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Oldest People In The World (Top 100 People)


The world’s oldest individuals are those who have lived the longest verified lifespans. Jeanne Calment, a French woman who reached 122 years and 164 days of age, was the oldest individual ever recorded. 

Numerous individuals have lived to be at least 100 years old, and a few have reached 115 or older. The study of longevity and the factors that contribute to living a long and healthy life is a subject of ongoing inquiry and interest.

Let’s explore some of the oldest people around the world, their fascinating backstories, and their challenges.

1. Jeanne Calment (122 years, 164 days)

Jeanne Calment, who lived in France and died in 1997 at 122 years and 164 days, was the oldest verified human in history. She lived from 1875 until 1997. She was born in Arles, a small town in southern France, on February 21, 1875. Nicholas Clement and Marguerite Gilles were her parents, and she had one brother named Francois.

Jeanne Calment grew up in a rich family. Her father ran a successful store where he sold textiles and olive oil. She went to a school for girls run by nuns and liked to play tennis, swim, and ride her bike. She married Fernand Calment, a rich and famous shop owner, in 1896. In 1898, their daughter Yvonne was born.

Jeanne Calment said that her long life was due to a healthy diet that included olive oil, chocolate, and wine, as well as a happy outlook and a relaxed style of living. She was also known for having a smart mind and good humor. Even in her 120s, she still played bridge and kept an eye on the stock market.

When Jeanne Calment turned 113 in 1988, she became well-known, and the Guinness Book of World Records noted her long life.

On August 4, 1997, she died at the age of 122 years and 164 days. Researchers have looked into her long life a lot, and her case is used as a key example for studies on aging and living long.

2. Kane Tanaka (119 years, 107 days)

Kane Tanaka is a Japanese supercentenarian born in Wajiro, Fukuoka, Japan, on January 2, 1903. She is the oldest verified Japanese individual and, after Jeanne Calment, the second-oldest person ever. 

Tanaka grew up in a large family of seven siblings and attended school through the fourth grade before departing to assist with her family’s udon noodle manufacturing and sales business. She married Hideo Tanaka at age 19 and had four children.

Tanaka worked in a munitions factory while her spouse served in the military during World War II. After the war, the couple returned to their homeland of Wajiro and established a family business selling mochi, a traditional Japanese sweet made from glutinous rice.

Tanaka’s interest in playing board games and solving arithmetic problems began in her sixties, and she continued to appreciate these activities well into her one-hundredth year. In addition, she was renowned for singing karaoke at her nursing home.

The Guinness World Records recognized Tanaka, who is 116 years old, as the world’s eldest living person in 2019. She has surpassed several longevity benchmarks, including becoming the oldest individual from Fukuoka Prefecture in 2017 and the oldest living person from Japan in 2020.

Kane Tanaka perished on April 19, 2022, at 119 years and 107 days old. Tanaka had expressed a desire to reach the age of 120, attributing her desire to her belief in God, family, sleep, hope, consumption of nutritious foods, and mathematical practice.  

3. Sarah Knauss(119 years, 97 days)

Sarah Knauss was an American supercentenarian born in Hollywood, Pennsylvania, on September 24, 1880. She was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to John and Mary (née Klotz) Clark and grew up there. Sarah had five older siblings, and she was the youngest.

Sarah married Abraham Lincoln Knauss in 1901, and the couple had four children. Sarah outlived her 1965-deceased husband and three of their offspring. She had twelve grandchildren, twenty-six great-grandchildren, and a handful of great-great-grandchildren.

Sarah Knauss was a seamstress at a local factory for many years, but she retired at 82 in 1962. She was well-known for her crocheting and literary interests. She also relished watching wrestling matches on television with her son and granddaughter.

In 1997, at the age of 116, Sarah Knauss became the oldest surviving person in the United States following the death of Marie-Louise Meilleur of Canada. She was also the second-oldest person in the world, following France’s Jeanne Calment.

Sarah Knauss passed away at the age of 119 and 97 days on December 30, 1999. She was the world’s oldest person at the time of her death, and The Guinness Book of World Records recognised her accomplishment.

4. Lucile Randon (118 years, 340 days)  

Lucile Randon, also known as Sister André, is a French Roman Catholic nun born in Alès in the Gard department of southern France on February 11, 1904.

