Instagram is a popular social website where one can edit and share photos/videos. The number of active users on Instagram has reached one billion which is quite hilarious. But interestingly there is a kind of race going on among the users that will have the most number of followers. This race is currently dominated by sports athletes, musicians, and celebrities. They have earned a huge number of followers because they already were people’s choice before Instagram was launched. Previously, Television and other media have assisted them to gain such popularity. Therefore, I am going to make a list of the top 25 most followed people on Instagram.
Top 25 most-followed people on Instagram
Here’s the list of the 15 most followed persons in 2020.
1. Dwayne Johnson: (@therock)
Dwayne Johnson was also known by his nickname ‘The Rock’ is a professional actor, producer, and retired wrestler. He has emerged as a popular figure from World Wrestling Entertainment. As a professional wrestler, he worked for 7 years. The Rock has attracted many fans during this tenure. After which he got involved in showbiz. And became a famous actor. Dwayne has remained a part of some very high-rated movies like ‘Fast and Furious’ etc. He is the most followed celebrity on Instagram with 288 million followers on Instagram.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo: (@cristiano)
The famous Portuguese professional football player Ronaldo is the person with the highest number of followers on Instagram. Undoubtedly, he is the most followed person on Instagram in Portugal. The man is a superstar player. Contemporarily playing for Serie-A team Juventus and Portugal national team. Often, he is regarded as the best player in the world and one of the greatest players of all time. Currently, he has about 276 million subscribers on Instagram.
3. Ariana Grande: (@arianagrande)
Ariana Grande is a famous musician, songwriter, and actress from the United States. She was born in Florida. The musician has launched a series of very popular songs like ‘In my head’. People tend to listen to the voice of this beautiful singer and her shows are being watched by almost everyone in the US. She is currently the most followed person on Instagram in the United States. Ariana has about 231 million followers on Instagram.
4. Kylie Jenner: (@kyliejenner)
Kylie Jenner is a TV show actress and a businesswoman. She emerged from a popular TV show ‘Keeping up with the Kardashian’s. The girl is the owner of a cosmetics company known as ‘Kylie Cosmetics’. And also ran a very high-rated app. She is currently the youngest person on earth with the most number of subscribers. Kylie has about 225 million followers and takes place in the top 5 most followers on Instagram.
5. Selena Gomez: (@selenagomez)
Selena Gomez is an American singer, actress, and producer. She gained popularity in the showbiz world from a children’s TV serial ‘Barney and Friends’ along with the award-winning show ‘Wizards of Waverly Place. Furthermore, she became a popular singer after releasing the song ‘A year without rain’. These are all her achievements prior to the inception of Instagram. So, this assisted her in attracting a large number of followers on Instagram. Selena has about 221 million followers on Instagram.
6. Kim Kardashian: (@kimkardashian)
Kim is another American reality show actress, model, socialite, and businesswoman. She rose to fame stage after a sex tape in 2002 with her boyfriend. And later she was cast in a TV serial ‘Keeping up with the Kardashian’s. Kim has brand naming to a lot of products. Kardashian has also appeared in many movies like ‘Disaster movie’. Due to this, she has gained a lot of popularity on social media websites. And Kim has about 214 million followers on Instagram.
7. Lionel Messi: (@leomessi)
Lionel Messi is a famous professional Argentinian football player. He is the captain of both the Argentinian National team and Spanish club Barcelona. Messi is widely considered the best player in the world. And has won many exceptional awards. Currently, Lionel has about 196 million followers on Instagram.
8. Beyonce: (@rumiyonce)
Beyonce is a very famous singer, songwriter, musician, actress, and producer. She rose to the world stage at end of the 20th century. And became one of the most enviable singers in the United States. Beyonce has also been cast in various music albums. Beyoncé is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold over 100 million records worldwide. She has about 172 million followers on Instagram.
9. Justin Bieber: (@justinbieber)
Justin Bieber or JB is a Canadian singer and songwriter. He emerged as a star when he was just a teenager. JB has been producing some great hits. One of the songs which got very popular was ‘Baby’. In Canada, he has the most number of followers on social media. The singer has almost 170 million followers on Instagram.
10. Kendall Jenner: (@kendalljenner)
Kender Jenner is the sibling of Kylie Jenner. She is an American model, a Reality show actress, and a media personality. The model gained popularity after being cast in the TV show ‘keeping up with Kardeshians’. She has about 158 million followers and takes place in the top 10 most followers on Instagram.
