Oldest Living Men in the World

10 Oldest Living Men in the World (Updated 2024)

Although the oldest living men in the world are not quite as old as the oldest living women in the world – who also happen to be the oldest living people in the world – all of them are also supercentenarians, meaning they have reached 110 years of age! Unlike the oldest women, the world’s oldest men (except for Albano Andrade) have not had their ages validated by Gerontology Research Group, which tracks the world’s supercentenarians and verifies their birth dates. However, all of these men have been heavily featured in the news for their longevity and are often recognized by their countries’ governments.

As of February 2021, this information on this list is as accurate as possible and will be updated as needed.

10. Dexter Kruger (January 13, 1910 – Present)

Current Age (as of February 2021): 111 years, 30 days
Birthplace:  Kilcoy, Queensland, Australia
Current Location:  Roma, Queensland, Australia
Previous Occupation(s):  Farmer and writer

Dexter Krugerphoto source: Gerontology Wiki

Dexter Kruger celebrated his 111th birthday at the beginning of 2021 and is now the oldest living person in Australia. Kruger was born and raised in Queensland and worked as a farmer from the time he was teenager until he retired at 95. He was married for 50 years to Gladys Beanland until she died in the 1990s; the couple had one son.

Like some of the other men on this list, Kruger lived independently until much later in his life. When he was 103, he moved into a care home in Roma, Queensland, Australia. Kruger says that he still exercises daily and is in good health.

Did You Know?

After his wife passed away, Dexter Kruger started writing books and has now written more than 300 stories in 12 books.

9. Philip Sharp (December 21, 1909 – Present)

Current Age (as of February 2021): 111 years, 1 month, 22 days
Birthplace: Blond, Louisiana, USA
Current Location: Convington, Louisiana, USA
Previous Occupation(s): Trapper and cattle herder

Philip Sharpphoto source: nola.com

Philip Sharp is the second oldest living man in America, and is just a few months younger thank Lawrence Brooks. Both Sharp and Brooks were born and raised in Louisiana and still reside in the state. Sharp spent his whole life as a cowboy, making a living as a cattle herder and trapper. This helped him to stay in shape for most of his life. He was still able to drive his truck until he suffered a fall in July 2019.

Sharp is a widower and he and his wife Beatrice only had one daughter, Shirley. He currently lives with his daughter Shirley and her husband George McLain. Sharp also has a grandson, a great-granddaughter, and a great-great-grandson.

Did You Know?

In addition to raising cattle, Philip Sharp raised sheep, hogs, mules, and even grew crops. Sharp has been very self-sufficient for most of his life.

8. Albano Andrade (December 14, 1909 – Present)

Current Age (as of February 2021): 111 years, 1 month, 29 days
Birthplace: Sao Miguel de Souto, Santa Maria da Feira, Aveiro, Portugal
Current Location: Same as birthplace
Previous Occupation(s): Teacher

Albano Andradephoto source: Guinness World Records

Albano Andrade and his brother Alberto Andrade (who isn’t quite old enough to be featured on this list) made international news in 2019 when they set a Guinness World Record as the oldest living siblings. Back in 2019, at the time they received the award, the Andrade Brothers had a combined age of 216 years, 230 days. Currently their combined age is 220 years, 132 days.

While there are several men who are older, Albano Andrade is the only male supercentenarian whose age has been verified by official means. Andrade is currently the oldest living person in Portugal. He worked as a teacher for several years before quitting when he was placed at a school far from home.

Did You Know?

Albano Andrade and Alberto Andrade have always lived together in the home that they were born and raised in.

7. Manuel Benavente Sanhueza (September 25, 1909 – Present)

Current Age (as of February 2021): 111 years, 4 months, 18 days
Birthplace: Concepcion, Bio Bio Region, Chile
Current Location: San Bernardo, Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
Previous Occupation(s): Various local government jobs

Manuel Benavente Sanhuezaphoto source: Gerontology Wiki

Manuel Benavente Sanhueza is another supercentenarian from South America and is the oldest living man in Chile. Benavente Sanhueza lived a very interesting life and held various jobs in and around the local government and legal system. As a teenager, Benavente Sanhueza worked in a local courtroom. He then went on to become deputy director of a mint.

Benavente Sanhueza was married to Sara Salas Iriarte and the couple had two kids. Longevity runs in Benavente Sanhueza’s family as several of his siblings lived well into their 90s and one of his sisters reached 106.

Did You Know?

After moving to his current home of San Bernardo, Manuel Benavente Sanhueza became a prominent member of the local community, especially for his generous contributions to the local Rotary Club.

6. Lawrence Brooks (September 12, 1909 – Present)

Current Age (as of February 2021): 111 years, 5 months
Birthplace: Norwood, Louisiana, USA
Current Location: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Previous Occupation(s): U.S. Army Veteran, several odd jobs, and fork lift operator

Lawrence Brooksphoto source: The National WWII Museum

At the age of 111, Lawrence Brooks is currently the oldest living American man and the oldest living American World War II veteran. To celebrate Brooks’ most recent birthday, The National WWII Museum collected nearly 10,000 birthday cards from every U.S. state and several countries around the world.

