Is the Empire State Building still the tallest building in the world?
The Empire State Building, in New York City, is the ninth tallest building in the world, according to the 2001 World Almanac and Book of Facts. Built in 1931, it stands 1,250 feet tall.
Two buildings share the "world's tallest" designation the Petronas Tower I and Petronas Tower II, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. These buildings were constructed in 1998 and measure 1,483 feet. Rounding off the top five are the Sears Tower in Chicago (1,450 feet), the Jim Mao Building in Shanghai, China (1,380 feet) and the World Trade Center I building in New York City (1,368 feet).