Besse Cooper is the oldest person on earth. Last month, she turned 115 years old.
She was born on August 26, 1896… seven years before the invention of the airplane.
Cooper has held the title of “oldest person on earth” twice. She lost it once, when the Guinness Book of World Records discovered Maria Gomes Valentin in Brazil. She was about a month and a half older than Cooper.
Valentin passed away in June, and Cooper regained the title. The Gerontology Research Group and the Guinness Book of World Records each verified her age and her status as the world oldest living human.
Cooper’s son, Sidney, is 76 years old. He says his mom is in good physical health.