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Fuad II of Egypt 1952.jpg Prem Tinsulanonda (Cropped).jpg
Since 1900, the youngest serving state leader has been 192-day-old Fuad II of Egypt (left), while the oldest has been 96-year-old Thai regent Prem Tinsulanonda (right).

This article contains various lists of state leaders organized by age, defined as heads of state and/or heads of government. Typically this list includes presidents, prime ministers or monarchs. There are approximately 360 current leaders.

10 oldest currently serving state leaders

People currently serving as head of state, representative of a Head of State, and/or head of government. There are approximately 360 current leaders.

Leaders for life

Rank Name Born Age Position Assumed office
1 Elizabeth II (1926-04-21)21 April 1926 &&&&&&&&&&&&&094.&&&&&094 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0184.&&&&&0184 days Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other countries 1952
2 Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (1929-06-16)16 June 1929 &&&&&&&&&&&&&091.&&&&&091 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0128.&&&&&0128 days Emir of Kuwait 2006
3 Sir Colville Young (1932-11-20)20 November 1932 &&&&&&&&&&&&&087.&&&&&087 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0337.&&&&&0337 days Governor-General of Belize 1993
4 Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1935-12-31)31 December 1935 &&&&&&&&&&&&&084.&&&&&084 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0296.&&&&&0296 days King of Saudi Arabia 2015
7 Pope Francis (1936-12-17)17 December 1936 &&&&&&&&&&&&&083.&&&&&083 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0310.&&&&&0310 days Sovereign of the Vatican City 2013
8 Harald V (1937-02-21)21 February 1937 &&&&&&&&&&&&&083.&&&&&083 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0244.&&&&&0244 days King of Norway 1991
9 Ali Khamenei (1939-04-19)19 April 1939 &&&&&&&&&&&&&081.&&&&&081 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0186.&&&&&0186 days Supreme Leader of Iran 1989

Term-bounded leaders

Rank Name Born Age Position Assumed office
1 Raúl Castro (1931-06-03)3 June 1931 89 years, 141 days First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba 2008
2 Paul Biya (1933-02-13)13 February 1933 &&&&&&&&&&&&&087.&&&&&087 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0252.&&&&&0252 days President of Cameroon 1982
3 Michel Aoun (1935-02-18)18 February 1935 &&&&&&&&&&&&&085.&&&&&085 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0247.&&&&&0247 days President of Lebanon 2016
4 Mahmoud Abbas (1935-11-15)15 November 1935 &&&&&&&&&&&&&084.&&&&&084 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0342.&&&&&0342 days President of Palestine 2005
5 Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa (1936-11-24)24 November 1936 &&&&&&&&&&&&&083.&&&&&083 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0333.&&&&&0333 days Prime Minister of Bahrain 1970
6 Bounnhang Vorachith (1938-08-15)15 August 1938 &&&&&&&&&&&&&083.&&&&&083 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&&068.&&&&&068 days President of Laos 2016
7 Alpha Condé (1938-03-04)4 March 1938 &&&&&&&&&&&&&082.&&&&&082 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0232.&&&&&0232 days President of Guinea 2010

10 oldest state leaders (since 1945)

Age at the time they took office ordered oldest first.

Rank Name Position Age (when they took office)
1 Prem Tinsulanonda Regent of Thailand 96 years, 48 days
2 Mahathir Mohamad Prime Minister of Malaysia 92 years, 304 days
3 Beji Caid Essebsi President of Tunisia 88 years, 32 days
4 Sir Philip Greaves Governor-General of Barbados 86 years, 163 days
5 Josefa Iloilo President of Fiji 86 years, 6 days
6 Xenophon Zolotas Prime Minister of Greece 85 years, 211 days
7 Anerood Jugnauth Prime Minister of Mauritius 84 years, 263 days
8 Tuanku Abdul Halim Yang di-Pertuan Agong 84 years, 15 days
9 Shimon Peres President of Israel 83 years, 347 days
10 Girija Prasad Koirala Prime Minister of Nepal 83 years, 329 days

10 oldest ever serving state leaders

Leaders still serving are highlighted in italicized bold.

