This is a list of tables of the oldest people in the world in ordinal ranks. To avoid including false or unconfirmed claims of old age, names here are restricted to those people whose ages have been validated by an international body dealing in longevity research, such as the
Gerontology Research Group The Gerontology Research Group (GRG) is a global group of researchers in various fields that verifies and tracks supercentenarian A supercentenarian (sometimes hyphenated as super-centenarian) is someone who has reached the age of 110. This ag ...
(GRG) or ''
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'' (GWR), and others who have otherwise been reliably sourced. The longest verified human lifespan is that of
Jeanne Calment Jeanne Louise Calment (; 21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997) was a French supercentenarian and the oldest people, oldest human whose age is well-documented, with a lifespan of 122 years and 164 days. Her longevity attracted media attention and ...
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(1875–1997), who lived to age 122 years and 164 days. She supposedly met
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when she was 12 or 13. She received news media attention in 1985, after turning 110. Subsequent investigation found documentation for Calment's age, beyond any reasonable question, in the records of her native city,
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, France. More evidence of Calment's lifespan has been produced than for any other
supercentenarian A supercentenarian (sometimes hyphenated as super-centenarian) is someone who has reached the age of 110. This age is achieved by about one in 1,000 centenarian A centenarian is a person who has reached the age of 100 years. Because life expe ...
, such that her case serves as an
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in the methodology for verifying the ages of the world's known oldest people. As women live longer than men on average, women predominate in combined records. The longest lifespan for a man is that of
Jiroemon Kimura was a Japanese supercentenarian who lived for 116 years and 54 days. He became the list of the verified oldest men, verified oldest man in history on 28 December 2012, when he surpassed the age of Christian Mortensen who had died in 1998. He wa ...
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(1897–2013), who lived to age 116 years and 54 days. Since the death of 117-year-old Chiyo Miyako of Japan on 22 July 2018, -year-old
Kane Tanaka (' Ota; born 2 January 1903) is a Japanese supercentenarian A supercentenarian (sometimes hyphenated as super-centenarian) is someone who has reached the age of 110. This age is achieved by about one in 1,000 centenarians. Anderson ''et al.'' ...
, also of Japan, born 2 January 1903, is the oldest living person in the world whose age has been validated. Since the death of 113-year-old Emilio Flores Márquez of
Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (; abbreviated PR; tnq, Boriken, ''Borinquen''), officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico ( es, link=yes, Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico, lit=Free Associated State of Puerto Rico) is a Caribbean island and Unincorporated ...

Puerto Rico
on 12 August 2021, -year-old Saturnino de la Fuente García of Spain, born 11 February 1909, is the world's oldest known living man.

Ten oldest verified people ever

Systematic verification of longevity has only been practiced in recent decades and only in certain parts of the world. All ten oldest verified people ever are women. Legend

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aCalment's case was
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in a 2018 study which hypothesized that Calment's daughter Yvonne, born in 1898 and who is reported to have died in 1934, usurped Jeanne's identity upon her mother's death. Other researchers have dismissed this hypothesis on the basis of extensive prior research into Calment's life.

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b Mortensen was born in
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c Gerneth was born in Stettin, then part of the
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, now in Poland and renamed
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d Kristal was born in Maleniec, Końskie County, then part of the
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, now in
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All of the world's ten oldest known living people are women. eJuniewicz was born in Krupsko near
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, then in
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, now in
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f Brañas Morera was born in the United States.
g Benegas-Gallego was born in
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h Bandang was born in the
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, then a British protectorate.
i Kowalski was born in Rogówek, then part of
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within the Russian Empire, now Poland.
j Ruisheng was born in the
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, now China.
k Lee was born in
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which was at the time annexed by the Empire of Japan.

Chronological list of the oldest known living person since 1955

This table lists the sequence of the world's oldest known living person from 1955 to present, according to GRG research. Due to the life expectancy difference between sexes, nearly all the oldest living people have been women; a sequence of the oldest living men is provided below the main list.

Chronological list of the oldest living man since 1973

This table lists the sequence of the world's oldest known living men from 1973 to present.


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