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16 World Leaders Who Were (Or Are) Tall AF 

Katia Kleyman
Updated April 24, 2020 57.8k views 16 items

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. 

Sancho VII of Navarre is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 16 World Leaders Who Were (Or Are) Tall AF
Photo:  Cherubino/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0 ES

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. 

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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Filip Vujanović is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 16 World Leaders Who Were (Or Are) Tall AF
Photo: Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew D. Leistikow/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

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.