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Since 1900, the youngest serving state leader has been 192-day-old Fuad II, King of Egypt (left), while the oldest has been 96-year-old Hastings Banda, President of Malawi (right).

This article contains various lists of state leaders organized by age, defined as heads of state and/or heads of government.

10 oldest currently serving state leadersEdit

 
Mahathir Mohamad, currently the oldest-serving state leader

People currently serving as head of state and/or head of government, or a representative of a head of state.

Rank Name Born Age Position Assumed office
1 Mahathir Mohamad (1925-07-10)10 July 1925 94 years, 72 days Prime Minister of Malaysia 2018[1]
2 Elizabeth II (1926-04-21)21 April 1926 93 years, 152 days Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other countries 1952
3 Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (1929-06-16)16 June 1929 90 years, 96 days Emir of Kuwait 2006
4 Sir Colville Young (1932-11-20)20 November 1932 86 years, 304 days Governor-General of Belize 1993
5 Paul Biya (1933-02-13)13 February 1933 86 years, 219 days President of Cameroon 1982[2]
6 Mohamed Ennaceur (1934-03-21)21 March 1934 85 years, 183 days Acting President of Tunisia 2019
7 Michel Aoun (1935-02-18)18 February 1935 84 years, 214 days President of Lebanon 2016[3]
8 Mahmoud Abbas (1935-11-15)15 November 1935 83 years, 309 days President of the Palestinian National Authority,
President of the State of Palestine
2005
9 Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1935-12-31)31 December 1935 83 years, 263 days King of Saudi Arabia,
Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia [4]
2015
10 Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa (1936-11-24)24 November 1936 82 years, 300 days Prime Minister of Bahrain 1971

10 oldest ever serving state leadersEdit

Rank Name Position Last year in office
(reason term ended)
Age at end
1–3 Giovanni Paolo Lascaris Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller 1657 (death) 97 years, 47 days
Abdul Momin Sultan of Brunei 1885 (death) ≥97 years[5]
Enrico Dandolo Doge of Venice 1205 (death) c. 97-98 years[6]
4 Hastings Banda President of Malawi 1994 (presidency for life revoked, lost reelection) 96 years, 98 days
5 Prem Tinsulanonda Regent of Thailand 2016 (term ended) 96 years, 97 days
6 George Tupou I King of Tonga 1893 (death) 95 years, 76 days
7 Nicolò da Ponte Doge of Venice 1585 (death) 94 years, 196 days
8 Malietoa Tanumafili II O le Ao o le Malo of Samoa 2007 (death) 94 years, 127 days
9 Mahathir Mohamad Prime Minister of Malaysia Incumbent 94 years, 72 days
10 Robert Mugabe President of Zimbabwe 2017 (resignation) 93 years, 273 days

Longest-lived state leadersEdit

The following lists are the top ten all-time state leaders and the top ten living.

Top ten since 1800Edit

 
Chau Sen Cocsal Chhum, the longest-lived state leader
Rank Name Position Birth Death Age
1 Chau Sen Cocsal Chhum Prime Minister of Cambodia (1962) 1905 2009 103 years, 143 days
2 Celâl Bayar Prime Minister of Turkey (1937–1939)
President of Turkey (1950–1960)
1883 1986 103 years, 98 days
3 Antoine Pinay Prime Minister of France (1952–1953) 1891 1994 102 years, 348 days
4 Prince Naruhiko Higashikuni Prime Minister of Japan (1945) 1887 1990 102 years, 48 days
5 Ek Yi Oun Prime Minister of Cambodia (1958) 1910 2013 102 years, 1 day to 103 years, 364 days[7]
6 Babiker Awadalla Prime Minister of Sudan (1969) 1917 2019 101 years, 321 days
7 Willem Drees Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1948–1958) 1886 1988 101 years, 314 days
8 Đỗ Mười Prime Minister of Vietnam (1988–1991)
General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (1991–1997)
1917 2018 101 years, 241 days
9 Zhang Qun Premier of the Republic of China (1947–1948) 1889 1990 101 years, 219 days
10 Yasuhiro Nakasone Prime Minister of Japan (1982–1987) 1918 Alive 101 years, 116 days

