List of tallest people

This is a list of the tallest people, verified by the Guinness World Records or other reliable sources.

According to the Guinness Book Of World Records, the tallest human in recorded history was Robert Wadlow of the United States (1918–1940), who was 272 cm (8 ft 11 in). He received media attention in 1939 when he was measured to be the tallest man in the world, beating John Rogan's record, after reaching a height of 267 cm (8 ft 9 in).

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  Living   Deceased   Height disputed   No growth-related pathological disorder (gigantism, acromegaly)

Country Metric Imperial Name Note Lifespan
(age at death)
United States 272 cm 8 ft 11.1 in Robert Wadlow Tallest human in recorded history, confirmed by Guinness World Records.[1] 1918–1940 (22)
Thailand 269 cm 8 ft 10 in Pornchai Saosri Was not measured officially by Guinness.[2] 1989–2015 (26)
India 268 cm 8 ft 9.5 in Vikas Uppal Was not measured officially by Guinness.[3] Tallest recorded human in Indian history.[4] 1986–2007 (21)
United States 267 cm 8 ft 9 in John Rogan Second tallest male in recorded history. Weighed only 79 kg (174 lb). Unable to stand due to ankylosis. 1868–1905 (37)
United States 263.5 cm 8 ft 7.75 in John F. Carroll 8 ft 0 in (244 cm) standing height, 263.5 cm (8 ft 7.7 in) assuming normal spinal curvature.[5] 1932–1969 (37)
United States 262 cm 8 ft 7 in Willie Camper Billed at 8 ft 7 in (262 cm).[6] 1924–1943 (18)
United States 262 cm 8 ft 7 in Jack Earle Jacob Rheuben Ehrlich. American silent film actor and sideshow performer.[7][8] 1906–1952 (46)
Austria 258 cm 8 ft 5.5 in Franz Winkelmeier Tallest human in European history. Measured officially at 2.58m.[9] 1860–1887 (27)
Ukraine 258 cm 8 ft 5.5 in Leonid Stadnyk Not officially recognized by Guinness World Records because he refused to be measured according to their standards.[10][11] 1970–2014 (44)
Vietnam 257 cm 8 ft 5.25 in Hồ Văn Trung After he died he was measured post mortem to be 9 ft 0.25 in (275 cm),[12] but when alive he measured at 8 ft 5.25 in (257 cm)[13] 1984–2019 (34)
Germany 256 cm 8 ft 4.8 in Julius Koch Probably never the world's tallest person due to his life coinciding with that of John Rogan. Skeleton preserved in the Museum of Natural History in Mons, Belgium. Tallest German Person In Recorded History[citation needed] 1872–1902 (30)
United States 255 cm 8 ft 4.5 in Al Tomaini Height disputed. Claimed to be 8 ft 4 in (254 cm). Guinness stated he was 7 ft 4 in (224 cm)[14] Tomaini was the son of Santo Tomaini and Maria Bossone. At the age of 12, he was taller than his father, who stood 6 ft 3 in tall. He had a great-grandfather in Italy who was also of abnormal height. His parents consulted a physician who, with X-rays, discovered the cause of his gigantism to be an over-active pituitary gland. 1912–1962 (50)
Finland 251.4 cm 8 ft 3 in Väinö Myllyrinne Claimed to be the tallest living person from 1940 to 1963. Measured 251.4 cm (8 ft 3 in) tall at his peak. A member of the Finnish Defence Forces, Myllyrinne is also considered the tallest soldier ever. 1909–1963 (54)
Turkey 251 cm 8 ft 2.8 in[15] Sultan Kösen The tallest living person since 17 September 2009, as determined by Guinness World Records.[16] He also has the longest hands for a living person: 28.5-centimetre-long (11.22 in)[17] born 1982
South Sudan 250 cm 8 ft 2.4 in Ring Kuot Was not measured by Guinness. Tallest recorded Sudanese person.[18] 1986–2007 (21)
United States 248.9 cm 8 ft 2 in Don Koehler Guinness listed him as tallest person for most of 1970s. 1925–1981 (55)
United States 248.9 cm 8 ft 2 in Bernard Coyne Coyne's World War I draft registration card, dated 29 August, gave his height as 8 ft (240 cm), although he had reached a height of 8 ft 1.7 in (2.48 m), possibly 8 feet 4 inches (254 cm) by the time of his death. 1897–1921 (23)
Morocco 246 cm 8 ft 1 in[19] Brahim Takioullah Possesses the world's largest feet at 38 cm (1 ft 3 in).[20] born 1982
Iran 246 cm 8 ft 1 in Morteza Mehrzad Tallest man in Iran and Paralympic Athlete[21] Winner of Gold medal as part of Iran men's national sitting volleyball team at Sitting volleyball at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Paralympics, Sitting volleyball at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Paralympics, Sitting volleyball at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Para Games and The Hague 2018 Sitting Volleyball World Championship born 1987
India 246 cm 8 ft 1 in Dharmendra Pratap Singh Was not officially measured by Guinness World Records. Tallest living Indian person.[22] born 1983
Mozambique 245.7 cm 8 ft 0.75 in Gabriel Estêvão Monjane Was listed by Guinness World Records as tallest living man from 1988 - 1989.[23] 1944–1990 (45)
France 245 cm 8 ft 0.5 in Jean-Joseph Brice Known as "Le Géant des Vosges", Ramonchamp, France; his exact height was controversial.[24] 1835–?
