List of oldest living state leaders

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This article lists the 100 oldest living current or former state leaders whose age can be demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt. State leaders are defined to include heads of state (including representatives who act in their stead, generally a governor-general), heads of government and internationally recognized de facto leadersTemplate:Efn-lg of sovereign states with significant international recognition. Leaders are not included if no reliable secondary sources have confirmed that the leader is alive within the last 10 years.

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Key
Currently in Office
updated 06/15/2024
Rank Name State Position Birth' Age
1 Guillermo Rodríguez Ecuador Acting President (1972–1976) 4 Nov 1923 100 years, 224 days
2 Khamtai Siphandone Laos Prime Minister (1991–1998)
Chairman of the People's Revolutionary Party (1992–2006)
President (1998–2006)
8 Feb 1924 100 years, 128 days
3 Tomiichi Murayama Japan Prime Minister (1994–1996) 3 Mar 1924 100 years, 104 days
4 Jimmy Carter United States President (1977–1981) 1 Oct 1924 99 years, 258 days
5 Mahathir Mohamad Malaysia Prime Minister (1981–2003; 2018–2020) 10 Jul 1925 97 years, 341 days
6 Mohammad Hasan Sharq Afghanistan Chairman of the Council of Ministers (1988–1989) 17 Jul 1925 97 years, 334 days
7 Abdoulaye Wade Senegal President (2000–2012) 29 May 1926 98 years, 17 days
8 Valdas Adamkus Lithuania President (1998–2003; 2004–2009) 3 Nov 1926 97 years, 225 days
9 Raif Dizdarević Yugoslavia President of the Presidency (1988–1989) 9 Dec 1926 97 years, 189 days
10 Thanin Kraivichien Thailand Prime Minister (1976–1977) 5 April 1927 97 years, 71 days
11 Kim Yong-nam North Korea Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (1998–2019) 4 Feb 1928 96 years, 108 days
12 Arnold Rüütel Estonia Chairman of the Supreme Council (1991–1992)
President (2001–2006)
10 May 1928 96 years, 36 days
13 Arthur Foulkes Bahamas Governor-General (2010–2014) 11 May 1928 96 years, 35 days
14 Péter Boross Hungary Prime Minister (1993–1994) 27 Aug 1928 95 years, 293 days
15 Zhu Rongji China Premier of the State Council (1998–2003) 23 Oct 1928 95 years, 236 days
16 Édouard Balladur France Prime Minister (1993–1995) 2 May 1929 95 years, 44 days
17 Sam Nujoma Namibia President (1990–2005) 12 May 1929 95 years, 34 days
18 Orville Turnquest Bahamas Governor-General (1995–2001) 19 July 1929 94 years, 332 days
19 Jamshid bin Abdullah Zanzibar Sultan (1963–1964) 16 Sep 1929 94 years, 273 days
20 Violeta Chamorro Nicaragua Member of the Junta of National Reconstruction (1979–1980)
President (1990–1997)
18 Oct 1929 94 years, 241 days
21 Gombojavyn Ochirbat Mongolian People's Republic General Secretary of the People's Revolutionary Party (1990) 15 Nov 1929 94 years, 213 days
22 Alfred Moisiu Albania President (2002–2007) 1 Dec 1929 94 years, 197 days
23 Salim al-Huss Lebanon Prime Minister (1976–1980; 1987–1990; 1998–2000)
Acting President (1988–1989; 1989)
20 Dec 1929 94 years, 178 days
Lee Hyun-jae South Korea Prime Minister (1988)
Milan Panić Serbia and Montenegro Federal Prime Minister (1992–1993)
26 Efraín Goldenberg Peru Prime Minister (1994–1995) 28 Dec 1929 94 years, 170 days
27 Ahmed Osman Morocco Prime Minister (1972–1979) 3 Jan 1930 94 years, 164 days
28 Ion Iliescu Romania Chairman of the National Salvation Front Council (1989–1990)
President of the Provisional National Unity Council (1990)
President (1990–1996; 2000–2004)
3 Mar 1930 94 years, 104 days
29 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir Iceland President (1980–1996) 15 Apr 1930 94 years, 61 days
30 José Sarney Brazil President (1985–1990) 24 Apr 1930 94 years, 72 days
31 Kesang Choden Bhutan Regent (1972) 21 May 1930 94 years, 25 days
32 Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada Bolivia President (1993–1997; 2002–2003) 1 Jul 1930 93 years, 350 days
33 Ivy Dumont Bahamas (Acting) Governor-General (2001–2002)
Governor-General (2002–2005)
2 Oct 1930 93 years, 257 days
34 A. Q. M. Badrudozza Chowdhury Bangladesh President (2001–2002) 11 Oct 1930 93 years, 248 days
35 Mabandla Dlamini Swaziland Prime Minister (1979–1983) 11 Nov 1930 93 years, 217 days
36 Choe Yong-rim North Korea Premier (2010–2013) 20 Nov 1930 93 years, 208 days
37 Cesar Virata Philippines Prime Minister (1981–1986) 12 Dec 1930 93 years, 186 days
38 William Deane Australia Governor-General (1996–2001) 4 Jan 1931 93 years, 163 days
Cleopa Msuya Tanzania Prime Minister (1980–1983; 1994–1995)
40 Philip Greaves Barbados Acting Governor-General (2017–2018) 19 Jan 1931 93 years, 148 days
41 Isabel Perón Argentina President (1974–1976) 4 Feb 1931 93 years, 132 days
42 Lamberto Dini Italy Prime Minister (1995–1996) 1 Mar 1931 93 years, 106 days
43 Elliott Belgrave Barbados Acting Governor-General (2011–2012)
Governor-General (2012–2017)
16 Mar 1931 93 years, 91 days
44 Gioegios Vassilliou Cyprus President (1988–1993) 20 May 1931 93 years, 26 days
45 Raúl Castro Cuba President of the Council of State (2006–2018)
President of the Council of Ministers (2006–2018)
