List of longest-living state leaders

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This article lists 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 date 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.

The most recent longest living state leader to die was thw former Genera Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovkia Miloš Jakeš of Czechoslovakia at the age of 97 years, 322 days on 10 July 2020 and since his death last 10 July, no state leader has died in the last 9 months and 11 days (285 days).

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No. 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 André Prunet-Foch  Andorra French Viguier (1977–1980) 1914 2017 102 years, 211 days
5 Naruhiko Higashikuni[lower-roman 1]  Japan Prime Minister (1945) 1887 1990 102 years, 48 days
1–6 Ek Yi Oun  Cambodia Prime Minister (1958) 1910 2013 102 years, 1 day to
103 years, 364 days[lower-roman 2]
7 Babiker Awadalla  Sudan Prime Minister (1969) 1917 2019 101 years, 321 days
8 Willem Drees  Netherlands Prime Minister (1948–1958) 1886 1988 101 years, 314 days
9 Đỗ Mười  Vietnam Chairman of the Council of Ministers (1988–1991)
General Secretary of the Communist Party (1991–1997)
1917 2018 101 years, 241 days
10 Zhang Qun  China Premier (1947–1948) 1889 1990 101 years, 219 days
11 Yasuhiro Nakasone  Japan Prime Minister (1982–1987) 1918 2019 101 years, 186 days
12 Piet de Jong  Netherlands Prime Minister (1967–1971) 1915 2016 101 years, 115 days
13 Hyun Soong-jong  South Korea Prime Minister (1992–1993) 1919 2020 101 years, 89 days
14 Bernardino González Ruizq  Panama President (1963) 1911 2012 101 years, 64 days
15 Christopher Hornsrud  Norway Prime Minister (1928) 1859 1960 101 years, 27 days
16 Telmo Vargas  Ecuador Head of State (1966) 1912 2013 100 years, 304 days
17 Hau Pei-tsun  Taiwan Premier (1990–1993) 1919 2020 100 years, 235 days
18 Mustafa Ben Halim  Libya Prime Minister (1954–1957) 1921 Alive 100 years, 82 days
19 Xenophon Zolotas  Greece Prime Minister (1989–1990) 1904 2004 100 years, 45 days
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar  Peru Prime Minister (2000–2001) 1920 2020
21 Abdul Salam Sabrah  North Yemen Acting Prime Minister (1969; 1971) 1912 2012 100 years, 32 days
18–22 Mukhtar Mohamed Hussein  Somalia Interim president (1969) 1912 2012 100 years, 0 to 163 days[lower-roman 3]
23 Johan Ferrier  Suriname President (1975–1980) 1910 2010 99 years, 237 days
24 Tun Tin  Burma Prime Minister (1988) 1920 2020 99 years, 212 days
25 Francisco Morales-Bermúdez  Peru Prime Minister (1975)
President (1975–1980)
1921 Alive 99 years, 199 days
26 Gulzarilal Nanda  India Acting Prime Minister (1964; 1966) 1898 1998 99 years, 195 days
27 Mohammed Karim Lamrani  Morocco Prime Minister (1971–1972; 1983–1986; 1992–1994) 1919 2018 99 years, 142 days
28 Anthony Mamo[lower-roman 4]  Malta Governor-General (1971–1974)
President (1974–1976)
1909 2008 99 years, 113 days
29 Michail Stasinopoulos  Greece President (1974–1975) 1903 2002 99 years, 96 days
30 Luis Echeverría  Mexico President (1970–1976) 1922 Alive 99 years, 94 days
31 Clifford Campbell[lower-roman 5][lower-roman 6]  Jamaica Governor-General (1962–1973) 1892 1991 99 years, 92 days
32 Morarji Desai  India Prime Minister (1977–1979) 1896 1995 99 years, 41 days
33 Võ Chí Công  Vietnam Chairman of the Council of State (1987–1992) 1912 2011 99 years, 32 days
34 Abdel Halim Muhammad  Sudan Committee of Sovereignty Member (1964–1965) 1910 2009 99 years, 6 days
35 Ċensu Tabone  Malta President (1989–1994) 1913 2012 98 years, 350 days
23–36 Hastings Banda  Malawi Prime Minister (1964–1966)
State President (1966–1994)
President of the Congress Party (1966–1993)
1898 1997 98 years, 329 days to 99 years, 328 days[lower-roman 7]