Libya 245 cm 8 ft 0.4 in Suleiman Ali Nashnush Libyan basketball player, who was once the tallest man according to Guinness World Records.[citation needed] 1943–1991 (47)
Britain 244 cm 8 ft 0 in-8 ft 1 in James Toller Tallest person recorded at the time at eight feet (240 cm)-eight feet one inch (246 cm). Measured officially at the age of 18.[25] Isn't recognized by The Guinness Book Of World Records 1798–1818 (20)
Pakistan 244 cm 8 ft 0 in Zia Rasheed Was not measured by Guinness.[26] born 1987
Egypt 244 cm 8 ft 0 in Sa'id Muhammad Ghazi Claimed to be 9 ft 9.5 in (300 cm).[27][28] 1909–1941 (31-32)
Ireland 244 cm 8 ft 0 in Patrick Cotter O'Brien Tallest person recorded at the time and the third in medical history to stand at a verified height of eight feet (240 cm). Remains examined in 1972, measured, height verified. 1760–1806 (46)
Ghana 244 cm 8 ft 0 in Suleman Abdul-Samed Tied tallest living man in Ghana.[29][30] born 1994
Ghana 244 cm 8 ft 0 in Charles Sogli Tied tallest living man in Ghana.[31][32] born 1999
Holy Roman Empire 244 cm 8 ft 0 in Anton de Franckenpoint First verified person to reach 8 ft 0 in (2.44 m). Nickname Langer Anton. Skeleton later measured at 244 cm (8 ft 0 in). fl. ?–1596
China 242 cm 7 ft 11.5 in Zhang Juncai Tallest living Chinese person. born 1966
Indonesia 242 cm 7 ft 11.5 in Suparwono Was the tallest man in Southeast Asia, and he was the tallest Indonesian; claimed to be 8 ft 10.5 in (270.5 cm). Officially measured (lying down and in the standing position) by the Indonesian Record Museum (MURI) in December 2009.[33] 1985–2012 (26)
Netherlands 242 cm 7 ft 11.5 in Albert Johan Kramer [nl] Tallest man in the Netherlands. Tallest man to live past 60 years of age. His brother-in-law was a dwarf and did not exceed 69 cm (27 in). Together they formed a variety act, with performances around the world.[34] 1897–1976 (79)
Spain 242 cm 7 ft 11.5 in Miguel Joaquín Eleicegui Arteaga (Miguel Joaquín Eleicegui [es]) Tallest man recorded in Spain. The 2017 Basque movie Handia is based on his life. His remains were excavated and measured.[35][36][37] 1818–1861 (43)
India 241 cm 7 ft 11 in Asadulla Khan Tallest man in India.[38] born 1988
Puerto Rico 241 cm 7 ft 11 in Felipe Birriel Tallest Puerto Rican recorded. 1916–1994 (78)
Soviet Union 240 cm 7 ft 10.5 in Alexander Sizonenko Soviet basketball player.[39] 1959–2012 (53)
Austrian Empire 240 cm 7 ft 10.5 in Josef Drásal Tallest man in what is today the Czech Republic; his height is also often listed as 242 cm (7 ft 11.5 in). 1841–1886 (45)
Mongolia 240 cm 7 ft 10.5 in Öndör Gongor Very tall man in early-20th-century Mongolia. Was measured by Roy Chapman Andrews. 1880/85 – 1925/30
Roman Empire 239 cm 7 ft 10 in Maximinus Thrax Emperor of Rome, among the first persons known probably having gigantism.[40] Likely exaggerated. 173–238 (Aged 64–65)
Netherlands 238 cm 7 ft 10 in Rigardus Rijnhout Second tallest man in the Netherlands; he was known as the giant of Rotterdam. Early June 2011, a life-size statue of Rijnhout was unveiled in the Oude Westen district in Rotterdam.[41] 1922–1959 (36)
Pakistan 238 cm 7 ft 10 in Naseer Soomro Tallest confirmed man living in Pakistan.[42][43] born 1975
Japan 237 cm 7 ft 9.3 in Yoshimitsu Matsuzaka Tallest man in Japan; no color images of him exist even though he died in the 1960s.[44] 1930–1962 (32)
United Kingdom 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Angus MacAskill Tallest "true" giant (not due to a pathological condition). 1825–1863 (38)
Brazil 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Joelison Fernandes da Silva Tallest living Brazilian.[45][46] born 1985
United Kingdom 236 cm 7 ft 9 in William Bradley Known more commonly as Giant Bradley or the Yorkshire Giant, is one of the tallest recorded British men that ever lived, measuring 7 ft 9 in (2.36 m).[1] The same height as Angus MacAskill from Scotland. 1787–1820 (33)
United Kingdom 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Frederick Kempster Height disputed between 7 ft 8.5 in (235 cm) and 8 ft 4.5 in (255.3 cm)[47] 1889–1918 (29)
United States 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Martin Van Buren Bates Known as the Kentucky Giant or The Giant of the Hills.[48] He and Anna Haining Bates were the tallest married couple.[49] 1837–1919 (81)
Finland 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Louis Moilanen Tallest person in Michigan history and one of the tallest men in the world during his lifetime. He may have been 8 ft 1 in (246 cm) tall.[50] 1885–1913 (28)
