Top 10 Oldest People in the World Ever

Will you be a supercentenarian? This is someone who lives beyond their 110th birthday. So far, it is estimated that just one out of every 1,000 centenarians reach this age, and, considering the incredible advancements in medical technology and retirement facilities, you’re going to see more of these seniors in the coming decades.

Do you want to be that old? Well, you don’t need to eat your fruits and vegetables, run 10 kilometres every day, and stay away from alcohol and tobacco to do it. In fact, there is no secret, so it’s possible to accomplish this feat even if you’re leading a sedentary lifestyle filled with junk food and soda pop.

Perhaps it’s just a luck of the draw.

Here are the 10 oldest people in history:

1. Jeanne Calment – 122 years, 164 days

  • Born: February 21, 1875
  • Death: August 4, 1997
  • Birthplace: France

Jeanne Calment is the oldest person in the world. Her approach to life was la-de-da. She was often quoted in the media as saying, “If you don’t do anything about it don’t worry about it.” What made her tale riveting was that she smoked cigarettes for 96 years and regularly ate chocolate and consumed red wine.

She was so old that she met Vincent Van Gogh – and that’s not a joke!

2. Sarah Knauss – 119 years, 97 days

  • Born: September 24, 1880
  • Death: December 30, 1999
  • Birthplace: United States

The second oldest person in the world is Sarah Knauss. Akin to Jeanne Clement, Sarah Knauss never let anything bother her, and this is how she thinks she was able to live for so long. That said, she wasn’t really impressed that she was one of the oldest living people on the planet.

3. Lucy Hannah – 117 years, 248 days

  • Born: July 16, 1875
  • Death: March 21, 1993
  • Birthplace: United States

Lucy Hannah is one of the oldest people int he world. Not much is known about Lucy Hannah because the record of her lifespan was not discovered until about a decade after she passed away. What we do know is that she lived in Detroit after fleeing racial tensions in the south.

4. Marie-Louise Meilleur – 117 years, 230 days

  • Born: August 29, 1880
  • Death: April 16, 1998
  • Birthplace: Canada

One incredible thing about living past 100 is that you see your children become old and grey, too. Marie Louise Meilleur, who passed away from a blood clot at 117, lived with her son in the same nursing home, and her daughter, Gabrielle was 90.

5. Violet Brown – 117 years, 189 days

  • Born: March 10, 1900
  • Death: September 15, 2017
  • Birthplace: Jamaica

Violet Brown’s success for living over 100? Hard work, telling the press that she “would do every work I could manage to help myself.” It was true: she was a sugar plantation worker, a maid, and bread shop owner. In her spare time, she was a devout member of her church.

6. Emma Morano – 117 years, 137 days

  • Born: November 29, 1899
  • Death: April 15, 2017
  • Birthplace: Italy

If you want to love to be more than 100 than stay single! At least, that was what Emma Moran thought as she cited being single and getting to bed early as her success for living a century and change. Also, since the age of 20, she would eat two raw eggs and one cooked egg every morning, as well as avoiding meat, though she loved her cookies.

7. Jiroemen Kimura – 116 years, 54 days

  • Born: April 19, 1897
  • Death: June 12, 2013
  • Birthplace: Japan

So far, the oldest people in the world have been women – until now. Jiroemen Kimura wasn’t an anomaly in his family because his youngest brother died at 100 and the rest of his siblings lived beyond 90. How did he live so long? He credited eating small portions, working, and stayed engaged in politics.

8. Kane Tanaka – 116 years, 40 days

  • Born: January 2, 1903
  • Death: N/A
  • Birthplace: Japan

Kane Tanaka is now the world’s oldest living person (as of this writing). Her story is just as compelling because she was born prematurely, survived on breast milk from women other than her mother, and survived colon cancer at 103. She kept herself busy by focusing on her hobbies, drinking lots of water, and consuming small meals.

9. Maria Giuseppa Robucci – 115 years, 327 days

  • Born: March 20, 1903
  • Death: N/A
  • Birthplace: Italy

Positivity, faith in God, a good diet, and avoiding alcohol – this is how Maria Robucci is still alive to this day. But it could also be that she remains active, chopping wood at 100!

10. Gustav Gerneth – 113 years, 118 days

  • Born: October 15, 1905
  • Death: N/A
  • Birthplace: Germany

Unlike other people on this list, Gustav Gerneth led a healthy lifestyle: he ate well, rarely consumed alcohol, and never smoked cigarettes. To this date, he is sharp as he solves crosswords, performs mental mathematics, and watches football.

People are living longer than they have ever been in human history. The reasons vary, from evolution to diets to outlooks on life. It is a fascinating thought to think someone living in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries – just think what you witness, who you meet, and how life transforms. These individuals, some of whom are still around today, have quite a tale. Maybe that will be you one day.

Ronald Ryan

I'm a self-proclaimed science geek and all-around nerd. Useless fun trivia seems to be my forte. If you ever need to hear a good dad joke, I'm your guy!

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