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112-year-old Venezuelan farmer becomes world's oldest man 

Widowed for 25 years after 60 years of marriage, Juan Vicente Pérez had 11 children, 41 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. [JHONNY PARRA / AFP]

In a statement released this Tuesday, May 17, 2022, Guinness World Records announced that Venezuelan farmer Juan Vincente Pérez has become the oldest man in the world at 112 years old, after verifications were made last February . 

Born on May 27, 1909, in the city of El Cobre, Juan Vincente Pérez, less than ten days from his 113 years, officially became the oldest man in the world after the death of the previous record holder, the Spaniard Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia, also 112 years old. 

“He has exceptional health and memory. He remembers his childhood, his marriage, the names of his brothers, children and grandchildren, ”said this world record organization, Guinness. "He likes to be around his family and friends to converse and tell stories," he added. 

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Mr. Pérez is the father of 11 children, 41 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. He, who is now the oldest man in the world, has been a widower for 25 years after 60 years of marriage, reports Le Figaro. 

However, the oldest person in the world to date remains the French sister André, dean of humanity, aged 118, born on February 11, 1904. 

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