Top 5 Top 10 Lists for Men (Vol 2)

People write novels and they just be so wordy and so selfabsorbed. I’m not a fan of books. I would never want a book’s autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books” -Kanye West

In the last post, Top 5 Top 10 Lists for Men (Vol 1) we had a look at some Top 10 lists involving cars, adoptions, criminal records and atheists. While these subjects are not exactly “mainstream”, they are still slightly less gritty than the Top 10 Lists in this post.

In this post we’ll peel back the glitzy façade of fame and fortune to delve deeper into the underbelly of the more human side of famous men. You’d do well to prepare yourself for some emotional whiplash as we probe subject matter from top earners and IQ scores to celebs who have survived suicide attempts, illness and depression.  

And what better way to begin a blog full of darkness and mental illness than a list featuring Kanye West. Enjoy..

Highest Paid Male Celebs of 2020

10. Rush Limbaugh ($85 million)

Despite being diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, the conservative talk radio host (and bestie of Donald Trump) continues to dominate the airwaves

9. Dwayne Johnson ($87.5 million)

Better known as The Rock, Johnson is the world’s highest-paid actor thanks to big paydays for forthcoming films “Black Adam” and “Red Notice.”

8. Lebron James ($88.2 million)

Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James joined the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 under a four-year, $153 million contract.

7. Howard Stern ($90 million)

The veteran shock jock is the world’s highest-paid radio host thanks to an eight-figure annual contract with SiriusXM.

6. Neymar ($95.5 million)

Neymar is on a five-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain through June 2022 worth $350 million in salary.

5. Tyler Perry ($97 million)

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A director, actor, producer and writer, Perry is best known for his “Madea” franchise, which has grossed more than $660 million.

4. Lionel Messi ($104 million)

Messi has been awarded both FIFA’s Player of the Year and the European Golden Shoe for top scorer on the continent a record six times.

3. Cristiano Rinaldo ($105 million)

Ronaldo is the most followed athlete on social media. His Instagram followers hit 200 million in 2020.

2. Roger Federer ($106 million)

Roger Federer is the world’s highest-paid athlete for the first time, thanks to an unmatched portfolio of lucrative endorsement deals.

1. Kanye West ($170 million)

Every time someone searches my name or this website online, this plonker’s face will appear.. it pains me.. New information about Kanye West’s deal with Adidas for sneaker brand Yeezy convinced Forbes to call the entrepreneur and musician a billionaire.

10 Most Surprising male Celebs With Depression

For a deeper look into what it is like to suffer from depression and the types of depression, kindly visit 10 Types of Depression (just a reminder that the article may trigger some at risk individuals, cation is advised)

1. Wayne Brady (actor, television personality, singer, game show host, producer, comedian, presenter)

“People are like, ‘Wayne Brady’s always happy! No, I’m not. Because I’m human. Having a bad day is one thing, having a bad week is another, having a bad life … You don’t want to move; you can’t move in the darkness. You’re like, ‘I am just going to sit right here and I want to wallow in this. As much as it hurts, I am going to sit right here because this is what I deserve. This is what I deserve, so I am going to sit here because I am that horrible of a person.”

2. John Hamm (actor, producer)

All around nice guy John Hamm became an orphan in early adulthood. After the passing of his father in his late teens he became severely depressed, sleeping most days until 4pm. Eventually he sought treatment and was able to dig himself out of the hole he had been living in. Today, as a famous actor, when he’s not starring in movies and television, Jon Hamm can be found giving back to the community — especially to those who are affected by serious health conditions.

3. Ryan Philippe (actor, producer)

“I also have issues with patience and depression, and I’m thinking about how to focus and steady myself and be kinder and better. Meditation and exercise work for me. I believe that depression and mood disorders are on a spectrum akin to the way autism is, where it’s an individual experience.

I think people fear being stigmatised or treated in a blanket fashion, which is sometimes the response to someone who says, ‘I struggle with depression’. But really, depression could manifest in a thousand different ways depending on who it is. I don’t think there’s any reason not to talk about it. We can help each other cope and give tools that we learn along the way.”