Lucile Randon grew up in an atheist household and was baptized at age 26. After serving as a governess for a wealthy family, she joined the Sisters of Saint Vincent de Paul at 40 in 1944, adopting Sister André in honor of her brother, who had perished in World War I.

She worked as a nurse and as a teacher at a school for females, ultimately achieving the position of the headmistress. During World War II, she also worked in a hospital in Vichy, where she helped conceal Jewish children from the Nazis. She continued to hold numerous church positions throughout her lifetime.

Sister André is well-known for her passion for music and her wit. She is also well-known for her longevity, having survived both World Wars I and II. At age 105, she moved into a Toulon retirement facility in 2009.

On January 17, 2023, Lucile Randon passed away at 118 years and 340 days old. She attributes her longevity to her faith, passion for music, and optimistic outlook. Despite her advanced age, she remained active and engaged, continuing to meditate, read, and watch television.

5. Nabi Tajima (117 years, 260 days) 

Nabi Tajima lived until April 2017, when she died at 117 years and 260 days. During that time, she was the oldest person in the world. She was born on August 4, 1900, in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, in the town of Kikai, which is on the island of Kikaijima.

Tajima was the only individual known to live and was born in the 1800s. She lived through the Meiji Restoration, World War I, the Showa era, and World War II, all of which were rough times in Japanese history. She also saw how things like cars, trains, and the internet changed over time.

Tajima got married when she was 19 years old and had nine kids, seven of whom grew up as adults. More than 160 people could call her their great-grandmother. She liked to spend time with her family and eat traditional Japanese foods like sushi and udon noodles in her later years.

In September 2017, at the age of 117 years and 41 days, the Guinness World Records said that Tajima was the oldest living person in the world. She said that she lived so long because she ate healthy things like vegetables and fish and got a lot of rest.

On April 21, 2018, Tajima died at a care home in Kikai. People worldwide were sad about her death, and she was recognized as a symbol of strength and long life.

6. Marie-Louise Meilleur (117 years, 230 days) 

Marie-Louise Meilleur was born on Aug-29, 1880, in Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada. She lived to be 122 years old. When she passed away, she was the oldest known Canadian and the fourth oldest known person in the world.

Meilleur was one of her parents’ eleven children, and she lived most of her life in a farming town in Ontario called Ste. Anne de Prescott. In 1900, she married Hector Meilleur. Together, they had 16 children, 11 of whom became adults. Meilleur was known for how hard she worked on the family farm. She helped do things like milk the cows and care for the chickens.

Meilleur was a devout Catholic who usually went to church her whole life. She was also known for loving to dance and listen to music. In her later years, Meilleur went to a nursing home in Corbeil, Ontario, where she stayed until she died on April 16, 1998, at the age of 117 years and 230 days.

People said that Meilleur lived a long, healthy life because he ate a lot of vegetables and fruits and had a good attitude about life. She was also physically busy and walked until she was 105 years old. In 1992, Meilleur was given the Order of Canada because of how long she had lived.

People worldwide are still motivated by Meilleur’s legacy to live healthy, active lives and enjoy the easy things in life. Her life shows that age is just a number and that it is possible to live a long and happy life with hard work, determination, and a good mood.

7. Violet Brown (117 years, 189 days)

Violet Brown (born Mosse) was born in Trelawny, Jamaica, on March 10, 1900. She lived to be over 100 years old. From April 15, 2017, until she died on September 15, 2017, at the age of 117 years and 189 days, she was the oldest person in the world who could be proven.

Brown was one of six children who grew up in a small village in Jamaica. Brown’s parents were farmers; when she was a child, she worked in the fields with them. She went to school until she was 10, but her parents could no longer pay for her to stay in school.

She got married to Augustus Brown in 1921, and they had six children together. Unfortunately, two of her children died before she did. Brown spent most of her time in the same house where she was born Duanvale, Jamaica. She was a faithful member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and said that her long life was due to her faith in God, her hard work, and a healthy diet that included locally grown fruits and veggies.

In 2010, when Brown was 110 years old, Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding visited her and told her how happy he was that she had lived so long. This made her a local hero. She also got a happy birthday letter from Queen Elizabeth II in 2015, when she turned 115.

Brown spent her later years in bed, and her family and carers cared for her around the clock. Even though her health was getting worse, she was still awake and happy.

Brown’s death saddened many people in Jamaica, and she was praised as a national treasure. People from the government and the community paid their respects at her funeral. She was the oldest Jamaican ever and one of the oldest people in the world.