37 Prem Tinsulanonda  Thailand Prime Minister (1980–1988)
Regent (2016)
1920 2019 98 years, 273 days
38 The Count Harmel[lower-roman 8][lower-roman 5]  Belgium Prime Minister (1965–1966) 1911 2009 98 years, 244 days
39 Howard Cooke[lower-roman 5][lower-roman 6]  Jamaica Governor-General (1991–2006) 1915 2014 98 years, 240 days
40 Joseph Paul-Boncour  France Prime Minister (1932–1933) 1873 1972 98 years, 237 days
41 Konstantinos Mitsotakis  Greece Prime Minister (1990–1993) 1918 2017 98 years, 223 days
42 Isidro Ayora  Ecuador President (1926–1931) 1879 1978 98 years, 203 days
43 Émile Reuter  Luxembourg Prime Minister (1918–1925) 1874 1973 98 years, 196 days
44 Mamadou Dia  Senegal Prime Minister (1960–1962) 1910 2009 98 years, 191 days
45 Aden Adde  Somalia President (1960–1967) 1908 2007 98 years, 181 days
46 Nouhak Phoumsavanh  Laos President (1992–1998) 1910 2008 98 years, 153 days
47 Lê Đức Anh  Vietnam President (1992–1997) 1920 2019 98 years, 142 days
48 Émile Derlin Zinsou  Dahomey President (1968–1969) 1918 2016 98 years, 127 days
49 Borys Martos  Ukraine Chairman of the Council of Ministers (1919) 1879 1977 98 years, 122 days
50 Artúr Görgei  Hungary Acting Governor-President (1849) 1818 1916 98 years, 112 days
51 Jean  Luxembourg Grand Duke (1964–2000) 1921 2019 98 years, 108 days
52 Gough Whitlam  Australia Prime Minister (1972–1975) 1916 2014 98 years, 102 days
53 Venceslau Brás  Brazil President (1914–1918) 1868 1966 98 years, 78 days
54 Claude Rostain  Andorra French Viguier (1972–1977) 1916 2015 98 years, 56 days
55 Ramaswamy Venkataraman  India President (1987–1992) 1910 2009 98 years, 54 days
56 Dezső Pattantyús-Ábrahám Flag of Hungary (1918-1919).svg Hungary Prime Minister (1919) 1875 1973 98 years, 15 days
57 Gabriel París Gordillo  Colombia President (1957–1958) 1910 2008 98 years, 13 days
58 Miloš Jakeš  Czechoslovakia General Secretary of the Communist Party (1987–1989) 1922 2020 97 years, 332 days
59 Kenan Evren  Turkey National Security Council President (1980–1982)
President (1982–1989)
1917 2015 97 years, 296 days
60 Wellington Koo  China Acting Premier (1924)
Acting President (1926–1927)
1888 1985 97 years, 289 days
61 Ignaz von Plener Cisleithania ( Austria-Hungary) Minister-President (1870) 1810 1908 97 years, 272 days
62 Domhnall Ua Buachalla  Irish Free State Governor-General (1932–1936) 1866 1963 97 years, 267 days
63 Abdelmalek Benhabyles  Algeria Chair of the Constitutional Council (1992) 1921 2018 97 years, 245 days
64 Francesc Badia Batalla  Andorra Episcopal Veguer (1972–1993) 1923 2020 97 years, 217 days
65 Ramón José Velásquez  Venezuela Interim president (1993–1994) 1916 2014 97 years, 208 days
66 He Yingqin  China Premier (1949) 1890 1987 97 years, 202 days
67 Lee Teng-hui  Taiwan President (1988–2000)
Chairman of the Kuomintang (1988–2000)
1923 2020 97 years, 197 days
68 Liam Cosgrave  Ireland Taoiseach (1973–1977) 1920 2017 97 years, 174 days
69 Alfredo Solf y Muro  Peru Prime Minister (1939–1944) 1872 1969 97 years, 152 days
70 Patricio Aylwin  Chile President (1990–1994) 1918 2016 97 years, 145 days
71 Armando Villanueva  Peru Prime Minister (1988–1989) 1915 2013 97 years, 140 days
72 Ion Gheorghe Maurer  Romania President of the Presidium (1958–1961)
Acting President of the State Council (1965)
Prime Minister (1961–1974)
1902 2000 97 years, 138 days
73 Martial Célestin  Haiti Prime Minister (1988) 1913 2011 97 years, 123 days
74 Gheorghe Apostol  Romania First Secretary of the Workers' Party (1954–1955) 1913 2010 97 years, 97 days
75 Khamtai Siphandon  Laos Prime Minister (1991–1998)
Chairman of the People's Revolutionary Party (1992–2006)
President (1998–2006)
1924 Alive 97 years, 72 days