4. Jonathan Lipnicki (American actor)

Speaking candidly in an interview with TooFab, Jonathan said: “I’ve been in treatment for a very long time because I had a very serious problem with anxiety and depression. I felt like I didn’t know how my life was going to end up. It was the lowest point of my life. “I didn’t go a day without going home and being upset,” Jonathan continued. “I didn’t go a day without being called some form of gay slur, or a hateful slur pretty much every day of middle school”.

“There were even teachers that called me lazy, and I later found out I had a learning disability called dysgraphia”. Lipnicki said his anxiety was so bad after his peers taunted him that he’d end up a one-hit wonder that he developed eczema on his hands as a result of constantly rubbing them from nervousness.

5. Prince Harry (ex Prince of England. Son and brother to the 2 future kings)

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“I’ve spent most of my life saying ‘I’m fine,'” Prince Harry said in an interview with The Telegraph journalist Bryony Gordon on her mental health podcast. “I can safely say that losing my mum at the age of 12 and therefore shutting down all of my emotions for the last 20 years has had a quite serious effect on not only my personal life but also my work as well…I have probably been very close to a complete breakdown on numerous occasions.”

6. James Franco (American actor, director, screenwriter, comedian, film producer, television producer, academic, painter and writer)

Franco told Out Magazine, “I have a very addictive personality. When I was a teenager, I got over certain addictions, and that’s when I started acting, at age 17. I really threw myself into it, and that became everything, to the point where I didn’t even socialize. And then after, like, 10 years of that, at age 27, I realized, ‘Man, I’m so depressed. On the surface my life seems pretty good – I have a career and everything – but I feel isolated and lonely.’”

7. Pete Davidson (comedian, actor)

“I’m always depressed, all the time. I have to constantly bring myself out of it,” the comedian told Charlamagne Tha God in a YouTube interview posted Monday. “I wake up depressed, but now I know my steps. I have to go outside and be in sun for a little bit, or go for a walk. It’s all just programming yourself to trick your brain. I hit (rock bottom) all the time.

My rock bottom is when people are scared for my life and I have to go away, and then I have to bring myself back up again. I think I’ve hit it a few times. As long as you’re around good, supportive people, and if you’re strong enough, you’ll be able to get out of it.”

8. Rick Springfield (American Singer, actor, instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer, author)

“I want them (people thinking of committing suicide) to have hope … and know that the moment will pass,” Springfield, 68, said in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Paula Faris. “I’m an example of the moment passing, because I’ve been there a couple of times, and haven’t … for want of a better phrase, pulled the trigger.”

9. Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson (American-Canadian actor, producer, businessman, retired professional wrestler, and former American football player)

“I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you’re not alone,” he said in a YouTube video “You’re not the first to go through it; you’re not going to be the last to go through it. And oftentimes—it happens—you just feel like you’re alone. You feel like it’s only you. You’re in your bubble. And I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and [say], ‘Hey, it’s gonna be OK. It’ll be OK.’ So, I wish I knew that.”

10. Jim Carrey (Canadian-American actor, comedian, writer, producer, author, and artist)

“People talk about depression all the time. The difference between depression and sadness is sadness is just from happenstance—whatever happened or didn’t happen for you, or grief, or whatever it is.

Depression is your body saying f*ck you, I don’t want to be this character anymore, I don’t want to hold up this avatar that you’ve created in the world. It’s too much for me. You should think of the word ‘depressed’ as ‘deep rest.’ Your body needs to be depressed. It needs deep rest from the character that you’ve been trying to play.”

10 Male Celebs with Autism Spectrum Disorder

For more on Autism Spectrum Disorder, kindly see Autism Spectrum Disorder Explained and for related reading from Health Wealth Mind, please see 18 Mental Illnesses You Should Know.