Leaders for life

Rank Name Position Last year in office
(reason term ended)
Age at end
1 Abdul Momin Sultan of Brunei 1885 (death) 99 years, 5 months (?)
2 Enrico Dandolo Doge of Venice 1205 (death) 97 years, 4 months (?)
3 Giovanni Paolo Lascaris Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller 1657 (death) 97 years, 47 days
4 Prem Tinsulanonda Regent of Thailand 2016 (term ended) 96 years, 97 days
5 Nicolò da Ponte Doge of Venice 1585 (death) 94 years, 196 days
6 Malietoa Tanumafili II O le Ao o le Malo of Samoa 2007 (death) 94 years, 127 days
8 Leo XIII Pope of the Holy See 1903 (death) 93 years, 140 days
9 Gustaf V King of Sweden 1950 (death) 92 years, 135 days
7 Elizabeth II Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other countries Incumbent &&&&&&&&&&&&&094.&&&&&094 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0184.&&&&&0184 days
10 Manuel Pinto de Fonseca Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller 1773 (death) 91 years, 244 days

Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria (1821–1912) died in office at 91 years 275 days of age.

Term-bonded leaders

Rank Name Position Last year in office
(reason term ended)
Age at end
1 Hastings Banda President of Malawi 1994 (lost election) 96 years, 98 days
3 Robert Mugabe President of Zimbabwe 2017 (resignation) 93 years, 273 days
2 Mahathir Mohamad Prime Minister of Malaysia 2020 (resignation) 94 years 234 days
4 Beji Caid Essebsi President of Tunisia 2019 (death) 92 years 238 days
5 Tôn Đức Thắng President of Vietnam 1980 (death) 91 years, 223 days
7 Shimon Peres President of Israel 2014 (term ended) 90 years, 356 days
8 Eamon De Valera President of Ireland 1973 (term ended) 90 years, 253 days
6 Kim Yong-nam Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea 2019 (term ended) 91 years 66 days
9 Joaquin Balaguer President of the Dominican Republic 1996 (term ended) 89 years, 350 days
10 Giorgio Napolitano President of Italy 2015 (resignation) 89 years, 199 days

Longest lived state leaders

The following lists are the top ten all-time state leaders and the top ten living. For Top 100 lists see List of longest-living state leaders and List of the oldest living state leaders.

Top ten since 1800

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 (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
6 Willem Drees Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1948–1958) 1886 1988 101 years, 314 days
9 Zhang Qun Premier of the Republic of China (1947–1948) 1889 1990 101 years, 219 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
7 Babiker Awadalla Prime Minister of Sudan (1969) 1917 2019 101 years 321 days
10 Yasuhiro Nakasone Prime Minister of Japan (1982–1987) 1918 2019 101 years, 186 days

Top ten living

Rank Name Position Birth Age
1 Hyun Soong-jong Prime Minister of South Korea (1992–1993) (1919-01-26)26 January 1919 &&&&&&&&&&&&0101.&&&&&0101 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0270.&&&&&0270 days
2 Hau Pei-tsun Premier of the Republic of China (1990–1993) (1919-07-13)13 July 1919 &&&&&&&&&&&&0101.&&&&&0101 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0101.&&&&&0101 days
8 Josip Manolić Prime Minister of Croatia (1990–1991) (1920-03-22)22 March 1920 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0214.&&&&&0214 days
10 Tun Tin Prime Minister of Burma (1988) (1920-10-02)2 October 1920 &&&&&&&&&&&&0100.&&&&&0100 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&&020.&&&&&020 days

10 youngest serving state leaders

  1. Sebastian Kurz (Chancellor of Austria since 2017), born 27 August 1986 (1986-08-27) (age 34)
  2. Sanna Marin (Prime Minister of Finland since 2019),born November 16, 1985 (1985-11-16) (age 34)
  3. Kim Jong-un (Supreme Leader of North Korea since 2011), born 8 January 1984 (1984-01-08) (age 36)
  4. Nayib Bukele (President of El Salvador since 2019),born July 24, 1981 (1981-07-24) (age 39)
  5. Jacinda Ardern (Prime Minister of New Zealand since 2017), born 26 July 1980 (1980-07-26) (age 40)
  6. Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani (Emir of Qatar since 2013), born 3 June 1980 (1980-06-03) (age 40)
  7. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (King of Bhutan since 2006), born 21 February 1980 (1980-02-21) (age 40)
  8. Carlos Alvarado Quesada (President of Costa Rica since 2018), born 14 January 1980 (1980-01-14) (age 40)
  9. Xavier Espot Zamora (Head of Government of Andorra since 2019),born October 30, 1979 (1979-10-30) (age 40)
  10. Leo Varadkar (Taoiseach of Ireland since 2017), born 18 January 1979 (1979-01-18) (age 41)
  11. Jüri Ratas (Prime Minister of Estonia since 2016), born 2 July 1978 (1978-07-02) (age 42)

10 youngest state leaders (since 1945)

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 King of Swaziland 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

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