Most Likely to Succeed: Firstborn Girls
They lead in both achievement and ambition, study says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2014 1:02 AM CDT
Oprah Winfrey smiles before being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

(Newser) – Bad news for younger siblings and firstborn boys: Firstborn girls are most likely to end up running the world. In a new study, British researchers found that eldest children tend to be both more ambitious and more successful than younger siblings, and firstborn girls are 13% more likely to aspire to higher education than firstborn boys, Scientific American reports. Powerful firstborn girls include Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel, Sheryl Sandberg, and Oprah Winfrey.

"There are several explanations for the higher attainment and ambition of the eldest," the lead researcher tells the Guardian. "It could be that the parents simply devote more time and energy to them—it could be they are actually more intelligent. For me, I tend to lean towards the theory that parental investment is possibly at work here." She says she has a personal interest in the research because "I'm the firstborn, of course. That is why I'm doing a PhD."

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May 2, 2014 2:23 PM CDT
Who comes up with these articles? Oh Newser Staff, that explains it. Success has nothing to do with who gets born first or last.
Dr Geo Douglas
May 2, 2014 7:32 AM CDT
In my parents' family of five children, the first born daughter is the most successful and ambitious. She was also the most ruthless and the biggest a-hole. Success doesn't always mean the best.
May 2, 2014 7:27 AM CDT
Yep !! Oprah Winfrey, probably one of the most outstanding women of all time. Can you just imagine what a team they would have made if she had fell in with Martin Luther King ! ( sorry -- Doctor Martin Luther King ) a cure for cancer, the Russians out of the Ukraine, people living in on Mars !! the mind has no limits.