Germany 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Walter Straub Tallest man in Germany while he was alive.[51] 1925–1986 (61)
Algeria 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Rachid Bara Tallest man in Algeria while he was alive.[52] 1974–2009 (35)
Soviet Union 232 cm 7 ft 7.3 in Uvais Akhtaev Soviet/Chechen basketball player in 1940–50s. 1930–1978 (48)
Canada 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Édouard Beaupré Possible tallest strongman as well as possible tallest wrestler in history. His death certificate claimed 8 ft 3 in (2.51 m) tall and still growing. Though other sources say 7 ft 8 in (2.34m).Guinness stated he was 7 ft 9 in (2.36m)[53][dubious ] 1881–1904 (23)
China 236.17 cm 7 ft 8.98 in Sun Mingming Chinese basketball player. Formerly second-tallest living person. born 1983
China 236.1 cm 7 ft 8.95 in Bao Xishun Considered the tallest living person by Guinness World Records until September 2009 when he was replaced by Sultan Kösen.[54] born 1951
Argentina 232 cm 7 ft 7¼ in Jorge González Billed at 8'0, he was the tallest wrestler in WWE history, first measured at 7'7½ (233cm) in 1988, however, suspected to have grown afterwards. 1966–2010 (44)
Tunisia 235.9 cm 7 ft 8.87 in Radhouane Charbib Listed by Guinness World Records as tallest man until 15 January 2005, before Bao Xishun and Sun Mingming.[55] born 1968
Brazil 233.5 cm 7 ft 8+13 in Rafael França do Nascimento Second tallest man in Brazil.[56] born 1987
United Kingdom 235 cm 7 ft 812 in Ted Evans Height Disputed. Claimed 9 ft 3.5 in (283 cm) Guinness Stated He Measured 7 ft 8.5 (235 cm).[57] 1924–1958 (34)
Russia 235 cm 7 ft 812 in Nikolai Pankratov Tallest man in Russia.[58] born 1990
North Korea 235 cm 7 ft 8+12 in Ri Myung-hun Former basketball player with the North Korean national team.[59] born 1967
United States
Ukraine
235 cm 7 ft 8+12 in Igor Vovkovinskiy Previously the tallest person living in the United States. Originally from Ukraine, moved to Rochester, Minnesota to be treated at the Mayo Clinic. Acted in commercials and movies.[60] Became well known by wearing a T-shirt that read "Obama's Biggest Supporter". Took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden, as one of the performers on the stage representing Ukraine. 1982–2021 (38)
United States 235 cm 7 ft 8 in Broc Brown In 2015, he was the tallest teenager in the United States.[61] born 1997
United States 235 cm 7 ft 8 in Cecil Boling Was 7 ft 8 in (234 cm) but shrank to 7 ft 0 in (213 cm) when his legs were replaced with artificial legs 8.5 in (22 cm) shorter.[62] 1920–2000 (79)
United States 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Brenden Adams Former tallest teenager in the world. born 1995
India 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Polipaka Gattaiah Former tallest Indian.[63] 1975–2015 (40)
Ivory Coast 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Abdramane Dembele Tallest man in Ivory Coast.[64] born 1985
Armenia 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Arshavir Grigoryan Tallest man in Armenia.[65] born 1990
United States 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Bob Wegner Plays basketball, and is the world's tallest athlete.[66] born 1993
United States 234 cm 7 ft 8 in George Bell Former Tallest living American.[67] born 1957
Fiji 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Kaliova Seleiwau Tallest living Fijian.[68] born 1981
Austria 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Adam Rainer Only person known to have been both a dwarf and giant. He was 118 cm (3 ft 10 in) tall at age 21 and peaked at 234 cm (7 ft 8 in) when he died, having doubled his height as an adult. 1899–1950 (51)
Pakistan 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Alam Channa Pakistani, considered to be the tallest living man when he died in 1998.[69] 1953–1998 (46)
Iceland 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Jóhann K. Pétursson Was the tallest person in Iceland. 1913–1984 (71)
Japan 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Yasutaka Okayama Tallest living Japanese. Tallest basketball player drafted in NBA history.[70][71][72][73] born 1954
Finland 233 cm 7 ft 7.7 in Daniel Cajanus Claimed To Be 9 ft 3 (282 cm) Height not confirmed officially.[74] He was only 7 ft 8 in (234 cm) according to the London Annual Register.[75] 1703–1749 (46)
Spain 233 cm 7 ft 7.7 in Jaime Clemente Izquierdo Spain's tallest man in his lifetime.[76] 1961–2005 (44)
Spain 233 cm 7 ft 7+12 in Agustín Luengo Capilla Circus performer. Tallest man in Spain at the time of his death.[77] 1849–1875 (26)
