The 10 Men Who Fathered The Most Children In History

Men and women tend to differ on the subject of kids. Little girls usually grow up taking care of baby dolls and love to play house. As little girls grow into teenagers, many will spend hours on the ph

Men and women tend to differ on the subject of kids. Little girls usually grow up taking care of baby dolls and love to play house. As little girls grow into teenagers, many will spend hours on the phone with their friends talking about who they want to marry, where they want to live, but almost especially how many kids they want to have.

Little boys spend their time wondering if the dog will scream if they try to ride it like a horse. Teenage boys trash-talk their friends while playing video games. Having children seems to matter less to men than to women.

A big part of the trend is biological. Women have a limited number of years where they can bear healthy children. The physical toll on a mom and the health risks to the baby go up with each year that passes. So, the proverbial “biological clock” is constantly ticking. For men, that same clock has no hands on it and the alarm is used to only sound upon death. With new technology, men can bear children even years after they pass. There is no rush. The time to have a baby for men is is longer than watching Braveheart in slow motion.

But the men on this list are different because they basically won fatherhood. The pitter patter of little feet turned into stomping rumbles like a herd of bison. Just like the 10 Mothers Who Gave Birth to the Most Children, read on to learn more about the men who love it when you call them Big Poppa.

10 Ramses II - Over 100 children


9 Misheck Doctor Nyandoro - 128 children


Nyandoro of Zimbabwe is easily the most fiscally-minded father on the list. He clearly watches the bottom line because he says he only marries his wives based on economic conditions. He says that when economic conditions went bad in 2002, he stopped marrying. But now that the economy has improved, he has already made plans to add three new wives to his 15-wife roster.  With 128 children, Nyandoro is smart to mind his money.

8 Anonymous Donor - 150 children


When looking for a mate online, usually people will check for looks, height, occupation, and interests. For the children of an anonymous American donor, they should also check that they are not shacking up with a sibling. One of the donor’s recipients set up a registry for their son so he could get to know his half siblings. When the site had more users than Facebook, the recipient knew there was a problem.

7 Jack Kigongo - 158 children


If it is one thing you could call ol’ Jack, it certainly was not lonely. Coming in at a whopping 158 children, Kigongo has earned a spot on the list. To help accomplish this amazing feat, Jack reportedly had 11 wives until his death in 2012. But do not think Jack just marries anybody - Jack was only married a total of 20 times in his 103-year old life. Ok, maybe he did just marry anybody.

6 Ancentus “Danger” Akuku - 160 children


With a nickname like “Danger,” it is little wonder how Acentus Akuku of Nairobi, Kenya managed to sire nearly 160 children. Danger was definitely no deadbeat dad, though. He built both a school and a church in his home town just for his kids.

5 Sobhuza II - 210 children


There was not much that could keep Sobhuza’s libido down while becoming the longest reigning monarch in history. His 210 children are a monument to his conquests as the King of Swaziland for over 80 years. Sobhuza II actually maintained a typical sized family, having three kids on average... Except it was with 70 different wives.

4 Augustus II the Strong - 354 children



It is unclear whether Augustus II moonlighted as a pimp with that name or whether this was legit. What is clear is that Mr. “the Strong” loved to live large as a king in Germany in the 17th and 18th centuries. His money, parties, and womanizing tendencies lead to rumors of Augustus II having fathered over 300 children.

3 Bertold Wiesner - 600 children


There is a big difference between adding in a secret ingredient to a Taco Bell burrito for your buddies and what Bertold Wiesner did for his patients. The Austrian-born physiologist put a little bit of himself in helping his patients at a fertility clinic set up by him and his wife. His goal was to help London couples in the 1940s find high IQ sperm donors, but Wisener decided that finding actual donors was too much work and decided to make deposits on their behalf.

2 Ismail Ibn Sharif - 888 children


Now introducing the Sultan of Morocco and baby-daddy to 888 children, Ismail Ibn Sharif! What makes the story even weirder is that he reportedly only wanted sons to carry on his lineage and had all of the female babies killed instantly. To make sure that he was the only evil man in his concubines’ lives, he slaughtered the ones he thought were sleeping with other men and mutilated the others. Even the men who wanted some of his women were murdered.

1 Genghis Khan - Infinity children (but more likely anything between 1000-2000)


Genghis Khan was such a prolific papa that international geneticists are convinced nearly 8 percent of men in Khan’s former empire are believed to descend from this one man - talk about spreading your seed. Time and cultural influences played a part in giving Khan such an impressive genetic footprint. His Mongol empire ruled for hundreds of years on vast amounts of land and coupled with keeping concubines, Khan was not exactly the guy at the end of the bar practicing pick up lines.

The researchers found through tracing the Y chromosome (because it remains relatively unchanged through generations) that men in many different regions shared the same DNA. The result is that nearly 1 in 200 men are believed to descend from the ruler. “Khan, party of 20 million?”



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