At just over 2.5m in height (8ft 3in), Turkish-born Sultan Kösen has held the Guinness World Record as the world’s tallest man for the last three years. Here he is pictured in Hong Kong helping to launch Ripley Entertainment’s new Guinness World Records Attractions brand in Asia.
The interactive concept will allow guests to attempt to break and set official world records during their visit. Ripley’s is searching for franchise opportunities throughout Asia. Each attraction should typically be around 2,000 sq m in size and located in a high visibility area with substantial tourist traffic and favourable zoning and signage regulations.
Kösen suffers from a rare disorder called acromegaly, which causes his body to continually produce the growth hormone. In 2010, researchers at the University of Virginia Medical Center in the USA believe they discovered a treatment for the 29-year old – who also boasts the world’s largest hands (27cm wide) and feet (35cm-long) – to stop him growing.