The Oldest People To Have Ever Lived

At the grand old age of 118, Lucile Randon died last week, passing on the crown of oldest living person to the U.S.-born Spanish woman Maria Branyas Morera – born in 1907 and now 115 years old.

As this infographic shows however, the oldest person to ever live was the French Jeanne Calment who was 122 years and 164 days old when she died in 1997.

A database maintained by the Gerontology Research Group reveals that France and Japan have produced the largest share of the world’s oldest supercentenarians. Women invariably dominate the top end of the list, too. The oldest man to have ever lived, Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura, was 116 when he died in 2013.

By Martin Armstrong Via