List of the oldest living state leaders

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This article lists the 100 longest-lived current or former heads of state or heads of government of sovereign states (often a president, prime minister, or monarch) whose age can be proven beyond reasonable doubt. Leaders are not included if no reliable secondary sources have confirmed that the leader is alive within the last 10 years. Leaders currently in office are in bold on purple, with Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia being the oldest currently serving head of government.


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# Name State Position Birth Age Living as of
1 Yasuhiro Nakasone  Japan Prime Minister (1982–1987) 27 May 1918 101 years, 135 days 2018-04-11
2 Hyun Soong-jong  South Korea Prime Minister (1992–1993) 26 January 1919 100 years, 256 days 2016-03-13
3 Hau Pei-tsun  Taiwan President of the Executive Yuan (1990–1993) 13 July 1919 100 years, 88 days 2018-01-02
4 Javier Pérez de Cuéllar  Peru Prime Minister (2000–2001) 19 January 1920 99 years, 263 days 2018-01-19
5 Prem Tinsulanonda  Thailand Prime Minister (1980–1988)
Regent (2016)
26 August 1920 99 years, 44 days 2017-12-28
6 Tun Tin  Burma Prime Minister (1988) 2 October 1920 99 years, 7 days 2010-01-24
7 Mustafa Ben Halim  Libya Prime Minister (1954–1957) 29 January 1921 98 years, 253 days 2013-06-10
8 Francisco Morales Bermúdez  Peru Prime Minister (1975)
President (1975–1980)
4 October 1921 98 years, 5 days 2017-02-17
9 Luis Echeverría  Mexico President (1970–1976) 17 January 1922 97 years, 265 days 2018-01-17
10 Lee Teng-hui  Taiwan President (1988–2000) 15 January 1923 96 years, 267 days 2018-01-15
11 Khamtai Siphandon  Laos Prime Minister (1991–1998)
Chairman of the People's Revolutionary Party (1992–2006)
President (1998–2006)
8 February 1924 95 years, 243 days 2017-04-27
12 Robert Mugabe  Zimbabwe Prime Minister (1980–1987)
President (1987–2017)
21 February 1924 95 years, 230 days 2018-02-21
13 Tomiichi Murayama  Japan Prime Minister (1994–1996) 3 March 1924 95 years, 220 days 2018-03-03
14 Abderrahmane Youssoufi  Morocco Prime Minister (1998–2002) 8 March 1924 95 years, 215 days 2018-02-07
15 Kenneth Kaunda  Zambia President (1964–1991) 28 April 1924 95 years, 164 days 2017-07-23
16 Dawda Jawara  The Gambia Prime Minister (1962–1970)
President (1970–1994)
16 May 1924 95 years, 146 days 2017-12-14
17 Daniel arap Moi  Kenya President (1978–2002) 2 September 1924 95 years, 37 days 2017-11-19
18 Jimmy Carter  United States President (1977–1981) 1 October 1924 95 years, 8 days 2018-02-16
19 Lubomír Štrougal  Czechoslovakia Prime Minister (1970–1988) 19 October 1924 94 years, 355 days 2017-03-28
20 Guillermo Rodríguez  Ecuador President (1972–1976) 4 November 1924 94 years, 339 days 2017-01-14
21 Abdelsalam al-Majali  Jordan Prime Minister (1993–1995; 1997–1998) 18 February 1925 94 years, 233 days 2017-02-21
22 Ali Hassan Mwinyi  Tanzania President (1985–1995) 8 May 1925 94 years, 154 days 2017-02-24
23 Giorgio Napolitano  Italy President (2006–2015) 29 June 1925 94 years, 102 days 2017-12-22
24 Mahathir Mohamad  Malaysia Prime Minister (1981–2003; 2018–present) 10 July 1925 94 years, 91 days 2018-05-09
25 Ali Bozer  Turkey Acting Prime Minister (1989) 28 July 1925 94 years, 73 days 2016-09-09
26 Yang Hyong-sop  North Korea Chairman of the Presidium of the
Supreme People's Assembly
(1994–1998)
1 October 1925 94 years, 8 days 2017-01-24
27 Arnaldo Forlani  Italy Prime Minister (1980–1981) 8 December 1925 93 years, 305 days 2018-02-26
28 Trần Thiện Khiêm  South Vietnam Member of the Provisional Leadership Committee (1964)
Prime Minister (1969–1975)
15 December 1925 93 years, 298 days 2017-02-26
29 Valéry Giscard d'Estaing  France President (1974–1981) 2 February 1926 93 years, 249 days 2017-10-18
