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16 World Leaders Who Were (Or Are) Tall AF  

Katia Kleyman
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Power and height have been associated for a long time. But in reality, most of our prominent world leaders aren't particularly tall. President Obama stands about 6’1", David Cameron the same, former prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, 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 statures 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. Vladimir Putin, who stands at 5’7, must feel like he’s 10-feet-tall every day.

Sancho VII of Navarre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 16 World Leaders Who Were (Or Are) Tall AF
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Also known as the Strong and the Prudent, Sancho VII (1154 - 1234) ruled over Navarre, situated in northern Spain, bordering France, for 40 years, or half his life. 

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Peter the Great is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 16 World Leaders Who Were (Or Are) Tall AF
Photo: Sir Godfrey Kneller/Wikimedia Commons /Public Domain

Peter the Great (1672 - 1725) radically altered the course of Russian history by introducing political and social reforms that helped the country become an international power player, while stripping away some of the cultural and religious traditions that set Russia apart from the rest of Europe. 

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William Wallace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 16 World Leaders Who Were (Or Are) Tall AF
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Scottish revolutionary William Wallace was portrayed by Mel Gibson, who is about 5'9", in Braveheart

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Filip Vujanović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 16 World Leaders Who Were (Or Are) Tall AF
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Filip Vujanović was elected president of Montenegro in 2003 and oversaw the country's split with Serbia in 2006, becoming the first president of independent Montenegro. He began serving as the country's prime minister in 1998, and was re-elected president in 2008.  

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