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This is a list of the tallest people, a list of the tallest documented and verified people according to authorities such as Guinness World Records, CNN, Dailymail, or other less-reliable media for example Facebook and YouTube.

According to the criterion, the tallest human was Robert Wadlow of the United States of America (1918–1940), who was 8 ft 11.09 in (272 cm). He received news 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 8 ft 9 in (267 cm).

Men

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

Country Russia Metric 270.888 cm Imperial 8 ft 10.6 in Name unknown Note ??? Lifespan
(age at death) 1645–??? (97)
United States United States 272 cm 8 ft 11.09 in Robert Wadlow Tallest human in recorded history, confirmed by Guinness World Records.[1] 1918–1940 (22)
United States United States 267 cm 8 ft 9 in John Rogan Second tallest man in history, as well once tallest person of all-time and tallest African-American in history Weighed only 229 lb (104 kg). Unable to stand due to ankylosis 1868–1905 (37)
United States United States 263.5 cm 8 ft 7.75 in John F. Carroll 8 ft 0 in (244 cm) standing height, 8 ft 7+34 in (263.5 cm) assuming normal spinal curvature.[2] 1932–1969 (37)
Austrian Empire
259 cm 8 ft 6 in Franz Winkelmeier He was promoted to be 8 ft 9 in (2.67cm), although his death certificate describes him as being 8 ft 6 in (2.59cm)[3][4] 1860–1887 (27)
Germany Germany 256.5 cm 8 ft 5 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.[citation needed] 1872–1902 (30)
United States United States 254 cm 8 ft 4 in Al Tomaini Tomaini was the son of Santo Tomaini and Maria Bossone. At the age of 12, he was taller than his father, who stood 6 feet, 3 inches tall. He had a great-grandfather in Italy who was also of abnormal height. His parents consulted a physician who, through the use of X-rays, discovered the cause of his giantism to be an over-active pituitary gland. 1912–1962 (50)
Canada Canada 251.4 cm 8 ft 3 in Édouard Beaupré Tallest strongman as well as tallest wrestler in history. His death certificate described him as being 8 ft 3 in (2.51 m) tall and still growing. 1881–1904 (23)
Finland 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 Turkey 251 cm 8 ft 2.8 in[5] Sultan Kösen The tallest living person since 17 September 2009, as determined by Guinness World Records.[6] He has also the longest hands for a living person - 28.5-centimetre-long (11.22 in)[7] born 1982
United States 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 United States 248.3 cm 8 ft 1.7 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 (2.48cm), possibly 8 feet 4 inches (254 cm) by the time of his death. 1897–1921 (23)
India India 246 cm 8 ft 1.1 in Vikas Uppal Was not measured officially by Guinness.[8] Tallest man in India ever.[9] 1986–2007 (21)
Pakistan Pakistan 246 cm 8 ft  in Zia Rasheed Was not measured by Guinness.[10] born 1987
Morocco Morocco 246 cm 8 ft 1 in[11] Brahim Takioullah Possesses the world's largest feet at 38 cm (1 ft 3 in).[12] born 1982
Iran Iran 246 cm 8 ft 1 in Morteza Mehrzad Tallest man in Iran and Paralympic Athlete[13] 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 India 246 cm 8 ft 1 in Dharmendra Pratap Singh Was not officially measured by Guinness World Records. Tallest living Indian person.[14] born 1983
Libya Libya 245 cm 8 ft 0.5 in Suleiman Ali Nashnush Libyan basketball player, who was once the tallest man according to Guinness World Record's.[citation needed] 1943–1991 (47)
France France 245 cm 8 ft 0.4 in Jean-Joseph Brice Known as "Le Géant des Vosges", Ramonchamp, France; his exact height was controversial.[15] 1835–?
Ireland 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)
Holy Roman Empire Holy Roman Empire 244 cm 8 ft 0 in Anton de Franckenpoint First verified person to reach 8 feet (2.44m). Nickname Langer Anton. Skeleton later measured at 244 cm (8 ft 0 in). fl. ?–1596
China China 242 cm 7 ft 11.5 in Zhang Juncai Tallest living Chinese person. born 1966
Indonesia Indonesia 242 cm 7 ft 11.5in 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.[16] 1985–2012 (26)
Netherlands Netherlands 242 cm 7 ft 11.5 in Albert Johan Kramer Tallest man in the Netherlands. 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.[17] 1897–1976 (79)