30 Elizabeth II  United Kingdom Queen (1952–present) 21 April 1926 93 years, 171 days 2017-11-21
31 Abdoulaye Wade  Senegal President (2000–2012) 29 May 1926 93 years, 133 days 2017-11-17
32 Nuon Chea Kampuchea Prime Minister (1976) 7 July 1926 93 years, 94 days 2017-06-21
33 Jiang Zemin  China General Secretary of the Communist Party (1989–2002)
President (1993–2003)
17 August 1926 93 years, 53 days 2018-02-13
34 Valdas Adamkus  Lithuania President (1998–2003; 2004–2009) 3 November 1926 92 years, 340 days 2017-11-03
35 Beji Caid Essebsi  Tunisia Prime Minister (2011)
President (2014–present)
29 November 1926 92 years, 314 days 2018-01-04
36 Raif Dizdarević  Yugoslavia President of the Presidency (1988–1989) 9 December 1926 92 years, 304 days 2017-04-01
37 Thanin Kraivichien  Thailand Prime Minister (1976–1977) 5 April 1927 92 years, 187 days 2017-11-15
38 Pope Benedict XVI   Vatican City Sovereign (2005–2013) 16 April 1927 92 years, 176 days 2017-04-17
39 Arturo Armando Molina  El Salvador President (1972–1977) 6 August 1927 92 years, 64 days 2017-02-28
40 Edward Babiuch  Poland Member of the State Council (1972–1980)
Prime Minister (1980)
28 December 1927 91 years, 285 days 2014-01-31
41 Hamed Karoui  Tunisia Prime Minister (1989–1999) 30 December 1927 91 years, 283 days 2017-01-21
42 Hans Modrow  East Germany Chairman of the Council of Ministers (1989–1990) 27 January 1928 91 years, 255 days 2018-01-27
43 Ciriaco De Mita  Italy Prime Minister (1988–1989) 2 February 1928 91 years, 249 days 2018-02-02
44 Kim Yong-nam  North Korea Chairman of the Presidium of the
Supreme People's Assembly
(1998–present)
4 February 1928 91 years, 247 days 2018-02-05
45 Arthur Dion Hanna  Bahamas Governor-General (2006–2010) 7 March 1928 91 years, 216 days 2018-03-08
46 Fidel V. Ramos  Philippines President (1992–1998) 18 March 1928 91 years, 205 days 2017-05-26
47 Sisavath Keobounphanh  Laos Prime Minister (1998–2001) 1 May 1928 91 years, 161 days 2016-11-26
48 Hosni Mubarak  Egypt President (1981–2011)
Prime Minister (1981–1982)
4 May 1928 91 years, 158 days 2018-05-05
49 Arnold Rüütel  Estonia Chairman of the Supreme Council (1991–1992)
President (2001–2006)
10 May 1928 91 years, 152 days 2018-05-10
50 Sir Arthur Foulkes  Bahamas Governor-General (2010–2014) 11 May 1928 91 years, 151 days 2018-05-11
51 Enrique Bolaños  Nicaragua President (2002–2007) 13 May 1928 91 years, 149 days 2017-01-15
52 Balakh Sher Mazari  Pakistan Acting Prime Minister (1993) 8 July 1928 91 years, 93 days 2016-12-18
53 Belaid Abdessalam  Algeria Prime Minister (1992–1993) 20 July 1928 91 years, 81 days 2017-05-24
54 Chung Won-shik  South Korea Prime Minister (1991–1992) 5 August 1928 91 years, 65 days 2017-01-14
55 Péter Boross  Hungary Prime Minister (1993–1994) 27 August 1928 91 years, 43 days 2018-01-24
56 Zhu Rongji  China Premier of the State Council (1998–2003) 1 October 1928 91 years, 8 days 2017-12-29
57 Kåre Willoch  Norway Prime Minister (1981–1986) 3 October 1928 91 years, 6 days 2017-08-29
58 Borisav Jović  Yugoslavia President of the Presidency (1990–1991) 19 October 1928 90 years, 355 days 2017-03-16
59 Li Peng  China Premier of the State Council (1988–1998) 20 October 1928 90 years, 354 days 2017-10-18
60 Poul Schlüter  Denmark Prime Minister (1982–1993) 3 April 1929 90 years, 189 days 2017-06-16
61 Christos Sartzetakis  Greece President (1985–1990) 6 April 1929 90 years, 186 days 2017-01-21
62 Édouard Balladur  France Prime Minister (1993–1995) 2 May 1929 90 years, 160 days 2017-03-23
63 Sam Nujoma  Namibia President (1990–2005) 12 May 1929 90 years, 150 days 2017-11-27
64 Otar Patsatsia  Georgia Prime Minister (1993–1995) 15 May 1929 90 years, 147 days 2016-09-10
65 Karolos Papoulias  Greece President (2005–2015) 4 June 1929 90 years, 127 days 2017-11-27
