Khagendra Thapa Magar: New king of dwarf world


On October 14th 2010, Khagendra Thapa Magar from Nepal turned 18 years old and on that day he was officially declared to be the shortest living man in the world, measuring 56 cm and weighing 5 kilos. Formerly the shortest teenager in the world, Magar took the title of shortest man from a Colombian man called Edward Nino Hernandez. Nino, aged 24, is only 68.6 cm tall and weighs 10 kg. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the previous shortest man was a Chinese man named He Pingping with the height of 72.6 cm. He Pingping died on March 13th.


Khagendra Thapa Magar, born in October 1992 in the Baglung District of Nepal, is believed to suffer from a malfunctioning pituitary gland. On his 18th birthday, Thapa was given a lot of gifts including a toy drum from his father Rup Bahadur. When he was recognized by doctors and officials from Guinness World Records as the world’s smallest living man, he excitedly jumped onto the table, and then made tea for all the members of the press. Next year, Magar will serve as goodwill ambassador when his nation celebrates Visit Nepal Year.


His father gave him a toy drum as an 18th birthday gift


Khagendra performs a traditional Nepalese dance in front of the world’s press


Khagendra Thapa Magar took the title of shortest man from Edward Nino Hernandez when he turned 18 on October 14th, 2010.



Khagendra is pictured with his mother Dhan May


Khagendra’s family had a small party on his 18th birthday


The shortest living man is sitting in the garden at his home in Pokhara, Nepal



Dr. Hom Neupane (left) and Guinness Book of World Records representative Marco Frigatti measures Khagendra’s height


Khagendra is weighed during his official assessment by Guinness World Records


Khagendra Thapa Magar was crowned the world’s smallest man on his 18th birthday


Next year, he is to serve as a government-appointed goodwill ambassador as his nation celebrates Visit Nepal Year.



Related links:

Edward Nino Hernandez: World’s shortest man

Shortest people on earth

New Records in height and size