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World's Oldest Man titleholders according to Guinness World Records and the Gerontology Research Group.

Chronological list of the oldest living men since 1972

Note:This list is copied from the Gerontology Research Group's list of the World's Oldest Man Titleholders:

Bold indicates the world's oldest man ever.

Table M - World's Oldest Men (WOM) Titleholders Since 1972 As of 10 April 2018.
# Name Country Lifespan Reign length
1 Friedrich Wedeking GermanyGER 10 Oct 1862 – 5 May 1973
110 years, 207 days
Before 1973 – 5 May 1973
N/A – 110 years, 207 days
2 Frederick Butterfield United Kingdom UK 28 Feb 1864 – 9 Mar 1974
110 years, 9 days
5 May 1973 – 9 Mar 1974
109 years, 66 days – 110 years, 9 days
(308 days)
3 Jean Teillet FranceFRA 6 Nov 1866 – 17 Mar 1977
110 years, 131 days
9 Mar 1974 – 17 Mar 1977
107 years, 123 days – 110 years, 131 days
(3 yrs, 8 days)
4 Charlie Nelson United StatesUSA 21 Sep 1867 – 20 Aug 1978
110 years, 333 days
17 Mar 1977 – 20 Aug 1978
109 years, 188 days – 110 years, 333 days
(1 yr, 156 days)
5 Charlie Phillips United StatesUSA 5 May 1870 – 5 Sep 1980
110 years, 123 days
20 Aug 1978 – 5 Sep 1980
108 years, 107 days – 110 years, 123 days
(2 yrs, 16 days)
6 Mathew Beard United StatesUSA 9 Jul 1870 – 16 Feb 1985
114 years, 222 days
5 Sep 1980 – 16 Feb 1985
110 years, 58 days – 114 years, 222 days
(4 yrs, 164 days)
7 Joe Thomas United StatesUSA 1 May 1875 – 14 Dec 1986
111 years, 227 days
16 Feb 1985 – 14 Dec 1986
109 years, 291 days – 111 years, 227 days
(1 yr, 301 days)
8 Herman Smith-Johannsen NorwayNOR 15 Jun 1875 – 5 Jan 1987
111 years, 204 days
14 Dec 1986 – 5 Jan 1987
111 years, 182 days – 111 years, 204 days
(22 days)
9 Alphaeus Philemon Cole United StatesUSA 12 Jul 1876 – 25 Nov 1988
112 years, 136 days
5 Jan 1987 – 25 Nov 1988
110 years, 177 days – 112 years, 136 days
(1 yr, 325 days)
10 John Evans United Kingdom UK 19 Aug 1877 – 10 Jun 1990
112 years, 295 days
25 Nov 1988 – 10 Jun 1990
111 years, 98 days – 112 years, 295 days
(1 yr, 197 days)
11 Henri Perignon FranceFRA 14 Oct 1879 – 18 Jun 1990
110 years, 247 days
10 Jun 1990 – 18 Jun 1990
110 years, 239 days – 110 years, 247 days
(8 days)
12 James Wiggins United StatesUSA 15 Oct 1879[1] – 16 Oct 1991
112 years, 1 days
18 Jun 1990 – 16 Oct 1991
110 years, 246 days – 112 years, 1 days
(1 yr, 120 days)
13 Frederick Frazier United StatesUSA 27 Jan 1880 – 14 Jun 1993
113 years, 138 days
16 Oct 1991 – 14 Jun 1993
110 years, 262 days – 113 years, 138 days
(1 yr, 241 days)
14 Josep Armengol-Jover SpainESP 23 Jul 1881 – 20 Jan 1994
112 years, 181 days
14 Jun 1993 – 20 Jan 1994
111 years, 326 days – 112 years, 181 days
(220 days)
15 Christian Mortensen DenmarkDEN (birth)
United StatesUSA (death)
16 Aug 1882 – 25 Apr 1998
115 years, 252 days
20 Jan 1994 – 25 Apr 1998
111 years, 157 days – 115 years, 252 days
(4 yrs, 95 days)
16 Johnson Parks United StatesUSA 15 Oct 1884 – 17 Jul 1998
113 years, 275 days
25 Apr 1998 – 17 Jul 1998
113 years, 192 days – 113 years, 275 days
(83 days)
17 Walter Richardson United StatesUSA 7 Nov 1885 – 25 Dec 1998
113 years, 48 days
17 Jul 1998 – 25 Dec 1998
112 years, 252 days – 113 years, 48 days
(161 days)
18 Denzo Ishisaki JapanJPN 20 Oct 1886 – 29 Apr 1999
112 years, 191 days
25 Dec 1998 – 29 Apr 1999
112 years, 66 days – 112 years, 191 days
(125 days)
19 Antonio Urrea-Hernandez SpainESP 18 Feb 1888 – 15 Nov 1999
111 years, 270 days
29 Apr 1999 – 15 Nov 1999
111 years, 70 days – 111 years, 270 days
(200 days)
20 John Painter United StatesUSA 20 Sep 1888 – 1 Mar 2001