Spain Spain 242 cm 7 ft 11.5 in Miguel Joaquín Eleicegui Arteaga (es) Tallest man recorded in Spain. The 2017 Basque movie Handia is based on his life. His remains were excavated and measured.[18][19][20] 1818–1861 (43)
Brazil Brazil 241 cm 7 ft 11 in Joélisson Fernandes da Silva Tallest living Brazilian.[21][22] born 1985
India India 241 cm 7 ft 11 in Asadulla Khan Tallest man in India.[23] born 1988
Puerto Rico 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.[24] 1959–2012 (53)
Egypt Egypt 240 cm 7 ft 10.5 in Sa'id Muhammad Ghazi Claimed to be 9 ft 9.5 in (300 cm), his height is disputed.[25] 1909–1941 (31-32)
Austrian Empire 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 Mongolia 240 cm 7 ft 10.45 in Öndör Gongor Very tall man in early-20th-century Mongolia. Was measured by Roy Chapman Andrews. 1880/85 – 1925/30
Netherlands 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.[26] 1922–1959 (36)
Roman Empire Roman Empire 239 cm 7 ft 10 in Maximinus Thrax Emperor of Rome, among the first persons known probably having gigantism.[27] Likely exaggerated. 173–238 (Aged 64-65)
Pakistan Pakistan 238 cm 7 ft 10 in Naseer Soomro Tallest confirmed man living in Pakistan.[28][29] born 1975
Austria-Hungary
237 cm 7 ft 9.3 in Grgo Kusić Tallest Croat recorded. 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[30][31] 1892–1918 (26)
Japan 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.[32] 1930–1962 (32)
United Kingdom United Kingdom 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Angus MacAskill Tallest "true" giant (not due to a pathological condition). Tallest recorded man from the United Kingdom. 1825–1863 (38)
United Kingdom 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 feet 9 inches (2.36 m).[1] The same height as Angus MacAskill from Scotland. 1787–1820 (33)
United Kingdom 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)[33] 1889–1918 (29)
United States United States 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Martin Van Buren Bates Known as the Kentucky Giant or The Giant of the Hills.[34] He and Anna Haining Bates were the tallest married couple.[35] 1837–1919 (81)
United States United States 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.[36] 1885–1913 (28)
West Germany Germany 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Walter Straub Tallest man in Germany while he was alive.[37] 1925–1986 (61)
Algeria Algeria 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Rachid Bara Tallest man in Algeria while he was alive.[38] 1974–2009 (35)
Soviet Union
236 cm 7 ft 9 in Uvais Akhtaev Soviet/Chechen basketball player in 1940–50s. 1930–1978 (48)
China China 236.17 cm 7 ft 8.98 in Sun Mingming Chinese basketball player. Formerly second-tallest living person. born 1983
China 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.[39] born 1951
Tunisia 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.[40] born 1968
Brazil Brazil 235.5 cm 7 ft 8+13 in Rafael França do Nascimento Second tallest man in Brazil.[41] born 1987
Russia Russia 235 cm 7 ft 8½ in Nikolai Pankratov Tallest man in Russia.[42] born 1990
North Korea North Korea 235 cm 7 ft 8+12 in Ri Myung-hun Former basketball player with the North Korean national team.[43] born 1967
United States United States
Ukraine Ukraine
235 cm 7 ft 8+13 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.[44] 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 United States 235 cm 7 ft 8 in Broc Brown In 2015, he was the tallest teenager in the United States.[45] born 1997
United States 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.[46] 1920–2000 (79)
United States United States 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Brenden Adams Former tallest teenager in the world. born 1995
India India 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Polipaka Gattaiah Former tallest Indian.[47] 1975–2015 (40)
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Abdramane Dembele Tallest man in Ivory Coast.[48] born 1985
Armenia Armenia 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Arshavir Grigoryan Tallest man in Armenia.[49] born 1990
United States United States 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Bob Wegner Plays basketball, and is the world's tallest athlete.[50] born 1993