66 John Turner  Canada Prime Minister (1984) 7 June 1929 90 years, 124 days 2018-02-12
67 Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah  Kuwait Prime Minister (2003–2006)
Emir (2006–present)
16 June 1929 90 years, 115 days 2017-11-23
68 Sir Orville Turnquest  Bahamas Governor-General (1995–2001) 19 July 1929 90 years, 82 days 2017-04-12
69 Jamshid bin Abdullah  Zanzibar Sultan (1963–1964) 16 September 1929 90 years, 23 days 2016-07-29
70 Nikolai Ryzhkov  Soviet Union Chairman of the Council of Ministers (1985–1991) 28 September 1929 90 years, 11 days 2017-11-02
71 Mir Hazar Khan Khoso  Pakistan Acting Prime Minister (2013) 30 September 1929 90 years, 9 days 2017-01-02
72 Violeta Chamorro  Nicaragua Member of the Junta of National Reconstruction (1979–1980)
President (1990–1997)
18 October 1929 89 years, 356 days 2017-02-24
73 Muhammad Rafiq Tarar  Pakistan President (1998–2001) 2 November 1929 89 years, 341 days 2016-10-14
74 Alfred Moisiu  Albania President (2002–2007) 1 December 1929 89 years, 312 days 2017-03-20
75 Bob Hawke  Australia Prime Minister (1983–1991) 9 December 1929 89 years, 304 days 2018-01-05
76 Selim Hoss  Lebanon President of the Council of Ministers (1976–1980; 1987–1990; 1998–2000)
Acting President (1988–1989; 1989)
20 December 1929 89 years, 293 days 2017-08-30
Lee Hyun-jae  South Korea Prime Minister (1988) 2016-05-30
Milan Panić  Yugoslavia Federal Prime Minister (1992–1993) 2017-09-15
79 Efraín Goldenberg  Peru Prime Minister (1994–1995) 28 December 1929 89 years, 285 days 2018-03-02
80 Abdul Latif Dayfallah  North Yemen Prime Minister (1963; 1975) 1 January 1930 89 years, 281 days 2016-03-07
81 Ahmed Osman  Morocco Prime Minister (1972–1979) 3 January 1930 89 years, 279 days 2018-01-10
82 Hédi Baccouche  Tunisia Prime Minister (1987–1989) 15 January 1930 89 years, 267 days 2018-05-07
83 Hussain Muhammad Ershad  Bangladesh President (1983–1990) 1 February 1930 89 years, 250 days 2018-05-24
Shahabuddin Ahmed President (1996–2001) 2018-01-12
85 Lho Shin-yong  South Korea Prime Minister (1985–1987) 28 February 1930 89 years, 223 days 2016-08-28
86 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 March 1930 89 years, 220 days 2018-04-17
87 Sir Anerood Jugnauth  Mauritius Prime Minister (1982–1995; 2000–2003; 2014–2017)
President (2003–2012)
29 March 1930 89 years, 194 days 2018-03-29
88 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir  Iceland President (1980–1996) 15 April 1930 89 years, 177 days 2017-12-07
89 José Sarney  Brazil President (1985–1990) 24 April 1930 89 years, 168 days 2018-04-30
90 Edward Seaga  Jamaica Prime Minister (1980–1989) 28 May 1930 89 years, 134 days 2018-05-28
91 Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada  Bolivia President (1993–1997; 2002–2003) 1 July 1930 89 years, 100 days 2018-10-20
92 Carlos Menem  Argentina President (1989–1999) 2 July 1930 89 years, 99 days 2018-11-21
93 Dame Ivy Dumont  Bahamas Acting Governor-General (2001–2002)
Governor-General (2002–2005)
2 October 1930 89 years, 7 days 2014-08-13
94 Ivan Silayev  Soviet Union Chairman of the Interstate Economic Committee (1991) 21 October 1930 88 years, 353 days 2015-07-13
95 Tuanku Ahmad Shah  Malaysia Yang di-Pertuan Agong (1979–1984) 24 October 1930 88 years, 350 days 2019-01-08
96 Mabandla Dlamini  Swaziland Prime Minister (1979–1983) 11 November 1930 88 years, 332 days 2016-10-08
97 Choe Yong-rim  North Korea Premier (2010–2013) 20 November 1930 88 years, 323 days 2012-09-23
98 Cesar Virata  Philippines Prime Minister (1981–1986) 12 December 1930 88 years, 301 days 2017-09-12
99 Dame Elmira Minita Gordon  Belize Governor-General (1981–1993) 30 December 1930 88 years, 283 days 2016-04-12
100 Toshiki Kaifu  Japan Prime Minister (1989–1991) 2 January 1931 88 years, 280 days 2017-07-26
Addenda

