List of people with the most children
This article lists people who have parented the most children.
This section lists mothers who have born the most children.
|69||Mrs. and Mr. Feodor Vassilyev (1st wife)||Vassilyev and his first wife, whose name is unknown, holds the record for most children a couple has parented. She gave birth to a total of 69 children: 16 pairs of twins, 7 sets of triplets and 4 sets of quadruplets between 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 births. 67 of the 69 children born were said to have survived infancy.|
|57||Mrs. and Mr. Yakov Kirillov||The first wife of peasant Yakov Kirillov from the village of Vvedensky, Russia, gave birth to 57 children in a total of 21 births. She had 4 sets of quadruplets, 7 sets of triplets and 10 sets of twins. All of the children were alive in 1755, when Kirillov, aged 60, was presented at Court.|
|55||Leontina (née Espinosa) and Gerardo Secunda Albina||Leontina Albina (born 1926) married in Argentina in 1943 and gave birth to her 55th registered child in San Antonio, Chile, in 1981, aged 55. She claimed to have 9 children more, but none of them were registered.[unreliable source?] Gerardo Secunda Albina (born 1921) stated that and they had 5 sets of triplets (all boys) before coming to Chile. 11 children were lost in an earthquake. Only 40, 24 boys and 16 girls, survived.|
|53||Barbara and Adam Stratzmann||Barbara Stratzmann (c. 1448 – 1503) of Bönnigheim, Germany, gave birth to 53 children (38 sons and 15 daughters) in a total of 29 births by 1498. She had one set of septuplets, one set of sextuplets, 4 sets of triplets and 5 sets of twins. 19 of the children were stillborn, the eldest of surviving was 8 years old in 1498.|
|52||Maddalena Granata||Maddalena Granata (born 1839) of the City of Nocera, Italy, who married at age 28, had given birth to 52 living and dead children, 49 being males, by 1886. Dr. de Sanctis, of Nocera, stated that she had 15 sets of triplets.|
|42||Elizabeth and John Mott||Elizabeth Mott of Monks Kirby, Warwickshire, married in 1676 and produced 42 live-born children. She died in 1720.|
|41||Alice Hookes||According to the inscription on a gravestone in Conway Church cemetery, Gwynedd, North Wales, Nicholas Hookes (died 1637) was the 41st child of his mother Alice Hookes, but there were no further details.|
|39||Elizabeth and William Greenhill||Thomas Greenhill was the last child of 39 by his mother Elizabeth (1615–1681) and William Greenhill. The family consisted of 7 sons and 32 daughters. Not only is this a large number of live newborns but unusual in that apart from one pair of twins they were single births.|
|35||Mrs. and Mr. Harrison||Mrs. Harrison, the wife of an undertaker residing in Vere Street, London, gave birth to her 35th child by one husband in 1736.|
|33||Mary and John Jonas||Mary Jonas (1814–1899) gave birth to 33 children, including 15 sets of boy-girl twins. All were christened, but few achieved adulthood. 10 children were still alive when their father John died in 1892.|
|32||Moddie and Perccell Oliver||Mrs. Moddile M. Oliver, aged 50, wife of a Lumberton, NC, sharecropper, who had already mothered 32 children, was expecting her 33rd in 1959. 22 children were alive at that moment. It was not revealed if the 33rd child was born or not.|
|32||Maria Addolorata Casalini||Mrs. Casalini (born 1929) of Brindisi, Italy, married at 17 and gave birth to her 32nd child on November 11, 1970. She had, in 23 confinements, two sets of quadruplets, one of triplets, one of twins and 19 single births. Only 15 children survived.|
|32||Madalena and Raimundo Carnauba||Madalena Carnauba of Ceilandia, Brazil, married at 13 and gave birth to 32 children, 24 sons and 8 daughters.|
|32||Maria Benita Olivera||Mrs. Olivera (born 1939) of San Juan, Argentina, gave birth to her 32nd child on 31 Jan 1989. All children were believed to be alive at that time. She was married twice, and during 32 years of her marriages she had a set of triplets (born at age 13) and two sets of twins.|
|30||Rebecca Town||Mrs. Town (1807–1851) of Keighley, Yorkshire, had 30 children, but only one reached age 3.|
|28||Mabel Murphy||Mrs. Murphy (born 1898) of Lisnaskea, Co. Fermanagh, N. Ireland was reported to have produced 28 children (12 stillborn) in 32 years of marriage by December 1949, but this claim has not been fully substantiated.|
