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How old is the oldest person in the world?

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As of 2014, the oldest person with a verifiable birth certificate on record is Jeanne Calment, a 122-year-old Frenchwoman who died in 1997. The oldest verified still-living person as of 2014 is Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who is 116 years old.

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As of 2014, there are at least two people currently living who claim to be older than both Calment and Okawa. However, their birth certificates were lost or destroyed, so it is impossible to verify their true age.

Leandra Becerra Lumbreras of Mexico claims to have been born in 1887, and Jose Aguinelo dos Santos, a 126-year-old Brazilian man whose birth certificate is awaiting documentation.

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