1. Dan Aykroyd

Daniel Edward Aykroyd is a Canadian actor, producer, comedian, musician, and filmmaker

2. Tim Burton

Timothy Walter Burton is an American filmmaker, animator, and artist.

3. Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalistgeologist and biologist

4. Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist

5. Bill Gates

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William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation

6. Steve Jobs

Steven Paul Jobs was an American business magnateindustrial designerinvestor, and media proprietor. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc., the chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company‘s board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar, and the founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT

7. Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and photographer.

8. Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton was an English mathematician, physicistastronomer, theologian, and author (described in his own day as a “natural philosopher

9. Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, and futurist

10. Sir Anthony Hopkins

Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE is a Welsh actor, director and film producer

10 Male Celebs Who survived Suicide Attempts

1. Ozzy Osbourne (musician) multiple attempts from age 14

2. Peter Fonda (actor) gunshot to stomach at age 10

3. Drew Carey (TV personality) attempted overdose age 18 and 20

4. Billy Joel (musician) drinking furniture polish 1970

5. Walt Disney (entrepreneur and TV pioneer) attempted overdose age 31

6. Owen Wilson (actor) slitting wrists 2007

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7. Elton John (musician) placing head in gas oven 1975

8. Eminem (musician) attempted overdose Tylenol 1996

9. Mike Wallace (journalist and TV reporter) sleeping pills age 60

10. Sammy Davis Jr (musician) driving car off cliff on wedding night (without his wife in the car)

10 Male Celebs with serious health issues

1. Michael J. Fox (Parkinson’s Disease)

The actor has raised millions of dollars toward Parkinson’s research through his foundation, whose mission is to end the stigma and raise awareness around the disease.

2. Kareem Abdul Jabbar (Chronic Myeloid Leukemia)

The 72-year-old NBA star has to take daily meds for his blood disease. But since being diagnosed in 2009, he’s managed to reduce his leukemia to a microscopic level.

3. Seal (Discoid Lupus Erythematosus)

The singer’s scars are caused by a severe form of lupus that causes intense inflammation and skin lesions around the neck, face, and scalp.

4. Hugo Weaving (Epilepsy)

The Matrix and Lord of the Rings actor was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 13, and has been open about dealing with the seizures that have occurred throughout his life.

5. Tom Hanks (Type 2 Diabetes)

The actor has said his poor diet and lifestyle choices in his youth may have contributed to his 2013 diabetes 

6. Magic Johnson (HIV)

The former NBA star announced he was HIV positive back in 1991. Since then, he’s worked as a sports analyst, businessman, and activist. Antiretroviral therapy has helped him lead a healthy, active li

7. Charlie Sheen (HIV)

The former Two And A Half Men star went public with his HIV diagnosis in 2015. “I have a responsibility now to better myself and to help a lot of other people and hopefully with what we’re doing today others will come forward and say, ‘Thanks, Charlie,'” he said on Toda

8. Anthony Anderson (Type 2 Diabetes)

The Black-ish star had to make some important lifestyle changes to keep his blood sugar under control since being diagnosed with type 2 diabe

9. Jack Osbourne (Multiple Sclerosis)

Since being diagnosed with MS in 2012 at just 26, Osbourne has sought to raise awareness for the disease and show people you can still live a healthy, 

10. Lil Wayne (Epilepsy)

The rapper has been open about the many seizures he’s had as a result of epilepsy. He’s even had to cancel several performances because of his illness.

20 Male Celebs with Very High IQ’s

*I know this is a Top 10 list but I make the rules*

20. Reggie Jackson (160)

Reginald Martinez Jackson is an American former professional baseball right fielder who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City / Oakland AthleticsBaltimore OriolesNew York Yankees, and California Angels. Jackson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.

Jackson hit 563 career home runs and was an American League (AL) All-Star for 14 seasons. He won two Silver Slugger Awards, the AL Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 1973, two World Series MVP Awards, and the Babe Ruth Award in 1977. The Yankees and Athletics retired his team uniform number in 1993 and 2004. Jackson currently serves as a special advisor to the Yankees.