|27||Glendora Pope||Mrs. Pope, the wife of a carpenter, gave bith to her 27th child in Idaho in June 1939, at the age of 45. 14 children were then alive. All were born singly.|
|27||Marie-Elise (née Chamberland) and Heliodore Cyr||Marie-Elise Chamberland and Heliodore Cyr married in 1928 and had 27 children by 1959, all single-births, 19 of them survived to adulthood. Mr. Cyr, a potato farmer from Saint-François-de-Madawaska, New Brunswick, appeared on the TV show I've Got A Secret three times - after the births of his 25th, 26th and 27th child respectively.|
|25||Lapa Piagenti and Giacomo di Benincasa||Their 23rd child was Saint Catherine of Siena.|
|25||Ada Watson||Mrs. Watson (1886–1974) of Cambridge gave birth to 25 children, including 3 sets of twins, during the period 1904–1931. All of the children attained majority.|
|24||Kathleen Scott||Mrs. Scott (b. 4 July 1914) of Dublin gave birth to her 24th child on 9 Aug 1958. Twenty of her children were still alive in 1990.|
|24||Marcella S. (née Mills) Big Crow and James M. Big Crow Sr.||Marcella Mills-Big Crow (1924–1989) of Pine Ridge, South Dakota had 24 children, including eight pairs of twins. Five of them died in infancy.|
|23||Queen Darejan and King Heraclius II of Georgia||They had a total of 23 children, 13 of whom lived to adulthood.|
|23||Tabatha Marcum and Silas Mainord||Married in 1811, they lived in Overton County, Tennessee and produced 23 children. One of their daughters, Syreana, later became the mother of 17.|
|23||Grace Bagnato||Grace Bagnato and her husband had 23 children; 9 of these were conceived in order to compete for a bequest by a Toronto eccentric, in what became known as the Great Stork Derby.|
|22||Ursula and Franz Adolf Dietrich von Ingelheim||The German Count Franz Adolf Dietrich von Ingelheim (1659–1742) of Mainz and his wife Ursula (1668–1730) had 22 children between 1683 and 1712.|
|22||Marie Massicotte and Philippe Dontigny||Born between 1888 and 1915 at Champlain, Québec; 14 of the children died in infancy. There were no multiple births.|
|22||Mrs. and Mr. Hostetter||Roy Hostetter, a 46-year-old Pensyllvanian miner, and his his wife, aged 42, announced birth of their 22nd child in May 1941.|
|22||Mrs. Dick Renata||Mrs. Dick Renata, a Maori, of Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, gave birth to her 22nd child in November 1948. 14 of her children survived, including the 2nd born, who was 21 and was himself a father.|
|22||Madeleine and Marce Devaud||Madeleine Devaud, wife of a village dairyman of La Gorre, western France, gave birth to her 22nd child, a boy, in March 1952, at the age of 42. The Devaud couple, married for 24 years, had 13 girls and seven boys. Two children died in infancy.|
|22||Mabel Constable||Mrs. Constable (born 1920), of Long Itchington, Warwicks, gave birth to 22 children, including a set of triplets and two sets of twins.|
|22||Margaret McNaught||Mrs. McNaught (born 1923), of Balsall Heath, Birmingham, gave birth to 22 children, 12 boys (2 of them died in infancy) and 10 girls, all single births.|
|22||Alvin and Lucille Miller||Mrs. Miller gave birth to her first child at age 17, her last child was born when she was 43. All 22 children lived to adulthood. The family also took in several foster children.|
|22||Unidentified Gypsy woman||38-year-old Gypsy woman of Lom, Bulgaria, gave birth yo her 22nd child in March 1998. She and her husband had no jobs, 17 children lived with them and five were in orphanages.|
|21||Olivia (née Whitmore) and Arthur Guinness||Guinness was an Irish brewer. Only ten of their children lived to adulthood.|
|21||Anna and Henry Crocker||18 of their children lived to adulthood.|
|21||Edith Hill||Mrs. Hill, of Leicester, England, the wife of a postman, gave birth to her 21st child in December 1960, at the age of 46. Her eldest son was 30 by that moment and she already had grandchildren. Two of her children died at infancy, the other were 9 boys and 10 girls.|
|21||Leonora and Yanosh Nameni||Leonora Nameni, of Ostritsa, Hertsa Raion, Chernivtsi Oblast, gave birth to her 21st child in October 2013, at the age of 44, becoming the most prolific mother in Ukraine. Leonora and Yanosh are the followers of Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene) and do not practice birth control. The Nameni family has 11 sons and 10 daughters, including 2 sets of twins.|
