Marilyn vos Savant: Super genius

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Marilyn vos SavantMarilyn vos Savant talks about her unique life as a super genius.

Marilyn vos Savant is a national American columnist, author, company executive and, by the way, a genius.

Tested at ten years old, her record IQ score of 228, the highest score ever recorded by a child, was never revealed to the public.

Marilyn vos Savant: Super genius

Parade magazine columnist Marilyn vos Savant talks about her unique life as a super genius.

“People didn’t really tell me, at the time, that it was a rare score,” explained vos Savant. “I thought there were quite a few people like that and, actually, I still do.”

But, in 1986, when she was about 40, word got out and it landed her at the top of the Guinness Book of World Records “Smartest People in the World” list for both child and adult IQ scores. Since then, her “super genius” status has kept her in the news and given her international fame.

While her IQ is more than double that of a “normal” person, she’s much more than a score. She’s been writing a question-and-answer column called “Ask Marilyn,” for the readers of Parade magazine for 30 years.

“People who are looking for advice, suggestions, inspiration, support, I hope I provide that, I think I do, to a lot of people.”

The syndicated Sunday magazine is read by roughly 80 million people in the United States. When she’s not entertaining questions, she’s also a wife, a mother, a grandmother and an avid ballroom dancer.

Marilyn vos Savant joined Mike Walter in our New York studio to talk about her unique life as a super genius.