Top ten livingEdit

 
Yasuhiro Nakasone, the oldest living state leader
Rank Name Position Birth Age
1 Yasuhiro Nakasone Prime Minister of Japan (1982–1987) (1918-05-27)27 May 1918 101 years, 116 days
2 Hyun Soong-jong Prime Minister of South Korea (1992–1993) (1919-01-26)26 January 1919 100 years, 237 days
3 Hau Pei-tsun Premier of the Republic of China (1990–1993) (1919-08-08)8 August 1919 100 years, 43 days
4 Javier Pérez de Cuéllar Prime Minister of Peru (2000–2001) (1920-01-19)19 January 1920 99 years, 244 days
5 Tun Tin Prime Minister of Burma (1988) (1920-10-02)2 October 1920 98 years, 353 days
6 Mustafa Ben Halim Prime Minister of Libya (1954–1957) (1921-01-29)29 January 1921 98 years, 234 days
7 Francisco Morales Bermúdez Prime Minister of Peru (1975)
President of Peru (1975–1980)
(1921-10-04)4 October 1921 97 years, 351 days
8 Luis Echeverría President of Mexico (1970–1976) (1922-01-17)17 January 1922 97 years, 246 days
9 Lee Teng-hui President of the Republic of China (1988–2000) (1923-01-15)15 January 1923 96 years, 248 days
10 Khamtai Siphandon Prime Minister of Laos (1991–1998)
Chairman of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (1992–2006)
President of Laos (1998–2006)
(1924-02-08)8 February 1924 95 years, 224 days

10 youngest serving state leadersEdit

 
Oleksiy Honcharuk, currently the youngest-serving state leader
Rank Name Position Birth Age
1 Oleksiy Honcharuk Prime Minister of Ukraine (since 2019) 7 July 1984 35 years, 75 days
2 Michele Muratori Captain Regent of San Marino (since 2019) 13 December 1983 35 years, 281 days
3 Kim Jong-un Supreme Leader of North Korea (since 2011) 8 January 1983 36 years, 255 days
4 Nayib Bukele President of El Salvador (since 2019) 24 July 1981 38 years, 58 days
5 Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand (since 2017) 26 July 1980 39 years, 56 days
6 Fritz-William Michel Prime Minister of Haiti (since 2019) 23 July 1980 39 years, 59 days
7 Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Emir of Qatar (since 2013) 3 June 1980 39 years, 109 days
8 Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck King of Bhutan (since 2006) 21 February 1980 39 years, 211 days
9 Carlos Alvarado Quesada President of Costa Rica (since 2018) 14 January 1980 39 years, 249 days
10 Xavier Espot Zamora Head of Government of Andorra (since 2019) 30 October 1979 39 years, 325 days

10 youngest state leaders (since 1945)Edit

Leaders still serving are highlighted in italicized bold.

Rank Name Position Age (when they took office)
1 Fuad II King of Egypt 192 days
2 Gyanendra King of Nepal 3 years, 123 days
3 Faisal II King of Iraq 3 years, 337 days
4 Hussein King of Jordan 16 years, 271 days
5 Jigme Singye Wangchuck King of Bhutan 16 years, 256 days
6 Mswati III [8] King of Eswatini 18 years, 6 days
7 Bhumibol Adulyadej King of Thailand 18 years, 186 days
8 Ntare V King of Burundi 18 years, 218 days
9 Jean-Claude Duvalier President of Haiti 19 years, 293 days
10 Baudouin King of Belgium 20 years, 313 days

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Previously served as Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981–2003.
  2. ^ Previously served as Prime Minister of Cameroon from 1975–1982.
  3. ^ Previously served as President of the Council of Ministers of Lebanon from 1988–1990.
  4. ^ Since the reign of Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1964–1975), the office of prime minister has been held by the king simultaneously.
  5. ^ Born "before 21 May 1788", exact date unknown; died on May 30, 1885
  6. ^ None of the earlier chronicles and contemporary witnesses give his exact age, only mentioning that he was very old. The commonly given birth year of c. 1107 is based on the account of Marino Sanuto the Younger (1466 – 1536) three centuries later, who stated that Dandolo was eighty-five when he assumed the throne in 1192. (See Madden. Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice. p. 92.) Dandalo died on June 1, 1205, so he was 97 or 98 at death if indeed born in 1107.
  7. ^ The dates of birth and death for Ek are unknown.
  8. ^ Began personal reign after a 3-year regency