Marilyn Vos Savant
Marilyn Vos Savant

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Name: Marilyn Vos Savant
Occupation: Playwright
Gender: Female
Birth Day: August 11, 1946
Age: 74
Birth Place: St. Louis, United States
Zodiac Sign: Leo

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Marilyn Vos Savant

Marilyn Vos Savant was born on August 11, 1946 in St. Louis, United States (74 years old). Marilyn Vos Savant is a Playwright, zodiac sign: Leo. Find out Marilyn Vos Savantnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


In one of her most famous columns, she answered the "Monty Hall" problem, explaining why, when faced with three doors (one with a prize behind it), it pays to switch after one of the non-prize doors is revealed.

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Before Fame

She received an astounding IQ score of 228 when she was just ten years old. As a young woman, she dropped out of Washington University in St. Louis to assist with her family's investment business.

Biography Timeline


Marilyn vos Savant was born Marilyn Mach on August 11, 1946, in St. Louis, Missouri, to parents Joseph Mach and Marina vos Savant. Savant says one should keep premarital surnames, with sons taking their fathers' and daughters their mothers'. The word savant, meaning someone of learning, appears twice in her family: her grandmother's name was Savant; her grandfather's, vos Savant. She is of Italian, Czechoslovak, German, and Austrian ancestry, being descended from the physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach.


Guinness cited vos Savant's performance on two intelligence tests, the Stanford-Binet and the Mega Test. She took the 1937 Stanford-Binet, Second Revision test at age ten. She claims her first test was in September 1956 and measured her mental age at 22 years and 10 months, yielding a 228 score. This figure was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records; it is also listed in her books' biographical sections and was given by her in interviews.


Following her listing in the 1986 Guinness Book of World Records, Parade ran a profile of her along with a selection of questions from Parade readers and her answers. Parade continued to get questions, so "Ask Marilyn" was made.


Savant married Robert Jarvik (one developer of the Jarvik-7 artificial heart) on August 23, 1987, and was made Chief Financial Officer of Jarvik Heart, Inc. She has served on the board of directors of the National Council on Economic Education, on the advisory boards of the National Association for Gifted Children and the National Women's History Museum, and as a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. Toastmasters International named her one of "Five Outstanding Speakers of 1999", and in 2003 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from The College of New Jersey.


Savant was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records under "Highest IQ" from 1985 to 1989 and entered the Guinness Book of World Records Hall of Fame in 1988. Guinness retired the "Highest IQ" category in 1990 after concluding IQ tests were too unreliable to designate a single record holder. The listing drew nationwide attention.


On January 22, 2012, Savant admitted a mistake in her column. In the original column, published on December 25, 2011, a reader asked:


On June 22, 2014, Savant made an error in a word problem. The question was: "If two people could complete a project in six hours, how long would it take each of them to do identical projects on their own, given that one took four hours longer than the other?" Her answer was 10 hours and 14 hours, reasoning that if together it took them 6 hours to complete a project, then the total effort was 12 "man hours". If they then each do a separate full project, the total effort needed would be 24 hours, so the answer (10+14) needed to add up to 24 with a difference of 4. Savant later issued a correction, as the answer ignored the fact that the two people get different amounts of work done per hour: if they are working jointly on a project, they can maximize their combined productivity, but if they split the work in half, one person will finish sooner and cannot fully contribute. This subtlety causes the problem to require solving a quadratic equation and thus to not have a rational solution. Instead, the answer is 4 + 40 {\displaystyle 4+{\sqrt {40}}} (approximately 10.32) and 8 + 40 {\displaystyle 8+{\sqrt {40}}} (approximately 14.32) hours.

Family Life

Marilyn was born Marilyn Mach in St. Louis, Missouri, to German and Italian immigrant parents. Marilyn was first married when she was just sixteen years old.

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Currently, Marilyn Vos Savant is 74 years, 6 months and 18 days old. Marilyn Vos Savant will celebrate 75th birthday on a Wednesday 11th of August 2021. Below we countdown to Marilyn Vos Savant upcoming birthday.


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