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MVSWho is the world’s most intelligent woman? Using the standard of IQ tests as the basis for this answer, our designation then goes to the author, commentator and columnist Marilyn Vos Savant.

In the 1980’s Vos Savant was listed as having the world’s highest IQ by the Guinness Book of World Records. She was measured in one test as having an IQ of 228. Vos Savant is best known for her column that appears in Parade Magazine since 1986. She has also written a number of books, including Ask Marilyn, Brain Power, The Art and Madness of Spelling. She is also married to Robert Jarvik, who is best known as the man behind the Jarvik Artificial Heart.

Vos Savant isn’t without her controversy. There is the irony of her last name which means, “You are highly learned.” Others specifically cite a column she write around the Monty Hall/Let’s Make A Deal Controversy, based upon the Big Deal of the Day which of the three doors would you pick? It incited over 10,000 letters from noted scholars and Ph.D’s, who vociferously disagreed with her. If you want to read more about this, feel free to check out: Other columns have been challenged over the years as well.

And while all people of public stature will attract some measure of controversy, Marilyn Vos Savant remains one of the brainiest of the mega brainy. Feel free to click over to for more information and insights about her and her career.

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