List of longest-living state leaders

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This article lists the 100 oldest known living or deceased heads of state or heads of government of sovereign states (often a president or prime minister), born no earlier than 1800, and whose ages are documented in reliable sources. Those currently living are in bold on gold. The longest-lived state leader with known exact dates of birth and death was Chau Sen Cocsal Chhum, who lived to 103 years, 143 days. Ek Yi Oun, fellow Cambodian prime minister, lived between 102 years, 1 day, and 103 years, 364 days.

List[edit]

Name State Position Birth Death Age
1 Chau Sen Cocsal Chhum  Cambodia Prime Minister (1962) 1905 2009 103 years, 143 days
2 Celâl Bayar  Turkey Prime Minister (1937–1939)
President (1950–1960)
1883 1986 103 years, 98 days
3 Antoine Pinay  France Prime Minister (1952–1953) 1891 1994 102 years, 348 days
4 Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni  Japan Prime Minister (1945) 1887 1990 102 years, 48 days
5 Ek Yi Oun  Cambodia Prime Minister (1958) 1910 2013 102 years, 1 day to
103 years, 364 days[α]
6 Willem Drees  Netherlands Prime Minister (1948–1958) 1886 1988 101 years, 314 days
7 Đỗ Mười  Vietnam Chairman of the Council of Ministers (1988–1991)
General Secretary of the Communist Party (1991–1997)
1917 Alive 101 years, 230 days
8 Zhang Qun  China Premier (1947–1948) 1889 1990 101 years, 219 days
9 Babiker Awadalla  Sudan Prime Minister (1969) 1917 Alive 101 years, 202 days
10 Piet de Jong  Netherlands Prime Minister (1967–1971) 1915 2016 101 years, 115 days
11 Bernardino González Ruiz  Panama President (1963) 1911 2012 101 years, 64 days
12 Christopher Hornsrud  Norway Prime Minister (1928) 1859 1960 101 years, 27 days
13 Telmo Vargas  Ecuador Head of State (1966) 1912 2013 100 years, 304 days
14 Yasuhiro Nakasone  Japan Prime Minister (1982–1987) 1918 Alive 100 years, 116 days
15 Xenophon Zolotas  Greece Prime Minister (1989–1990) 1904 2004 100 years, 45 days
16 Abdul Salam Sabrah  North Yemen Acting Prime Minister (1969; 1971) 1912 2012 100 years, 32 days
17 Mukhtar Mohamed Hussein  Somalia Interim president (1969) 1912 2012 100 years, 0 to 163 days[β]
18 Hastings Banda  Malawi Prime Minister (1964–1966)
President (1966–1994)
1898 1997 99 years, 283 days
19 Johan Ferrier  Suriname President (1975–1980) 1910 2010 99 years, 237 days
20 Hyun Soong-jong  South Korea Prime Minister (1992–1993) 1919 Alive 99 years, 237 days
21 Gulzarilal Nanda  India Acting Prime Minister (1964; 1966) 1898 1998 99 years, 195 days
22 Mohammed Karim Lamrani  Morocco Prime Minister (1971–1972; 1983–1986; 1992–1994) 1919 2018 99 years, 140 days
23 Sir Anthony Mamo  Malta Governor-General (1971–1974)
President (1974–1976)
1909 2008 99 years, 113 days
24 Michail Stasinopoulos  Greece President (1974–1975) 1903 2002 99 years, 96 days
25 Sir Clifford Campbell  Jamaica Governor-General (1962–1973) 1892 1991 99 years, 92 days
26 Hau Pei-tsun  Taiwan Premier (1990–1993) 1919 Alive 99 years, 69 days
27 Morarji Desai  India Prime Minister (1977–1979) 1896 1995 99 years, 41 days
28 Võ Chí Công  Vietnam Chairman of the Council of State (1987–1992) 1912 2011 99 years, 32 days
29 Abdel Halim Muhammad  Sudan Committee of Sovereignty Member (1964–1965) 1910 2009 99 years, 6 days
30 Ċensu Tabone  Malta President (1989–1994) 1913 2012 98 years, 350 days
31 Carlos Enrique Díaz de León  Guatemala Provisional President (1954) 1915 2014 98 years, 261 days to
99 years, 260 days[γ]
