Oh Napoleon: Tiny Leaders Rule G8

Five don't pass the 5'6'' mark
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 6, 2008 1:47 PM CDT
Heads of state pose together for a group photo at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany Thursday, June 7, 2007.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The leaders at this week's G8 summit are all political big shots, but they're pretty diminutive face-to-face—five don't even make it past 5'6''. Russia's Dmitry Medvedev brings up the short end of the stick at 5'2'', and Canada's Stephen Harper is the only one to pass the 6' mark. But luckily for the G8, reports ABC News, the Napoleon complex is just a myth.

Other pint-sized leaders, past and present, include:

  • Nicolas Sarkozy, 5'5'' (wife Carla Bruni stands 4" taller)
  • Silvio Berlusconi, 5'5''
  • Kim Jong Il, 5'3''
  • Josef Stalin, 5'5''
  • Napoleon, 5'6'' (not 5'2'', as his enemies claimed)