Surbiton teen joins Mensa

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Neha Ramu, a 13-year-old from Surbiton, has been admitted to Mensa, after scoring 162 in the society's IQ test - putting her in the top 1% of people in the UK, and officially giving her the title of genius.

So what kind of company is she in, and does a high IQ guarantee a high-earning career?


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The Telegraph reported that Ramu surprised her parents by getting the highest possible score for someone under the age of 18 on the test, which gives her a higher IQ than Albert Einstein, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking (all of whom are thought to have an IQ of 160).

Entry to Mensa requires candidates to be among the top 2% most intelligent people in the world. It's a worldwide organisation, which provides a learning forum for its members, and is designed to help geniuses come together.

But does it guarantee success?

Clearly a high IQ is a tremendous starting point in life. Studies have revealed that IQ strongly correlates to income, and that a high IQ increases the likelihood of excelling in a variety of different areas because of the way information can be stored and processed.

However, wealth is not guaranteed. Those who choose a life of academia are unlikely to be richly financially rewarded.

Many of the most financially successful Mensa members are known for things other than their intellect. Geena Davis, star of The Long Kiss Goodnight is a Mensa member, as is Sharon Stone and Shakira. Quentin Tarrantino is also a member, despite the fact he dropped out of high school.

There are also plenty of low-achieving geniuses. IQ isn't a measure of what we know, how dedicated we are, how ambitious we are, or how hard we work: it's a measure of what we are capable of learning.

According to the BBC, Ramu is not going to be one of them. She wants to study neurology at Harvard University, and added: "If I don't put in my effort and make use of my IQ then there's no point in having it."


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The 59-year-old billionaire has an almost 30% stake in Arsenal Football club and tops the list with an estimated worth of £13.3 billion.

Blavatnik's wealth rose from £3.4 billion last year to £11 billion in 2013 making him the biggest climber. He owns Warner Music and received £2 billion in April for his stake in TNK-BP.

Indian tycoons Sri and his brother Gopi Hinduja have a wealth of £10.6 billion from the industry and finance sector. The brothers made their fortune from their family firm Hinduja Group, a textile and trading exporter founded by their father in 1914.

Mittal spent eight years at the top of the rich list but slipped down to fourth place this year when the 40% stake he holds with his wife Usha in steelmaking giant ArcelorMittal plummeted from £28 billion to £5.95 billion.

With wealth totalling £9.3 billion, Roman Abramovich is most famous for buying Chelsea FC. A £200 million drop in his fortune lowers Abramovich from third to fourth spot.

Although largely unknown in Britain, 68-year-old Fredriksen is notorious in his native Norway as owner of the world's largest fleet of oil tankers. Once Norway's richest man and now a Cypriot national, the high-school dropout's companies are major players in shipping, offshore drilling and seafood.

The British-born billionaires, the Reuben brothers, are best-known for their vast UK property empire, which includes the John Lewis Partnership's headquarters in London's Victoria.

The Duke of Westminster is the second-highest ranked British billionaire and is worth an estimated £7.8 billion. He owns property group Grosvenor Estates, and half of London's Mayfair and Belgravia, as well as vast portions of the UK and Scotland.

With no change to their wealth this year, the Bertarellis are worth £7.4 billion. Born Kirsty Roper in 1971 into the Churchill China dynasty, 41-year-old Kirsty was a model and wrote the All Saints worldwide hit 'Black Coffee'.



Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken inherited a huge stake in Heineken, the world's third-largest brewer on the death of her father Freddy Heineken in 2002. Michel is an investment banker, former Olympic skier and toboganner, and and actor who appeared in the desert epic 'Lawrence of Arabia.'

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