Legendary investor Warren Buffett touched on the difference between IQ and wisdom during the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders Meeting.

“It’s interesting that IQ does not always translate into rationality and behavioral success or wisdom,” Buffett said. “I know some people that are extraordinarily wise [who] would not be in the top three on an IQ test. But if I wanted their judgment on some matter, even if I want to put him in a position of responsibility someplace, I might prefer one of the three.”

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Warren Buffett, Chairman of Berkshire Hathway and Trustee of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation during the press conference at the Hotel Oberoi on March 24, 2011 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Ankit Agrawal/Mint via Getty Images)

At another point, Buffett was asked about the smartest people he’s ever known. He said that famed economist Benjiamin Graham was one of the three.

“Smartness does not necessarily equate to wisdom,” Buffett said. “Ben Graham, one of the things he said he liked to do every day was he wanted to do something creative, something generous, and something foolish. And he said he was pretty good at the latter. … He was amazing actually at the creative.”

Graham penned the famous book “The Intelligent Investor,” which prompted Buffett to enroll in Columbia Business School to study under Graham. The Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO is quoted as describing “The Intelligent Investor” as “by far the best book on investing ever written.”

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Benjamin Graham taught an investment class at the Columbia University business school for 28 years. (Photo: Creative Commons)

As for who the other two smartest people are, the Oracle of Omaha wouldn’t share it during the meeting. 

“I may not be one of the smartest, but I’m smart enough not to name the other two,” Buffett said. “Ben Graham is one of the three smartest people, and I’ve known some really smart people.” 

But, he made it clear that there are still plenty of wise people out there who aren’t part of those “top three.” 

Adriana is a reporter and editor for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @adrianambells.


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