For those of you that followed this weekend’s Wall Street Journal, you may have caught Professor Jordan Ellenberg’s op-ed piece on how she believes that child geniuses ought to treated by family and wider society in general. Apparently, if you are a 13 year-old that hits 700 or above on the math portion of the SAT and 630 or above on the verbal reasoning portion, you become a part of this lifetime tracking study conducted by Vanderbilt University. It’s a very nice editorial, but this statistic that relates to finance caught my attention about the long-term earnings power of child geniuses:
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Those students, now in their early 40s, have filed regular reports on their intellectual and professional development for decades. They’re pretty developed: Some 44% of them have doctoral degrees (only 2% of the general population does); their median income was $80,000, about twice the U.S. average for people