11. Taylor Swift: (@taylorswiftstyled)
I myself am a big fan of this high-rated singer. Taylor Swift is a songwriter as well and gained public attention by narrating her own life. She has sung some very famous tracks including ‘Love Story. The prolific singer has about 153 million followers on Instagram.
12. Jenifer Lopez: (@jlo)
Jenifer Lopez also known as J LO. is an American dancer, actress, singer, songwriter, and producer. She rose to the world stage in the 1990s when she appeared as a fly dancer at In living colors. After which she has been cast in various songs and roles. Jenifer has about 149 million followers on Instagram.
13. Neymar: (@neymarjr)
Neymar is also known as Neymar Jr. is a professional football player. He is a forward player and plays for the Ligue 1 club Paris-Saint Germain and the Brazilian National team. Neymar is considered one of the best players in football. On Instagram, He is the most followed person in Brazil. The superstar has about 148 million followers on Instagram.
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14. Khloe Kardeshian: (@khloekardashian)
Khloe Alexandria Kardeshian is an American media personality, socialite, and model. She also emerged to the world stage by his performance in the TV show ‘keeping up with Kardeshians’. She is one of the top followed people on Instagram with 137 million followers on Instagram.
15. Nicki Minaj: (@nickiminaj)
Onika Tanya commonly known as Nicki Minaj is a rapper, singer, writer, actress, and model. She is popular for her erotic songs like Anaconda. Currently, the star has about 132 million followers on Instagram.
16. Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus)
The next most popular person on Instagram is Miley Cyrus, a kid star who becomes a big pop star. Cyrus has an Instagram account, which is quite typical. Many selfies and photoshoots and her social activities. She also uses this platform to reveal new stories and important announcements.
She impressed the hearts of her fans from childhood, Miley Cyrus has managed her fame when she debuted as the kid’s star and gained popularity overnight with her famous ‘Hannah Montana’ series in Disney. She joined pop music, following her dad’s footsteps.
She released outstanding songs and albums, including ‘Party in the USA’ and ‘Wrecking Ball’ when she left Disney in 2011. A total of 42 awards won by Miley, including the World Music Award, MTV Music Award, and People’s Choice Award.
Miley has a massive Instagram fan base with 128 million followers. Coke, Marc Jacobs, and Converse are some of the brands, she partnered with and worked for them.
17. Kourtney Kardashian (@kourtneykardash)
Kourtney Kardashian is an American media personality, a socialist, and a model also a popular Instagram person. With sisters Kim and Khloe, she has introduced many clothes and fragrance brands. She launched her website ‘Poosh’ in 2019 to show the lifestyle of Kardashians.
Like her sisters, her role in keeping with the Kardashians was also honored as a People’s Choice Award. She has a 35 million dollars net worth and has 116 million followers on Instagram. Kourtney has also started a campaign for Coke, along with her brands.
18. Katy Perry (@katyperry)
Katy Perry, the world pop star, is also one of the most influential people on Instagram and has one of the most followed accounts on Twitter as well. She uploaded mostly images of her music videos, activities, selfies, and updates of life on the account. She also updates her fans with highlights of her worldwide visits. Katy Perry is an American singer, songwriter, and TV judge. She debuted in pop culture back in 2001 and has won 48 awards, including billboard, MTV music awards, and AMAs. Her five albums have been released, and some of her popular songs include ‘Hot n Cold’, ‘The one that got away” and ‘Teenage Dream’.
The role of Katy in The American Idol is very popular. Her net worth is 330 million dollars. Katy stands among the top 20 most followers on Instagram with 115 million followers. For the launch of her shoe collection, Katy also collaborated with the Golden Brands Group.
19. Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real)
The American actor, standup comedian, and producer, Kevin Hart is also one of the most-followed people on Instagram. He made his official debut film in 2001, the movie “Undeclared” after numerous local comedy shows. That was his way to Hollywood as a one-way ticket. 15 awards including the MTV Comedian Award, the People’s Choice, and the Teen Choice Award are awarded to him.
He has joined UNCF and make a $600,000 donation for organization to help others. His net value is 200 million dollars. A total of 107 million fans follow his Instagram account. Tommy John, Lyft, and Old Spice are among the brands that have partnered with Kevin.