76 Tomiichi Murayama  Japan Prime Minister (1994–1996) 1924 Alive 97 years, 49 days
77 Walter Scheel  West Germany Acting Chancellor (1974)
President (1974–1979)
1919 2016 97 years, 47 days
79 Kenneth Kaunda  Zambia State President (1964–1991)
President of the United National Independence Party
(1973–1990)
1924 Alive 96 years, 358 days
78 Helmut Schmidt  West Germany Chancellor (1974–1982) 1918 2015 96 years, 322 days
80 Gennaro Pignatelli di Belmonte[lower-roman 9]   Vatican City Acting Sovereign (1939) 1851 1948 96 years, 312 days
81 Khertek Anchimaa-Toka name=Tuva Tuva Chair of the Presidium (1940–1944) 1912 2008 96 years, 308 days
82 Camille Huysmans  Belgium Prime Minister (1946–1947) 1871 1968 96 years, 275 days
83 Yitzhak Shamir  Israel Prime Minister (1983–1984; 1986–1992) 1915 2012 96 years, 252 days
84 Federico Páez  Ecuador Acting President (1935–1937) 1877 1974 96 years, 250 days
85 Habib Bourguiba  Tunisia Prime Minister (1956–1957)
President (1957–1987)
1903 2000 96 years, 247 days
86 Vyacheslav Molotov  Soviet Union Premier (1930–1941) 1890 1986 96 years, 244 days
87 Jimmy Carter  United States President (1977–1981) 1924 Alive 96 years, 202 days
68–88 Constantine Kollias  Greece Prime Minister (1967) 1901 1998 96 years, 194 days to
97 years, 193 days[lower-roman 7]
89 Pedro Richter Prada  Peru Prime Minister (1979–1980) 1921 2017 96 years, 191 days
90 Lubomír Štrougal  Czechoslovakia Prime Minister (1970–1988) 1924 Alive 96 years, 184 days
91 Guillermo Rodríguez  Ecuador President (1972–1976) 1924 Alive 96 years, 168 days
92 Alejandro Deustua  Peru Prime Minister (1902) 1849 1945 96 years, 137 days
93 Abderrahmane Youssoufi  Morocco Prime Minister (1998–2002) 1924 2020 96 years, 82 days
94 Pedro Lascuráin  Mexico Acting President (1913) 1856 1952 96 years, 74 days
95 Federico Chávez  Paraguay President (1949–1954) 1882 1978 96 years, 68 days
96 Fumio Gotō  Japan Acting Prime Minister (1936) 1884 1980 96 years, 67 days
97 Mario Echandi Jiménez  Costa Rica President (1958–1962) 1915 2011 96 years, 43 days
98 Michael I  Romania King (1927–1930; 1940–1947) 1921 2017 96 years, 41 days
99 The Viscount of Sinimbu  Brazil Prime Minister (1878–1880) 1810 1906 96 years, 37 days
100 Dom Mintoff  Malta Prime Minister (1955–1958; 1971–1984) 1916 2012 96 years, 14 days
1xx Ali Hassan Mwinyi  Tanzania President (1985–1995)
National Chairman of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (1990–1992l
1925 Alive 95 years, 348 days
1xx Hans Schaffner   Switzerland Federal Council Member (1961–1969)
President (1966)
1908 2004 95 years, 346 days
1xx Joaquín Balaguer  Dominican Republic President (1960–1962; 1966–1978; 1986–1996) 1906 2002 95 years, 316 days
1xx Tomás Pereira  Paraguay Provisional President (1954) 1886 1982 95 years, 312 days
1xx Belisario Betancur  Colombia President (1982–1986) 1923 2018 95 years, 306 days
1xx Giorgio Napolitano  Italy President (2006–2015) 1925 Alive 95 years, 296 days
1xx Mahatir Bin Mohamad  Malaysia Prime Minister (1981–2003; 2018–2020) 1925 Alive 95 years, 285 days
1xx Carlo Azeglio Ciampi  Italy Prime Minister (1993–1994)
President (1999–2006)
1920 2016 95 years, 282 days
1xx Frederick Degazon  Dominica President (1979–1980) 1913 2008 95 years, 274 days
1xx Yang Hyong-sop  North Korea Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (1994–1998) 1925 Living 95 years, 202 days
1xx Juan José Estrada  Nicaragua President (1910–1911) 1872 1967 95 years, 191 days
1xx Pote Sarasin  Thailand Prime Minister (1957) 1905 2000 95 years, 187 days
1xx Antonio Barrera  Dominican Republic President (1965) 1920 2016 95 years, 180 days
1xx Tahar Ben Anwar  Tunisia Prime Minister (1956) 1889 1985 95 years, 166 days
1xx Roberto M. Levingston  Argentina President (1970–1971) 1920 2015 95 years, 158