8. Emma Morano (117 years, 137 days)

Emma Morano was an Italian woman who was born in Civiasco, a small village in the Piedmont region of Italy, on November 29, 1899. From May 2016 until her death on April 15, 2017, she was known as the world’s oldest alive person due to her 117 years of life.

Morano was born into a family of eight children and lived through two world wars, the rise and collapse of Fascism in Italy, and numerous technological and societal changes in the 20th century. She worked as a cook and factory worker and was married in 1926; however, their marriage was unhappy, and they divorced in 1938.

Morano gave birth to a son in 1938, who died six months later. She never had any more offspring and attributed her longevity to her eggs and raw meat diet. She believed her extended life was partially due to her genetics, as her mother had lived to 91.

Morano was a remarkable woman who experienced vast history and transformation. She was known for her quick intellect and ability to adapt to new situations. She continued to live independently until the age of 115 when she moved into a nursing facility.

Morano’s existence exemplifies the strength of resilience and the human spirit. Despite confronting numerous difficulties and tragedies throughout her life, she remained determined to live life to the fullest and never gave up on her dreams and aspirations.

9. Chiyo Miyako (117 years, 81 days)

Chiyo Miyako was a supercentenarian who was born in Wakayama, Japan, on May 2, 1901. From April 2018 until her passing on July 22, 2018, at the age of 117 years and 81 days, she was the oldest living person in Japan and the world.

Before marrying Shoji Miyako in 1922, Miyako was raised in a large household with six siblings and worked in a local agriculture office. Miyako lived to witness her great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Miyako was known throughout her long life for her love of music, especially the traditional Japanese instrument, the koto. She played the agency well into her 100s and reportedly had a gorgeous singing voice.

Miyako’s healthy lifestyle may have contributed to her long life. For example, she was reported to have been a vegetarian who relished eating abundant fruits and vegetables and avoided alcohol and cigarettes.

Miyako later became a revered figure in her community and was frequently visited by friends and family. In addition, she was featured in some media interviews and documentaries about her long and fruitful life.

Miyako was remembered as a kind and gentle person who led an extraordinary existence upon passing in 2018. Her legacy continues to encourage individuals around the globe to live their lives to the fullest and cherish their loved ones.

10. Misao Okawa (117 years, 27 days)

Misao Okawa (on March 5, 1898 – the first of April 2015,) was a Japanese supercentenarian who, from June 2013 until her death in April 2015 at the age of 117, was officially recognised as the world’s oldest living person. She was born in Tenma, Osaka, Japan, and resided in a Higashisumiyoshi-ku nursing home.

Okawa was born in Osaka as the daughter of a fabric merchant, and she grew up with five siblings. She wed in 1919, gave birth to three children, two still life, and has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her spouse passed away in 1931, and she did not remarry.

In her youth, Okawa was well-known for her passion for board games, particularly Othello and Japanese poetry. Additionally, she relished calligraphy and floral design. She claimed that she had never been unwell in her entire life, attributing her longevity to her sushi diet and ample rest.

In 2013, at the age of 115, Okawa was recognized as the world’s oldest living person by the Guinness World Records. In March 2015, she commemorated her 117th birthday with a party attended by family and local officials.

On April 1, 2015, Okawa passed away peacefully in her slumber at 117 years and 27 days old. At the time of her demise, she was the third-oldest person ever recorded and the oldest in Japan. Her legacy continues to inspire individuals worldwide to live healthful and meaningful lives.

Here is a list of the top 100 oldest people in the world according to the Gerontology Research Group (GRG):

