Can you guess how old he is? 👴
The world’s oldest person living (male) has officially been confirmed by Guinness World Records with an age of 112 years and 326 days, as of today. 😲
Emilio Flores Marquez was born on 8 August 1908, in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
He has witnessed the incredible progress of society throughout his life - from the rise of cars and aeroplanes through to space travel.
Emilio was 74 years old when the internet was invented 🤯
He is the second-oldest of 11 children born to Alberto Flores Melendez and Margarita Marquez-Garcia. That's a lot of brothers and sisters!
From a very young age, Emilio helped his father on their sugarcane farm. He was responsible for watering and loading the sugarcane onto wagons for transport.
As the first-born son in his family, he was also in charge of doing chores around the house and helping to care for all his siblings.
“I was the oldest of the children, so I did everything. I scrubbed, I took care of the boys, I did everything” - Emilio Flores Marquez
He loved being a farmer, and it became the way he supported his own wife and children.
Emilio was married for 75 years to the love of his life, Andrea Perez, who passed away in 2010. During their time together, they formed a beautiful family of four children.
He now has five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He currently lives in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, where his two children, Tirsa and “Millito” take care of him.
Known as "Don Millo", he still shows strength and good health at his grand old age. Though he has nearly lost all of his hearing, he continues to enjoy life.
His secret to a long, happy life is to be full of love and living without anger. 😘
"My father raised me with love, loving everyone. He always told me and my siblings to do good, to share everything with others."
Emilio received his official Guinness World Records title certificate in his home, where he celebrated his life-long achievement by taking photos with his family. 🥳️📷
He and his family are so excited to share this experience!
"It's always an honour to celebrate these remarkable human beings. I am thrilled to feature Sr. Marquez - born, interestingly, on the 8th day of the 8th month in the 8th year of the 20th century!" - Craig Glenday, Editor-in-Chief at Guinness World Records
More oldest people record holders
- The previous oldest person living (male) was recognized by Guinness World Records as Romania’s Dumitru Comănescu (b. November 21, 1908). He held the record for less than one month before his passing on June 27, 2020, at the age of 111 years 219 days.
- The oldest person ever to have lived is Jeanne Calment (France), who lived to be 122 years and 164 days.
- The oldest man ever is Jiroemon Kimura (Japan), who was born on 19 April 1897 and passed away at the age of 116 years and 54 days on 12 June 2013.
- The oldest person living (female) is Kane Tanaka (Japan, b. 2 January 1903) who at the age of 117 years and 41 days (as verified on February 12, 2020) lives in Fukuoka, Japan.