20. Demi Lovato (@ddlovato)
Demi Lovato’s Popstar is an American celebrity who is a singer, songwriter, and actor. She first made her debut with Selena Gomez in Barney and Friends series in 2002, then came out with Disney, and got success from ‘Sony with a chance’ series and movies including ‘Princess Protection Program’, co-starred by Selena and ‘Camp Rock. She has released six albums, each marking a new record in the pop world. She receives 27 awards, including Radio Disney Music Awards, Teen Choice, and MTV Music Awards. Demi has a 33 million dollars net worth.
She is one of the most famous Instagrammers with 102 million followers. Demi also signed a partnered with Fabletics.
21. Rihanna (@badgalriri)
Rihanna Fenty is a Barbarian singer, songwriter, actor, and businesswoman known as ‘Badgalriri’ on Instagram. In 2003, this Barbarian Queen debuted and has since been wining. Her songs “Diamonds,” “Love the Way You Lie” and “What’s my name” has impressed the hearts of her fans irreversibly. She has won 53 big awards such as AMAs, Billboard, and Grammys. On another side, Rihanna was chosen to serve as an Ambassador for education, tourism, and investment by the Government of Barbados. The net worth of Rihanna is 600 million dollars.
She is burning Instagram with a record of 94 million followers. She has worked with several top designers including Armani, Puma, and Dior.
22. Zendaya (@zendaya)
Zendaya is an American actor and singer and one of the most popular people on instagram. She started her career as a child star, backstage dancer and ended up showing ‘Shake it up in the top-rated Disney program. She was also the “Dancing with the Stars” contestant. Including Radio Disney, the People’s Choice, and the Teen Choice Award, she won 14 awards. She worked in well-known films ‘Spiderman’ and ‘The Greatest Showman’. She has a net worth of 5 million dollars.
The overall number of followers of Zendaya on Instagram account reaches 91 million. Zendaya is also the front face of Tommy Hilfiger.
23. Chris Brown (@chrisbrownofficial)
Chris Brown is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, actor, and record producer. He debuted with his first album in 2004. He also has the record as the first artist on the Billboard charts since 1997. He won 39 awards including AMAs, Billboard, and Grammys.
He is the founder of Symphonic Love, a children’s charity organization. He has a net worth is 50 million dollars. He hit the total number of followers of 79 million on Instagram and became the most followers on social media.
24. Drake (@champagnepapi)
Drake is a Canadian singer, rapper, producer, actor, and businessperson known on Instagram as Champagne Papi. Back in 2000, he started his career as an actor, and then build his career in music after the release of his first mixtape. He made his first studio album in 2010 that made records in music. He won 51 awards including Billboard, AMAs & Grammys. In addition, he made World record to won most Billboard Awards in a year. Drake set the records with the release of a wonderful number of songs. His net value is 150 million dollars.
On Instagram, Drake is crowned with a record of 77.9 million followers. He also has brand partnerships with the Jordon brand and Canopy Growing Roster of Cannabis.
25. Shakira (@shakira)
Shakira a “Waka Waka” Queen is a singer, songwriter, producer, dancer, and actor from Colombia. She debuted at the age of 13 and won people’s hearts at the start of her career. These are her most classic number, which she has sung on Football events ‘Waka Waka’, and ‘La La’. She has won 51 Billboard Awards, World Music Awards, and Grammys. She is also the founder of the Colombian Barefoot Foundation, which supports poor and impoverished children. She is the mother of two young boys.
Shakira rules on Instagram with 70.3 million followers and always stay on the list of most-followed people on Instagram. In 2003, Shakira was also appointed as Oral-B and Crest Global Ambassador.
These are some most famous persons on Instagram with huge followers and are recognized worldwide. These celebrities charge millions of dollars to promote sponsored posts.
So, how anyone can build a following? Fame definitely helps, but it will eventually help your audience to follow you constantly with creating quality content over a long period. So, you might not be popular, but it’s not really impossible to achieve virtual attention in the digital age, although social media is a powerful tool.
I have quoted the above-mentioned list based on the recently updated data. Surprisingly the giant social website has its own account as well. And it has the most number of followers. The account shares videos and photos whose genre ranges from art, comedy, innovation to inspirational video and has like 390 million followers on Instagram. But my rankings are targeting people that’s why I didn’t mention it.