If you want to know the record holder for the smartest person in the world, then you're in the right place. In this page we will categorize intelligence based on several criteria. People are smart in different ways. There are people who are "IQ smart", or "money smart", and others who are "art smart". Below you will find 7 categories, and the individuals considered most intelligent in each category. The categories include: IQ, financial, artistic, scientific, philosophical and musical intelligences. If you think we missed a great name, please contact us.
The first category includes top 3 people with the highest "adult" IQ.
Abdesselam Jelloul (198): Scored in a 2012 test including 13 dimensions of intelligence.
William J. Sidis (197): Child prodigy with exceptional mathematical & linguistic abilities.
Marilyn vos Savant (185): Magazine columnist, author, lecturer, and playwright.
This category includes top 3 people with the most networth in billions of USD.
Carlos Helu ($72 billion): The richest man in the world made his fortune in telecom but didn't stop there.
Bill Gates ($65 billion): The world's second-richest man and that's after giving away more than $28 billion.
Warren Buffett ($44 billion): The world's third-richest man and that's after giving away more than $17 billion to charity.
This category includes top 3 people with the most artistic abilities.
Leonardo Da Vinci (Polymath): A genius polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, scientist...
Michelangelo (Artist): Renaissance sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer who exerted an unparalleled influence on the development of Western art.
Van Gogh Vincent (Artist): Dutch Post-Impressionist artist. His paintings and drawings include some of the world's best known, most popular and most expensive pieces.
This category includes top 3 people with the most philosiphical abilities.
Avicenna (Polymath): wrote almost 450 treatises on a wide range of subjects, of which around 240 have survived. In particular, 150 of his surviving treatises concentrate on philosophy and 40 of them concentrate on medicine. His most famous works are The Book of Healing, a vast philosophical and scientific encyclopaedia, and The Canon of Medicine, which was a standard medical text at many medieval universities.
Benjamin Franklin (Polymath): an American polymath, a leading author, political theorist, politician, printer, scientist, inventor, civic activist, and diplomat.
Nikola Tesla (Inventor): was an inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electrical supply system.
This category includes top 3 people with the most philosophical abilities.
Aristotle (Polymath): a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. He wrote on many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, ethics, biology and zoology. He numbers among the greatest polymaths of all time.
Al-Ghazali (Philosopher): a Persian jurist, philosopher, cosmologist, psychologist, mystic and Islamic theologian. He is considered a pioneer of the methods of doubt and skepticism and was an encyclopedic author, polymath, theorist, philosopher, moralist, critic and comparative religionist.
René Descartes (Philosopher): a French philosopher, writer, mathematician and physicist. He has been dubbed the "Father of Modern Philosophy". He created analytic geometry and was also one of the key figures in the Scientific Revolution.
This category includes top 3 people with the most musical abilities.
Mozart (Composer): Mozart showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty.
Beethoven (Composer): a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers.
Ziryab (Musician): an Iraqi-Andalusian poet, musician, singer, cosmetologist, fashion designer, celebrity, trendsetter, strategist, astronomer, botanist and geographer; "Zaryab was a "renaissance man" before the Renaissance.
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