The world’s population is soaring and some families are helping bump up those statistics much more than others. The global population is expected to hit the 11 billion mark by 2100 but it’s currently at only seven billion. That’s a lot of baby making in the next 86 years - which the world's biggest families are probably more than happy about.
Although it may be the norm around the world, not all families consist of mom, dad and one to three children. You need only look at some celebrity families constantly in the spotlight to see examples of big families. Victoria and David Beckham have four children, Kris Jenner has six children (as seen in Keeping Up With the Kardashians), Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have six kids and Eddie Murphy has eight kids. Other big families have become celebrities purely thanks to their size, featuring in their own reality TV series such as 19 Kids & Counting and United Bates of America.
Check out our list of the 10 biggest families in the world and get an insight into what life is like when you’re part of a family that keeps on growing. It’s worth mentioning that these 10 families would struggle to compete with some of the excessively large families of the past. There was Ismail Ibn Sharif of Morocco who was said to have fathered 867 kids all up – 525 sons and 342 daughters. (He had many wives and concubines.) There was also Mr. and Mrs. Feodor Vassilyev who had 69 children between them in the years between 1725 and 1765.
This list of 10 huge families will take you from Asia to America to Australia and back again!
10 Hann Family – 13 Kids
9 Bonell Family – 15 Kids
The Bonell family is likely to be the biggest family down under. Living in Queensland, Australia, Jeni and Ray Bonell are caring for 15 children (and there is another on the way). Jeni Bonell was quoted earlier this year as saying that when the pair got married she didn't want any children, but that all changed after having their first baby. She says she loves “the chaos, the noise, the hugs” and surrendering to parenthood. The family splits up chores and works as a team to get everything done. The kids help around the home from as young as eight years old. Jeni Bonell drives the kids to school in a 16-seater Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (which used to be a school bus).
8 Radford Family – 16 Kids & 1 Grandkid
7 Ionce Family – 18+ Kids
6 Bates Family – 19 Kids
5 Duggar Family – 19 Kids & 3 Grandkids
4 Nikolenko Family – 25 Kids
3 Luiz Costa de Oliveira Family – 50+ Kids & 100+ Grandkids
2 Daad Mohammed Al Balushi – 93+ Kids & 50+ Grandkids
1 Ziona Family – 39 Wives, 94 Kids & 33 Grandkids
Ziona, who is in his late 60s, is the Indian man at the head of what’s thought to be the world’s biggest family. He has 39 wives, 94 children and 33 grandkids (at the last count). They all live together in a 100-room “mansion” in Baktwang village, which is in the state of Mizoram, India. His wives sleep in dormitory style rooms, each taking turns to sleep in bed with him. He is also head of a Christian sect, which was formed in the 1940s and allows men to have as many wives as they wish. He told UK newspaper The Sun that he is “blessed” to have such a large family. The family can consume about 30 whole chickens for just one evening meal.
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