Somaliland 233 cm 7 ft 7.4 in Hussain Bisad Somaliland, considered to be one of the tallest living men.[78] born 1975
United Kingdom 233 cm 7 ft 7.4 in Neil Fingleton Tallest NCAA Division I basketball player. Known for his role Mag the Mighty for the HBO TV series Game of Thrones.[79] 1980–2017 (37)
United Kingdom 231 cm 7 ft 7.26 in Paul Sturgess Tied for the tallest player to play college basketball in the U.S.[80] born 1987
China 233 cm 7 ft 7 in Wang Feng-Jun Asia's tallest man in 2004.[81] 1976–2015 (39)
United States 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Kenny George Second-tallest NCAA Division I basketball player (Neil Fingleton).[82] born 1987
United States 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Lock Martin He played the robot in the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.[83] 1916–1959 (43)
Great Britain 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Charles Byrne Skeleton now resides in the Hunterian Museum. 1761–1783 (22)
United States 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Max Palmer Actor and pro wrestler. Listed by Guinness World Records at 7 ft 7 in (231 cm), claimed 8 ft 1 in (246 cm).[84] 1927–1984 (57)
Romania 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Gheorghe Mureșan Tied for tallest player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. born 1971
Romania 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Robert Bobroczky Romanian basketball player who was 231 cm (7 ft 7 in) in 2017–18, aged 17.[85] born 2000
Bangladesh 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Jinnat Ali Claimed to be 249 cm (8 ft 2 in),[86] but later was measured by Official Records Book of Bangladesh, at 231 cm (7 ft 7 in)[87] 1996–2020 (24)
India 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Jitendra Singh Claimed of being 8 feet 2 inches (249 cm), but was later measured at 7 ft 7 in (231 cm)[88] 1971–2015 (44)[89]
South Sudan 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Manute Bol Tied for tallest player in NBA history. 1962–2010 (48)
Azerbaijan 230 cm 7 ft 7 in Aleksandar Rindin Tallest man in Azerbaijan.[90] born 1985
Belgium 230 cm 7 ft 6.75 in Alain Delaunois Tallest living Belgian.[91] born 1971
Vietnam 229 cm 7 ft 6.25 in Trần Thành Phố Was the tallest man in Vietnam when he died in 2010[92] 1947–2010 (63)
Senegal 229 cm 7 ft 6.25 in Malik Sidibe Tallest basketball player in Senegal.[93] born 1985
United Kingdom 229 cm 7 ft 6+14 in Christopher Greener Formerly Britain's tallest man 1943–2015 (71)
Algeria 229 cm 7 ft 6+15 in Saad Kaiche Former basketball player of Club Baloncesto Breogán of Lugo.[94][95] born 1985
United States 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Ralph Madsen Billed as 7 ft 6 in (229 cm).[96] 1897–1948 (51)
United States 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Mills Darden Known for his extreme weight and height. Weighed 1,021 lb (463 kg). 1799–1857 (57)
China 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Yao Ming Was the tallest player in the NBA during his playing years until his retirement in 2011. born 1980
United States
Germany
229 cm 7 ft 6 in Shawn Bradley Former player in the NBA, 1993–2005, tallest living German (holding dual citizenship). born 1972
United States 229 cm 7 ft 6 in John Hollinden Tallest collegiate basketball player in the history of Inndiana.[97] 1958-1992
Senegal 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Moussa Seck Tallest basketball player in Senegal.[98] born 1986
United States 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Matthew McGrory Was the world's tallest actor when he died in 2005.[99] 1973–2005 (32)
Senegal 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Mamadou N'Diaye Was the tallest in high school and college basketball while playing in the USA (tied for tallest with Tacko Fall in his final college season in 2015–16).[100][101] born 1993
Senegal 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Tacko Fall Currently the tallest player in the NBA G League since being signed by the Cleveland Charge in 2022.[101][102] Was the tallest high school basketball player in the US as of 2014,[103] and was the tallest player in US college basketball from 2016 to 2019. born 1995
United States 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Conrad Furrows He was listed in the Bernard L. Kobel Catalogue of Human Oddities of Circus Sideshows.[104] 1922–1967 (45)
India 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Jagdeep Singh Tallest Police Officer In The World.[1] born ????
