As we proceed in our day to day lives, we come across a lot of people, some of whom are average and some above average. However, there are very few who reach the ranks of brilliance and sheer perfection. Yes, I am talking about those highly-envied, super successful personas that an ordinary, common man looks up to.

Such people come with exceptional qualities, unparalleled IQ’s and a strong willpower, which allows them to excel and stand out amongst the masses.  These skills and assets need time, patience and dedication to develop, and thus, only after a lifetime of struggle does one obtain the sweet fruit of success.

Nevertheless, there are some who are blessed abundantly, and simply begin to stand out from an early age, proceeding to achieve what is thought to be impossible. In modern language, we refer to them as child prodigies. Such unique individuals are an absolute rarity and are known to possess extraordinary brains which are just too mature for their tender age.

Who am I talking about? Read on.

10. Akrit Jaswal

Clearly, appearances are deceptive. This seemingly regular kiddo has a whopping IQ 146! According to his mother, Akrit has been an early bird ever since birth. He began to speak when he was merely 10 months old, and, by the time he reached 5 years, he took interest in reading Shakespeare’s works. He began by observing surgeries at the age of 6, and went on to become the world’s youngest surgeon by performing a successful burn surgery at an unbelievable age of 7!

What’s he doing now? Over the past years. Akrit has been working diligently to find an effective cure for cancer, while at the same time, studying for a degree of BSc. in the University of Punjab.

9. Taylor Ramon Wilson

Taylor isn’t your average school-going kid. This budding scientist has always been deeply passionate about nuclear physics, so much so that he went on to build an actual, functioning fusor, at just 14 years of age, thus becoming the youngest person ever to achieve nuclear fusion. He also won the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2011, where he constructed an effective nuclear radiation detector.

8. Priyanshi Somani

While most of us hate anything and everything that has got to do with math, Priyanshi takes pleasure in it. Complex calculations and mental math are her favorite pastime. She developed her love for math at the age of 6, and, by the time she reached 11, she took part in the Mental Calculation World Cup of 2010. She was the youngest participant, yet that didn’t stop her from claiming the first prize. How did she win? In mere 6 minutes and 51 seconds, she solved the square roots of 10 six-digit numbers, all with 100% accuracy!

Over time, this little genius has been perfecting her skills. In 2012, she bet her own record and also set a world record, by mentally solving the square roots of 10 six-digit numbers in as little as 2 minutes 43 seconds!  Now, that’s something, isn’t it?

7. Ethan Jordan Bortnick

Now, let’s look at a child that excels in the arts, shall we? Speaking of Ethan, he is an American pianist, singer, songwriter, composer, actor, and musician who, at the age of 9, became a Guinness World Record holder of ‘The World’s Youngest Solo Musician to Headline His Own Concert Tour’.

How did he have such great achievements? Well, Ethan showed an interest in music from a very young age.  He started by playing the keyboard at the age of three and composed his first piece when he was just five.

As of now, he continues to entertain millions with his live concerts, music tours and guest appearances on a variety of television shows.

6. Onafujiri Fuji Remet


Little Fuji is a three-year-old street photographer from Nigeria. This tiny tot is has gained fame amongst millions of netizens, who are simply left agape, by the sheer talent and skill that Fuji possesses. At an age when most of us can’t even tell different colors apart, Fuji has managed to handle a Sony SLR and capture mind-blowing snapshots of the streets of Nigeria. And not just one or two, Lil’ Fuji has clicked around 3,000 images, which have been showcased in a Lagos exhibition.

5. Kelvin Doe

The resident of Sierra Leone, Kevin, is another super-intelligent child prodigy of the modern world. This boy was so intensely passionate about mechanics that he taught himself engineering and began inventing a sound amplifier, batteries, FM transmitter, a three-channel mixer along with a mic receiver, all using unwanted garbage and scrap metals. He used all of these inventions to establish his own radio station, where he gained fame as “DJ Focus” amongst the locals, who greatly enjoyed listening to his music and news broadcasts.

Now, would you believe me if I told you that Kevin achieved all of this when he was just 13?

4. Gregory Smith

Another contemporary genius who has left his mark on the world of medicine is Gregory Smith. Blessed with insanely high IQ, Greg had mastered basic algebra and had completed reading classic novels like “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “The Last of the Mohicans” by the age of 5, He enrolled in high school when he turned 7. Later on, at the age of 10, he began his first year of college.

This young genius has a bachelor’s and masters’ degree in mathematics, a masters’ degree in computational biology, a doctorate in biological sciences, and is currently employed as a postdoctoral researcher at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

3. Cleopatra Stratan

This little girl probably makes more money than you can ever manage to make. Meet Cleopatra, a phenomenal child sensation, who took over the world with her voice. She gained recognition and commercial success after her album “La Varsta de Trei ani” went viral in her country. She holds the record as the highest paid young artist, the youngest artist to receive an MTV award, and is also the youngest artist to ever score a No.1 hit in a country.

Now, having said all of that, I challenge you to try guessing how much she earns. No clue? Well, get ready to be shocked, as this little one started by making a whopping 1000€ per song, when she was just 3.

2. Aelita Andre

Doesn’t this photo make you go ‘aww’? This isn’t just any toddler having fun with paints, but a professional abstract artist, who’s famous for her surrealist painting style and, of course, her adorable little age.  Aelita began painting when she was just 9 months old. By the time she turned 2, her works- which are absolutely breathtaking, by the way- were publicly displayed in a renowned gallery. Then, at the age of 4, she opened her first solo exhibition in New York City, in the month of June 2011.

1. Terence Tao

Terence was an exceptional child since birth. At the age of 2, he would teach 5-year-old’s how to spell and add numbers. Then, when he turned 9, he took the SAT’s to have an epic score of 760, in the math section. The same year, he started attending university-level mathematics courses. At the age of 13, he won a gold medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad of 1988, thus becoming the youngest gold medalist in the history of Mathematical Olympiads.

He is considered to be the most genius man alive, having a sky-high IQ of 230! That’s a score higher than Albert Einstein himself!