The Oldest Man Alive Today (And the Last 5 Titleholders)

Written by Sarah Psaradelis
Updated: December 8, 2022
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When we think of someone being old, we usually think around 90 years of age. However, there are men that have well passed this age and have made it into the triple digits. One of the men that has surprised the world by living to an extremely old age, is Juan Vicente Perez. Not only did Juan live over 100 years old, but he is still alive today.

Juan is currently the oldest living man in the world since the passing of Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia in January 2022, while also being the oldest validated person from Venezuela.

Let’s take a look at Juan’s life throughout the last century, and see what men held the last five places before him.

Age and Verification

Name:Juan Vincent Perez
Birth date:27 May 1909
Age:113 years

Juan Vincent Perez’s age has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living man on the 17th of May in 2022 at 122 and 184 days old before celebrating his 113th birthday. The Guinness World Records verified Juan Vincent Perez’s age through Robert D Young who is their Senior Consultant for Gerontology.

Juan Vincent Perez born in El Cobre, Venezuela in 1909 is the oldest living man
Juan Vincent Perez was born in El Cobre, Venezuela in 1909 and is currently the oldest living man in the world.

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Juan’s Life

Juan was the ninth child out of ten to his parents Edelmira Mora and Eutiquio del Rosario Perez Mora who lived in El Cobre in 1909. In 1914, Juan and his family moved to a village in San Jose de Bolivar in Los Pajuiles and at only 5 years old, Juan started to work alongside his dad and brothers to harvest coffee and sugar cane on the farm that they had purchased.

He created a wooden mill known as a trapiche with his brother Miguel to increase the agricultural production on the farm. He only started school at 10 years old for five months before his teacher become sick, but the teacher, fortunately, left him a book that taught him how to read and write. Later in 1948, Juan become a sheriff in Caricuena for around ten years while still working on the farm.

Years later when he moved to work on his brother Miguel’s farm, he met a woman named Ediofina del Rosario Garcia. He married Ediofina and they were together for 60 years before she passed in 1997.

After he married Ediofina, they moved to Francisco de Miranda before they saved enough to buy a farm in Caserio Caricuena. Juan and Ediofina then went on to have eleven children with Ediofina, a total of five daughters and six sons. Six of Juan’s children are still alive today, his three daughters Elena, Nelyda, and Mary, and his three sons Ysabelino, Andronico, and Angel.

Juan is a man of faith, and he is passionate about God and his family both of whom he loves very much. His daughter Nelyda Perez had said that her father is quite healthy and still has an excellent memory and no diseases to this day.

When Juan celebrated his birthday in May of 2019, he become the first male supercentenarian that is from Venezuela. His 100th birthday was a special celebration, and certainly a memorable milestone in Juan’s long life.

Juan now lives in San Jose de Bolivar in Venezuela at 113th years old.

Wooden mill known as a trapiche
When Juan Vincent Perez worked on his family’s farm he built a wooden mill known as a trapiche to increase agricultural production.

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Who Held The Titles Before Him?

With Juan Vincent Perez having the title of the oldest living man in the world, there are more men that held that title before him which we will discuss below.

1. Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia

Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia was a Spanish supercentenarian that was verified as the oldest living man by the Guinness World Records before Juan Vincent Perez until he passed away at 112 years and 341 days of age. Saturnino was born in Spain on the 11th of February in 1909 and passed on the 18th of January in 2022.

2. Jiroemon Kimura

Jiroemon Kimura was a Japanese supercentenarian who lived and died in Japan. He was 116 years and 54 days old at the time of his death. Jiroemon was born on the 19th of April in 1897 and passed on the 12th of June in 2013.

3. Eusebio Quintero Lopez

Eusebio Quintero is a Colombian supercentenarian that lived to 112 years and 268 days of age. Eusebio was born in Colombia on either the 6th or 15th of March in 1910 and he is currently still living, however, Juan Vincent Perez is older than him.

4. Chitetsu Watanabe

Chitetsu Watanabe was a Japanese supercentenarian and farmer that passed away eleven days before his birthday on the 23rd of February in 2022. Chitetsu was born on the 5th of March in 1907. He was considered the oldest man in the world after Gustav Gerneth’s death in 2019.

5. Yang Longsheng

Yang Longsheng is a Chinese supercentenarian born on the 13th of December in 1910, and he is currently 112 years old. Yang is still alive today and resides in Xinhe Village in Shanghai, China. In October 2020, Yang was believed to be the oldest man in Shanghai.

Final Thoughts

Celebrating your birthday with triple digits is a truly special experience for these men and living over 100 years old is not something many of us will get to experience.

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Supercentenarian from Japan, Chitetsu Watanabe
Chitetsu Watanabe was a Japanese supercentenarian.
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