12 of the world's oldest living people
Posted December 1, 2016
Emma Morano, the world's oldest living person, celebrated her 117th birthday Tuesday.
At 117 years old, the Italian-born Morano is now the oldest person in the world, and, according to ABC News, "is believed to be the last surviving person in the world who was born in the 1800s," being born on Nov. 29, 1899.
Morano is one of 47 verified people to be over 110 years old, or a supercentenarian.
According to Smithsonian.com, those who surpass 110 "must prove they have indeed reached that milestone" because of the number of false claims the Gerontology Research Group, which keeps records of the world's oldest people, has received.
The article continues on, quoting professor Thomas Perls from Boston Medical Center, “Ninety-eight percent of ages claimed over 115 are false.” The rest of the article can be read here.
The Supercentenarian Research Foundation has a chart that contains a list of the oldest living people, as well as those who have died.
Morano isn't the only supercentenarian we know of. Below is a list of the oldest person from each country represented on the chart. The ages are up-to-date as of Nov. 23, 2016.
The second oldest person in the world is Violet Brown of Jamaica. She is 116 years and 264 days old and was born on March 10, 1900.
Coming in at third is Nabi Tajima of Japan. She was born Aug. 4, 1900, meaning she is 116 years and 117 days old.
The fifth oldest is Ana Vela-Rubio of Spain, born Oct. 29, 1901, making her 115 years and 31 days old.
The ninth oldest person in the world, but oldest American, is Adele Dunlap of New Jersey. She was born Dec. 12, 1902, making her 113 years and 353 days old.
The 14th oldest person in the world is Brazilian Alida Victoria Grubba Rudge, who was born on July 10, 1903, making her 113 years and 142 days old.
The 17th spot belongs to Honorine Rondello of France, who was born July 28, 1903, making her 113 years and 124 days old.
The 21st oldest person is Israel Kristal, who was born in Russia (modern day Poland), but now resides in Israel. He is also the oldest male in the world, being born Sept. 15, 1903, making him 113 years and 75 days old.
The 31st spot belongs to Bienvenida Vergara Jaen de Cano of Panama. She was born April 6, 1904, making her 112 years and 237 days old.
Coming in at 34th is Virginia Secundina Moyano of Argentina. Born May 17, 1904, she is 112 years and 196 days old.
The 38th oldest person in the world is Bessie Camm of England. She was born June 20, 1904, making her 112 years and 162 days old.
The 46th oldest person is Elisabet Ekenaes of Norway. She was born Dec. 26, 1904, making her 111 years and 339 days old.
In all, out of the 47 living supercentenarians, ony two are male. The country with the most supercentenarians is Japan, with 22. The United States comes in second, with eight.