19. Conan O’Brien (160)

Conan Christopher O’Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer, podcaster, and producer. He is best known for hosting the late-night talk shows Late Night with Conan O’BrienThe Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and since 2010, Conan on the cable channel TBS. Prior to his hosting career, he was a writer for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons.

O’Brien attended  where he served as the managing editor of the school newspaperThe Sagamore.[9] In his second year, he was an intern for Congressman Robert Drinan[12] and in his senior year, he won the National Council of Teachers of English writing contest with his short story “To Bury the Living”.[13]

After graduating as valedictorian from Brookline High School in 1981, O’Brien entered Harvard University. He lived in Holworthy Hall during his first year with future businessman Luis Ubiñas and two other roommates, and in Mather House during his three upper-class years. He concentrated in History & Literature, and graduated magna cum laude in 1985

18. Quentin Tarantino (163)

Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. His films are characterized by nonlinear storylinesaestheticization of violence, extended scenes of dialogue, ensemble casts, references to popular culture and a wide variety of other films, soundtracks primarily containing songs and score pieces from the 1960s to the 1980s, alternate history, and features of neo-noir film.

17. Bill Gates (170)

William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairmanchief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He is one of the best-known entrepreneurs and pioneers of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

16. Dexter Holland (170)

Bryan Keith “Dexter” Holland (born December 29, 1965) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, virologist, pilot, and businessman, best known as the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and primary songwriter of the American rock band The Offspring. In 2017, Holland attained a PhD in molecular biology.

15. Carl Sagan (173)

Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologistastrophysicistastrobiologist, author, and science communicator. His best known scientific contribution is research on extra-terrestrial life, including experimental demonstration of the production of amino acids from basic chemicals by radiation.

Sagan assembled the first physical messages sent into space: the Pioneer plaque and the Voyager Golden Record, universal messages that could potentially be understood by any extra-terrestrial intelligence that might find them. Sagan argued the now-accepted hypothesis that the high surface temperatures of Venus can be attributed to and calculated using the greenhouse effect

14.Rowan Atkinson (178)

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson CBE is an English actor, comedian, and writer. He is best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder (1983–1989) and Mr. Bean (1990–1995). Atkinson first came to prominence in the BBC sketch comedy show Not the Nine O’Clock News (1979–1982), receiving the 1981 BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance, and via his participation in The Secret Policeman’s Ball (1979).

His other work includes the James Bond film Never Say Never Again (1983), playing a bumbling vicar in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), voicing the red-billed hornbill Zazu in The Lion King (1994), and playing jewellery salesman Rufus in Love Actually (2003). Atkinson also featured in the BBC sitcom The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996). His work in theatre includes the 2009 West End revival of the musical Oliver!.

13. Stephen Hawking (169)

Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was an English theoretical physicistcosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009.

Hawking was born in Oxford into a family of doctors. Hawking began his university education at University College, Oxford in October 1959 at the age of 17, where he received a first-class BA (Hons.) degree in physics. He began his graduate work at Trinity Hall, Cambridge in October 1962, where he obtained his PhD degree in applied mathematics and theoretical physics, specialising in general relativity and cosmology in March 1966.

Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He was a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

12. Bobby Fischer (alleged IQ of 180)

Robert James Fischer (March 9, 1943 – January 17, 2008) was an American chess grandmaster and the eleventh World Chess Champion. Many consider him to be the greatest chess player of all time. Fischer is credited with having an incredible memory and took the Stanford-Binet IQ test at his high school, in Brooklyn where, according to, he scored 180.

Fischer was absolutely a troubled genius with renowned mental health problems, and he may also have been the world’s most intelligent outlaw.

Fischer chose to stop playing when he was still young. He had a lifelong history of disputesconflicts and controversy. He believed he was the victim of conspiracies. Fischer showed symptoms of the mental illness paranoia. In “Bobby Fischer: The Wandering King”, authors Hans Böhm and Kees Jongkind write that Fischer’s radio broadcasts show that he was “out of his mind … a victim of his own mental illness”.  

