The shortest people in the world as listed here are the ones that are currently known. Others may be out there but until authorities confirm their existence, only the following can be accepted in record books.
The shortest man is Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal. He stands 56 cm (22 inches). He weighed 600 grams (21 oz) when he was born in 1991. Magar weighs 12 lbs (5.5 kg) today.
Next is Gul Mohammed of New Delhi, India. He was 22.5 inches tall (57 cm). He was born on February 15, 1957 and died on October 1, 1997. He weighed 37 lbs (17 kg). The cause of his death had to do with respiratory problems brought about by heavy smoking.
Younis Edwan is also one of the shortest people in the world. He is a Jordanian and was born in 1971. He is 2 ft 1 in (65 cm) tall.
He Pingping is 2 ft 5 in tall (73 cm). He was born in Wulanchabu in China’s Inner Mongolia region. Pingping suffers from Osteogenesis imperfecta which hinders growth. He was so small that during birth he could fit in the palm of his mother’s hand.
Lin Yu Chih is 2 ft 2.58 in tall (67.5 cm). He was born in 1972 and lives in Taiwan. Like Pingping, he was born with Osteogenesis imperfecta.
Kara Gordon is the smallest woman who ever lived at 23 in (58 cm). She is also one of the shortest people who have been verified by Guinness Records. Other females who belong in the list of the world’s smallest women include Allie Durso (65 cm) and Katie Durso. Emily Friedenberg has been measured at 23 ½ in high and weighed in at 12 lbs.
Shortest People by Profession
Mugsy Bogues was the shortest player to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He stood 5 ft 3 in. Darren Sproles, at 5 ft 5 n, was the shortest man to play in the NFL (National Football League).
The smallest bodybuilder in the world was Romeo Dev at 2 ft 9 n. The smallest player in ice hockey was Henry Franklyn at 3 ft 6 inches tall. Claude Giroux was one of the shortest professional wrestlers ever at 4 ft.
Shortest People in Arts, Sports and Politics
Ajayakumar/Ajaykumar (a.k.a Undapakru) is the shortest actor ever at 64 cm. One of the shortest actors in America is Verne Toyer at 2 ft 8 in (81 cm). The British painter William Hogarth was 4 ft 11 in, while Alexander Pope stood at 4 ft 8 in (137 cm.
The shortest US President was James Madison at 5 ft 4 in. Robert Reioch, (labor secretary during the Clinton administration) stood 4 ft 10 in.
Other hysterical figures who were of small physical stature were Victor Emmanuel III, Napoleon and Daniel Deniehy. However, getting an idea of their actual height is difficult. No records were kept then and accounts surviving may be subject to bias or propaganda.
Before making it to the list of the world’s shortest people, multiple measurements are often done. This is to ensure that the claims are accurate.