-Prize winning scientist and co-discoverer of the structure of DNA along with...
  • 4 Francis Crick - 115
    Nobel-Prize winning molecular biologist.
  • 5 Ronald Reagan - 105
    40th President of the United States.
  • 6 Andy Warhol - 86
    Artist and most famous figure of the Pop Art movement.
  • 7 E.O. Wilson - 123
    Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist.
  • 8 John F. Kennedy
    35th President of the United States.
  • 9 Richard P. Feynman - 125
    Theoretical physicist and Nobel Prize winner.
  • 10 Britney Spears - 104
    The best-selling female artist of the first decade of the 21st century and the highest paid female musician of 2012.

(Sources: Wikipedia, Psychology Today, ESPN,

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