Marilyn vos Savant: Super genius

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Marilyn vos Savant Marilyn 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

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.

  • Cheeto Jesus

    Marilyn’s IQ scores were calculated erroneously. What’s ironic is labeling Marilyn a “super genius” based on erroneous tests but she doesn’t correct or point out the known problems with the test calculations. An IQ of 228 isn’t rare, it’s impossible to obtain and meaningless.

    • Jason Smith

      don’t be sore…about being ‘average’…at least you’re human…I think…jokes…

      • Cheeto Jesus

        Ad hominem. Don’t be sore about being below average in comprehension and reasoning ability.

        See how that works?

        • Amira


  • Amira

    Because highly intelligent people are always perceiving, the judging is often left for the less intelligent people, who aren’t really suited to judge…

  • Leopoldo Vargas

    I love, Marilyn! She always says something interesting