First Secretary of the Communist Party (2011–2021)
3 Jun 1931 93 years, 12 days
46 Fernando Henrique Cardoso Brazil President (1995–2002) 18 Jun 1931 92 years, 363 days
47 Khieu Samphan Damocratic Kampuchea Acting Prime Minister (1976)
Chairman of the State Presidium (1976–1979)
28 Jul 1931 92 years, 323 days
48 Pié Masumbuko Burundi Acting Prime Minister (1965) 29 Sep 1931 92 years, 260 days
49 Muhammad Jamiruddin Sircar Bangladesh Acting President (2002) 1 Dec 1931 92 years, 197 days
50 Javier Valle Riestra Peru Prime Minister (1998) 5 Jan 1932 92 years, 162 days
51 Edmund Wickham Lawrence Saint Kitts and Nevis Governor-General (2013–2015) 14 Feb 1932 92 years, 122 days
52 Tang Fei Taiwan President of the Executive Yuan (2000) 15 Mar 1932 92 years, 92 days
53 Chavalit Yongchaiyudh Thailand Prime Minister (1996–1997) 15 May 1932 92 years, 31 days
53 Marguerite Pindling Bahamas Governor-General (2014–2019) 26 Jun 1932 91 years, 355 days
55 Anand Panyarachun Thailand Prime Minister (1991–1992; 1992) 9 Aug 1932 91 years, 311 days
56 Sirikit Regent (1956) 12 Aug 1932 91 years, 308 days
57 Gavril Dejeu Romania Acting Prime Minister (1998) 11 Sep 1932 91 years, 278 days
58 Manmohan Singh India Prime Minister (2004–2014) 26 Sep 1932 91 years, 263 days
59 Vytautas Landsbergis Lithuania Chairman of the Supreme Council (1991–1992) 18 Oct 1932 91 years, 241 days
60 Vitold Fokin Ukraine Prime Minister (1991–1992) 25 Oct 1932 91 years, 234 days
61 Ugo Mifsud Bonnici Malta President (1994–1999) 8 Nov 1932 91 years, 220 days
62 Colville Young Belize Governor-General (1993–2021) 20 Nov 1932 91 years, 208 days
Kim Suk-soo South Korea Prime Minister (2002–2003)
64 Than Shwe Myanmar Chairman of the SPDC (1992–2011)
Prime Minister (1992–2003)
Chairman of the USDP (1993–2011)
2 Feb 1933 91 years, 134 days
65 Paul Biya Cameroon Prime Minister (1975–1982)
President (1982–present)
13 Feb 1933 91 years, 123 days
66 The Baron Eyskens Belgium Prime Minister (1981) 29 Apr 1933 91 years, 47 days
67 H. D. Deve Gowda India Prime Minister (1996–1997) 18 May 1933 91 years, 28 days
68 Hüsamettin Cindoruk Turkey Acting President (1993) 8 Jun 1933 91 years, 7 days
69 Fouad Mebazaa Tunisia Acting President (2011) 15 Jun 1933 91 years, 0 days
70 Dumaagiin Sodnom Mongolian People's Republic Chairman of the Council of Ministers (1984–1990) 14 Jul 1933 90 years, 337 days
71 Suchinda Kraprayoon Thailand Prime Minister (1992) 6 Aug 1933 90 years, 314 days
72 Rubén Darío Paredes Panama Military Leader (1982–1983) 11 Aug 1933 90 years, 175 days
73 Arnold Koller Switzerland Federal Council Member (1986–1999)
President (1990; 1997)
29 Aug 1933 90 years, 291 days
74 Mátyás Szűrös Hungary Provisional President (1989–1990) 11 Sep 1933 90 years, 278 days
75 Michel Aoun Lebanon President (2016–2022) 30 Sep 1933 90 years, 269 days
76 Abel Pacheco Costa Rica President (2002–2006) 22 Dec 1933 90 years, 176 days
77 Akihito Japan Emperor (1989–2019) 23 Dec 1933 90 years, 175 days
78 Rudolf Schuster Slovakia President (1999–2004) 4 Jan 1934 90 years, 163 days
79 Jean Chrétien Canada Prime Minister (1993–2003) 11 Jan 1934 90 years, 156 days
80 Édith Cresson France Prime Minister (1991–1992) 27 Jan 1934 90 years, 140 days
81 Eddie Fenech Adami Malta Prime Minister (1987–1996; 1998–2004)
President (2004–2009)
7 Feb 1934 90 years, 129 days
82 Mohamed Ennaceur Tunisia Acting President (2019) 21 Mar 1934 90 years, 76 days
83 J. Y. Pillay Singapore Acting President (2017) 30 Mar 1934 90 years, 77 days
84 John Malecela Tanzania Prime Minister (1990–1994) 19 Apr 1934 90 years, 57 days
85 Pedro Pires Cape Verde Prime Minister (1975–1991)
President (2001–2011)
29 Apr 1934 90 years, 47 days
86 Lee Hong-koo South Korea Prime Minister (1994–1995) 9 May 1934 90 years, 37 days
87 Heng Samrin Deocratic Kampuchea President of the Council of State (1979–1992)
General Secretary of the People's Revolutionary Party (1981–1991)
25 May 1934 90 years, 21 days
88 Monica Dacon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Acting Governor-General (2002) 4 Jun 1934 90 years, 11 days
89 Albert II Belgium King (1993–2013) 6 Jun 1934 90 years, 9 days
90 Désiré Rakotoarijaona Madagascar Prime Minister (1977–1988) 19 Jun 1934 89 years, 362 days
91 Fernando José de França Dias Van-Dúnem Angola Prime Minister (1991–1992; 1996–1999) 24 Aug 1934 89 years, 296 days
92 Ricardo de la Espriella Panama President (1982–1984) 5 Sept 1934 89 years, 284 days
93 Apas Jumagulov Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister (1993–1998) 19 Sept 1934 89 years, 270 days
94 Eugene Koffi Adoboli Togo Prime Minister (1999–2000) 3 Oct 1934 89 years, 256 days
95 Yakubu Gowon Nigeria Head of the Federal Military Government (1966–1975) 19 Oct 1934 89 years, 240 days
96 Hamilton Green Guyana Prime Minister (1985–1992) 9 Nov 1934 89 years, 219 days
Ingvar Carlsson Sweden Prime Minister (1986–1991; 1994–1996)
98 Nicéphore Soglo Benin Acting Prime Miister (1990–1991)
President (1991–1996)
29 Nov 1934 89 years, 199 days
99 Pratibha Patil India President (2007–2012) 19 Dec 1934 89 years, 189 days
100 Stjepan Mesić Yugoslavia

