Living for over a century is not something many people think about and reaching triple digits on your birthday is certainly something to celebrate. While reaching 90 years of age seems old for most of us, the people in this article have lived for over 100 years.
Surprisingly, most of the oldest people in the world seem to be women from Japan, but whether it is due to genetics or some secret they had to have lived for such a long time, these are some of the oldest people in the world.
1. Jeanne Calment
|Birth date:||21 February 1875|
|Death date:||4 August 1997|
|Age:||122 years and 164 days|
Jeanne Calment was the oldest human documented, and she lived for 122 years and 164 days. Jeanne is currently the only person verified to have lived past 120 years of age, which is quite impressive! She outlived both her grandson and daughter and passed away in 1997. Jeanne was born in Arles and her age was verified through personal documents for the city archives, along with documentary evidence.
2. Jiroemon Kimura
|Birth date:||19 April 1897|
|Death date:||12 June 2013|
|Age:||116 years and 54 days|
Jiroemon Kimura from Japan is considered the oldest man in history, reaching an age of 116 years and 54 days. He is possibly the oldest living veteran from World War I and he was born in Kinjiro Miyake, as the second surviving son out of eight children. Jiroemon started out as a telegraph boy in his early life and then served with a communications unit in the Imperial Japanese Army. He sadly passed from pneumonia in 2013.
3. Christian Mortensen
|Birth date:||16 August 1882|
|Death date:||25 April 1998|
|Age:||115 years and 252 days|
Christian Mortensen was considered the longest-living male in the world before Jiroemon Kimura passed him. He lived till 115 years and 252 days of age and was a Danish supercentenarian. He was the son of a tailor in the Skarup village in Denmark and worked as a farmhand. Christian smoked occasionally and followed a vegetarian diet, but he did not drink. Towards the end of his life, he was blind and had a poor memory. Eventually, Christian passed away in 1998.
4. Kane Tanaka
|Birth date:||2 January 1903|
|Death date:||19 April 2022|
|Age:||119 years and 107 days|
Kane Tanaka is the second oldest verified person after Jeanne Calment, after living to 119 years and 107 days of age. Kane was from the southern island of Kyushu and her family said that she was born in 1902. Four years before her death, Kane lived in a nursing home in Fukuoka.
Throughout her life, Kane was diagnosed with paratyphoid fever at 35 years of age, and she later had pancreatic cancer at 45 years old. At 103 years old, Kane was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Kane was still in good health at 118 years old, but she died shortly later in 2022.
5. Nabi Tajima
|Birth date:||4 August 1900|
|Death date:||21 April 2018|
|Age:||117 years and 230 days|
Nabi Tajima was considered the second oldest person aside from Kane Tanaka, living to 117 years and 230 days. Nabi is originally from Araki in Kikai, and she had a total of 9 children. She became a grandmother to 28 grandchildren and lived to see all 35 of her great-great-grandchildren before she died in 2018 after being in the hospital for four months.
6. Emiliano Mercado
|Birth date:||21 August 1891|
|Death date:||24 January 2007|
|Age:||115 years and 156 days|
Emiliano Mercado del Toro born in Cabo Rojo in Puerto Rico was one of the oldest verified people in the world. He was considered the oldest person behind Elizabeth Bolden in 2006. Emiliano worked in cane fields until he turned 81 years old, and he first came to researchers’ attention in 2001. He was able to provide his birth certificate, 1910 census record, veteran ID card, and his baptismal certificate for proof of his age, living to 115 years and 156 years old.
7. Mathew Beard
|Birth date:||9 July 1870|
|Death date:||16 February 1985|
|Age:||114 years and 222 days|
Mathew Beard was born in 1870 in Norfolk, Virginia and at only 12 years old, Mathew began working at a sawmill. He was also a preacher and tobacco farmer in his lifetime, before passing away in Florida at 114 years and 222 days of age in 1985.
8. Misao Okawa
|Birth date:||5 March 1898|
|Death date:||1 April 2015|
|Age:||117 years and 27 days|
Misao Okawa was the world’s oldest woman since Koto Okubo’s death, and she was born in 1898 in Tenma, Osaka. She had a total of three children, and two were still alive at the time of her death. Misao lived in a nursing home in Osaka prior to her death, before she died from heart failure in 2015 at 117 and 27 days old.
