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First-born Children Achieve More, Says Study

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For all the girls who wanted to be the next Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Clinton, or Beyoncé, their dreams could be scientifically closer to coming true - as long as they are first-borns.

The common trait that these successful women share, along with the likes of JK Rowling, Christine Lagarde, Sheryl Sandberg and Dr Susan Greenfield, is that they are the first-borns of their family, and now science has found that this could be, in part, the secret to their success.

According to new research carried out by Feifei Bu at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, first-born girls are statistically more likely to be more ambitious, and better qualified, than their siblings.

It also showed that first-born girls are 13% more ambitious than first-born boys.

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