Power and height have been associated for a long time. For centuries, members of the British monarchy tied their height to their royal power. However, in reality, most of our prominent world leaders aren't particularly tall.
Barack Obama stands about 6’1", David Cameron the same, former prime minister of Canada Stephen Harper is about 6’2". Tall, but not extremely impressive. The majority of the G20 leaders stand somewhere in the five-foot range. But these guys are shrimps compared to the giant historical figures and modern-day leaders on this list. There are some leaders of tremendous stature that stood over 6’5", and one tremendous king who was over seven feet tall. Yes, these are indeed some wicked tall people from history.
Fun tidbit: Psychologists claim people who hold a lot of power tend to overestimate their heights.
Osama bin Laden rose to prominence in the early 1980s by bringing organization, international attention, and financial resources to Afghan rebels fighting Soviet forces.
He founded al-Qaida, did extensive network building throughout the radical Muslim world, contributing greatly to the rising numbers of jihadist groups, and oversaw the 9/11 attacks on the United States.
When Honest Abe was assassinated, he had with him a 7-inch tall top hat.
Add that to the top of a 6'4" man and you have a 6'11" giant walking around.
Edward IV (1442-1483) was described by a contemporary thus:
He was a goodly personage and very princely to behold; of heart courageous, politic in counsel, in adversity nothing abashed, in prosperity rather joyful than proud, in peace just and merciful, in war sharp and fierce, in the field bold and hardy, and nevertheless no further than wisdom would, adventurous. He was of visage lovely; of body mighty, strong and clean made.