It helps to be taller if you want to be a CEO
Talent, apparently, is not the only ingredient for success.
A Wall Street Journal blog reported that a study of 1.3 million Swedish men found that CEOs in the sample tend to be taller than average.
The samples were used by two schools in Europe and one in Australia.
According to the blog, the average man in the sample stood at 1.79m, but the men who ended up being CEOs of large companies had an average height of 1.83m.
Mr Samuli Knupfer, an assistant professor of finance at the London Business School and an author of the study, said: “It’s about the observability.You directly observe someone’s height. It takes you a while to figure out cognitive and non-cognitive skills.”
He reasoned as to why height correlates with higher income when he noted that "some people may perceive height as a signal of somebody’s leadership skills".
Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was 1.88m while Microsoft founder Bill Gates is 1.78m.
Source: Wall Street Journal