Spain 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Fermín Arrudi Urieta [es] Tallest man in Spain at the time of his death. 1870–1913 (42)
Canada 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Olivier Rioux Canadian youth basketball player[105] born 2006
Russia 229 cm 7 ft 5.8 in Sergey Ilin Tallest basketball player in Russia.[106] born 1988
Democratic Republic of the Congo 228 cm 7 ft 5+23 in Bienvenu Letuni Tallest basketball player in DRC[107] born 1994
Poland 228 cm 7 ft 5+23 in Eugeniusz Taraciński Tallest man in Poland while he was alive.[108] 1928–1978 (50)
Colombia 228 cm 7 ft 5+23 in Asdrúbal Herrera Mora Tallest living Colombian.[109] born 1986
Slovakia 228 cm 7 ft 5+23 in Martin Miklosik Tallest basketball player in the Slovak Republic.[110] born 1986
Peru 228 cm 7 ft 5+23 in Margarito Machacuay The tallest Peruvian.[111] 1965–2020[112] (55)
Venezuela 227 cm 7 ft 5+13 Jeison Rodríguez Tallest man in Venezuela. Also holds the Guinness Record of largest feet.[113][114] c. born 1995
Canada 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Sim Bhullar Tallest living Canadian. He played for the Sacramento Kings[115] in 2014-2015 also making him the tallest Canadian NBA player ever. born 1992
Malta 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Samuel Deguara Tallest man in Italy and Malta.[116] born 1991
United States 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Will Jacobsen Professional basketball player who played most of his career with the surname Foster. born 1988
United States 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Jamarion Sharp Tallest college basketball player from 2021 to present.[117] born 2001
Czech Republic 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Tomáš Pustina Second tallest Czech.[118] 1977–2016 (38)
Norway 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Henrik Brustad Was known as worlds largest and strongest man in Norway 1844-1899 (54)
United States 225 cm 7 ft 4.5 in John Aasen Was promoted to be 8 ft 2 in (2.49 m), his skeleton was measuring 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m), but he lost some inches due to his age.[119] 1890–1938 (48)
Nigeria 225 cm 7 ft 4+12 in Afeez Agoro Oladimeji Tallest man in Nigeria.[120] born 1975
Ethiopia 225 cm 7 ft 4+12 in Nagawoo Jimaan Tallest living man in Ethiopia.[121]
Czech Republic 225 cm 7 ft 4.5 in Ivo Höger Tallest living man in the Czech Republic.[122] born 1982
Slovakia 224 cm 7 ft 4 in Michael Fusek Slovak professional basketball player. born 1995
France
Bulgaria
224 cm 7 ft 4 in André René Roussimoff Better known by his ring name André the Giant, was a French-Bulgarian professional wrestler and actor.[123] 1946-1993 (46)
Australia 223 cm 7 ft 4 in Kewal Shiels The tallest living Australian in the world.[124] born 1989
United Kingdom 222 cm 7 ft 3.4 in Patrick Murphy Claimed to be 8 ft 10 in (2.69 m), but later measured at 7 ft 3.4 in (2.22 m) 1834–1862 (27)
Algeria 222 cm 7 ft 3.5 in Mounir Fourar Was not officially measured by Guinness. 1972–2012 (40)
Italy 222 cm 7 ft 3.5 in Gino Cuccarolo Tallest man in Italy. born 1987
United Kingdom 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Peter Mayhew Chewbacca actor in the Star Wars franchise.[125] 1944–2019 (74)
China 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Ren Keyu Guinness World Records records him as tallest living male teenager in the world[126] born 2006
United States 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Kevin Peter Hall American Actor Best Known For Playing Predator. 1955–1991 (35)
Nepal 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Rajan Adhikari Tallest Man From Nepal. Often Mistaken For Indonesian Giant Musutaman.[127] born 1978
United States 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Jim Tarver Billed at 8 ft 4 in (2.54 m). Experts suggest he was closer to 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m).[128] 1885–1958 (72)
Serbia 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Boban Marjanović Currently the tallest active NBA player since Tacko Fall left the league in the 2021-2022 season. Currently plays for the Houston Rockets. born 1988

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  Living   Deceased   Height disputed

Country Metric Imperial Name Note Lifespan
(age at death)
Netherlands 255 cm 8 ft 4 in Trijntje Keever The tallest woman in recorded history, although her claims are disputed or unverified. 1616–1633 (17)
United States 254 cm 8 ft 4 in Ella Ewing Second tallest woman in history but not recognized by Guinness. Her mother describes her full height at 8 ft 4 in (2.54 m).[129] 1872–1913 (40)
China 248 cm 8 ft 1.75 in Zeng Jinlian Confirmed by Guinness World Records as tallest female recorded. Suffered from spine curvature and could not stand at full height. Tallest recorded Chinese person and world's tallest person shortly before her death. She is the only woman verified to have reached 8 feet (244 cm) tall.[130] 1964–1982 (17)
Canada 242 cm 7 ft 11.5 in Anna Haining Bates She and Martin Van Buren Bates were the tallest married couple.[131][132][133] 1846–1888 (41)
United Kingdom 241 cm 7 ft 11 in Jane Bunford Tallest recorded English woman and possibly the world's tallest person at the time of her death. Given height is adjusted for spinal curvature; maximum standing height was 7 ft 10 in (239 cm).[134] 1895–1922 (27)
India 233 cm 7 ft 8 in Siddiqa Parveen World's tallest living woman also confirmed by Guinness World Records.Tallest recorded Indian woman.[135] born 1985
