Sultan Kösen

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Sultan Kösen
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Born (1982-12-10) 10 December 1982 (age 32)[1]
Mardin, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Occupation Farmer
Known for Tallest living man
Height 251 cm (8 ft 3 in)[2]
Weight 137 kg (302 lb; 21.6 st)
Spouse(s) Merve Dibo (2013−present)

Sultan Kösen (Turkish: [suɫtɑn køsen]; born 10 December 1982) is a Turkish farmer who holds the Guinness World Record for tallest living male at 251 centimetres (8 ft 3 in).[3]

His growth resulted from a tumour affecting his pituitary gland. His stature is such that he must use crutches in order to walk.[4]


Kösen lives with his parents, three brothers and sister, who are all of typical height. He was unable to complete his education because of his height, so instead works part time as a farmer.[5] Despite his height, he claims to enjoy a normal lifestyle and enjoys playing computer games with his friends.[6] He describes the advantages of being tall as seeing a great distance and being able to help his family with domestic tasks such as changing light bulbs and hanging curtains. He lists disadvantages as not being able to find clothes (inside leg measuring 44.5 inches (113 cm) and sleeve length measuring 38 inches (97 cm) or shoes that fit or finding it difficult to fit into an average-sized car.[citation needed]

Starting in 2010, Kösen received Gamma Knife treatment for his pituitary tumour at the University of Virginia Medical School and has also been provided with medication to control his excessive levels of growth hormone. Although the full effect of the treatment takes up to two years, as of 2011, his hormone levels were almost normal.[4] It was confirmed in March 2012 that the treatment had been effective in halting Kösen's growth.[7]

In October 2013, Kösen married Syrian-born Merve Dibo, who is ten years Kösen's junior.[8]

On 13 November 2014, as part of Guinness World Records Day, Kösen met, for the first time, the world's shortest living man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi, at an event in London.[9]


Kösen's standing height was recorded at 243 cm (7 ft 11 34 in) in his home country by Guinness World Records, on 25 August 2009, overtaking former world record holder Bao Xishun who stands 236 cm (7 ft 9 in) tall.[10] Kösen also holds the current Guinness record for the largest hands at 27.5 cm, and the second largest feet at 36.5 cm (left foot) and 35.5 cm (right foot).[10]

On 9 February 2011, Kösen was measured by Guinness World Records at 251 cm (8 ft 3 in) .[3]


  1. ^ Guinness World Records 2009 page 73
  2. ^ "Tallest man - Living". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Tallest man — living". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Bodyshock: World's Tallest Man: Looking for Love at broadcast 26 May 2011
  5. ^ "World's tallest man longs for love". The Age (Melbourne). 17 September 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  6. ^ "My date with the world's tallest man Sultan Kosen". The Daily Mirror (London). 18 September 2009. Retrieved 20 September 2009. 
  7. ^ Jaslow, Ryan (13 March 2012). "World's tallest man, 29, finally stops growing with help from Va. doctors". CBS. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "You may lean to kiss the bride: The tallest man on earth, Sultan Kösen, gets married". Hurriyet Daily News. 28 October 2013. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "World's tallest man comes eye to eye with world's smallest man for Guinness World Records' Day". 13 November 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "World's tallest man over 8ft high". BBC News. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 

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Preceded by
Bao Xishun
Tallest Recognized Person
17 September 2009 –
Succeeded by