10 oldest serving state leaders
People currently serving as head of state and/or head of government, a party leader of a one-party state, or a representative of a head of state.
|1||Elizabeth II||21 April 1926||95 years, 16 days||Queen of the United Kingdom
and other Commonwealth realms
|2||Paul Biya||13 February 1933||88 years, 83 days||President of Cameroon||1982|
|3||Michel Aoun||30 September 1933||87 years, 219 days||President of Lebanon||2016|
|4||Mahmoud Abbas||15 November 1935||85 years, 173 days||President of the Palestinian National Authority,
President of the State of Palestine
|5||Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud||31 December 1935||85 years, 127 days||King of Saudi Arabia,
Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia
|6||Francis||17 December 1936||84 years, 141 days||Pope of the Holy See,
Sovereign of the Vatican City State
|7||Harald V||21 February 1937||84 years, 75 days||King of Norway||1991|
|8||Cornelius A. Smith||7 April 1937||84 years, 30 days||Governor-General of the Bahamas||2019|
|9||Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah||25 June 1937||83 years, 316 days||Emir of Kuwait||2020|
|10||Alpha Condé||4 March 1938||83 years, 64 days||President of Guinea||2010|
10 oldest ever serving state leaders
|Rank||Name||Position||Last year in office
(reason term ended)
|Age at end|
|1–2||Giovanni Paolo Lascaris||Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller||1657 (death)||97 years, 47 days|
|Enrico Dandolo||Doge of Venice||1205 (death)||c. 97–98 years|
|3||Abdul Momin||Sultan of Brunei||1885 (death)||96 years, 148 days or 97 years, 8 days|
|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||Elizabeth II||Queen of the United Kingdom
and other Commonwealth realms
|Incumbent||95 years, 16 days|
|8||Mahathir Mohamad||Prime Minister of Malaysia||2020 (resigned)||94 years, 235 days|
|9||Nicolò da Ponte||Doge of Venice||1585 (death)||94 years, 196 days|
|10||Malietoa Tanumafili II||O le Ao o le Malo of Samoa||2007 (death)||94 years, 127 days|
Longest-lived state leaders
The following lists are the top ten all-time state leaders and the top ten living.
Top ten since 1800
|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)||1883||1986||103 years, 98 days|
|President of Turkey (1950–1960)|
|3||Antoine Pinay||Prime Minister of France (1952–1953)||1891||1994||102 years, 348 days|
|4||André Prunet-Foch||French Viguier in Andorra (1977–1980)||1914||2017||102 years, 211 days|
|5||Naruhiko Higashikuni||Prime Minister of Japan (1945)||1887||1990||102 years, 48 days|
|1–6||Ek Yi Oun||Prime Minister of Cambodia (1958)||1910||2013||102 years, 1 day to 103 years, 364 days|
|7||Babiker Awadalla||Prime Minister of Sudan (1969)||1917||2019||101 years, 321 days|
|8||Willem Drees||Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1948–1958)||1886||1988||101 years, 314 days|
|9||Đỗ Mười||Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Vietnam (1988–1991)||1917||2018||101 years, 241 days|
|General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (1991–1997)|
|10||Zhang Qun||Premier of the Republic of China (1947–1948)||1889||1990||101 years, 219 days|
Top ten living
10 youngest serving state leaders
|1||Sebastian Kurz||Chancellor of Austria (since 2020)||27 August 1986||34 years, 253 days|
|2||Sanna Marin||Prime Minister of Finland (since 2019)||16 November 1985||35 years, 172 days|
|3||Mahamat Déby Itno||Chairman of the Transitional Military Council of Chad (since 2021)||1 January 1984||37 years, 126 days|
|4||Kim Jong-un||Supreme Leader of North Korea (since 2011)||8 January 1983||38 years, 119 days|
|5||Irakli Garibashvili||Prime Minister of Georgia (since 2021)||28 June 1982||38 years, 313 days|
|6||Nayib Bukele||President of El Salvador (since 2019)||24 July 1981||39 years, 287 days|
|7||Jacinda Ardern||Prime Minister of New Zealand (since 2017)||26 July 1980||40 years, 285 days|
|8||Luvsannamsrain Oyun-Erdene||Prime Minister of Mongolia (since 2021)||29 June 1980||40 years, 312 days|
|9||Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani||Emir of Qatar (since 2013)||3 June 1980||40 years, 338 days|
|10||Irfaan Ali||President of Guyana (since 2020)||25 April 1980||41 years, 12 days|
10 youngest state leaders (since 1945)
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 ||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|
- In 1952, Princess Elizabeth acceded as the monarch of seven Commonwealth realms. She currently reigns as Queen of 16 sovereign states including the United Kingdom. From 1957–1983, most of her British colonies attained independence, and some joined the other realms in different years; most states ceased to be a realm upon becoming republics.
- Previously served as Prime Minister of Cameroon from 1975–1982.
- Previously served as President of the Council of Ministers of Lebanon from 1988–1990.
- Since the reign of Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (1964–1975), the office of prime minister has been held by the king simultaneously.
- 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.
- Born "before 21 May 1788", exact date unknown; died on May 30, 1885, his age should be between 96 years, 148 days or 97 years, 8 days.
- The dates of birth and death for Ek are unknown.
- Previously Chancellor of Austria from 2017–2019.
- The term Supreme Leader is used as a description, for the sake of brevity, rather than being an official title of a single office. The actual offices held by Kim Jong-un are: General Secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, President of the State Affairs Commission of the DPRK, and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the DPRK.
- Previously Prime Minister of Georgia from 2013–2015.
- Began personal reign after a 3-year regency
- The country was called the Kingdom of Swaziland until April 19, 2018.