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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.
By Max de Haldevang
Published Last updated 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

King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Saudi Arabia
82
2015
Michel Temer
Brazil
77
2016
Donald Trump
United States
72
2017
Narendra Modi
India
67
2014
Vladimir Putin
Russia
65 years, 251 days
2000
Moon Jae-in
South Korea
65 years, 142 days
2017
Xi Jingping
China
65 years, two days
2013
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkey
64 years, 110 days
2003
Angela Merkel
Germany
63 years, 335 days
2005

The oldest US presidents

Ronald Reagan
1981-1989
77 years, 349 days
93 years, 120 days
Donald Trump
2017-
at least 72 years
n/a
Dwight Eisenhower
1953-1961
70 years, 98 days
78 years, 166 days
Andrew Jackson
1829-1837
69 years, 355 days
78 years, 86 days
James Buchanan
1857-1861
69 years, 316 days
77 years, 40 days
Harry Truman
1945-1953
68 years, 258 days
88 years, 233 days
George H.W. Bush
1989-1993
68 years, 223 days
n/a

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