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These Are the 25 Tallest Buildings in the World

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The last few years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of supertall buildings — those over 1,000 feet — around the world. Many of them are in China and other emerging countries and proclaim “We’ve arrived.” Foremost among these is the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates, which soars to a whopping 2,717 ft.

Among the factors driving the proliferation of supertall buildings are rapid economic growth in some countries, advances in design, materials, and construction techniques, and perhaps income inequality, as the super-rich seek trophy homes. 

An example of this is New York’s Billionaires’ Row, although it’s represented by only one building on 24/7 Tempo’s list of the world’s tallest buildings — Central Park Tower. (You might also be interested to see the grandest historic mansion in each state.)

The United States was the original home of the skyscraper, but now has only one entry among the world’s top 10 tallest buildings — New York’s One World Trade Center, which replaced the Twin Towers destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks and which topped out at a symbolic 1,776 ft. Way down the list at No. 22 is Willis Tower, previously known as Sears Tower. When it was completed in 1974 it was the tallest building in the world and held that title for almost 25 years.

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25. Wuhan Center Tower, Wuhan, China
> Height: 1,437 ft
> Completed: 2019


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24. Guangzhou International Finance Center, Guangzhou, China
> Height: 1,439 ft
> Completed: 2010

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23. KK100, Shenzhen, China
> Height: 1,449 ft
> Completed: 2011

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22. Willis Tower, Chicago, United States
> Height: 1,451 ft
> Completed: 1974


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21. The Exchange 106, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
> Height: 1,462 ft
> Completed: 2019

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19. Suzhou IFS, Suzhou, China
> Height: 1,476 ft
> Completed: 2019


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19. Zifeng Tower, Nanjing, China
> Height: 1,476 ft
> Completed: 2010

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17. Petronas Twin Tower 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
> Height: 1,483 ft
> Completed: 1998

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17. Petronas Twin Tower 2, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
> Height: 1,483 ft
> Completed: 1998


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16. Changsha IFS Tower T1, Changsha, China
> Height: 1,483 ft
> Completed: 2018

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15. Vincom Landmark 81, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
> Height: 1,513 ft
> Completed: 2018


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14. Lakhta Center, Saint Petersburg, Russia
> Height: 1,516 ft
> Completed: 2019

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13. Central Park Tower, New York, United States
> Height: 1,550 ft
> Completed: 2020

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12. International Commerce Centre, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
> Height: 1,588 ft
> Completed: 2010


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11. Shanghai World Financial Center, Shanghai, China
> Height: 1,614 ft
> Completed: 2008

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10. TAIPEI 101, Taipei, Taiwan
> Height: 1,667 ft
> Completed: 2004


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9. CITIC Tower, Beijing, China
> Height: 1,731 ft
> Completed: 2018

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7. Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, Guangzhou, China
> Height: 1,739 ft
> Completed: 2016

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7. Tianjin CTF Finance Centre, Tianjin, China
> Height: 1,739 ft
> Completed: 2019


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6. One World Trade Center, New York, United States
> Height: 1,776 ft
> Completed: 2014

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5. Lotte World Tower, Seoul, Korea, South
> Height: 1,819 ft
> Completed: 2017


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4. Ping An Finance Center, Shenzhen, China
> Height: 1,965 ft
> Completed: 2017

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3. Makkah Royal Clock Tower, Mecca, Saudi Arabia
> Height: 1,972 ft
> Completed: 2012

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2. Shanghai Tower, Shanghai, China
> Height: 2,073 ft
> Completed: 2015


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1. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
> Height: 2,717 ft
> Completed: 2010

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