Kösen Sultan, a former basketball player from Turkey, was recorded as the highest man in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.
At 26 years old, Kösen is 2 meters 46 centimeters and 5 mm and also owns the record for the largest hands – 27.5 cm, and the biggest feet – 36.5 cm. He grew up as a normal child until the age of 10, when, due to a pituitary gland disorder, his body began to develop at highly accelerated rate.
During the 2010 London edition of Guinness Book presentation, Sultan Kösen said he hopes that his recently gained fame to bring him more luck with the ladies attention. Because of his unusual stature, women have always feared it, but now he hopes to finally find his soul mate and marry.
Former owner of the record for highest man, Ukrainian Leonid Stadnyk, apparently meassured with 2.57 meters high, refused to formally measure his height, saying that fame has brought him only trouble and he needs peace and quiet.