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Whizz-kid actuaries of the future

Brothers Wajih (12) and Zohaib (10) Ahmed, who were Actuaries of the Future in the June 2009 edition of The Actuary, have recently featured in the Channel 4 programme Child Genius: 5 Years On.

Wajih and Ahmed hold A* grades in A-level mathematics and aspire to qualify as actuaries in their early 20s after completing economics degrees by the age of 17. In the programme, they spend a day at Hymans Robertson’s London offices, gaining an insight into actuaries’ day-to-day work and experience of presenting results of their work in the boardroom. At home, they proudly display letters of congratulations for exam success from former prime minister Gordon Brown, prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, and are seen reading The Actuary.

The boys’ father insists that their intellect is a result of starting to learn numbers early, coupled with a rigorous study schedule. With IQ scores of 154 (very superior intelligence) and 142 (superior intelligence) for Wajih and Zohaib respectively, there is no doubt that these future actuaries are extraordinary.

By Kelvin Chamunorwa