Jan 312014

Humans are the most unpredictable creatures in this world and so is their life. Life expectancy of humans varies from country to country.

There are places in the world where people live longer than the average, like Monaco where the overall life expectancy is around 89.8.

Although everyone wants to live longer, but the actual secret of a long life is unknown.

Some say a healthy diet and a good exercise is the secret of long life where as some say alcoholic and smokers have a reduced life. But there is no exact proof of these theories.

Here we present the list of top 10 people who have actually lived longer than the average:

10. Misao Okawa

Misao Okawa, is a Japanese super centenarian, who was born on March 5, 1898 in the Tenma district present-day Kita-ku) of Osaka. She has four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and is currently living in a nursing home in Osaka. With the age of 115 years, 331 days, she is also the world’s oldest living person.

9. Jiroemon Kimura

Again a Japanese supercentenarian, Jiroemon Kimura, has been the world’s first and so far the only man verified to have reached 116 years of age. Born as Kinjiro Miyake, on April 19, 1897, Jiroemon Kimura had 14 grandchildren (13 surviving), 25 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Jiroemon Kimura was health conscious and active, and died of natural causes on June 12, 2013. He was 116 years and 54 days old at the time of his death.

8. Besse Cooper

An American supercentenarian, Besse Cooper, was born on August 26, 1896 in Sullivan County, Tennessee. She had Cooper had four children, 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She spent her final years in Monroe, Georgia. and died of respiratory failure on December 4, 2012. She was 116 years, 100 days at the time of her death.

7. Elizabeth Bolden

Elizabeth Bolden was an American supercentenarian and was born in 1890 in Somerville, Tennessee. Recognized as the then world’s oldest living person by Guinness World Records, Elizabeth Bolden was 116 years, 118 days at the time of her death on December 11, 2006.

6. Tane Ikai

Tane Ikai, a Japanese supercentenarian, was born on January 18, 1879 in the village of Kansei, Aichi Prefecture. She had three sons and a daughter, and had outlived all of her children. She died on July 12, 1995, becuase of kidney failure. Ikai was 116 years, 175 days at the time of her death and also holds the records of the oldest person from Japan and Asia.

5. Maria Capovilla

An Ecuadorian supercentenarian, Maria Capovilla, was 116 years 347 days at the time of her death. Maria was born on 14 September 1889 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She had twelve grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Maria Capovilla is the oldest person ever of South America. She succumbed to pneumonia in the last week of August 2006, just 18 days before she would have celebrated her 117th birthday.

4. Marie Lousie Meilleur

A French Canadian supercentenarian, Marie Lousie Meilleur was born on August 29, 1880 in Kamouraska, Quebec, Canada. She had 85 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren, 57 great-great-grandchildren, and four great-great-great-grandchildren. Meilleur smoked tobacco into her nineties and died of a blood clot. She was 117 years, 230 days at the time of her death.

3. Lucy Hannah

Lucy Hannah was an American supercentenarian, born on July 16, 1875 in Linden, Alabama, United States. She died on 21st March 1993 and was 117 years, 248 days at the time of her death. She is the third oldest person ever.

2. Sarah Knauss

An American supercentenarian, Sarah Knauss was 119 years, 97 days at the time of her death. She was bron on September 24, 1880 in Hollywood, Pennsylvania, United States. She was considered the world’s oldest person by Guinness world record from 16th April 1998 to her death.She died on 30th December 1999 and was the last verified person to have been born before 1885.

1. Jeanne Calment

Jeanne Calment was a French supercentenarian who had the longest confirmed human lifespan in history. She was born on 21 February 1875 in Arles, France. In 1988, at the age of 113 she was given the Guinness title world oldest living person. Calment smoked from the age of 21 to 117. She was 122 years, 164 days at the time of her death on 4 August 1997.

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