RankNameGenderBirth DateDeath DateAgeCountry
1Jeanne CalmentFemale21 February 18754 August 1997122 years, 164 daysFrance
2Kane TanakaFemale2 January 190319 April 2022119 years, 107 daysJapan
3Sarah KnaussFemale24 September 188030 December 1999119 years, 97 daysUnited States
4Lucile RandonFemale11 February 190417 January 2023118 years, 340 daysFrance
5Nabi TajimaFemale4 August 190021 April 2018117 years, 260 daysJapan
6Marie-Louise MeilleurFemale29 August 188016 April 1998117 years, 230 daysCanada
7Violet BrownFemale10 March 190015 September 2017117 years, 189 daysJamaica
8Emma MoranoFemale29 November 189915 April 2017117 years, 137 daysItaly
9Chiyo MiyakoFemale2 May 190122 July 2018117 years, 81 daysJapan
10Misao OkawaFemale5 March 18981 April 2015117 years, 27 daysJapan
11Francisca Celsa dos SantosFemale21 October 19045 October 2021116 years, 349 daysBrazil
12María CapovillaFemale14 September 188927 August 2006116 years, 347 daysEcuador
13Susannah Mushatt JonesFemale6 July 189912 May 2016116 years, 311 daysUnited States
14Gertrude WeaverFemale4 July 18986 April 2015116 years, 276 daysUnited States
15Antonia da Santa CruzFemale13 June 190523 January 2022116 years, 224 daysBrazil
16Tane IkaiFemale18 January 187912 July 1995116 years, 175 daysJapan
17Jeanne BotFemale14 January 190522 May 2021116 years, 128 daysFrance
18Elizabeth BoldenFemale15 August 189011 December 2006116 years, 118 daysUnited States
19Besse CooperFemale26 August 18964 December 2012116 years, 100 daysUnited States
20Maria Giuseppa RobucciFemale20 March 190318 June 2019116 years, 90 daysItaly
21Tekla JuniewiczFemale10 June 190619 August 2022116 years, 70 daysPoland
22Jiroemon KimuraMale19 April 189712 June 2013116 years, 54 daysJapan
23Ana María Vela RubioFemale29 October 190115 December 2017116 years, 47 daysSpain
24Giuseppina ProjettoFemale30 May 19026 July 2018116 years, 37 daysItaly
25Jeralean TalleyFemale23 May 189917 June 2015116 years, 25 daysUnited States
26Shigeyo NakachiFemale1 February 190511 January 2021115 years, 345 daysJapan
27Maggie BarnesFemale6 March 188219 January 1998115 years, 319 daysUnited States
28Dina ManfrediniFemale4 April 189717 December 2012115 years, 257 daysUnited States
29Shimoe AkiyamaFemale19 May 190329 January 2019115 years, 255 daysJapan
30Hester FordFemale15 August 190517 April 2021115 years, 245 daysUnited States
31Charlotte HughesFemale1 August 187717 March 1993115 years, 228 daysUnited Kingdom
32Edna ParkerFemale20 April 189326 November 2008115 years, 220 daysUnited States
33Mary Ann RhodesFemale12 August 18823 March 1998115 years, 203 daysCanada
34Anonymous of TokyoFemale15 March 190027 September 2015115 years, 196 daysJapan
35Margaret SkeeteFemale27 October 18787 May 1994115 years, 192 daysUnited States
36Bernice MadiganFemale24 July 18993 January 2015115 years, 163 daysUnited States
37Gertrude BainesFemale6 April 189411 September 2009115 years, 158 daysUnited States
38Bettie WilsonFemale13 September 189013 February 2006115 years, 153 daysUnited States
39Shin MatsushitaFemale30 March 190427 August 2019115 years, 150 daysJapan
40Iris WestmanFemale28 August 19053 January 2021115 years, 128 daysUnited States
41Julie Winnefred BertrandFemale16 September 189118 January 2007115 years, 124 daysCanada
42Maria de JesusFemale10 September 18932 January 2009115 years, 114 daysPortugal
43Marie-Josephine GaudetteFemale25 March 190213 July 2017115 years, 110 daysItaly
44Susie GibsonFemale31 October 189016 February 2006115 years, 108 daysUnited States
45Casilda Benegas GallegoFemale8 April 190728 June 2022115 years, 81 daysArgentina
46Augusta HoltzFemale3 August 187121 October 1986115 years, 79 daysUnited States
47Valentine LignyFemale22 October 19064 January 2022115 years, 74 daysFrance
48Hendrikje van Andel-SchipperFemale29 June 189030 August 2005115 years, 62 daysNetherlands
49Bessie HendricksFemale7 November 19073 January 2023115 years, 57 daysUnited States
50Maude Farris-LuseFemale21 January 188718 March 2002115 years, 56 daysUnited States