Indonesia 233 cm 7 ft 7.75 in Mulia Tallest woman in Indonesia.[136][137] 1956–1991 (35)
China 233 cm 7 ft 7.75 in Yao Defen Listed as tallest living female by Guinness World Records until her death on 13 November 2012. 1972–2012 (40)
United States 232 cm 7 ft 7.25 in Sandy Allen Listed as tallest living female by Guinness World Records, and the tallest American woman, until her death on 13 August 2008.[138] 1955–2008 (53)
Greece 230 cm 7 ft 6.5 in Vasiliki Caliandi Tallest woman in Greece.[139] 1882–1904 (22)
China 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Sun Fang World's 2nd tallest living woman.[140] born 1987
Poland 218 cm 7 ft 2 in Margo Dydek Tallest professional women's basketball player.[141] 1974–2011 (37)
Pakistan 218 cm 7 ft 2 in Zainab Bibi Asserted to be the world's tallest woman in 2003[142] 1972–2018 (46)
Thailand 214 cm 7 ft 0.25 in Malee Duangdee Former World's tallest female teenager.[143] 1991–2016 (24)
Turkey 213 cm 7 ft 0 in Rumeysa Gelgi World's tallest living woman officially confirmed by Guinness World Records, and previously world's tallest female teenager.[144][145][146] born 1997

Disputed and unverified claimsEdit

Country Metric Imperial Name Note Lifespan
(age at death)
Iran 364 cm 11 ft 11 in Siah Khan Ibn Kashmir Khan When he was admitted to hospital in 1933 he was found to be only 7 ft 2.6 in (220 cm) tall.[147] 1912–1938
France 350 cm 11 ft 6 in Giant of Castelnau Height estimate based on bone fragments found at the Neolithic cemetery of Castelnau-le-Lez, excavated in 1890 by Georges Vacher de Lapouge and published in the journal La Nature, Vol. 18, 1890.[148] Unknown –
Neolithic France
Andorra 320 cm 10 ft 6 in Jose Punlos Height not confirmed officially.[149][150] 1907–???? (?)
Zimbabwe 315 cm 10 ft 4 in Mildred (Zimbabwe) Height not confirmed officially.[151] born 1977?
Japan 310.9 cm 10 ft 2 in Emperor Keikō Claims of being 10 feet 2 inches (310 cm), not confirmed[152] 13 BC - 130 AD (143)
United States 304.8 cm 10 ft Unknown Multiple human skeletons discovered by Dr. J. F. Everhart and the Historical Society of Brush Creek Township, Ohio in 1880. Unverified, controversial and disputed. Unknown[153]
Israel 297 cm 9 ft 9 in Goliath Champion soldier of the Philistine army from Gath. Recorded by the prophet Samuel as being 6 cubits 1 span tall in 1st Samuel 17:4. c. 1000 BC
England 289 cm 9 ft 6 in John Hale Height not confirmed officially.[154] Unknown
Russian Empire 285 cm 9 ft 4.1 in Fyodor Machnov Height not confirmed officially.[155] 1882–1912 (30)
Russia 282 cm 9 ft 3 in Kazanloff Height not confirmed officially.[156] 1888?–???? (?)
England 282 cm 9 ft 3 in John MiddletonThe Childe Of Hale Claimed of being 9 ft 3 (282 cm). Guinness stated he was actually about 7 ft 8 (234 cm) from modern evidence. 1578–1623 (45)
Italy 274.3 cm 9 ft 0 in Almiro Crema Height not confirmed officially.[157] 1900–???? (??)
Israel 267 cm 8 ft 9.1 in Eddie Carmel Unconfirmed height; claimed to be 9 ft 0.6 in (275 cm), billed at 8 ft 9.1 in (267 cm).[158] 1936–1972 (36)
China 265 cm 8 ft 8.25 in Zhang Yingwu [zh] Height not confirmed officially.[159] 1921–1984 (63)
Tokugawa shogunate 264 cm 8 ft 8 in Akashi Shiganosuke Was born in 1600 and isn't recognised by the Guinness World Records and he is also believed to be 245 cm (8'0.5).[citation needed] 1600–1649 (48-49)
India 256.5 cm 8 ft 5 in Maruthi Hanamanth Koli Height not confirmed officially.[160][161] born 1981
Bangladesh 251 cm 8 ft 3 in Parimal Barman Claims of being 8 feet 3 inches (251 cm), not confirmed. 1962–1991 (29)
England 248.9 cm 8 ft 2 in Henry Alexander Cooper Height not confirmed officially.[162] 1853–1899 (46)
China 246 cm 8 ft 1 in Zhao Liang Height not confirmed officially. A circus performer. born 1982
Ottoman Empire 244.4 cm 8 ft 0.3 in Barth's Giant Skeleton of reputed giant "Hayduk", Turkish soldier displayed at Vienna's Anatomical museum in 1904. Height estimated from Femur and Tibia at 235.2 to 244.4 cm (7 ft 8.6 in to 8 ft 0.2 in) tall.[163] c. 1683
Qing Empire 244 cm 8 ft 0 in Zhan Shichai Height not confirmed officially.[164][165] 1841–1893 (52)
Uzbekistan 244 cm 8 ft 0 in Isroil Hushbokov Height not confirmed officially.[166] born 1980
Iraq 243 cm 7 ft 11.6 in Sabah Jabbar Hadi Height not confirmed officially. [2] 1985–2018 (33)
India 242 cm 7 ft 11 in Karan Singh Claims to be 7 ft 11 (242 cm) aged 13. Son of Indian basketball player Shweatlana Singh born 2007
Indonesia 242 cm 7 ft 11 in Musutaman Height not confirmed officially.[167] born 1962
Sweden 242 cm 7 ft 11 in Gustaf Edman Height not confirmed officially.[168] 1882–1912 (30)
Isle of Man 241 cm 7 ft 11 in Colonel Routh Goshen Known as the Arabian Giant or the Palestine Giant. 1824–1889 (64)
Brazil 240 cm 7 ft 10.5 in Katia D'Avilla Rodrigues Height not confirmed officially. Experts Suggest She Was Closer To 7 ft 6.6 in (230 cm) from photographic evidence.[169][170] 1963–2011 (48)
Russia 239.4 cm 7 ft 10.25 in Ivan Stepanovich Loushkin Height not confirmed officially.[171] 1811–1844 (33)
Austria Hungary 237 cm 7 ft 9.3 in Grgo Kusić Possible tallest Croat recorded as well as possible tallest person of Austria-Hungary of his time. Some sources states his height as 219 cm (7 ft 2) some at 237 cm (7 ft 9.6), his exact height is disputed[172][173] 1892–1918 (26)
Hungary 236 cm 7 ft 9 in János Várnai Claimed to be the tallest Hungarian in 1963.[174] ?–? (?)