112 years, 162 days
15 Nov 1999 – 1 Mar 2001
111 years, 56 days – 112 years, 162 days
(1 yr, 106 days)
21 Antonio Todde Italy ITA 22 Jan 1889 – 3 Jan 2002
112 years, 346 days
1 Mar 2001 – 3 Jan 2002
112 years, 38 days – 112 years, 346 days
(308 days)
22 Yukichi Chuganji JapanJPN 23 Mar 1889 – 28 Sep 2003
114 years, 189 days
3 Jan 2002 – 28 Sep 2003
112 years, 286 days – 114 years, 189 days
(1 yr, 268 days)
23 Joan Riudavets-Moll SpainESP 15 Dec 1889 – 5 Mar 2004
114 years, 81 days
28 Sep 2003 – 5 Mar 2004
113 years, 287 days – 114 years, 81 days
(159 days)
24 Fred Hale United StatesUSA 1 Dec 1890 – 19 Nov 2004
113 years, 354 days
5 Mar 2004 – 19 Nov 2004
113 years, 95 days – 113 years, 354 days
(259 days)
25 Emiliano Mercado del Toro Puerto RicoPRI,United StatesUSA 21 Aug 1891 – 24 Jan 2007
115 years, 156 days
19 Nov 2004 – 24 Jan 2007
113 years, 90 days – 115 years, 156 days
(2 yrs, 66 days)
26 Tomoji Tanabe JapanJPN 18 Sep 1895 – 19 Jun 2009
113 years, 274 days
24 Jan 2007 – 19 Jun 2009
111 years, 128 days – 113 years, 274 days
(2 yrs, 146 days)
27 Henry Allingham United Kingdom UK 6 Jun 1896 – 18 Jul 2009
113 years, 42 days
19 Jun 2009 – 18 Jul 2009
113 years, 13 days – 113 years, 42 days
(29 days)
28 Walter Breuning United StatesUSA 21 Sep 1896 – 14 Apr 2011
114 years, 205 days
18 Jul 2009 – 14 Apr 2011
112 years, 300 days – 114 years, 205 days
(1 yr, 270 days)
29 Jiroemon Kimura JapanJPN 19 Apr 1897 – 12 Jun 2013
116 years, 54 days
14 Apr 2011 – 12 Jun 2013
113 years, 360 days – 116 years, 54 days
(2 yrs, 59 days)
30 Salustiano Sanchez SpainESP (birth)
United StatesUSA (death)
8 Jun 1901 – 13 Sep 2013
112 years, 97 days
12 Jun 2013 – 13 Sep 2013
112 years, 4 days – 112 years, 97 days
(93 days)
31 Arturo Licata Italy ITA 2 May 1902 – 24 Apr 2014
111 years, 357 days
13 Sep 2013 – 24 Apr 2014
111 years, 134 days – 111 years, 357 days
(223 days)
32 Alexander Imich PolandPOL (birth)[2]
United StatesUSA (death)
4 Feb 1903 – 8 Jun 2014
111 years, 124 days
24 Apr 2014 – 8 Jun 2014
111 years, 79 days – 111 years, 124 days
(45 days)
33 Sakari Momoi JapanJPN 5 Feb 1903 – 5 Jul 2015
112 years, 150 days
8 Jun 2014 – 5 Jul 2015
111 years, 123 days – 112 years, 150 days
(1 yr, 27 days)
34 Yasutaro Koide JapanJPN 13 Mar 1903 – 19 Jan 2016
112 years, 312 days
5 Jul 2015 – 19 Jan 2016
112 years, 114 days – 112 years, 312 days
(198 days)
35 Israel Kristal PolandPOL (birth)[3]
Israel ISR (death)
15 Sep 1903 – 11 Aug 2017
113 years, 330 days
19 Jan 2016 – 11 Aug 2017
112 years, 126 days – 113 years, 330 days
(1 yr, 205 days)
36 Francisco Nunez Olivera SpainESP 13 Dec 1904 – 29 Jan 2018
113 years, 47 days
11 Aug 2017 – 29 Jan 2018
112 years, 241 days – 113 years, 47 days
(171 days)
37 Masazo Nonaka JapanJPN 25 Jul 1905 – 20 Jan 2019
113 years, 179 days
29 Jan 2018 – 20 Jan 2019
112 years, 188 days – 113 years, 179 days
(356 days)
38 Chitetsu Watanabe JapanJPN 5 Mar 1907 – 23 Feb 2020
112 years, 355 days
20 Jan 2019 – 23 Feb 2020
111 years, 321 days – 112 years, 355 days
(1 yr, 34 days)
39 Bob Weighton United Kingdom UK 29 Mar 1908 – 28 May 2020
112 years, 60 days
23 Feb 2020 – 28 May 2020
111 years, 331 days – 112 years, 60 days
(94 days)
40 Emilio Flores Marquez Puerto RicoPRI,United StatesUSA 8 Aug 1908 – 12 August 2021
113 years, 4 days
28 May 2020 – 12 Aug 2021
111 years, 293 days – 113 years, 4 days
(1 year, 76 days)
41 Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia SpainESP 11 Feb 1909 – Living
112 years, 294 days
Since 12 Aug 2021
112 years, 182 days – 112 years, 294 days
(0 years, 112 days)

