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Guinness World Records/GRG Table C List Titleholders Since 1955

This is the official list of people who are believed to hold/have held the title "World's oldest person."

Bold indicates the world's oldest person ever.

Table C - World's Oldest Person (WOP) Titleholders Since 1955 GRG, As of 29 August 2017
Name Country Sex Birth Death Reign length
Betsy Baker United Kingdom UK (birth)
United StatesUSA (death)
F 20 Aug 1842 24 Oct 1955 N/A – 24 Oct 1955
N/A – 113 years, 65 days
Jennie Howell United Kingdom UK (birth)
United StatesUSA (death)
F 11 Feb 1845 16 Dec 1956 24 Oct 1955 – 16 Dec 1956
110 years, 255 days – 111 years, 309 days
Anne Marie Carstenson DenmarkDEN (birth)
United StatesUSA (death)
F 24 Jan 1849 30 Mar 1958 16 Dec 1956 – 30 Mar 1958
107 years, 327 days – 109 years, 65 days
Nancy Ryan United StatesUSA F 5 Sep 1849 17 Oct 1958 30 Mar 1958 – 17 Oct 1958
108 years, 206 days – 109 years, 42 days
Christina Karnebeek-Backs NetherlandsNED F 2 Oct 1849 7 Oct 1959 17 Oct 1958 – 7 Oct 1959
109 years, 15 days – 110 years, 5 days
Marie Olsen NorwayNOR F 1 May 1850 24 Nov 1959 7 Oct 1959 – 24 Nov 1959
109 years, 159 days – 109 years, 207 days
Mary Kelly United StatesUSA F 7 Jun 1851 30 Dec 1964 24 Nov 1959 – 30 Dec 1964
108 years, 170 days – 113 years, 206 days
Elizabeth Kensley United Kingdom UK F 12 May 1855 6 Mar 1965 30 Dec 1964 – 6 Mar 1965
109 years, 232 days – 109 years, 298 days
William Fullingim United StatesUSA M 7 Jul 1855[1] 6 Aug 1965 6 Mar 1965 – 6 Aug 1965
109 years, 242 days – 110 years, 30 days
Hannah Smith United Kingdom UK F 7 Jan 1856 10 Jan 1966 6 Aug 1965 – 10 Jan 1966
109 years, 211 days – 110 years, 3 days
John Mosley Turner United Kingdom UK M 15 Jun 1856 21 Mar 1968 10 Jan 1966 – 21 Mar 1968
109 years, 209 days – 111 years, 280 days
Johanna Booysen South AfricaZAF F 17 Jan 1857 16 Jun 1968 21 Mar 1968 – 16 Jun 1968
111 years, 64 days – 111 years, 151 days
Marie Bernatkova Czech RepublicCZE F 22 Oct 1857 4 May 1969 16 Jun 1968 – 4 May 1969
110 years, 238 days – 111 years, 194 days
Ada Roe United Kingdom UK F 6 Feb 1858 11 Jan 1970 4 May 1969 – 11 Jan 1970
111 years, 87 days – 111 years, 339 days
Josefa Salas Mateo SpainESP F 14 Jul 1860 27 Feb 1973 11 Jan 1970 – 27 Feb 1973
109 years, 181 days – 112 years, 228 days
Alice Stevenson United Kingdom UK F 10 Jul 1861 18 Aug 1973 27 Feb 1973 – 18 Aug 1973
111 years, 232 days – 112 years, 39 days
Elizabeth Watkins United Kingdom UK F 10 Mar 1863 31 Oct 1973 18 Aug 1973 – 31 Oct 1973
110 years, 161 days – 110 years, 235 days
Mito Umeta JapanJPN F 27 Mar 1863 31 May 1975 31 Oct 1973 – 31 May 1975
110 years, 218 days – 112 years, 65 days
Niwa Kawamoto JapanJPN F 5 Aug 1863 16 Nov 1976 31 May 1975 – 16 Nov 1976
111 years, 299 days – 113 years, 103 days
Sophia DeMuth [2] United StatesUSA F 30 Jun 1866 2 Dec 1977 16 Nov 1976 – 2 Dec 1977
110 years, 139 days – 111 years, 155 days
Marie-Virginie Duhem FranceFRA F 2 Aug 1866 25 Apr 1978 2 Dec 1977 – 25 Apr 1978
110 years, 122 days – 111 years, 266 days
Fannie Thomas United StatesUSA F 14 Apr 1867 22 Jan 1981 25 Apr 1978 – 22 Jan 1981
111 years, 11 days – 113 years, 283 days
Augustine Tessier FranceFRA F 2 Jan 1869 8 Mar 1981 22 Jan 1981 – 8 Mar 1981
112 years, 20 days – 112 years, 65 days
Nellie Spencer United StatesUSA F 24 Aug 1869 13 Nov 1982 8 Mar 1981 – 13 Nov 1982
111 years, 196 days – 113 years, 81 days
Emma Wilson United StatesUSA F 12 May 1870 13 Oct 1983 13 Nov 1982 – 13 Oct 1983
112 years, 185 days – 113 years, 154 days
Mathew Beard [3] United StatesUSA M 9 Jul 1870 16 Feb 1985 13 Oct 1983 – 16 Feb 1985
113 years, 96 days – 114 years, 222 days
Augusta Holtz PolandPOL (birth)
United StatesUSA (death)
F 3 Aug 1871 21 Oct 1986 16 Feb 1985 – 21 Oct 1986
113 years, 197 days – 115 years, 79 days
Mary McKinney United StatesUSA F 30 May 1873 2 Feb 1987 21 Oct 1986 – 2 Feb 1987
113 years, 144 days – 113 years, 248 days
Anna Eliza Williams United Kingdom UK F 2 Jun 1873 27 Dec 1987 2 Feb 1987 – 27 Dec 1987
113 years, 245 days – 114 years, 208 days
Florence Knapp United StatesUSA F 10 Oct 1873 11 Jan 1988 27 Dec 1987 – 11 Jan 1988
114 years, 78 days – 114 years, 93 days
Jeanne Calment [4] FranceFRA F 21 Feb 1875 4 Aug 1997 11 Jan 1988 – 4 Aug 1997
112 years, 324 days – 122 years, 164 days
