Sherman Hopper (born October 12, 1923 in Medford, Oregon; age 94) is an American-born former entrepeneur and United States Navy aviator who bought Hopper Island in 1947 and has lived on the atoll ever since. Hopper never married. Ever since 1947, Hopper has been the oldest person on the island. As the island's founder and as a member of the General Assembly, he is very much respected by the others.