Current (not official) Title Candidates

# Current (not official) Title Candidates:
Mathias Hansen Saether NorwayNOR 21 Oct 1848 – 7 Jan 1957
108 years, 78 days
3 Dec 1954 – 7 Jan 1957
106 years, 43 days – 108 years, 78 days
(2 yrs, 35 days)
Christ Norby NorwayNOR (birth)
United StatesUSA (death)
25 Jul 1849 – 30 Jul 1958
109 years, 5 days
7 Jan 1957 – 30 July 1958
107 years, 166 days – 109 years, 5 days
(1 yr, 204 days)
- Robert Early United StatesUSA 8 Oct 1849 – 9 Oct 1960
111 years, 1 days
30 July 1958 – 9 Oct 1960
108 years, 295 days – 111 years, 1 days
(2 yrs, 71 days)
Willem Kostering NetherlandsNED 22 Nov 1851 – 9 Dec 1960
109 years, 17 days
9 Oct 1960 – 9 Dec 1960
108 years, 322 days – 109 years, 17 days
(61 days)
Sylvester Melvin United StatesUSA 29 Nov 1851 – 12 Mar 1962
110 years, 103 days
9 Dec 1960 – 12 Mar 1962
109 years, 10 days – 110 years, 103 days
(1 yr, 93 days)
Joseph Saint-Amour CanadaCAN 26 Feb 1852 – 16 Mar 1962
110 years, 18 days
12 Mar 1962 – 16 Mar 1962
110 years, 14 days – 110 years, 18 days
(4 days)
William J. Smith United StatesUSA 28 Feb 1854 – 22 Nov 1962
108 years, 267 days
16 Mar 1962 – 22 Nov 1962
108 years, 16 days – 108 years, 267 days
(251 days)
- James King United StatesUSA 15 Nov 1854 – 5 June 1967
112 years, 202 days
22 Nov 1962 – 5 June 1967
108 years, 7 days – 112 years, 202 days
(4 yrs, 195 days)
John Mosley Turner United Kingdom UK 15 Jun 1856 – 21 Mar 1968
111 years, 280 days
5 June 1967 – 21 Mar 1968
110 years, 355 days – 111 years, 280 days
(290 days)
- Eli Lindsay United Kingdom UK (birth)
CanadaCAN (death)
27 Feb 1858 – 26 Nov 1968
110 years, 273 days
21 Mar 1968 – 26 Nov 1968
110 years, 23 days – 110 years, 273 days
(250 days)
John Chaney United StatesUSA 12 Oct 1859 – 26 Dec 1968
109 years, 75 days
26 Nov 1968 – 26 Dec 1968
109 years, 45 days – 109 years, 75 days
(30 days)
William Lamb United StatesUSA 24 Nov 1859 – 22 Apr 1969
109 years, 149 days
26 Dec 1968 – 22 Apr 1969
109 years, 32 days – 109 years, 149 days
(117 days)
- Theophilus May United Kingdom UK (birth)
United StatesUSA (death)
5 Jan 1861 – 2 Dec 1971
110 years, 331 days
22 Apr 1969 – 2 Dec 1971
108 years, 107 days – 110 years, 331 days
(2 yrs, 224 days)
- Isaac Edwards United StatesUSA 6 Dec 1863 – 18 Oct 1974
110 years, 316 days
5 May 1973 – 18 Oct 1974
109 years, 150 days – 110 years, 316 days
(1 yr, 166 days)
- James Holt United StatesUSA 25 Dec 1865 – 7 Jan 1977
111 years, 13 days
18 Oct 1974 – 7 Jan 1977
108 years, 297 days – 111 years, 13 days
(2 yrs, 81 days)
Masutaro Sato JapanJPN 16 Jan 1870 – 6 Oct 1978
108 years, 263 days
21 Aug 1978 – 6 Oct 1978
108 years, 217 days – 108 years, 263 days
(46 days)
Alejandro Rivera Santalla SpainESP 28 Aug 1888 – 22 Nov 1999
111 years, 86 days
15 Nov 1999 – 22 Nov 1999
111 years, 79 days – 111 years, 86 days
(7 days)
Gustav Gerneth PolandPOL (birth)
GermanyGER (death)
15 Oct 1905 – 22 Oct 2019
114 years, 7 days
20 Jan 2019 – 22 Oct 2019
113 years, 97 days – 114 years, 7 days
(275 days)
Domingo Villa Avisencio MexicoMEX 26 Aug 1906 – 3 Nov 2019
113 years, 69 days
22 Oct 2019 – 3 Nov 2019
113 years, 57 days – 113 years, 69 days
(12 days)

Notes (from Table M)

  1. Robert Douglas Young:
    evidence has come to light suggesting that James Wiggins might have been born in 1880 instead.
  2. Robert Douglas Young:
    Poland was part of the Russian Empire in 1903
  3. Robert Douglas Young:
    Poland was part of the Russian Empire in 1903
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