Marie-Louise Meilleur CanadaCAN F 29 Aug 1880 16 Apr 1998 4 Aug 1997 – 16 Apr 1998
116 years, 340 days – 117 years, 230 days
Sarah Knauss United StatesUSA F 24 Sep 1880 30 Dec 1999 16 Apr 1998 – 30 Dec 1999
117 years, 204 days – 119 years, 97 days
Eva Morris United Kingdom UK F 8 Nov 1885 2 Nov 2000 30 Dec 1999 – 2 Nov 2000
114 years, 52 days – 114 years, 360 days
Marie Bremont FranceFRA F 25 Apr 1886 6 Jun 2001 2 Nov 2000 – 6 Jun 2001
114 years, 191 days – 115 years, 42 days
Maud Farris-Luse United StatesUSA F 21 Jan 1887 18 Mar 2002 6 Jun 2001 – 18 Mar 2002
114 years, 136 days – 115 years, 56 days
Grace Clawson [5] United Kingdom UK (birth)
United StatesUSA (death)
F 15 Nov 1887 28 May 2002 18 Mar 2002 – 28 May 2002
114 years, 123 days – 114 years, 194 days
Adelina Domingues Cape VerdeCPV (birth)
United StatesUSA (death)
F 19 Feb 1888 21 Aug 2002 28 May 2002 – 21 Aug 2002
114 years, 98 days – 114 years, 183 days
Mae Harrington United StatesUSA F 20 Jan 1889 29 Dec 2002 21 Aug 2002 – 29 Dec 2002
113 years, 213 days – 113 years, 343 days
Yukichi Chuganji JapanJPN M 23 Mar 1889 28 Sep 2003 29 Dec 2002 – 28 Sep 2003
113 years, 281 days – 114 years, 189 days
Mitoyo Kawate JapanJPN F 15 May 1889 13 Nov 2003 28 Sep 2003 – 13 Nov 2003
114 years, 136 days – 114 years, 182 days
Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan[6] Puerto RicoPRI,United StatesUSA F 31 Aug 1889 29 May 2004 13 Nov 2003 – 29 May 2004
114 years, 74 days – 114 years, 272 days
Maria Capovilla [7] EcuadorECU F 14 Sep 1889 27 Aug 2006 29 May 2004 – 27 Aug 2006
114 years, 258 days – 116 years, 347 days
Elizabeth Bolden United StatesUSA F 15 Aug 1890 11 Dec 2006 27 Aug 2006 – 11 Dec 2006
116 years, 12 days – 116 years, 118 days
Emiliano Mercado del Toro Puerto RicoPRI,United StatesUSA M 21 Aug 1891 24 Jan 2007 11 Dec 2006 – 24 Jan 2007
115 years, 112 days – 115 years, 156 days
Emma Tillman United StatesUSA F 22 Nov 1892 28 Jan 2007 24 Jan 2007 – 28 Jan 2007
114 years, 63 days – 114 years, 67 days
Yone Minagawa JapanJPN F 4 Jan 1893 13 Aug 2007 28 Jan 2007 – 13 Aug 2007
114 years, 24 days – 114 years, 221 days
Edna Parker United StatesUSA F 20 Apr 1893 26 Nov 2008 13 Aug 2007 – 26 Nov 2008
114 years, 115 days – 115 years, 220 days
Maria de Jesus PortugalPOR F 10 Sep 1893 2 Jan 2009 26 Nov 2008 – 2 Jan 2009
115 years, 77 days – 115 years, 114 days
Gertrude Baines United StatesUSA F 6 Apr 1894 11 Sep 2009 2 Jan 2009 – 11 Sep 2009
114 years, 271 days – 115 years, 158 days
Kama Chinen JapanJPN F 10 May 1895 2 May 2010 11 Sep 2009 – 2 May 2010
114 years, 124 days – 114 years, 357 days
Eugenie Blanchard Saint Barthélemy (France)BLM, FRA F 16 Feb 1896 4 Nov 2010 2 May 2010 – 4 Nov 2010
114 years, 75 days – 114 years, 261 days
Maria Gomes Valentim [8] BrazilBRA F 9 Jul 1896 21 Jun 2011 4 Nov 2010 – 21 Jun 2011
114 years, 118 days – 114 years, 347 days
Besse Cooper United StatesUSA F 26 Aug 1896 4 Dec 2012 21 Jun 2011 – 4 Dec 2012
114 years, 299 days – 116 years, 100 days
Dina Manfredini Italy ITA (birth)
United StatesUSA (death)
F 4 Apr 1897 17 Dec 2012 4 Dec 2012 – 17 Dec 2012
115 years, 244 days – 115 years, 257 days
Jiroemon Kimura JapanJPN M 19 Apr 1897 12 Jun 2013 17 Dec 2012 – 12 Jun 2013
115 years, 242 days – 116 years, 54 days
Misao Okawa JapanJPN F 5 Mar 1898 1 Apr 2015 12 Jun 2013 – 1 Apr 2015
115 years, 99 days – 117 years, 27 days
Gertrude Weaver United StatesUSA F 4 Jul 1898 6 Apr 2015 1 Apr 2015 – 6 Apr 2015
116 years, 271 days – 116 years, 276 days
Jeralean Talley United StatesUSA F 23 May 1899 17 Jun 2015 6 Apr 2015 – 17 Jun 2015
115 years, 318 days – 116 years, 25 days
Susannah Mushatt Jones United StatesUSA F 6 Jul 1899 12 May 2016 17 Jun 2015 – 12 May 2016
115 years, 346 days – 116 years, 311 days
Emma Morano Italy ITA F 29 Nov 1899 15 Apr 2017 12 May 2016 – 15 Apr 2017
116 years, 165 days – 117 years, 137 days
Violet Brown JamaicaJAM F 10 Mar 1900 15 Sep 2017 15 Apr 2017 – 15 Sep 2017
117 years, 36 days – 117 years, 189 days
Nabi Tajima JapanJPN F 4 Aug 1900 21 Apr 2018 15 Sep 2017 – 21 Apr 2018
117 years, 42 days – 117 years, 260 days
Chiyo Miyako JapanJPN F 2 May 1901 22 Jul 2018 21 Apr 2018 – 22 Jul 2018
116 years, 354 days – 117 years, 81 days
Kane Tanaka JapanJPN F 2 Jan 1903 Living 22 Jul 2018 – Present
115 years, 201 days – 118 years, 269 days
(3 years, 68 days)