Croatia

President of the Presidency (1991)

President (2000–2010)

24 Dec 1934 89 years, 174 days

Addendum

Uncertain date of birth

Name State Position Birth Age
The following individuals might be older than #100–54 on this list, but their exact date of birth is uncertain.
Abdul Rauf al-Kasm Syria Prime Minister (1980–1987) 1932 91 years, 167 days to
92 years, 166 days
Severino Tura San Marino Captain Regent (1985) 1934 89 years, 167 days to
90 years, 166 days

Unclear status as state leaders

Name State Position Birth Age
The following individuals are older than #97–1 on this list, but their status as a state leader is unclear.
César Yanes Urías El Salvador Member of the Junta of Government (1960–1961) 24 Apr 1920 104 years, 52 days
Ali Haroun Algeria Member of the High Council of State (1992–1994) 8 Feb 1927 97 years, 128 days
Michael J. Williams Trinidad and Tobago Acting President during absence (1987) 16 Oct 1929 94 years, 241 days
Karan Singh Janmu and Kashmir Prince Regent (1952–1965) 9 Mar 1931 93 years, 98 days
Nicola Mancino Italy Acting President (1999) 15 Oct 1931 92 years, 244 days
Dimitru Mazilu Romania Member of the National Salvation Front (1989) 24 Ju 1934 89 years, 357 days
Tarcisio Bertone Vatican City Camerlengo during papal vacancy (2013) 2 Dec 1934 89 years, 196 days

Unclear status as state leader with an uncertain date of birth

Name State Position Birth Age
The following individuals might be older than #100–40 on this list, however their exact dates of birth are uncertain and their status as a state leader is unclear.
Waldo Bernal Pereira Bolivia Member of the Junta of Commanders of the Armed Forces (1980)
Member of the Junta of Commanders of the Armed Forces (1981)
1931 92 years, 167 days to
93 years, 166 days
1934 89 years, 167 days to
90 years, 166 days
Félix Rouzabakani Congo-Braxzaville Member of the Provisional Government (1963) 1934 89 years, 167 days to
90 years, 166 days

Related pages

Other websites

  • 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

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