|20||Marie Verrault and Pierre Edouard Cauchon||Born between 1853 and 1882 at Château-Richer, Québec, Canada, 16 of the children in infancy, and one as a young adult. There were no multiple births.|
|20||Rose Alma and Roland Letendre||The youngest died as a result of birth injury. All the children were born in Drummondville, Quebec. The combined age of the mother (94) and 19 children (72–50) adds up to 1256 years as of August 25, 2012.|
|20||The mother of Maria Goncales Moreira||Not much is known about this case except the fact that she had 10 sets of twins. Her daughter also has 10 sets of twins (see below).|
|20||Maria Goncales Moreira||Mrs. Moreira of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, gave birth to her 10th set of twins (identical boys) on July 3, 1984. Her other twins were 16 girls and 2 boys. She delivered the first at age 13. Her mother also has 10 sets of twins.|
|20||Jessie Campbell||Mrs. Campbell (born 1946) of Struan, Isle of Skye, Scotland, gave birth to her 20th child on 22 Jan 1990.|
|20||Julianna and Ernő Lukács||Julianna Lukács and her husband, a Hungarian farmer, have 6 sons and 14 daughters. They live in Tolna, Hungary, in a mansion farming on 3336 acres. The first child was born in 1966 and the last in 1991.|
|20||Elena and Alexander Shishkin||Elena Shishkina (born 1958) of Voronezh Oblast, Russia, gave birth to her 20th child in April 2003, becoming the most prolific mother in Russia; her eldest son was 24 at that moment. Shishkins have 9 sons and 11 daughters, and already had 20 grandchildren by November 2012.|
|19||Marie Hébert and Jean-Baptiste Brodeur dit Lavigne||Born between 1713 and 1739 at Varennes, Québec, 11 of the children died in infancy. There were no multiple births.|
|19||Susannah (née Annesley) and Samuel Wesley||10 of their children, three sons and seven daughters, lived to adulthood.|
|19||Ricardo Silva Silva and Mercedes Henríquez Encina||Chilean cardinal Raúl Silva Henríquez was the 16th son of the Silva Henríquez family.|
|19||Margarita and Evgeniy Nikolaev||In 1993 they were the most prolific family in Russia. They had 19 children and lived in Velikiye Luki. Margarita Nikolaeva was a tailor and her husband Evgeniy was a carpenter.|
|19||Sima Zalmanov||Sima Zalmanov, of Safed, Israel, gave birth to her 19th child in September 2008, at the age of 47. Sima was the principal of the city’s Chabad high school for girls. Sima and her husband were married for 27 years by that moment and had produced 9 boys and 10 girls, their eldest son was 26. Six of the couple’s children were married, and they were waiting for the birth of their eighth grandchild due next month.|
|19||Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar||The family is the subject of the reality TV show, 19 Kids and Counting.|
|19||Kelly and Gil Bates||Friends of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. The family is the subject of United Bates of America.|
|18||Mrs. and Mr. Feodor Vassilyev (2nd wife)||Vassilyev and his second wife, whose name is also unknown, gave birth to a total of 18 children. She gave birth to 6 pairs of twins and 2 sets of triplets. Most of her children were alive by 1782.|
|18||Barbara (née Schultz) and John Oesch||Barbara Schultz Oesch (1803–1881) married John Oesch at the age of 17 and gave birth to 18 children by February 1849. 15 of them survived to adulthood.|
|18||Mable (née Richardson) and Thomas Norman||Mable Richardson and Thomas Norman married in the mid 1920s when she was 16 and he was 21. According to the 1930 Bibb County, Georgia census, Thomas worked as a self-employed contractor and brick mason and Mable was a homemaker. She gave birth to 18 children (12 boys and 6 girls) in 18 confinements during the first half of more than 50-year marriage. All except one survived to adulthood. The African-American couple resided in Macon, Georgia in a two-story home built by Thomas. Thomas died in 1977, followed by Mable in 1984.|
|18||Shirley (née Schlegel) and James Neel||Shirley Neel (1951–2009) of Wamego, KS married James Neel in 1969 and had 18 children, 8 boys and 10 girls, one of which died in infancy.[unreliable source?]|
|18||Fatma and Mehmet Saygi||Fatma Saygi of Adana, Turkey, gave birth to her 6th set of triplets in 2004, at the age of 28. Eight children from previous pregnancies were alive at that moment.|