Notes (from Table C)

  1. William Fullingim was possibly born in 1854, according to the 1860 and 1900 censuses. He claimed birth in 1855, which was backed by the 1870 census and the SSDI records.
  2. Chris Law: Support for the Shigechiyo Izumi claim from Japan (June 29, 1865?-February 21, 1986) was withdrawn by Guinness World Records, effective Sept. 14, 2010.
  3. Chris Law: The Mathew Beard case was accepted by the SSA study as age 114, based on an early census match to SS-5 records. The circumstantial census match was not unequivocal, thus he is not on the "skeptics list." Mr. Beard claimed to be 116.
  4. Chris Law: Guinness World Records support for the Carrie White claim (Nov 18 1874?-Feb 14 1991), initially accepted in 1989, withdrawn in 2012, effective Sept 13.
  5. Chris Law: Guinness World Records support for the Kamato Hongo claim (Sept 16 1887?-Oct 31 2003), initially accepted in 2002, withdrawn in 2012, effective Sept 13.
  6. Chris Law: Documents for Ramona Trinidad Iglesias-Jordan were not submitted and accepted until Mar. 20, 2004. Charlotte Benkner (born Nov 16 1889 in Germany; lived in the US) held the title in the interim. Benkner died May 15, 2004.
  7. Chris Law: Documents for Maria Capovilla not submitted until Aug 27, 2005; her case was officially accepted by GWR on Dec. 9, 2005. Interim titleholders were Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper of the Netherlands (June 29 1890-Aug 30 2005) and Elizabeth Bolden of the United States (Aug 15 1890-Dec 11 2006). Bolden would re-gain her title in late 2006.
  8. Chris Law: Documents for Maria Gomes Valentim not submitted until May 9, 2011, and her case was officially accepted by GWR on May 18, 2011. Interim titleholders were Eunice Sanborn of the U.S. (July 20 1896-Jan 31 2011) and Besse Cooper of the US (born Aug 26 1896). Besse Cooper would regain the title a month later.
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