11. James Woods (180)

James Howard Woods is an American movie, voice, stage and television actor. He is known for his roles in Once Upon a Time in AmericaSalvadorNixonGhosts of MississippiThe Last Day of Summer and Casino. He was the voice of Hades in Hercules. He played himself in Family Guy.

10. Garry Kasparov (alleged IQ of 190)

Garry Kasparov is a Russian chess grandmaster and political activist. He was born with the name Garry Weinstein, and is partly of Jewish descent.[2] He was the World Chess Champion from 1985 to 2000. In 1993 he broke away from FIDE to make a rival organisation (the PCA), because he felt FIDE had failed to raise enough money for world title matches. There is controversy about that period. By any measure, he is one of the greatest chess players of all time, and the highest-rated player before Magnus Carlsen

In 2003 Kasparov played to a draw against a chess computer that could calculate three million positions per second.

According to a German study found Kasparov to have an IQ of 135, other sources put the number as high as 190.

Kasparov contends that IBM cheated during the computerized match where he was defeated by Deep Blue in 1997. He said he saw, “deep intelligence and creativity” in the computers moves that could only have come from human assistance.

IBM denied the allegation, refused to provide Kasparov with log files from the game, and retired the machine — proof to Kasparov of “evidence tampering.”

9. Voltaire (estimated IQ of 190 to 200)

François-Marie Arouet (also known as Voltaire[ was a French philosopher. He was born in 1694 and grew up in Poitou. He died in Paris in 1778.

Voltaire did not like France at the time because he thought that it was old fashioned. He also did not like the Church and thought that people should be allowed to believe what they want. However he did not like democracy either and thought that a country needed to be led by a wise and strong king. Voltaire had to live in exile in England for three years from 1726 to 1729 where these ideas were more common. He liked the philosophy of John Locke.

Voltaire was also a writer. He wrote many bookspoems and plays, some of which are still liked today. A lot of his work was against France and the Church. This meant that he was unpopular at first but became more popular towards the time of the French Revolution. When he died at age 83, Voltaire was a hero of French people. He also studied science and wrote a lot about people and places he knew.

His estimated IQ scores range from 190 to 200 by different measures.

He was one of France’s greatest writers and philosophers, known for his satirical genius and biting criticism of his country’s noblemen. 

Throughout his life, Voltaire vigorously defended the distinction between natural science and philosophy. Many of his critical writings were directed against established philosophers such as Leibniz, Malebranche, and Descartes, according to the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy.  

8. William Shakespeare (estimated IQ of 210)

William Shakespeare (bapt. 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616) was an English playwrightpoet, and actor. He wrote 39 plays (with about half of them considered comedies) and two long poems in his lifetime. He lived in Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire, England. His plays are still performed today. He is often quoted in modern writing.

By 1594 he was an actor in The Chamberlain’s Men acting company.

His plays are of different kinds, or genres. There are histories, tragedies and comedies. These plays are among the best known in English literature and are studied in schools around the world. Shakespeare wrote his works between about 1590 and 1613. He is considered the first writer who wrote a tragicomedy. (A tragicomedy is a play that mixes comedy and tragedy, with a happy ending.)

Often referred to as England’s national poet and the “Bard of Avon,” William Shakespeare had an estimated IQ of 210 and is widely regarded as the greatest English-speaking writer and dramatist to have ever lived. 

7. Nikola Tesla (estimated IQ of 160 to 310)

Nikola Tesla (10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) born in Smiljan, was a inventorelectrical engineermechanical engineer and physicist. He is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.[1] He was born in the village of Smiljan, in the part of former Austria-Hungary that is now Croatia. He later became an American citizen.

Tesla got his first job in Budapest in 1882, working at a telephone company. A few years later he moved to the United States. Even in his early life, he was inventing things. His best known invention was an electric motor that could run well on AC power. Tesla died of coronary thrombosis in a hotel room in ManhattanNew York City on 7 January 1943.