days

1xx Cuthbert Sebastian  Saint Kitts and Nevis Governor General (1996–2013) 1921 2017 95 years, 154 days
1xx Arnaldo Forlani  Italy Prime Minister (1980–1981) 1925 Living 95 years, 134 days
1xx Trần Thiện Khiêm  South Vietnam Member of the Provisional Leadership Committee (1964)
Prime Minister (1969–1975)
1925 Living 95 years, 127 days
1xx Paal Berg  Norway Acting Head of State(1945) 1873 1968 95 years, 126 days
1xx Ahmed Ben Bella  Algeria President (1963 - 1965) 1916 2012 95 years, 108 days
1xx Philippe Pétain  France Prime Minister (1940)
Chief of State (1940 - 1944)
1856 1951 95 years, 90 days
1xx-92 Hassan al-Hakim Syria Prime Minister (1941–1942; 1951) 1886 1982 95 years, 89 days to
96 years, 88 days[1]
1xx Léopold Senghor  Senegal President (1960 - 1980) 1906 2001 95 years, 72 days
1xx Petar Stambolić  Yugoslavia Prime Minister (1963 - 1967)
President (1982 - 1983)
1912 2007 95 years, 71 days
1xx Ali Bozer  Turkey Acting Prime Minister"(1989) 1925 2020 95 years, 64 days
1xx Abdelsalam al-Majali  Jordan Prime Minister (1993–1995, 1997–1998) 1926 95 years, 62 days
1xx Anibal Portillo  El Salvador Member of the Civic Military Directory (1961 - 1962) 1914 2010 95 years, 57 days
1xx Pak Song-chol  North Korea Premier (1976 - 1977) 1913 2008 95 years, 56 days
1xx Nguyễn Văn Tâm  South Vietnam Prime Minister (1952–1954) 1893 1990 95 years, 48 days
1xx Max Petitpierre   Switzerland Federal Council Minister (1944-1961)
President (1950, 1955, 1960)
1899 1994 95 years, 27 days
1xx Dušan Dragosavac  Yugoslavia Prime Minister (1981–1982) 1919 2014 95 years, 20 days
1xx Saeb Salam  Lebanon Prime Minister (1952–1953, 1960-1961, 1970-1973) 1905 2000 95 years, 4 days
1xx Hassan ibn Yahya  North Yemen Prime Minister (1948–1955) 1908 2003 95 years, 0 days
1xx Elizabeth II  United Kingdom Queen (1952–"present") 1926 95 years, 0 days
1xx Abdoulaye Wade  Senegal President (2000–2012) 1926 94 years, 327 days
1xx Jiang Zemin  China General Secretary of the Communist Party (1989–2002)
President (1993–2003)
1926 94 years, 247 days
1xx Valdas Adamkus  Lithuania President (1998–2003) 1926 94 years, 169 days
1xx Raif Dizdarević  Yugoslavia President of the Presidency (1988–1989) 1926 94 years, 136 days

Addendum[change | change source]

Longest Living State Leaders with Unclear status and Uncertain Lifespan[change | change source]

The following individual may be older than #100–4, but their leadership status are uncertain.

Name State Position Birth Death Age
Kazi Dorjee  Sikkim Chief Minister (1975–1979) 1904 2007 102 years, 290 days
Edward Raczyński  Poland President (1979–1986) 1891 1993 102 years, 223 days
Anton Vratuša  Slovenia President of Executive Council (1978-1980) 1915 2017 102 years, 159 days
Josip Manolić  Croatia Prime Minister (1990–1991) 1920 Alive 101 years, 30 days
Kim Yong-ju  North Korea Vice president during vacancy (1994–1998) 1920 Alive 100 years, 212 days

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  1. The exact date of birth for al-Hakim is unknown.

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  1. Higashikuni is a Japanese Prince who served as Japanese Prime Minister in 1945.
  2. The dates of birth and death for Ek are unknown.
  3. The exact date of birth for Hussein remains unknown, but he was at aged at least 100 at the time of his death.
  4. Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Knight Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Date of birth is unclear
  8. Dutch nobleman from 1991.
  9. Pignatelli di Belmonte is a Catholic Cardinal who served as the Bishop of Albano (1915–1948), and as Dean of the College of Cardinals and Bishop of Ostia (simultaneously from 1930–1948).

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