9. Walter Breuning
|Birth date:||21 September 1896|
|Death date:||14 April 2011|
|Age:||114 years and 205 days|
Walter Breuning was born in Minnesota in 1896. In his early life, Walter lived to what he could describe as the “dark ages,” as he and his family lived without water, plumbing, or even electricity. He worked scaping bakery pans before he joined the Northern Railway where he worked for 50 years. Walter did sign up for the military, however, he was first rejected, and by the time the second world war came about, Walter was too old to serve. He died in 2011 at 114 years and 205 days of age.
10. Sarah Knauss
|Birth date:||24 September 1880|
|Death date:||30 December 1999|
|Age:||119 years and 9 days|
Sarah Knauss is the oldest person recorded in the United States. She lived to 119 and 9 days of age while being the third oldest person in the world. Her age could be validated through the census and other important documents. Sarah was born in Pennsylvania and lived as a housewife before passing in 1999.
11. Violet Brown
|Birth date:||10 March 1900|
|Death date:||15 September 2017|
|Age:||117 years and 189 days|
Violet Brown was the oldest living person before Emma Morano, and she and Nabi Tajima, who we mentioned earlier in the article, were the only two people still alive in the 20th century after being born in the 19th century. She was even gifted a birthday card from the Queen of Jamaica before she passed 2 years later in 2017 at 117 years and 189 days of age.
12. Yukichi Chuganji
|Birth date:||23 March 1889|
|Death date:||28 September 2003|
|Age:||114 years and 189 days|
Yukichi Chuganji was 114 years and 189 days of age before his death in 2003. He was born in Fukuoka in 1889 and worked many jobs, such as being a silkworm breeder, community welfare officer, and even a bank employee. Yukichi didn’t favor eating vegetables, and he enjoyed portions of beef and chicken. He died from natural causes and took the record of being one of the oldest men in the world.
Bonus: More Supercenturians Who Lived the Longest
Stats on the oldest living supercentenarians will change as time goes on and longevity in humans continues to increase. Below, we’ve added a couple of women to the list, one of which broke another notable record.
Lucille Randon (Sister André)
Lucille Randon of Toulon, France passed just this year (2023) at the age of 118 years 340 days, propelling her to be the fourth-oldest verified person to have ever lived. She broke another record as the oldest confirmed survivor of the COVID-19 pandemic. A month before her 117th birthday, she tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, yet went on to live almost two more years. After converting to Roman Catholicism in her young adult years, Lucille held various jobs throughout her career including teacher, governess, nun, and missionary. She retired in 1979 at the age of 75 and spent her later years in a nursing home from 2009 on.
|Birth Date:||11 February 1904|
|Death Date:||17 January 2023|
|Age:||118 years, 340 days|
Emma Martina Luigia Morano
|Birth Date:||29 November 1899|
|Death Date:||15 April 2017|
|Age:||117 years and 137 days|
At the time of her death in 2017, Emma Morano of Italy was the last living person who had been born in the 1800s. Besides being the oldest Italian to have ever lived, she’s the 3rd oldest European ever. She was awarded the honor of Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in December 2011 by the President at the time, Giorgio Napolitano. She believed that she lived so long because she consumed three eggs per day, sometimes drank grappa made at home, and indulged in chocolate on occasion. More importantly, she said thinking positively about the future, coupled with being single, contributed to her long life.
Living to over 100 years of age is celebrate-worthy, and it is a huge milestone for many. So far, Jeanne Clament is the oldest verified human to have ever lived, at 122 years and 164 days of age.
Summary of the 12 Oldest Persons to Ever Live
Here’s a recap of the oldest people ever recorded and their ages at the time of their deaths:
|1||Jeanne Calment||122 years and 164 days|
|2||Kane Tanaka||119 years and 107 days|
|3||Sarah Knauss||119 years and 9 days|
|4||Nabi Tajima||117 years and 230 days|
|5||Violet Brown||117 years and 189 days|
|6||Misao Okawa||117 years and 27 days|
|7||Jiroemon Kimura||116 years and 54 days|
|8||Christian Mortensen||115 years and 252 days|
|9||Emiliano Mercado||115 years and 156 days|
|10||Mathew Beard||114 years and 222 days|
|11||Walter Breuning||114 years and 205 days|
|12||Yukichi Chuganji||114 years and 189 days|
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Who is the oldest documented human?
Jeanne Calment was the oldest human documented, and she lived for 122 years and 164 days.
Who is the oldest documented man?
Jiroemon Kimura from Japan is considered the oldest man in history, reaching an age of 116 years and 54 days.
Thank you for reading! Have some feedback for us? Contact the AZ Animals editorial team.
- Wikipedia , Available here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_verified_oldest_people