Born during a lightning storm in 1856, Nikola Tesla went on to invent the Tesla coil and alternating current machinery. His estimated IQ scores range from 160 to 310 by different measures. He had an intense rivalry with Thomas Edison throughout his life, and many of his projects were funded by JPMorgan, who would later become his business partner. 

In 1900, Morgan invested $150,000 in Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Tower — a transatlantic wireless communication system that Tesla never completed. The Serbian physicist died penniless in a New York City hotel room in 1943.

6. Nicolaus Copernicus (estimated IQ of 160 to 200)

Nicolaus Copernicus (19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543) was a Polish astronomer. People know Copernicus for his ideas about the sun and the earth. His main idea was that our world is heliocentric (helios = sun). His theory was that the sun is in the middle of the solar system, and the planets go around it. This was published in his book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) in the year that he died.

Copernicus was born in 1473 in the city of Thorn (Toruń) in Royal Prussia, a mainly German-speaking state that was ruled by the Polish king since 1466. He was the son of the merchant Niklas Koppernigk and his wife Barbara Koppernigk (born Barbara Watzenrode). His native language was German

He was taught first in Cracow and then in Italy, where he graduated as a lawyer of the church. He also studied medicine to serve his fellow clerics. Copernicus spent most of his life working and researching in Frauenburg (Frombork), Warmia, where he died in 1543.

Copernicus was one of the great polymaths of his age. He was a priestmathematicianastronomerastrologerjuristphysicianclassical scholargovernoradministratordiplomateconomist, and soldier. During all these jobs, he treated astronomy as a hobby.

However, his doctrine of heliocentrism that the sun, rather than the earth, is at the centre of the solar system, is one of the most important scientific hypotheses in history. It was the beginning of modern astronomy.

His estimated IQ scores range from 160 to 200 by different measures. 

5. Galileo Galilei (estimated IQ of 180 to 200)

Galileo Galilei (15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) was an Italian polymath. Galileo was originally going to be a doctor but became a tutor instead. He was a professor of mathematics and natural science in Padua and Pisa. People most remembered him today for his conflict with the Catholic Church of his day, which led to his trial for heresy by the Inquisition

Galileo was an Italian natural philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician developed such scientific concepts as circular inertia and the law of falling bodies. His estimated IQ scores range from 180 to 200 by different measures. 

His discoveries with the Telescope undermined Aristotelian cosmology, particularly his findings that Venus goes through phases just as the Moon does and that Jupiter has four moons orbiting around it.

Towards the end of his life, the Church denounced him as a heretic due to his advocacy of Copernicus’ heliocentric model of the universe…..

4. James Maxwell (estimated IQ of 190 to 205)

James Clerk Maxwell (born 13 June 1831 in Edinburgh – died 5 November 1879) was a Scottish mathematicianphysicist and discoverer of Maxwell’s equations.

Maxwell grew up in a rich religious family. In 1845, when he was only 14, he wrote a paper describing a way of drawing mathematical curves with a piece of string. In 1847 he started studying mathematics at the University of Edinburgh. In 1850 Maxwell changed to Peterhouse and then Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. He won prizes from the university for his work and was given his degree in 1854. From 1855 to 1872 he did research on colour blindness.

In 1856 Maxwell was made a professor of ‘Natural Philosophy’ (which is what science was called then) at Marischal College, Aberdeen. He worked there until the two colleges in Aberdeen joined together in 1860 and he lost his job. He then became a professor at King’s College London. In 1861 he was elected to the Royal Society.

In 1871, became the first Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge. He studied many things, but is known best for his mathematical work on electromagnetism and on the behaviour of gases.

His estimated IQ scores range from 190 to 205 by different measures. 

Maxwell is credited with laying the foundations for quantum theory and was was revered by many, including Einstein. When Einstein was asked if he had stood on the shoulders of Newton, he replied: “No, I stand on Maxwell’s shoulders.” 