|18||Claudia Maria da Silva||Claudia Maria da Silva, an unemployed woman from Sao Paolo, southeast Brazil, gave birth to her 18th child in 2007, aged 40. The father of the newborn girl was only 15 years old, a friend of one of Maria's sons. Da Silva said she had been aware of contraception methods but chose never to use them, and gave birth to her first child at age 11. Since then she has been pregnant 27 times and has had nine abortions. Of her 18 children, only three were living with her.|
|18||Livia and Alexandru Ionce||Livia Ionce gave birth to her 18th child, a girl, in British Columbia in 2008, at the age of 44 when their other 17 children, 9 girls and 8 boys, were from 20 months to 23 years old. Ionces immigrated to Canada from Romania in 1990. Alexandru Ionce said he did not know if they would have more children.|
|18||Unidentified couple from Rehovot||An Israeli woman in her mid-40's has given birth to her 18th child in June 2009, when her eldest child was 21. The woman and her husband belong to Ultra-Orthodox Jews and have 12 boys and 6 girls.|
|18||Nadezhda and Ioann Osyak||Nadezhda Osyak of Rostov Oblast, Russia, gave birth to her 18th child, a girl, in July 2009; her eldest son was 20 at that moment. The Osyak family has 10 sons and 8 daughters, and already had 5 grandchildren by August 2009.|
|17||Edith Thurgood||Her and her husband had 17 children, none of which were multiple births. They were all born and raised in London Borough of Enfield.|
|17||Juliana of Stolberg||She had 5 children with her first husband Philip II, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg and 12 with her second husband William I, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg.|
|17||Elizabeth and Franz Stefanigo||They lived in present-day Vojvodina, Serbia. Elizabeth (1837–1922) and Franz Stefanigo (1836–1917) had 17 children (1855–1881) none of them were twins.|
|17||Maria and Ivan Mendeleev||Famous Russian chemist and inventor Dmitri Mendeleev was 17th child of his parents. Eight of his siblings died in infancy and one sister died form tuberculosis aged 14.|
|17||Syreana Mainord and Allen Brock Hull||They lived in Overton County, Tennessee and produced 17 children. One son of their son William Pascal Hull was politician Cordell Hull.|
|17||Mary Ann (née Strout) and Isaac Goss||They married 1855 in Willunga, South Australia. She gave birth to her 17th child in 1878. Four of her children died in their infancy.|
|17||Ruth and Chalmers Montgomery||Mrs. Montgomery gave birth to her 17th child in 1950. 14 of her children were alive at that time.|
|17||Unidentified Iranian couple||A 50-year-old Iranian woman gave bitth to her 17th child in January 1995, just as her oldest son turned 18.|
|17||Zynaida and Vladimir Chernenko||A family from Rancho Cordova, California, celebrated the birth of their 17th child in 2005. 11 children were born in Ukraine, before the family moved to the U.S.|
|17||Unidentified couple from Melbourne||A woman from Melbourne who already had 12 children, gave birth to naturally-conceived quintuplets in 2010, at the age of 48. One of the quints died soon after birth.|
|17||Maria and Vasiliy Chinnickaylo||Maria Chinnickaylo of Daugavpils, Latvia, gave birth to her 17th child in February 2012. The Chinnickaylo family lives in the house built by Vasiliy and their eldest sons.|
|17||Christi Cason||Christi Cason of Lake Elsinore, California, gave birth to her 17th child in October 2013, at the age of 42. It's her 15th child together with husband David Cason, 46-year-old network engineer, whom she married in 1991. The Cason family has 10 boys and 7 girls.|
|16||Maria Theresa and Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor||13 survived infancy.|
|16||Florence (née) Bourgeois and John Dooley||16 children, 14 survived infancy. Married in Chicago in 1910, they had 9 boys and 5 girls born between 1912 and 1937. Florence Dooley was profiled in a 1985 Lisle Sun newspaper article for her 90th birthday. She died in 1995 at age 101, and John Dooley died in 1976 at age 91.|
|16||Elizabeth Ann (née Strout) and Joseph Warner||16 children, 13 survived infancy. Married in Willunga, South Australia in 1858. Sister of Mary Ann Strout who married Isaac Goss and had 17 children - see list above.|
|16||Mary and John Wagner||From Defiance, Ohio, married in 1914; all their children lived well into adulthood and produced 71 grandchildren.|