51Mina KitagawaFemale3 November 190519 December 2020115 years, 46 daysJapan
52Marie BrémontFemale25 April 18866 June 2001115 years, 42 daysFrance
53Yoshi OtsunariFemale17 December 190626 January 2022115 years, 40 daysJapan
54Koto OkuboFemale24 December 189712 January 2013115 years, 19 daysJapan
55Antonia Gerena RiveraFemale19 May 19002 June 2015115 years, 14 daysUnited States
56Chiyono HasegawaFemale20 November 18962 December 2011115 years, 12 daysJapan
57Annie JenningsFemale12 November 188420 November 1999115 years, 8 daysUnited Kingdom
58Anonymous of HyōgoFemale29 April 190730 April 2022115 years, 1 dayJapan
59Eva MorrisFemale8 November 18852 November 2000114 years, 360 daysUnited Kingdom
60Kama ChinenFemale10 May 18952 May 2010114 years, 357 daysJapan
61Mary BidwellFemale9 May 188125 April 1996114 years, 352 daysUnited States
62Sofia RojasFemale13 August 190730 July 2022114 years, 351 daysColombia
63Maria Gomes ValentimFemale9 July 189621 June 2011114 years, 347 daysBrazil
64Ophelia BurksFemale25 October 190327 September 2018114 years, 337 daysUnited States
65Kahoru FuruyaFemale18 February 190825 December 2022114 years, 310 daysJapan
66Mary Josephine RayFemale17 May 18957 March 2010114 years, 294 daysUnited States
67Goldie SteinbergFemale30 October 190016 August 2015114 years, 290 daysUnited States
68Kiyoko IshiguroFemale4 March 19015 December 2015114 years, 276 daysJapan
69Maria do Couto Maia-LopesFemale24 October 189025 July 2005114 years, 274 daysPortugal
70Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-JordanFemale31 August 188929 May 2004114 years, 272 daysPuerto Rico
71Yukie HinoFemale17 April 190213 January 2017114 years, 271 daysJapan
72Delphine GibsonFemale17 August 19039 May 2018114 years, 265 daysUnited States
73Horacio Celi MendozaMale3 January 189725 September 2011114 years, 265 daysPeru
74Eugénie BlanchardFemale16 February 18964 November 2010114 years, 261 daysFrance (Saint Barthélemy)
75Venere PizzinatoFemale23 November 18962 August 2011114 years, 252 daysItaly[m]
76Neva MorrisFemale3 August 18956 April 2010114 years, 246 daysUnited States
77Hide OhiraFemale15 September 18809 May 1995114 years, 236 daysJapan
78Blanche CobbFemale8 September 19001 May 2015114 years, 235 daysUnited States
79Ethel LangFemale27 May 190015 January 2015114 years, 233 daysUnited Kingdom
80Mila MangoldFemale14 November 19072 July 2022114 years, 230 daysUnited States
81Yone MinagawaFemale4 January 189313 August 2007114 years, 221 daysJapan
82María Antonia CastroFemale10 June 188116 January 1996114 years, 220 daysSpain
83Carrie LazenbyFemale9 February 188214 September 1996114 years, 218 daysUnited States
84Myrtle DorseyFemale22 November 188525 June 2000114 years, 216 daysUnited States
85Yoshi BabaFemale3 June 19074 January 2022114 years, 215 daysJapan
86Iso NakamuraFemale23 April 190323 November 2017114 years, 214 daysJapan
87Faustina Sarmiento-PupoFemale15 February 190516 September 2019114 years, 213 daysCuba
88Cecile KleinFemale15 June 190713 January 2022114 years, 212 daysCanada
89Anna Eliza WilliamsFemale2 June 187327 December 1987114 years, 208 daysUnited Kingdom
90Walter BreuningMale21 September 189614 April 2011114 years, 205 daysUnited States
91Eunice SanbornFemale20 July 189631 January 2011114 years, 195 daysUnited States
92Grace ClawsonFemale15 November 188728 May 2002114 years, 194 daysUnited States[n]
93Mitsue ToyodaFemale15 February 190225 August 2016114 years, 192 daysJapan
94Tase MatsunagaFemale11 May 188418 November 1998114 years, 191 daysJapan
95Kame GanekoFemale10 April 190518 October 2019114 years, 191 daysJapan
96Yukichi ChuganjiMale23 March 188928 September 2003114 years, 189 daysJapan
97Tomás Pinales FiguereoMale31 March 190624 September 2020114 years, 177 daysDominican Republic
98Joan Riudavets-MollMale15 December 18895 March 2004114 years, 81 daysSpain
99Gustav GernethMale15 October 190521 October 2019114 years, 6 daysGermany
100Fred Harold Hale, Sr.Male1 December 189019 November 2004113 years, 354 daysUnited States

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