Oldest ruler ever?
September 7, 2011 7:44 AM   Subscribe

Anybody know who the oldest king/ruler of a country has been throughout history?

The recently departed Emir of Ras al Khaimah seems to be a contender at 90..
posted by Mossy to Law & Government (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Wikipedia page on the topic.
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:00 AM on September 7, 2011

Also of interest.
posted by Slap*Happy at 8:03 AM on September 7, 2011

Abdul Momin seems to be the oldest one on that list that was still ruling at the time of his death.
posted by theodolite at 8:03 AM on September 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

That page seems to be the answer you're looking for.

However, if you want to get a little less literal and a little more biblical, Methuselah was a patriarch who lived to the age of 969.
posted by Vectorcon Systems at 8:05 AM on September 7, 2011

Response by poster: Excellent, thank you kindly.
posted by Mossy at 8:11 AM on September 7, 2011

Pepi II deserves a special mention for living to 100, and having a reign of over 90 years (reportedly)
posted by jannw at 8:20 AM on September 7, 2011 [1 favorite]

On the monarchy side, the Wikileaks megadump apparently contains a cable suggesting that King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is well into his nineties, which would make him the longest-lived monarch outside the "little less literal" era.
posted by holgate at 10:42 AM on September 7, 2011

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