United States United States 234 cm 7 ft 8 in George Bell Former Tallest living American.[51] born 1957
Fiji Fiji 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Kaliova Seleiwau Tallest living Fijian.[52] born 1981
Austria 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 Pakistan 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Alam Channa Pakistani, considered to be the tallest living man when he died in 1998.[53] 1953–1998 (46)
Iceland Iceland 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Jóhann K. Pétursson Was the tallest person in Iceland. 1913–1984 (71)
Japan Japan 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Yasutaka Okayama Tallest living Japanese. Tallest basketball player drafted in NBA history.[54][55][56][57] born 1954
Finland Finland 233 cm 7 ft 7.7 in Daniel Cajanus Height not confirmed officially.[58] He was only 7 ft 8 in (234 cm) according to the London Annual Register.[59] 1703–1749 (46)
Spain Spain 233 cm 7 ft 7.7 in Jaime Clemente Izquierdo Spain's tallest man in his lifetime.[60] 1961–2005 (44)
Spain Spain 233 cm 7 ft 7+12 in Agustín Luengo Capilla Circus performer. Tallest man in Spain at the time of his death.[61] 1849–1875 (26)
United States United States 232 cm 7 ft 7½ in Jack Earle Jacob Rheuben Ehrlich. American silent film actor and sideshow performer. 1906–1952 (46)
Somaliland Somaliland 233 cm 7 ft 7.4 in Hussain Bisad Somaliland, considered to be one of the tallest living men.[62] born 1975
United Kingdom 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.[63] 1980–2017 (37)
China China 233 cm 7 ft 7 in Wang Feng-Jun Asia's tallest man in 2004.[64] 1976–2015 (39)
Argentina Argentina 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Jorge González Tallest wrestler in WWE history. 1966–2010 (44)
United Kingdom United Kingdom 231 cm 7 ft 7.26 in Paul Sturgess Tied for the tallest player to play college basketball in the U.S.[65] born 1987
United States United States 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Kenny George Second-tallest NCAA Division I basketball player (Neil Fingleton).[66] born 1987
United States United States 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Lock Martin He played the robot in the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.[67] 1916–1959 (43)
Kingdom of Great Britain Great Britain 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Charles Byrne Skeleton now resides in the Hunterian Museum. 1761–1783 (22)
United States 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).[68] 1927–1984 (57)
Romania Romania 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Gheorghe Mureșan Tied for tallest player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history. born 1971
Romania Romania 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Robert Bobroczky Romanian basketball player who was 2.31 m (7 ft 7 in) in 2017–18, aged 17.[69] born 2000
Bangladesh Bangladesh 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Jinnat Ali Claimed to be 8 ft 2 in (2.49cm),[70] but later was measured by Official Records Book of Bangladesh, at 7 ft 7 in (2.31cm) [71] 1996–2020 (24)
India India 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Jitendra Singh Claims of being 8 feet 2 inches (249 cm), but was later measured at 7 ft 7 in (231 cm)[72] born 1971
Sudan Sudan 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Manute Bol Tied for tallest player in NBA history. 1962–2010 (48)
Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 230 cm 7 ft 7 in Aleksandar Rindin Tallest man in Azerbaijan.[73] born 1985
Belgium Belgium 230 cm 7 ft 6.75 in Alain Delaunois Tallest living Belgian.[74] born 1971
Montenegro Montenegro 230 cm 7 ft 6.5 in Slavko Vraneš Tallest Montenegrin basketball player in the national basketball team, former player in the NBA born 1983
Vietnam Vietnam 229 cm 7 ft 6.25 in Trần Thành Phố Was the tallest man in Vietnam when he died in 2010[75] 1947–2010 (63)
Senegal Senegal 229 cm 7 ft 6.25 in Malik Sidibe Tallest basketball player in Senegal.[76] born 1985
United Kingdom United Kingdom 229 cm 7 ft 6+14 in Christopher Greener Formerly Britain's tallest man 1943–2015 (71)
