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84 years at same company: Meet 100-year-old world record holder

Walter Orthmann from Brazil advised young professionals to work for good establishments, in areas where they feel motivated.

April 30, 2022 / 10:33 AM IST
Walter Orthmann was a teenager when he began working at a textile company. (Image credit: www.guinnessworldrecords.com)

Walter Orthmann was a teenager when he began working at a textile company. (Image credit: www.guinnessworldrecords.com)

A 100-year-old man from Brazil has earned a Guinness World Record for the longest career at the same company. Walter Orthmann has been working at a textile company for 84 years.

Orthmann was born in Brusque, a town with a large German population. As a teenager, he began working at Industrias Renaux S.A, which is now known as ReneauxView.
"Back in 1938, kids were expected to work to help support the family," Orthmann was quoted as saying by Guinness. "As the oldest son of five, my mother took me to find a job at the age of 14."

He started off as a shipping assistant and was soon promoted to a sales position. Eventually, he became a sales manager.

In his 50s, Orthmann began travelling across the country, discovering new places and fostering professional relationships that became friendly.