The following individual might be older than #7657 on this list, but their exact date of birth is uncertain.

Name State Position Birth Age Living as of
Emmanuel Bodjollé  Togo Acting President (1963) 1928 90 years, 282 days to
91 years, 281 days
2013-01-18

The following individuals are older than #918 on this list, but their status as a state leader is unclear. They were either members of collective presidencies, interim leaders, de facto leaders or widely recognised leaders whose true power was limited.

Name State Position Birth Age Living as of
Josip Manolić  Croatia Prime Minister (1990–1991) 22 March 1920 99 years, 201 days 2017-11-07
Kim Yong-ju  North Korea Vice president during vacancy (1994–1998) 21 September 1920 99 years, 18 days 2017-01-26
Miloš Jakeš  Czechoslovakia General Secretary of the Communist Party (1987–1989) 12 August 1922 97 years, 58 days 2017-12-19
Jules Sedney Suriname Prime Minister (1969–1973) 28 September 1922 97 years, 11 days 2017-09-28
Maria Schneider  East Germany Member of the State Council (1967–1971) 9 February 1923 96 years, 242 days 2015-02-16
Krastyu Trichkov  Bulgaria Member of the State Council (1971–1976; 1981–1986) 12 April 1923 96 years, 180 days 2013-04-24
Adnan Pachachi  Iraq Prime Minister (2004) 14 May 1923 96 years, 148 days 2018-03-10
Józef Baryła  Poland Member of the Military Council of National Salvation (1981–1983) 21 November 1924 94 years, 322 days 2016-02-06
Mohammad Hasan Sharq  Afghanistan Chairman of the Council of Ministers (1988–1989) 17 July 1925 94 years, 84 days 2016-08-30
Tadeusz Makarewicz  Poland Member of the Military Council of National Salvation (1981–1983) 17 August 1925 94 years, 53 days 2015-05-14
Rodolfo Stange  Chile Government Junta (1985–1990) 30 September 1925 94 years, 9 days 2015-07-31
Omar Graffigna  Argentina Member of the National Reorganization Process Junta (1978–1981) 2 April 1926 93 years, 190 days 2016-09-09
Walter Buser   Switzerland Federal Chancellor (1981–1991) 14 April 1926 93 years, 178 days 2017-01-24
Ali Haroun  Algeria Member of the High Council of State (1992–1994) 8 February 1927 92 years, 243 days 2017-02-05
Stanisław Kania  Poland First Secretary of the United Workers' Party (1980–1981)
Member of the State Council (1982–1985)
8 March 1927 92 years, 215 days 2014-08-27
Cardinal Eduardo Martínez Somalo   Vatican City Acting sovereign (2005) 31 March 1927 92 years, 192 days 2016-11-19
Ambrose Patrick Genda  Sierra Leone Prime Minister (1967) 20 April 1927 92 years, 172 days 2012-03-08
Kazimierz Garbacik  Poland Member of the Military Council of National Salvation (1981–1983) 6 November 1927 91 years, 337 days 2016-12-14
Cardinal Angelo Sodano   Vatican City Cardinal Secretary of State (1991–2006)
Dean of the College of Cardinals during vacancy (2013)
23 November 1927 91 years, 320 days 2017-11-23
Santiago Sinclair  Chile Government Junta (1988–1990) 29 December 1927 91 years, 284 days 2017-10-04
Marcelino dos Santos  Mozambique Member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of FRELIMO (1986) 20 May 1929 90 years, 142 days 2017-02-06
Alfred Miodowicz  Poland Member of the State Council (1985–1986) 28 June 1929 90 years, 103 days 2013-08-29
Ravan A. G. Farhâdi  Afghanistan Prime Minister (1997–2001) 23 August 1929 90 years, 47 days 2009-08-10
Eugenia Kempara  Poland Member of the State Council (1976–1985) 29 September 1929 90 years, 10 days 2012-01-12
Gombojavyn Ochirbat  Mongolia General Secretary of the Central Committee
of the People's Revolutionary Party
(1990–1991)
15 November 1929 89 years, 328 days 2017-06-08
Thomas Remengesau Sr.  Palau President (1985; 1988–1989) 28 November 1929 89 years, 315 days 2010-11-24

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