32 Pierre Harmel  Belgium Prime Minister (1965–1966) 1911 2009 98 years, 244 days
33 Javier Pérez de Cuéllar  Peru Prime Minister (2000–2001) 1920 Alive 98 years, 244 days
34 Sir Howard Cooke  Jamaica Governor-General (1991–2006) 1915 2014 98 years, 240 days
35 Joseph Paul-Boncour  France Prime Minister (1932–1933) 1873 1972 98 years, 237 days
36 Konstantinos Mitsotakis  Greece Prime Minister (1990–1993) 1918 2017 98 years, 223 days
37 Isidro Ayora  Ecuador President (1926–1931) 1879 1978 98 years, 203 days
38 Émile Reuter  Luxembourg Prime Minister (1918–1925) 1874 1973 98 years, 196 days
39 Mamadou Dia  Senegal Prime Minister (1960–1962) 1910 2009 98 years, 191 days
40 Aden Abdullah Osman Daar  Somalia President (1960–1967) 1908 2007 98 years, 181 days
41 Nouhak Phoumsavanh  Laos President (1992–1998) 1910 2008 98 years, 153 days
42 Émile Derlin Zinsou  Dahomey President (1968–1969) 1918 2016 98 years, 127 days
43 Borys Martos  Ukraine Chairman of Council of Ministers (1919) 1879 1977 98 years, 122 days
44 Artúr Görgei  Hungary Acting Governor-President (1849) 1818 1916 98 years, 112 days
45 Gough Whitlam  Australia Prime Minister (1972–1975) 1916 2014 98 years, 102 days
46 Venceslau Brás  Brazil President (1914–1918) 1868 1966 98 years, 78 days
47 R. Venkataraman  India President (1987–1992) 1910 2009 98 years, 54 days
48 Prem Tinsulanonda  Thailand Prime Minister (1980–1988)
Regent (2016)
1920 Alive 98 years, 25 days
49 Dezső Pattantyús-Ábrahám   Hungary Prime Minister (1919) 1875 1973 98 years, 15 days
50 Gabriel París Gordillo  Colombia President (1957–1958) 1910 2008 98 years, 13 days
51 Tun Tin  Burma Prime Minister (1988) 1920 Alive 97 years, 353 days
52 Kenan Evren  Turkey National Security Council President (1980–1982)
President (1982–1989)
1917 2015 97 years, 296 days
53 Lê Đức Anh  Vietnam President (1992–1997) 1920 Alive 97 years, 293 days
54 Wellington Koo  China Acting Premier (1924)
Acting President (1926–1927)
1888 1985 97 years, 289 days
55 Baron Ignaz von Plener Cisleithania ( Austria-Hungary) Minister-President (1870) 1810 1908 97 years, 272 days
56 Domhnall Ua Buachalla  Irish Free State Governor-General (1932–1936) 1866 1963 97 years, 267 days
57 Jean  Luxembourg Grand Duke (1964–2000) 1921 Alive 97 years, 258 days
58 Mustafa Ben Halim  Libya Prime Minister (1954–1957) 1921 Alive 97 years, 234 days
59 Ramón José Velásquez  Venezuela Interim president (1993–1994) 1916 2014 97 years, 208 days
60 He Yingqin  China Premier (1949) 1890 1987 97 years, 202 days
61 Liam Cosgrave  Ireland Taoiseach (1973–1977) 1920 2017 97 years, 174 days
62 Alfredo Solf y Muro  Peru Prime Minister (1939–1944) 1872 1969 97 years, 152 days
63 Abdelmalek Benhabyles  Algeria Chair of Constitutional Council (1992) 1921 Alive 97 years, 146 days
64 Patricio Aylwin  Chile President (1990–1994) 1918 2016 97 years, 145 days
65 Armando Villanueva  Peru Prime Minister (1988–1989) 1915 2013 97 years, 140 days
66 Ion Gheorghe Maurer  Romania Assembly Presidium Chairman (1958–1961)
Acting State Council President (1965)
Prime Minister (1961–1974)
1902 2000 97 years, 138 days
67 Martial Célestin  Haiti Prime Minister (1988) 1913 2011 97 years, 123 days
68 Gheorghe Apostol  Romania Communist Party General Secretary (1954–1955) 1913 2010 97 years, 97 days
69 Walter Scheel  West Germany Acting Chancellor (1974)
President (1974–1979)
1919 2016 97 years, 47 days
70 Francisco Morales-Bermúdez  Peru Prime Minister (1975)
President (1975–1980)
1921 Alive 96 years, 351 days