Algeria Algeria 229 cm 7 ft 6+15 in Saad Kaiche Former basketball player of Club Baloncesto Breogán of Lugo.[77][78] born 1985
United States United States 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Ralph Madsen Billed as 7 ft 6 in (229 cm).[79] 1897–1948 (51)
United States 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 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 United States
Germany Germany
229 cm 7 ft 6 in Shawn Bradley Former player in the NBA, 1993–2005, tallest living German (holding dual citizenship). born 1972
Senegal Senegal 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Moussa Seck Tallest basketball player in Senegal.[80] born 1986
United States United States 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Matthew McGrory Was the world's tallest actor when he died in 2005.[81] 1973–2005 (32)
Senegal 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).[82][83] born 1993
United States 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.[84] 1922–1967 (45)
Russia Russia 229 cm 7 ft 5.8 in Sergey Ilin Tallest basketball player in Russia.[85] born 1988
Spain Spain 229 cm 7 ft 6 in Fermín Arrudi Urieta Tallest man in Spain at the time of his death. 1870–1913 (42)
Democratic Republic of the Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo 228 cm 7 ft 5+23 in Bienvenu Letuni Tallest basketball player in DRC[86] born 1994
Canada Canada 228 cm 7 ft 6 in Olivier Rioux Canadian youth basketball player[87] born 2006
Poland Poland 228 cm 7 ft 5+23 in Eugeniusz Taraciński Tallest man in Poland while he was alive.[88] 1928–1978 (50)
Colombia Colombia 228 cm 7 ft 5+23 in Asdrúbal Herrera Mora Tallest living Colombian.[89] born 1986
Slovakia Slovakia 228 cm 7 ft 5+23 in Martin Miklosik Tallest basketball player in the Slovak Republic.[90] born 1986
Peru Peru 228 cm 7 ft 5+23 in Margarito Machacuay The tallest Peruvian.[91] 1965–2020[92] (55)
Venezuela Venezuela 227 cm 7 ft 5+13 Jeison Rodríguez Tallest man in Venezuela. Also holds the Guinness Record of largest feet.[93][94] c. born 1995
Canada Canada 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Sim Bhullar Tallest living Canadian. He played for the Sacramento Kings[95] in 2014-2015 also making him the tallest Canadian NBA player ever. born 1992
Senegal Senegal 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Tacko Fall Currently the tallest player in the NBA since being signed by the Celtics in 2019.[83][96] Was the tallest high school basketball player in the US as of 2014,[97] and was the tallest player in US college basketball from 2016 to 2019. born 1995
Malta Malta 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Samuel Deguara Tallest man in Italy and Malta.[98] born 1991
United States United States 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Jamarion Sharp Tallest college basketball player from 2021 to present.[99] born 2001
Czech Republic Czech Republic 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Tomáš Pustina Second tallest Czech.[100] 1977–2016 (38)
United States United States 225 cm 7 ft 4.5 in John Aasen Was promoted to be 8 ft 10 in (2.70m), his skeleton was measuring 7 ft 3 in (2.20m), but he lost some inches due to his age.[101] 1890–1938 (48)
Nigeria Nigeria 225 cm 7 ft 4+12 in Afeez Agoro Oladimeji Tallest man in Nigeria.[102] born 1975
Ethiopia Ethiopia 225 cm 7 ft 4+12 in Nagawoo Jimaan Tallest living man in Ethiopia.[103]
Czech Republic Czech Republic 225 cm 7 ft 4.5 in Ivo Höger Tallest living man in the Czech Republic.[104] born 1982
United Kingdom United Kingdom 222 cm 7 ft 3.4 in Patrick Murphy Claimed to be 8 ft 10 (2.69 cm), but later measured at 7 ft 3.4 (222 cm) 1834–1862 (27)
Algeria Algeria 222 cm 7 ft 3.5 in Mounir Fourar Was not officially by Guinness. 1970–2012 (32)
Italy Italy 222 cm 7 ft 3.5 in Gino Cuccarolo Tallest man in Italy. born 1987
United States United States
Germany Germany
221 cm 7 ft 3 in Jakob Nacken Tallest Nazi soldier in World War II[105][106] 1906–1987 (81)
United Kingdom United Kingdom 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Peter Mayhew Chewbacca actor in the Star Wars franchise.[107] 1944–2019 (74)
China China 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Ren Keyu Guinness World Records records him as tallest living male teenager in the world[108] born 2006

