Who is the oldest person in the world

The oldest people in the world

On average, people are getting older today, but there are still only a few who live to be over 95 or even over 100 years old. Most of them live in the Caribbean and in industrialized nations such as Japan, France and the USA. All of the age records presented in this article can also be called the oldest parents, because they have or had children, some of whom survived.

Reliable statistics are difficult to collect, however, because the exact life dates of a person are not recorded everywhere in the world, or birth and death dates have started to be documented in different parts of the world at different times. However, the incredibly old age of the current world record holders has been officially confirmed:

Jeanne Calment - the oldest person in the world

The French Jeanne Calment from Arles was 122 years old and is the oldest person who has ever lived and whose life data can be checked. She was born in 1875 and died in 1997, so she not only experienced the penultimate turn of the century as a grown woman, but almost the entire 20th century. If you look at Jeanne Calment's way of life, however, it is difficult to deduce a secret for a long life. Because she smoked until she was 119 and only stopped because she couldn't light cigarettes because she was blind. She was able to ride a bicycle until she was 100 years old. Her own answer to the reason for her old age: Mediterranean cuisine and port wine.

Sarah Knauss - the second oldest person in the world

The second oldest person is also a woman - overall it can be said that the American Sarah Knauss was born in 1880 and died in 1999, making her 119 years old. For more than a year and a half she was the record holder of the oldest living people. Longevity is in her genes: her cousin turned 105 and her own daughter passed 100 and died at the age of 101. Sarah Knauss narrowly missed her second turn of the century - she died 33 hours before the year 2000 began on December 30, 1999, sitting in her armchair.

Kane Tanaka - the oldest living person in the world

The Japanese Kane Tanaka was born in 1903 and is still alive. At 117 years old, she has been the oldest person still alive since 2019. She beat colon cancer at the age of 103 and was still walking in her garden at the age of 115. She explained her longevity, among other things, with the fact that she did not feel like dying, but also with her family and her belief in God. In addition, she still regularly takes mathematics classes and plays the board game Othello every day with the employees of her retirement home.

Augusta Holtz - the oldest person born in Germany

Augusta Holtz was born in Czarnikau in 1871, which was then part of the Prussian province of Posen, and died in 1986 in the USA, where she emigrated with her family at the age of two. She turned 115 and held the record for the oldest person in the world from 1985 to 1990. However, her age could only be clearly verified posthumously because a birth certificate was missing. Augusta Holtz had four children, two of whom she survived.

Jiruemon Kimura - the oldest man in the world

With Jiruemon Kimura, another Japanese makes it onto the current list of the oldest people in the world. He was born in 1897 and died in 2013 at the age of 116. He is the first and only man to ever live to be 116 years old. He was the child of rice and vegetable farmers, worked for the post office and in the fields until he was 90 years old. He lived for over three centuries. His hometown is still trying to find out why over 100 of the 60,000 inhabitants live to such an old age, that is, become over 100 years old.