|16||Vera and Vyacheslav Lapenko||Vera Lapenko of Zelenograd, Russia, gave birth to her 16th child in August 2000, her eldest daughter was 24 at that moment. Lapenko has 12 sons and 4 daughters.|
|16||Angel Adams||A dozen of her children lived with her in a motel room. These children have now been put into foster care.|
|16||Sue and Noel Radford||16 children currently, the last being born in November 2012, the oldest being 23 years old at that time. The Radfords are amongst the largest families in modern Britain and support themselves by their family-run bakery. They live in a 10-bedroom converted nursing home.|
|15||Florence and Cornelius (Neil) Sweeney||Florence and Neil got married in summer of 1947 when Florence was 24. That next year at te age of 25 they had their first child. They had 14 more and the last being born when Florence was 41. All 15 children survived to adulthood. All lives in Michigan until Neil's death in 1996, and Florence's death in 1999.|
This section lists fathers who have fathered the most children, usually with many different women. Men who have parented large numbers of children through medical sperm donation are difficult to record. Numbers in italics are inexact.
|867||Ismail Ibn Sharif||Alaouite sultan of Morocco, said to have fathered 525 sons and 342 daughters with multiple wives and concubines.|
|300–600||Bertold Wiesner||Fertility doctor, used his own sperm to impregnate customers between 1943 and 1962. He was the father of Eva Ibbotson.|
|210||King Sobhuza II||King of Swaziland, lived 1899–1982; thought to have had 70 wives.|
|177||Sultan Ibrahim Njoya||King of Bamum in Cameroon, lived 1860–1933, and thought to have had ‘around 600’ wives; he was said to have had 149 children by December 1915.|
|162+||Ramesses II||Egyptian pharaoh; see also: List of children of Ramesses II.|
|160+||Ancentus Akuku||This Kenyan polygamist, full name Ancentus Ogwella Akuku, known as ‘Danger’, lived 1916–2010; he married ‘more than 100 times’ and had fathered ‘at least 160 children’ when he married his final wife in 2000. An unsubstantiated article from the East African Standard claimed 210 children: 104 daughters and 106 sons, by some 130 wives.|
|158||Jack Kigongo||Lived in Kateera, Uganda, 1909–2012; he had 20 wives, and when he died aged 103, around 500 grandchildren.|
|150||Anonymous sperm donor||One of the US sperm donors was found to have produced at least 150 children.|
|142||Emperor Minh Mạng||Reported to have had 142 children.|
|121||Winston Blackmore||Leader of the Mormon fundamentalist sect called the Blackmore/Bountiful Community, fathered children through as many as 25 wives.|
|106–115||Saud of Saudi Arabia||King Saud, son of Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia, lived 1902–1969; according to one source he had 52 sons and about 54 daughters from ‘a wider range of women’ than his father (who only had 22 wives); however, another source credited him with 115.|
|108+||Fath-Ali Shah Qajar||The second Shah of the Qajar dynasty of Iran, Fath-Ali (1772–1834), had 48 daughters and 60 sons ‘who survived infancy’, as a result of the 160+ marriages by which he had consolidated his control over the country. Many of his descendants went on to become prominent figures.|
|<100||Augustus John||The Welsh painter is widely reported to have fathered ‘up to 100 children’, mostly outside marriage, although some believe that this figure is greatly exaggerated.|
|94||Ziona Chana||Leader of a polygamist sect in the Mizoram state of India, has 94 children with 39 wives, as well as 33 grandchildren.|
|93||Muhammad Daad Murad||Mohammed Daad Murad Al Balushi, also known as Abu Faisal or 'Bid Daad', originally from Baluchistan but now naturalized in the Ajman, U.A.E., by April 2013 was 67 and was expexting his 94th child. Over all he had 22 wives of whom 17 are still alive, 56 sons and 37 daughters, the eldest being a 38-year-old son and the youngest a three-month-old daughter.|
|87||Feodor Vassilyev||Feodor Vassilyev, a peasant from Shuya, Russia, had 69 children with his first wife and 18 with second. At least 82 of his kids survived infancy.|
|49–89||Goel Ratzon||Jewish cult leader and Messiah claimant, born in 1951; in 2010 he reportedly had ‘21 wives’, with whom he had fathered 49 children (CNN data), or ‘more than 30 wives’ and 89 children (Time magazine data). The statistics came to light when he was charged with enslavement and rape.|