Women

  Living   Deceased   Height disputed

Country Metric Imperial Name Note Lifespan
(age at death)
Netherlands Netherlands 255 cm 8 ft 4.32 in Trijntje Keever The tallest woman in history, although her claims are disputed or unverified. 1616–1633 (17)
China 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 (240 cm) tall.[109] 1964–1982 (17)
Canada Canada 242 cm 7 ft 11.5 in Anna Haining Bates Second tallest woman and tallest woman in her lifetime. She and Martin Van Buren Bates were the tallest married couple.[35] 1846–1888 (41)
United Kingdom United Kingdom 241 cm 7 ft 11 in Jane Bunford Tallest recorded English person 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).[110] 1895–1922 (27)
China China 233 cm 7 ft 7.85 in Yao Defen Listed as tallest living female by Guinness World Records until her death on 13 November 2012. 1972–2012 (40)
India India 233.6 cm 7 ft 7.97 in Siddiqa Parveen Tallest Indian Woman in history.[111] 1985–2014[112]
United States 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.[113] 1955–2008 (53)
Kingdom of Greece Greece 230 cm 7 ft 6.5 in Vasiliki Caliandi Tallest woman in Greece.[114] 1882–1904 (22)
China China 226 cm 7 ft 4.98 in Zhang Ziyu World's tallest living woman.[115] born 2007
United States United States 225 cm 7 ft 4.5 in Ella Ewing Guinness stated that she was measured at 7 ft 4.3 in (2.24cm). She was also billed at an unconfirmed height of 8 ft 4 in (2.54cm).[citation needed] 1872–1913 (40)
China China 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Sun Fang World's second tallest living woman.[116] born 1987
Poland Poland 218 cm 7 ft 2 in Margo Dydek Tallest professional women's basketball player.[117] 1974–2011 (37)
Pakistan Pakistan 218 cm 7 ft 2 in Zainab Bibi Asserted to be th world's tallest woman in 2003[118] 1972–2018 (46)
 Turkey 215.16 cm 7 ft 0.7 in Rumeysa Gelgi World's tallest living woman officially confirmed by Guinness World Records, and previously world's tallest female teenager.[119][120][121] born 1997

