Sultan Kösen

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Sultan Kösen
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Kösen in 2009
Born (1982-12-10) 10 December 1982 (age 34)[1]
Mardin, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Occupation Farmer
Known for Tallest living man
Height 2.51 m (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 once held the Guinness World Record for tallest living male at 251 centimetres (8 ft 3 in).[2] His growth resulted from a tumour affecting his pituitary gland. His stature is such that he uses crutches in order to walk.[3]


In 2009 Kösen lived 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 worked part-time as a farmer.[4] 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 legs measuring 126 centimetres (50 in) and sleeve length measuring 97 centimetres (38 in) 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.[3] It was confirmed in March 2012 that the treatment had been effective in halting Kösen's growth.[5]

In October 2013, Kösen married Syrian-born Merve Dibo, who is ten years his junior.[6] In an interview he said that his biggest problem with his wife is communication, despite the fact that he is much taller than his wife. He said he spoke Kurdish and Turkish but his wife spooke only Arabic.[7]

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.[8]

Sultan recently joined the Magic Circus of Samoa and participates in various shows around the world. He had been personally approached by the director of the circus, Bruno Loyale, who convinced him to join the circus.[citation needed]


On 25 August 2009 Kösen's standing height was recorded at 246.4 cm (8 ft 1 in) in his home country by Guinness World Records, overtaking former world record holder Bao Xishun who stands 236 cm (7 ft 9 in) tall.[9] 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).[9]

On 25 August 2010, according to the University of Virginia, a height of up to 254.3 cm (8 ft 4 in) had been confirmed by doctors and stated it was possible this was Kösen's actual height, artificially lowered by scoliosis and bad posture.[10]

On 9 February 2011 Kösen was measured by Guinness World Records at 251 cm (8 ft 3 in) and they also remeasured his hands at 28.5 cm (11.2 in.) which broke his previous record.[2]


  1. ^ Guinness World Records 2009 page 73
  2. ^ a b c "Tallest man - Living". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Bodyshock - Episode Guide - All 4". 
  4. ^ "World's tallest man September 2009". The Age. Melbourne. 
  5. ^ Jaslow, Ryan (13 March 2012). "World's tallest man, 29, finally stops growing with help from Va. doctors". CBS. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "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. 
  7. ^ "Sultan Kösen: Yalan haberler yüzünden yıpranıyorum". ILHA Agency. Retrieved 31 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "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. 
  9. ^ a b "World's tallest man over 8ft high". BBC News. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Tallest man: 'Don't be afraid of me because I'm tall'". The Orange County Register. 

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