The name Carol Vorderman may not ring a bell to many of us across the pond, but the media personality and genius is quite well-known in her native UK. Vorderman is known for hosting the popular game show “Countdown” in which contestants must use math and word skills to solve tasks. Sounds intense!
Having majored in engineering at Cambridge, Vorderman has a particular gift for math and numbers. After working part-time at the UK’s Atomic Energy Authority, she began using her intellect and amazing arithmetic skills as a host on “Countdown”. She really is the definition of beauty and brains!
150 - Warren Buffet
This entry on our list is almost too obvious but it's here nonetheless. Though he came from simple beginnings, Warren Buffet was able to use his intellect and business skills to become one of the wealthiest men in the world. The renowned investor and business magnate is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
Curious about investing and business, he pursued this passion by enrolling in the University of Pennsylvania's renowned Wharton School and at the Columbia Business School in New York City where he received a degree in economics. Many attribute Buffet’s uncanny instincts when it comes to making investments have led to his unbelievable success.
152 - Alan Rachins
Actor Alan Rachins may have played a flighty and free-spirited character on the iconic ‘90s show "Dharma & Greg," but in real life, the actor is actually pretty grounded. Before making it in Hollywood, Rachins studied at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Though he dropped out, he continued his studies at the Empire State College and later at the American Film Institute. In addition to directing, he wrote and sold scripts for popular shows like “Hill Street Blues” and “Knight Rider.”After being bitten by the acting bug, Rachins appeared in a variety of theater performances and television shows.
Unknown - Kara Hayward
Not only did actress Kara Hayward have the fortune of being cast in the Wes Anderson film “Moonrise Kingdom” when she was fourteen years old with no previous acting experience, but she just so happens to also be a genius!
Her genius credentials were proven when the American Mensa Organization (an organization for people with high IQs) wished her a happy birthday and revealed that the actress has been a member of the prestigious organization since she was nine! Though Hayward has continued to pursue an acting career, she is apparently also a talented writer and artist — talk about luck!
Unknown - Anderson Cooper
As one of the most important figures in media and news, it's no surprise that Anderson Cooper is extremely intelligent. His prominent place in the industry has also given him a few opportunities to play himself in different movies and TV shows. The journalist and news anchor honed his craft as a student at Yale University.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, he immediately began his career in news reporting by traveling to war-torn countries for Channel One News. He soon got his big break at ABC News and later at CNN. Since then, Cooper has been on the ground reporting on some of the most historical and major events in recent years.