Ireland 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Cornelius McGrath Measurement according to the London Annual Register.[75] 1737–1759 (22)
Israel 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Saint Christopher Saint venerated by the Roman Catholic Church. ???? - ????
Kingdom of Navarre 222–231 cm 7 ft 3 in – 7 ft 7 in Sancho VII of Navarre Height estimated by Luis del Campo in 1952, from a measurement of his femur recorded in 1622.[175] 1170–1234 (64)
China 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Zhang Ziyu Measurement according to her middle school fitness exam, measured late 2019. Confirmation would tie her with Sun Fang, the world's tallest living woman as of 2020, as well as make her the tallest female teenager and female basketball player.[176] born 2007

Tallest in various sportsEdit

Country Metric Imperial Name Note Lifespan Photo
Iran 246 cm 8 ft 1 in[177] Morteza Mehrzad Tallest paralympian and tallest volleyball player.[178] born 1987  
Libya 244.8 cm 8 ft 0.4 in Suleiman Ali Nashnush Tallest basketball player. 1943–1991
Canada 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Édouard Beaupré Tallest strongman and wrestler. 1881-1904
China 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Sun Mingming Tallest active professional basketball player. born 1983  
Argentina 232 cm 7 ft 7 in Jorge González Tallest Wrestler in WWE history. 1966–2010
Romania 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Gheorghe Mureșan Retired professional basketball player. Tied as tallest player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. born 1971  
South Sudan 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Manute Bol Retired professional basketball player. Tied as tallest player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. 1962–2010
Romania 224 cm 7 ft 4 in Gogea Mitu Tallest professional boxer in history. 1914–1936  
Serbia 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Boban Marjanović Tallest active NBA player. born 1988  
South Korea 218 cm 7 ft 2 in Hong-man Choi Joint tallest kickboxer and mixed martial artist. born 1980
Brazil 218 cm 7 ft 2 in Giant Silva Joint tallest kickboxer and mixed martial artist. born 1963  
Poland 218 cm 7 ft 2 in Małgorzata "Margo" Dydek Tallest player in WNBA history. 1974–2011  
Russia 218 cm 7 ft 2 in[179] Dmitriy Muserskiy Tallest volleyball player. Member of Russia's national team born 1988  
Pakistan 216 cm 7 ft 1 in Mohammad Irfan Tallest international cricketer[180] born 1982  
Philippines 216 cm 7 ft 1 in E.J. Feihl Tallest basketball player in PBA history. (tied with Greg Slaughter) born 1970
Philippines 216 cm 7 ft 1 in Greg Slaughter Tallest basketball player in PBA history. (tied with E.J. Feihl) born 1988  
Netherlands 215 cm 7 ft 1 in Loek van Mil Tallest baseball player. 1984–2019  
United Kingdom 213 cm 7 ft 0 in Richard Metcalfe Tallest rugby union player. born 1973
Netherlands 213 cm 7 ft 0 in Ted van der Parre Tallest World's Strongest Man. born 1955  
United States 213 cm 7 ft 0 in Richard Sligh Tallest American football player in National Football League history. 1944–2008
Russia 213 cm 7 ft 0 in Nikolai Valuev Tallest boxing world champion. born 1973  
Netherlands 212 cm 6 ft 11 in Semmy Schilt Tallest kickboxing world champion. born 1973  
Netherlands 212 cm 6 ft 11 in Stefan Struve Tallest fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. born 1988  
United States 211 cm 6 ft 11 in Jon Rauch Tallest baseball player in Major League Baseball history. born 1978  
Australia 211 cm 6 ft 11 in Aaron Sandilands Tied as tallest player in Australian Football League history. born 1982  
Australia 211 cm 6 ft 11 in Peter Street Tied as tallest player in Australian Football League history. born 1980  
United States 211 cm 6 ft 11 in Mason Cox Tied as tallest player in Australian Football League history. born 1991  
United States 211 cm 6 ft 11 in Reilly Opelka Tied as tallest tennis player on the ATP Tour. born 1997  
Croatia 211 cm 6 ft 11 in Ivo Karlović Tied as tallest tennis player on the ATP Tour. born 1979  
