Meet John Tinniswood, Officially the World’s Oldest Man at 114 Years

John Tinniswood World Oldest Man

John Alfred Tinniswood, a 114-year-old British retiree, has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living man. This title was previously held by Juan Vicente Pérez from Venezuela.

Born in Liverpool on 26 August 1912, the same year the Titanic sank, Tinniswood has lived through significant historical events, including both World Wars. He served in the British Army Pay Corps during World War II, making him its oldest-surviving veteran.

Tinniswood has outlived Gisaburo Sonobe, the former second-oldest living man from Japan, who lived to be 112 years old. When asked about his longevity, Tinniswood attributed it to pure luck, stating, “You either live long or you live short, and you can’t do much about it”.

Unlike some centenarians who attribute their longevity to alcohol, Tinniswood doesn’t smoke and rarely drinks. He believes that practicing moderation is essential to staying healthy and living long.

Despite his age, Tinniswood maintains an active lifestyle and is able to get out of bed by himself. Since turning 100 in 2012, he received a birthday card each year from the late Queen Elizabeth, who was almost 14 years his junior.

A lifelong fan of Liverpool FC, Tinniswood was born just 20 years after the football club was founded in 1892. He has witnessed all of the franchise’s eight FA Cup wins and 17 of their 19 league title wins.

After serving in the war, Tinniswood worked as an accountant for oil companies Shell and BP until his retirement in 1972.

Tinniswood now has a shot at breaking the record of Jiroemon Kimura (1897–2013) as the oldest man ever in recorded history. The Japanese titleholder lived to be 116 years and 54 days old.

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