|82||Mongkut (Rama IV)||King Mongkut, Thailand’s fourth monarch; he had 32 wives and concubines during his lifetime who produced at least 82 children, one of whom was Chulalongkorn.|
|77||Chulalongkorn (Rama V)||King Chulalongkorn, Thailand’s fifth monarch; he had 92 consorts during his lifetime who produced 77 children, of which 33 were sons and 44 were daughters.|
|75||Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia||King Abdulaziz, the first monarch of Saudi Arabia, lived 1876–1953; he had 45 recorded sons and about 30 daughters from 22 wives and concubines; by 2001 he had 2,500–3,500 direct descendants.|
|75||Screamin' Jay Hawkins||Rock and roll singer. 57 confirmed children, possibly as many as 75.|
|75||Cecil Byran Jacobson||Fertility doctor suspected of fathering as many as 75 children by impregnating patients with his own sperm.|
|74||Ben Seisler||Ben Seisler, who spent three years donating sperm to a Virginia sperm bank to offset law-school expenses, recently learned that his donations have produced 74 children.|
|73||Buddha Loetla Nabhalai (Rama II)||King Buddha Loetla Nabhalai, Thailand’s second monarch; he had 73 children from 40 women.|
|72–84||Ramon Revilla||Philippine actor and politician. These are the children known or almost certain to be Revilla's, but there are rumored to be many more, perhaps more than 100.|
|65||Heber C. Kimball||First Counselor of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through 17 of his 43 wives.|
|65||Rulon Jeffs||President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, fathered children through as many as 75 wives.|
|60||Warren Jeffs||President of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, fathered children through as many as 70 wives.|
|57||Brigham Young||President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through 16 of his 55 wives.|
|55||Kangxi Emperor||Chinese emperor, lived 1654–1722; he fathered 35 sons and 20 daughters from numerous wives and concubines.|
|54+||Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden||Yemeni emigrant to Saudi Arabia, married 22 times and fathered at least 54 children. Osama bin Laden is believed to have been his 17th son.|
|51||Nangklao (Rama III)||King Nangklao, Thailand’s third monarch; he had 51 children from 37 women.|
|50||Jean-Bédel Bokassa||Dictator of the Central African Republic, lived 1921–1996; had 17 wives.|
|49||Gennadij Raivich||The neuroscientist Professor Gennadij Raivich, born in 1963, is believed to have fathered 49 children by sperm donation, advertised through unlicensed websites.|
|46||Joe Jessop||By February 2010 was 88 and lived in Short Creek, Utah, a 6,000-strong community of members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, fathered 46 children with five wives and had 239 grandchildren.|
|45||Orson Pratt||Orson Pratt (Sr.), polymath, and an apostle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, lived 1811–1881; he fathered 45 children through his ten wives.|
|30–45||Idi Amin||Dictator of Uganda, lived 1925–2003; he had 17 wives.|
|44||Jesse N. Smith||Jesse Nathaniel Smith, a Mormon pioneer, church leader, colonizer, politician, frontiersman, member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered 44 children through his five wives.|
|43||Anonymous sperm donor||Danish sperm donor, who fathered 43 children at 14 different IVF clinics in 10 different countries, passed on a genetic disorder to at least five children born from IVF procedures. The man was allowed to continue donating sperm, despite Danish national rules restrict donations to 25 times.|
|43||Philip IV of Spain||He fathered 13 legitimate children through his two wives and is said to have at least 30 illegitimate children with different women of all conditions.|
|42||Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (Rama I)||King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, Thailand’s third monarch; he had 42 children from 28 women.|
|42||Lorenzo Snow||President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through his 9 wives.|
|41||Friedrich von Kahlbutz||A minor Prussian nobleman, lived 1651–1702; he fathered 11 children by his wife, and 30 by peasant women in his domain. His mummy is preserved in a church in Neustadt in Brandenburg.|
|40+||Joseph Kony||Ugandan warlord, born in 1961; reported to have 88 ‘wives’.|
|38||Ramon Revilla||Filipino actor and former senator, fathered children through 16 different women. Claims to have fathered up to 72 children.|