United Kingdom 211 cm 6 ft 11 in Will Carrick-Smith Tied as tallest active professional rugby union player. born 1992
Ireland 211 cm 6 ft 11 in Devin Toner Tied as tallest active professional rugby union player. born 1986  
Lithuania 209 cm 6 ft 10 in Rolandas Gimbutis Tallest Olympic swimmer. born 1981
Belgium 208 cm 6 ft 10 in Kristof Van Hout Tallest association football player. born 1987
Russia 208 cm 6 ft 10 in Nelly Alisheva Tallest female volleyball player. born 1983  
Slovakia 206 cm 6 ft 9 in Zdeno Chára Tallest player in National Hockey League history. born 1977  
Bulgaria 203 cm 6 ft 8 in Kotooshu Katsunori Tallest sumo wrestler. born 1983  
South Africa 203 cm 6 ft 8 in Marco Jansen Tallest active cricketer. born 2000
Germany 201 cm 6 ft 7 in Ingo Schultz Tallest sprinter. born 1975  
United States 201 cm 6 ft 7 in Phil Blackmar Tallest golfer on the PGA Tour. born 1957  
Switzerland 200 cm 6 ft 7 in Ramon Zenhäusern Tallest World Cup competitor in alpine skiing. born 1992  
Bulgaria 198 cm 6 ft 6 in Velichko Cholakov Tallest Olympic weightlifter. 1982–2017

Tallest living people from various nationsEdit

Country Metric Imperial Name Notes Lifespan
Turkey 251 cm 8 ft 3 in Sultan Kösen Tallest Turk[16] born 1982
Morocco 246 cm 8 ft 1 in Brahim Takioullah Tallest Moroccan[20] born 1982
India 246 cm 8 ft 1 in Dharmendra Pratap Singh Tallest Indian. Was not measured by Guinness World Records[181] born 1983
Iran 246 cm 8 ft 1 in Morteza Mehrzad Tallest Iranian[182] born 1987
Pakistan 244 cm 8 ft 0 in Zia Rasheed Tallest living Pakistani. Was not measured by Guinness World Records.[26] born 1980
China 242 cm 7 ft 11 in Zhang Juncai Tallest Chinese[citation needed] born 1966
Brazil 241 cm 7 ft 11 in Joélisson Fernandes da Silva Tallest Brazilian[45] born 1991
United States 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Bob Wegner Tallest American born 1993
Tunisia 235 cm 7 ft 8.5 in Radhouane Charbib Tallest Tunisian[55] born 1968
Somalia 235 cm 7 ft 8+12 in Hussain Bisad Tallest Somali[citation needed] born 1975
North Korea 235 cm 7 ft 8.5 in Ri Myung-hun Tallest North Korean[citation needed] born 1967
Myanmar 232.4 cm 7 ft 7.5 in Win Zaw Oo Tallest man in Burma;[citation needed] also known as 'Big Zaw', who is currently seeking medical treatment from 2013 in Singapore born 1977
United Kingdom 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Paul Sturgess Tallest Briton[183] born 1987
Japan 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Yasutaka Okayama Tallest Japanese[72] born 1954
Romania 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Gheorghe Mureșan Tallest Romanian[citation needed] born 1971
Montenegro 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Slavko Vraneš Tallest person in Montenegro[citation needed] born 1983
Malta 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Samuel Deguara Tallest Maltese[citation needed] born 1991
Canada 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Sim Bhullar Tallest Canadian[citation needed] born 1983
New Zealand 225 cm 7 ft 4.5 in Jonty Butterfield Tallest New Zealander[184] born 1994
Ireland 225 cm 7 ft 4.5 in Shaun Aisbitt Tallest Irishman[185] born 1962
Germany 224 cm 7 ft 4.2 in Jannik Könecke Tallest German[186] ?–
Australia 223 cm 7 ft 4 in Kewal Shiels Tallest Australian.[187]
Puerto Rico 222 cm 7 ft 3.5 in Peter John Ramos Tallest Puerto Rican[citation needed] born 1985
Hungary 222 cm 7 ft 3.5 in László Dobos Tallest Hungarian[188] born 1993
Philippines 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Raul Dillo Tallest Filipino when he was measured at age 17.[189][190] born 1991
Nepal 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Rajan Adhikari Tallest Nepali[191] born 1978
Spain 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Roberto Dueñas Hernández Tallest Spaniard[citation needed] born 1975
Malaysia 220 cm 7 ft 2+2/3 in Mohd Azli Hisyam Tallest man in Malaysia.[192] born 1994

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