71 Helmut Schmidt  West Germany Chancellor (1974–1982) 1918 2015 96 years, 322 days
72 Cardinal Gennaro Granito Pignatelli di Belmonte   Vatican City Acting Sovereign (1939) 1851 1948 96 years, 312 days
73 Khertek Anchimaa-Toka  Tuva Chair of Presidium (1940–1944) 1912 2008 96 years, 308 days
74 Nguyễn Văn Xuân  South Vietnam Prime Minister (1947–1949) 1892 1989 96 years, 286 days
75 Camille Huysmans  Belgium Prime Minister (1946–1947) 1871 1968 96 years, 275 days
76 Yitzhak Shamir  Israel Prime Minister (1983–1984; 1986–1992) 1915 2012 96 years, 252 days
77 Federico Páez  Ecuador Acting President (1935–1937) 1877 1974 96 years, 250 days
78 Habib Bourguiba  Tunisia Prime Minister (1956–1957)
President (1957–1987)
1903 2000 96 years, 247 days
79 Luis Echeverría  Mexico President (1970–1976) 1922 Alive 96 years, 246 days
80 Vyacheslav Molotov  Soviet Union Premier (1930–1941) 1890 1986 96 years, 244 days
81 Konstantinos Kollias  Greece Prime Minister (1967) 1901 1998 96 years, 194 days to
97 years, 193 days[δ]
82 Pedro Richter Prada  Peru Prime Minister (1979–1980) 1921 2017 96 years, 191 days
83 Cesáreo Octavio Deustua Escarza  Peru Prime Minister (1902) 1849 1945 96 years, 137 days
84 Pedro Lascuráin  Mexico Acting President (1913) 1856 1952 96 years, 74 days
85 Federico Chávez  Paraguay President (1949–1954) 1882 1978 96 years, 68 days
86 Fumio Gotō  Japan Acting Prime Minister (1936) 1884 1980 96 years, 67 days
87 Mario Echandi Jiménez  Costa Rica President (1958–1962) 1915 2011 96 years, 43 days
88 Michael I  Romania King (1927–1930; 1940–1947) 1921 2017 96 years, 41 days
89 João Lins Cansanção, Viscount of Sinimbu  Brazil Prime Minister (1878–1880) 1810 1906 96 years, 37 days
90 Dom Mintoff  Malta Prime Minister (1955–1958; 1971–1984) 1916 2012 96 years, 14 days
91 Hans Schaffner   Switzerland Federal Council Member (1961–1969)
President (1966)
1908 2004 95 years, 346 days
92 Joaquín Balaguer  Dominican Republic President (1960–1962; 1966–1978; 1986–1996) 1906 2002 95 years, 316 days
93 Tomás Romero Pereira  Paraguay Provisional President (1954) 1886 1982 95 years, 312 days
94 Carlo Azeglio Ciampi  Italy Prime Minister (1993–1994)
President (1999–2006)
1920 2016 95 years, 282 days
95 Fred Degazon  Dominica President (1979–1980) 1913 2008 95 years, 274 days
96 Lee Teng-hui  Taiwan President (1988–2000) 1923 Alive 95 years, 248 days
97 Belisario Betancur  Colombia President (1982–1986) 1923 Alive 95 years, 228 days
98 Juan José Estrada  Nicaragua President (1910–1911) 1872 1967 95 years, 191 days
99 Pote Sarasin  Thailand Prime Minister (1957) 1905 2000 95 years, 187 days
100 Antonio Imbert Barrera  Dominican Republic President (1965) 1920 2016 95 years, 180 days

Addendum[edit]

Name State Position Birth Death Age
The following individual may be older than #100–84, but his exact lifespan is unknown.
Hassan al-Hakim  Syria Prime Minister (1941–1942; 1951) 1886 1982 95 years, 89 days to
96 years, 88 days[ε]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The dates of birth and death for Ek are unknown.
  2. ^ The exact date of birth for Hussein remains unknown, but he was at aged at least 100 at the time of his death.
  3. ^ The date of death for Díaz is unknown.
  4. ^ The exact date of birth for Kollias is unknown.
  5. ^ The exact date of birth for al-Hakim is unknown.

External links[edit]

  • United Nations—a list of heads of state, heads of government, and foreign ministers
  • WorldStatesmen—an online encyclopedia of the leaders of nations and territories