The world’s oldest person

The oldest known living person in the world, Jiroemon Kimura, from Japan, died on June 12 at the age of 116 years. He had held this title since January. Kimura is the first known man to have lived to 116 years. Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who currently holds the title of the “oldest living woman”, is now the oldest known living person. Okawa was born on March 5, 1898. The world population has grown by over 5 billion people during Okawa’s lifetime!

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The oldest known person who has ever lived was Jeanne Calment (see image), a  French woman who died in 1997 at the age of 122 years.

Sources: Guinness World Records