Unverified, disproven, or heavily disputed claims

Country Metric Imperial Name Note Lifespan
(age at death)
Iran 361 cm 11 ft 10 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.[122] 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.[123] Unknown –
Neolithic France
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[124]
England 282 cm 9 ft 3 in John Middleton
The Childe of Hale
Written on his grave is Here lyeth the bodie of John Middleton, the Childe of Hale, nine feet three. Height not confirmed officially. 1578–1623 (45)
Russian Empire 282 cm 9 ft 2 in Feodor Machnow Billed as 282 cm (9 ft 3 in) during his life[citation needed]. Details about exact height are not known. His claims are considered to be heavily questionable, and some experts believe that the photographic evidence indicates Machnow was actually about 7 ft 10. 1878–1912 (34)
Thailand 269 cm 8 ft 10 in Pornchai Saosri Claimed to measure 269 cm (8 ft 10 in) at age 26 in September 2015.[125] He was measured at 257 cm (8 ft 5 in) by Thai authorities for his ID card renewal in October 2013.[126] 1990?–2015[127]
Tokugawa shogunate 263 cm 8 ft 6 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).[citation needed] 1600–1649 (48-49)
Ukraine 256.5 cm 8 ft 5 in Leonid Stadnyk Not officially recognized by Guinness World Records because he refused to be measured according to their standards.[128][129] 1970–2014 (44)
Pakistan 254 cm 8 ft 4 in Ajaz Ahmed Claims actually to be 8 feet 4 inches (254 cm), but this is unverified by Guinness World Records. 1976–2021 (44)
Bangladesh 251 cm 8 ft 3 in Parimal Barman Claims of being 8 feet 3 inches (251 cm), not confirmed. 1962–1991 (29)
People's Republic of China 246 cm 8 ft 1 in Zhao Liang Height not confirmed officially. A circus performer. born 1982
Qing Empire 244 cm 8 ft 0 in Zhan Shichai His real name is Chang Woo-Gow and he was 7 ft 8 in.[130] 1841–1893 (52)
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.[131] c. 1683
Indonesia 242 cm 7 ft 11 in Musutaman Height not confirmed officially.[132] born 1962
Sweden 242 cm 7 ft 11 in Gustaf Edman Height not confirmed officially.[133] 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)
Hungary 238 cm 7 ft 9 in János Várnai Claimed to be the tallest Hungarian in 1963.[134] ?–? (?)
Ireland 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Cornelius McGrath Measurement according to the London Annual Register.[59] 1737–1759 (22)
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.[135] 1170–1234 (64)

Tallest in various sports

See also: List of tallest players in National Basketball Association history

Country Metric Imperial Name Note Lifespan Photo
Canada 251 cm 8 ft 3 in Édouard Beaupré Tallest strongman and tallest wrestler. 1881–1904
Libya 246 cm 8 ft 1 in Suleiman Ali Nashnush Tallest basketball player. 1943–1991
Iran 246 cm 8 ft 1 in[136] Morteza Mehrzad Tallest paralympian and tallest volleyball player.[137] born 1987
Romania 242 cm 7 ft 11 in Gogea Mitu Tallest professional boxer in history. 1914–1936
People's Republic of China 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Sun Mingming Tallest active professional basketball player. born 1983
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
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
Argentina 231 cm 7 ft 7 in Jorge González Tallest wrestler in WWE history 1966–2010
Senegal 226 cm 7 ft 5 in Tacko Fall Tallest active NBA player. born 1995
Brazil 218 cm 7 ft 2 in Giant Silva Tallest kickboxer and mixed martial artist. born 1963
Poland 218 cm 7 ft 2 in Małgorzata "Margo" Dydek Tallest female player in WNBA history. 1974–2011
Russia 218 cm 7 ft 2 in[138] 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[139] 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
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 nations

Country Metric Imperial Name Notes Lifespan
 Turkey 251 cm 8 ft 3 in Sultan Kösen Tallest Turk[6] born 1982
 Pakistan 246.3 cm 8 ft 1.0 in Zia Rasheed Tallest living Pakistani. Was not measured by Guinness World Records.[140] born 1980
 Morocco 246 cm 8 ft 1 in Brahim Takioullah Tallest Moroccan[12] born 1982
 India 246 cm 8 ft 1 in Dharmendra Pratap Singh Tallest Indian. Was not measured by Guinness World Records[141] born 1983
 Iran 246 cm 8 ft 1 in Morteza Mehrzad Tallest Iranian[122] born 1987
 People's Republic of 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[21] born 1991
 United States 236 cm 7 ft 9 in Broc Brown Tallest American[citation needed] born 1997
 Tunisia 235 cm 7 ft 8.5 in Radhouane Charbib Tallest Tunisian and the tallest living person in Africa[40] 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[142] born 1987
 Japan 234 cm 7 ft 8 in Yasutaka Okayama Tallest Japanese[56] 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[143] born 1994
 Ireland 225 cm 7 ft 4.5 in Shaun Aisbitt Tallest Irishman[144] born 1962
 Germany 224 cm 7 ft 4.2 in Jannik Könecke Tallest German[145] ?–
 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[146] born 1993
 Philippines 221 cm 7 ft 3 in Raul Dillo Tallest Filipino when he was measured at age 17.[147][148] born 1991
 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.[149] born 1994

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