Brooks was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II when he was 31, at a time when the American military was still segregated. He left the Army after reaching the rank of Private 1st Class. Following the war, Brooks moved to New Orleans and worked as a fork lift operator until he retired when he was 70. Brooks is widowed, but has five children, 13 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.

Did You Know?

Lawrence Brooks survived a Japanese bombing of the base he was stationed at in New Guinea during World War II.

5. Marcel Meys (July 12, 1909 – Present)

Current Age (as of February 2021): 111 years, 7 months
Birthplace: Saint-Julien-de-l’Herms, Isère, France
Current Location: Saint-Romain-en-Gal, Rhône, France.
Previous Occupation(s): Paramedic

Marcel Meysphoto source: Gerontology Wiki

Although Jules Théobald is a few months older, Marcel Meys is considered the oldest living man in France because Théobald lives in Martinique, which is a French territory in the Caribbean. Meys is still incredibly healthy and independent. He still lives in his own home by himself with minimal assistance. Meys does say that he has difficulty hearing and seeing and prefers not to do many interviews.

Did You Know?

Marcel Meys was a paramedic and still remembers living through both World Wars.

4. Juan Vicente Pérez Mora (May 27, 1909 – Present)

Current Age (as of February 2021): 111 years, 8 months, 16 days
Birthplace: El Cobre, Táchira, Venezuela
Current Location: San Jose de Bolivar, Tachira, Venezuela
Previous Occupation(s): Farmer

Juan Vicente Pérez Moraphoto source: laprensalatina.com

Juan Vicente Pérez Mora is one of several men on this list who were born in 1909 and will be turning 112 in a few months. Pérez Mora is the oldest living person in Venezuela, a country that has an average life expectancy of 72.13 years. The supercentenarian was born and raised in Venezuela and only traveled outside of the country once to visit Caracas, Mexico.

Pérez Mora grew up on a farm with his father and brothers. After getting married in 1938, Pérez Mora saved up enough money to buy his own farm and raised a large family with is wife.  Pérez Mora’s wife passed away in 1998 and he has also outlived five of his eleven children.

Did You Know?

In May 2019, when Juan Vicente Pérez Mora celebrated his 110th birthday, he became the first known male supercentenarian in Venezuela.

3. Jules Théobald (April 13, 1909 – Present)

Current Age (as of February 2021): 111 years, 9 months, 30 days
Birthplace: Le Robert, Martinique, France
Current Location: La Pointe des Negres, Fort-de-France, Martinique, France
Previous Occupation(s): Fisherman

Jules Théobaldphoto source: martinique.franceantilles.fr

Not much is known about Jules Théobald other than the fact that he is the oldest living man in France and nearly 112 years old. However, Théobald’s age is currently unverified by the Gerontology Research Group and they have not officially declared him the oldest living French man. Théobald was born and raised in Martinique and still lives there today.

Did You Know?

In November 2019, Jules Théobald was visited by Philippe Meyniac, the president of Association of Inhabitants of the coast of Pointe des Negres (HLPN), who presented Théobald with a plaque honoring his longevity.

2. Saturnino de la Fuente (February 8, 1909 – Present)

Current Age (as of February 2021): 112 years, 4 days
Birthplace: Puente Castro, Spain
Current Location: León, Spain
Previous Occupation(s): Soccer Player and Shoemaker

Saturnino de la Fuentephoto source: diariodeleon.es

Saturnino de la Fuente recently celebrated his 112th birthday and is currently the oldest living man in Spain and Europe. De la Fuente was born in Puente Castro, which is in the province of León. He has never left the province, but now lives in the city of León. At De la Fuente’s 110th birthday celebration six of his children were still alive and he also had 14 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren at the time.

Did You Know?

Saturnino de la Fuente was an avid fútbol fan and played the sport for fun. De la Fuente is one of the founders of the Puente Castro Football Club.

1. Modesto Lopez Bautista (January 17, 1909 – Present)

Current Age (as of February 2021): 112 years, 26 days
Birthplace: San Juan Mixtepec, Oaxaca, Mexico
Current Location: Bakersfield, California, USA
Previous Occupation(s): Farm Worker

Modesto Lopez Bautistaphoto source: kget.com

Modesto Lopez Bautista’s story came to light in 2019 after his 13-year old great-grandson, Eddie Hernandez, did a report covering his life and mentioned that Bautista was born on January 17, 1909, in San Juan Mixtepec, Oaxaca. Naturally, Hernandez’ classmates and teacher were shocked and Bautista’s story was picked up by the local news. As of February 2021, Modesto Lopez Bautista is currently the oldest man in the world and he just celebrated his 112th birthday and was once again featured in the news for the achievement.

Bautista spent nearly his entire life in Mexico and only moved to the United States when his daughter, Austolia Eva Lopez, was worried about him living all alone far from his living children. At the time of the news report, Bautista had five living children, 26 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great grandson.

Did You Know?

Modesto Lopez Bautista never learned to read/write or even speak Spanish. Instead, Bautista only speaks Mixteco, a language spoken by the indigenous people of Oaxaca.



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