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- Published on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 13:20
- Last Updated on 15 April 2017
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The order children are born has been found to have a significant impact on whether they’re destined to be a company CEO, astronaut or scientist.
The research paper led by psychologist Emma Kenny found that middle-born children are 30% more likely to become company CEOs than their siblings. The results suggest that fighting for attention as a middle child contributes to a tendency for personality traits such as competitiveness, flexibility and diplomacy, leading to high flying roles which require tactful thinking and high levels of management like those of Mark Zuckerberg, Lord Alan Sugar and Bill Gates.
A team of statisticians analysed a random sample of over 500 of the most successful individuals from 11 different career groups to identify statistically significant patterns and much like Anna and Elsa, found that often siblings can have very different destinies.
Stars of track and field also demonstrate a strong tendency towards being middle children, with the incidence of Olympians being 41% higher amongst middle children than might be expected from an average family. The findings also show that astronauts were disproportionately represented by first born children. The statistics show that astronauts were 29% more likely to be eldest children, making first-borns more likely to reach for the stars like Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong than their younger siblings.
First-born children are also likely to gravitate towards science and engineering careers with the likes of Stephen Hawking and Tim Berners Lee amongst the sample of scientists of which a significant 37% were eldest children. The study also noted that there is a tendency for eldest children of many siblings (4 – 6) to choose an investigative career as the propensity of eldest children amongst scientists and engineers is 76% higher than would be expected when considering families of three or more children. The team conducted an analysis of successful British individuals within a number of different fields to identify patterns and commonalities in their family structure. The key findings are summarised below:
Percentage of occurrence in the sample
|Exceeds the ratio expected from Av Families by|
|Scientists and Engineers||Elder||37%||7%|
|Reality TV Stars||Elder||46%||32%|