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Donald Trump is the oldest elected leader of a major world power

Trump is 72; double Kim Jong-un
Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
Kim Jong-un is believed to be around half Trump's age.
  • Max de Haldevang
By Max de Haldevang

Geopolitics reporter

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

Donald Trump turns 72 today, becoming only the second US president to hit that age while in office. Serving two terms would see him overtake former president Ronald Reagan, who was two weeks shy of 78 when he left office.

While in office, the real estate mogul has surrounded himself with people of his generation. Twelve of the twenty-five people in Trump’s cabinet are past retirement age, while only three are under 50.

Trump is also the third-oldest leader in the G20, and oldest elected leader. (Saudi Arabia and Brazil have leaders old than Trump, but the former is a monarchy and the latter installed its vice president in the top office after president Dilma Rousseff was impeached.)

The oldest G20 leaders

LeaderCountryAgeIn office since
King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al SaudSaudi Arabia822015
Michel TemerBrazil772016
Donald TrumpUnited States722017
Narendra ModiIndia672014
Vladimir PutinRussia65 years, 251 days2000
Moon Jae-inSouth Korea65 years, 142 days2017
Xi JingpingChina65 years, two days2013
Recep Tayyip ErdoganTurkey64 years, 110 days2003
Angela MerkelGermany63 years, 335 days2005

The oldest US presidents

PresidentIn officeAge (leaving office)Age at death
Ronald Reagan1981-198977 years, 349 days93 years, 120 days
Donald Trump2017-at least 72 yearsn/a
Dwight Eisenhower1953-196170 years, 98 days78 years, 166 days
Andrew Jackson1829-183769 years, 355 days78 years, 86 days
James Buchanan1857-186169 years, 316 days77 years, 40 days
Harry Truman1945-195368 years, 258 days88 years, 233 days
George H.W. Bush1989-199368 years, 223 daysn/a

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