Daniela Simidchieva, 44, has three degrees and her 192 IQ matches that of two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie.

She says she was thrilled to receive so many offers for lucrative employment after years of scraping a living for her and her family in jobs that paid no more than £70 a month.

She has landed a new job after an executive at the Centre for Analysis and Marketing in the capital Sophia learned of her plight after seeing her on Bulgarian TV.

“It was the first time in my life that I was offered a well paid and fulfilling job with decent conditions. Employers were always impressed by my CV but turned me down because of my age,” she said.

“I almost got a position as a sales director once but the boss was appalled by the fact that I was 42, he told me the maximum age for employing a woman was 40.”

The mother-of-three holds a BA in industrial engineering and masters degrees in sociology and economics.

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