List of the Oldest Heads of State in the World

You won’t believe some people stayed in power even after hitting 100 years of age, we have provided a detailed list of the oldest heads of states in the world.

Sometimes you start to wonder about the fun these older heads of state still get and where they get the strength to continue ruling. Having earned the money and fame that is always the reward of politics, why not go to rest before death knocks on your doorstep?

The saying that young people are the leaders of Tomorrow is becoming a mere illusion in some countries of the world, as young people sit and watch their great-grandfather and their mothers refuse to release power. 

Some of them are legal leaders for life, while others are just tyrants who are drunk with power. Whatever the case, one wonders when young people would have a chance to lead, perhaps when they are also old like their parents and grandparents. And that will only be possible when the old lots are out of the way – of course, thrown out by death!

List of the Oldest Heads of State in the World

Here are the top 10 oldest heads of states in the world who believe they are capable even when age tells them the negative.

10. Manuel Pinto da Costa – President of São Tomé and Príncipe

Manuel Pinto da Costa

Age: 81 years (August 5, 1937)

Manuel Pinto da Costa is an economist from São Tomé who served as the first president of São Tomé and Príncipe from 1975 to 1991. He was elected again as president in August 2011 and took office on September 3, 2011. His 81 years placed him in 4th place on our list of the oldest African Presidents and he is the 10th on the list of the oldest heads of states in the world.

9. Abdelaziz Bouteflika – Algeria

Abdelaziz Bouteflika - One of the Oldest Heads of States

Age: 81 years (March 2, 1937)

Abdelaziz Bouteflika is an Algerian politician, who has been the fifth President of Algeria since 1999. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1963 to 1979. As President, he presided over the end of Algeria’s bloody Civil War in 2002, and ended the emergency government in February 2011 amid regional unrest. He also served as president of the United Nations General Assembly and is now one of the oldest African presidents, though due to massive protest, he bowed to pressure and resigned in 2019 after 20 years of ruling the country.

8. Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud from Saudi Arabia

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Age: 83 years (December 31, 1935)

Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is the king of Saudi Arabia, he is also the custodian of the two holy mosques and head of the house of Saud. He served as Lieutenant Governor and then Governor of Riyadh for 48 years, from 1963 to 2011. He was appointed Minister of Defense in 2011. He was also named Crown Prince in 2012 after the death of his brother Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Salman was crowned as the new king of Saudi Arabia on January 23, 2015 after the death of his half brother, King Abdullah.

7. Akihito – Japan

Akihito - Japan

Age: 84 years ( December 23, 1933)

Akihito, 85, ascended the throne after the death of his father, Hirohito, in 1989. As emperor, his duties are largely ceremonial, consisting mainly of state visits and apologies to other Asian countries for the conduct of war in Japan.

6. Paul Biya, Cameroon

Paul Biya, Cameroon

Age: 85 years ( February 13, 1933 )

Paul is originally from Cameroon and was born on February 13, 1933. Politics has always been in Biya’s blood, and he has managed to be president for several periods, he has been the President of Cameroon since November 6, 1982. At the age 82 years old and still in power, Paul Biya is the third oldest. President in Africa and also ranks 6th on the list of the world’s top 10 oldest presidents.

5. Raúl Castro, Cuba

Raúl Castro, Cuba

Age: 86 years (June 3, 1931)

Raúl Castro, who is 86 years old, has been in power since 2006. He was reelected president on February 24, 2013, and shortly thereafter announced that his second term would be his final term and that he would not seek reelection in 2018.

4. Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, Kuwait

Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah

Age: 90 years (June 16, 1929 )

Sabah IV Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah GCB is the fifteenth ruler and fifth emir of Kuwait and the commander of the Kuwaiti army. He was sworn in on January 29, 2006 after confirmation by the Kuwaiti National Assembly, he is also one of the oldest heads of states in the world.

3. Abdul Halim from Kedah, Malaysia

Abdul Halim from Kedah

Age: 90 years (November 28, 1927)

Abdul Halim is the fourteenth and current Yangdi-Pertuan Agong (supreme head of state) of Malaysia, as well as the 27th and current Sultan of Kedah. He previously served as the fifth Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1970 to 1975. He is the first person to hold the post twice, as well as the oldest elected to the post. He is a week older than the longest-reigning monarch in the world, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.

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2. Beji Caid Essebsi, Tunisia

Beji Caid Essebsi

Age: 91 years (November 29, 1926)

Mohamed Beji Caid Essebsi is a Tunisian-politician who has been President of Tunisia since December 2014. He previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1981 to 1986 and as Prime Minister from February 2011 to December 2011. He is the oldest President in Africa though now ex-president and late.

1. Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom

Queen Elizabeth II

Age: 91 years (April 21, 1926)

Being a British monarch is a job for life and Queen Elizabeth has been in power since 1952. Many people have put money into her majesty by resigning voluntarily, but it is a gamble that never pays, no matter how many generations of Windsor are waiting their turn. Queen Elizabeth II is the oldest head of state.


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