3. Isaac Newton (estimated IQ of 190 to 200)

Sir Isaac Newton FRS PRS (25 December 1642 – 20 March 1726/27) was an English physicistmathematician and astronomer. He is well known for his work on the laws of motionopticsgravity, and calculus. In 1687, Newton published a book called the Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica in which he presents his theory of universal gravitation and three laws of motion.

Newton built the first practical reflecting telescope in 1668. He also developed a theory of light based on the observation that a prism decomposes white light into the colors of the rainbow. Newton also shares credit with Gottfried Leibniz for the development of calculus.

Newton’s ideas on light, motion, and gravity dominated physics for the next three centuries, until modified by Albert Einstein‘s theory of relativity.

His estimated IQ scores range from 190 to 200 by different measures.

Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica,” was widely believed to be the most influential book on physics and possibly all of science. Although some of his assumptions were eventually proven wrong, Newton’s universal principles of gravity had no parallels in science at the time.  

2. Leonardo da Vinci (estimated IQ of 180 to 220)

Leonardo da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519) was an Italian who lived in the time of the Renaissance. He is famous for his paintings but he was also a scientistmathematicianengineerinventoranatomistsculptorarchitectbotanistmusician, and a writer. Leonardo wanted to know everything about nature. He wanted to know how everything worked. He was very good at studying, designing and making all sorts of interesting things.

Two of his pictures are among the best-known paintings in the world: the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. He did many drawings. The best-known drawing is Vitruvian Man. Leonardo was often thinking of new inventions. He kept notebooks with notes and drawings of these ideas. Most of his inventions were never made. Some of his ideas were a helicopter, a tank, a calculator, a parachute, a robot, a telephone, evolution, and solar power.

A painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographerbotanist, and writer, Leonardo da Vinci was perhaps the most diversely talented person to have ever lived. His estimated IQ scores range from 180 to 220 by different measures.

1. Albert Einstein (estimated IQ of 205 to 225)

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born scientist. He worked on theoretical physics. He developed the theory of relativity. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for theoretical physics. His famous equation is {\displaystyle E=mc^{2}}(E = energy, m = mass, c = speed of light).

At the beginning of his career, Einstein did not think that Newtonian mechanics was enough to reconcile (bring together) the laws of classical mechanics and the laws of the electromagnetic field. Between 1902–1909 he developed the theory of special relativity to correct that. Einstein also thought that Isaac Newton‘s idea of gravity was not completely correct. So, he extended his ideas on special relativity to include gravity. In 1916 he published a paper on general relativity with his theory of gravitation.

In 1933, Einstein was visiting the United States. In Germany, Adolf Hitler and the Nazis came to power. Einstein, being of Jewish ethnicity, did not return to Germany due to Hitler’s anti-Semitic policies. He lived in the United States and became an American citizen in 1940. 

On the beginning of World War II, he sent a letter to President Franklin D. Roosevelt explaining to him that Germany was in the process of making a nuclear weapon; so Einstein recommended that the US should also make one. This led to the Manhattan Project, and the US became the first nation in history to create and use the atomic bomb (not on Germany though but Japan). Einstein and other physicists like Richard Feynman who worked on the Manhattan project later regretted that the bomb was used on Japan.

Einstein lived in Princeton and was one of the first members invited to the Institute for Advanced Study, where he worked for the remainder of his life. He is widely considered one of the greatest scientists of all time. His contributions helped lay the foundations for all modern branches of physics, including quantum mechanics and relativity.

In Conclusion

It’s easy to look at the lives of celebs and admire their fame and fortune. Fortune isn’t terrible to be sure, but fame isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and neither money or fame can guarantees health or happiness. As Billy Corgan said, “rain falls on everyone”. There is a very good chance that someone you pass every day admires your life and wishes they had what you have. They see only the facade and think if they just had your life, everything would be fine. So, enjoy what you have, and take a moment each day to marvel at life, consciousness and the mere fact that you exist at all.

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