Firstborn Girls 'Most Likely to Be Successful'

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Firstborn Girls 'Most Likely to Be Successful'


Byline: Inderdeep Bains

IF YOU happen to be a girl, as well as your parents' firstborn child, then congratulations - you're in good company.

Because according to a study, it's no coincidence that some of the world's most powerful women fall into that category.

The research shows that firstborn girls are statistically more likely to be the most highly qualified of all their family. They are 13 per cent more ambitious then firstborn sons, according to a study conducted by the University of Essex.

So J.K. Rowling, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Beyonce - all the eldest children in their families - were born with a greater chance of becoming high achievers.

And while all eldest children are 16 per cent more likely to attend further education then their younger siblings, girls are 4 per cent more likely to have better qualifications.

But firstborn boys - such as Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George W Bush - were next in line for success.

Lead researcher Feifei Bu said: 'There are several possible explanations for the higher attainment and ambition of the eldest. 'It could be that the parents simply devote more time and energy to them - it could be they are actually more intelligent. For me, I tend to lean towards the theory that parental investment is possibly at work here. …

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