|35+||King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia||The present King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, born in 1924; he has fathered at least 35 children to date, by thirteen wives.|
|34||John Taylor||President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through his seven wives.|
|33||Wilford Woodruff||President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fathered children through his five (possibly 6) wives.|
|32||Yuan Shikai||An important Chinese general and politician, fathered 32 children (17 sons and 15 daughters) through his wife and nine concubines.|
|32||Albert Emund Barlow||A follower of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living in Utah, he was arrested at 52 for polygamy in 1955. He was said to have fathered 32 children through his three wives.|
|31||Benjamin Clark||A cousin of the explorer William Clark fathered 31 children by his two wives; seven of them died in infancy.|
|30+||Jonas Savimbi||Angolan politician and guerrilla leader, lived 1934–2002, had fathered 29–31 children by 1999; number of wives not recorded.|
|30+||Omar Bongo||President of Gabon, lived 1935–2009; number of wives not recorded.|
|30||Taksin, King of Thonburi||Taksin, the King of the Thonburi Kingdom, had 21 sons and 9 daughters.|
|30||Miles Park Romney||Mormon and great-grandfather of Mitt Romney, fathered 30 children with five wives; he married the last in 1890, just before the 1890 Manifesto.|
|30||Tom Green||Mormon fundamentalist, fathered children through with ten women.|
|26||Henry I of England||3 legitimate children by his first wife, 23 acknowledged illegitimate children.|
|25||Dr. Samuel Annesley||Susanna Wesley was the 25th of his children.|
|25||Toby Liston||Fathered 25 children by two wives, the 23rd of which became World Heavyweight Boxing champion Charles "Sonny" Liston|
|24||Robert I, Duke of Parma||Fathered 24 children with his two wives, 12 from each marriage.|
|24||Desmond Hatchett||Fathered 24 children, according to Knox County, Tennessee Juvenile Court records. A Los Angeles Times article and Memphis television station WREG erroneously reported that he fathered 30 children.|
|24||Brady Williams||Fathered 24 children, with five wives all made by polygamy, 14 daughters and 10 sons.|
|23||King Mswati III||King of Swaziland, born 1968; he has 14 wives (as of 2012).|
|22+||Jacob Zuma||President of South Africa, born in 1942; he has fathered at least 22 children to date, with five wives and some others out of wedlock; some sources claim 24 children.|
|22||Joseph Smith Jessop||Co-founder of Hildale, Utah; fathered 22 children, 14 by his first wife and 8 by his second wife.|
|23||Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum||Ruler of Dubai, born in 1949; he has 23 officially acknowledged children, nine sons and fourteen daughters from a total of 6 wives.|
|22||Ed Rudolph||Fathered 22 children, one of them being 3-time gold winning Olympic athlete Wilma Rudolph.|
|22||Richard Lovell Edgeworth||An Anglo-Irish politician, who fathered 22 children with four wives.|
|22||James II of England||The children were born between 1660 and 1692. Of these, 15 were legitimate: eight by his first wife, Anne Hyde, and seven by his second wife, Mary of Modena.|
|22||Ralph Neville, 1st Earl of Westmorland||English nobleman and grandfather of kings Edward IV and Richard III. He had 14 of his children with his second wife Joan Beaufort, granddaughter of King Edward III.|
|22||Nanu Ram Jogi||Indian farmer, fathered 22 children with 4 wives. He was said to be the world’s oldest father when he fathered his 21st child at the age of 90, and in 2012 he claimed to have fathered another child at the age of 96, apparently equalling another Indian, Ramjit Raghav, as the oldest father.|
|21||John VI of Nassau-Dillenburg||John VI, Count of Nassau in Dillenburg, lived 1536–1606; he fathered 21 children (9 sons and 12 daughters) with three wives. (There were also three stillborn sons.)|
|21||Carlos Gracie||Martial arts practitioner, lived 1902–1994; number of wives not recorded.|
|20||Charlemagne||Emperor of the Franks, lived 742–814; fathered 20 children with three wives and five concubines, between 757 and 807.|
|20||Johann Sebastian Bach||German composer, lived 1685–1750; fathered children with two wives.|
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