World's Tallest Man

Sultan Kosen, of Turkey, brings new meaning to the phrase "tall, dark and handsome" - standing at more than 8 feet tall


    Big Guy

    The world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen, 27, of Turkey, stands next to the world's shortest man, He Pingping (see next slide). 

    Little Man

    The world's shortest man, He Pingping, in comparison to the world's tallest man, Sultan Kosen.  He is 2-feet, 5-inches tall.

    Tall Order

    Kosen, seen here in London, is more than 8 feet tall as a result of a rare hormonal condition called acromegaly, which causes the pituitary gland to produce too much growth hormone, usually as a result of a noncancerous tumor on the pituitary gland.

    In Vienna

    Acromegaly causes the skeleton and internal organs to grow disproportionately. When the organs that also respond to growth hormone, like the kidneys, intestines and the heart, become enlarged, they become weakened. Patients typically also have deep voices and enlarged tongues, making it difficult to swallow. In this photo, Kosen poses in front of Vienna's Giant Wheel landmark

    Big Shoes to Fill

    A women poses with her foot next to Kosen's shoes in Vienna. 

    Pressing Questions

    He Pingping, who stands 2-feet, 5-inches tall, sits with Kosen and answers questions from members of the press during a promotional event in Istanbul.   

    Hands On

    Kosen poses with an audience in Vienna. 

    With Formula One Driver

    Former Formula One driver David Coulthard of Britain looks at Kosen as they meet at the paddock before the Turkish F1 Grand Prix at the Istanbul Park Circuit in Turkey in May 2010.

    Sultan on Broadway

    Kosen poses for photographers in New York's Times Square. 
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