Relation of Height to Salary

Taken from the book, Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell:

“Overwhelmingly, the heads of big companies are… also almost all tall: in my sample, I found that on average, male CEOs [of the companies on the Fortune 500 list] were just a shade under six feet tall. Given that the average American male if five foot nine, that means that CEOs as a group have about three inches on the rest of their sex. But this statistic actually underestimates the matter. In the U.S. population, about 14.5 percent of all men are six feet or taller. Among CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, that number is 58 percent…

“…Not long ago, researchers who analysed the data from four large research studies that had followed thousands of people from birth to adulthood calculated that when corrected for such variables as age and gender and weight, an inch of height is worth $789 a year in salary.”

It pays to be tall.

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