1. Selena Gomez (123 million followers)
Selena Marie Gomez is a 25-year-old Italian-American/ Mexican-American singer, actress, producer, fashion designer and famed philanthropist. Selena made her on-screen debut at the tender age of 8 years old in a children's TV series called Barney & Friends that ran between 2000 and 2002. But her big break in acting came in 2007 when she was cast as the leading role in the Disney channel series, Wizards of Waverly Place (2007- 2012). These successes early on in her life led to her being given features on various films, television shows and musical collaborations for the network in the years that would follow. Selena Gomez would then make her official music debut in 2008 by signing a recording contract with Hollywood Records and this she would follow up with the formation of a band, Gomez & the scene which by 2011 had released three studio albums. Selena's career would grow and she would later gain more fame due to her relationship with then-boyfriend Justin Bieber.
As of July 2017, Selena Marie Gomez's Instagram account happened to be the one single account with the most followers on Instagram, a figure that stands at 123 million followers. This can greatly be attributed to her controversial lifestyle that always sees her hit the headlines from time to time and thus helps her maintain her relevance and celeb status.
2. Ariana Grande (111 million followers)
Ariana Grande Butera was born on 26th June 1993 and is an American singer and actress who began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13 and this was followed shortly by a role on Nickelodeon's TV series Victorious where she played Cat Valentine for four continuous seasons. After that, she had another role on the spinoff, Sam & Cat for two seasons, a role that lasted up until 2014. Ariana Grande has also appeared in several other theatre and television roles and has lent her beautiful voice to several animated television shows and films. Ariana Grande began her music career I the soundtrack from Victorious in 2011 and two years later in 2013, she released her very first studio album, Yours Truly that debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. Her lead single on the album, The Way, debuted in the top 10 of Billboard's Hot 100. She has on various occasions been compared to the legendary Mariah Carey.
Ariana Grande commands one among the largest Instagram followings in the world where she ranks overall as number two behind Selena Gomez with 111 million followers. Her followers react to many of her posts and are known to be an active audience for the sassy singer that was in 2017 among the top artists that were on tour. Most of the details about her tour were shared on her Instagram account and this helped to keep her followers updated on the ongoings in the life of their favorite celeb.
3. Christiano Ronaldo ( 106 million followers)
Christiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro is a 32-year-old Portuguese football player that plays as a forward for the Portuguese national team and Real Madrid in the Spanish La Liga. Previously he has played for Sporting CP and Manchester United in Portugal and England respectively. Ronaldo has been regarded as the best player of his generation and has been able to win 22 titles I his entire footballing career and this includes several league titles, the prestigious UEFA Champions League and the Euro 2016. He is also the recipient of several other individual titles and honors such as four Balon d'0rs and several golden and silver boots for his goal-scoring prowess in the championships that he has participated in. His goal scoring exploits have also seen him hold several records with the most prominent one being the one of being Real Madrid's all-time top scorer.
Christiano Ronaldo apart from being the highest paid sports personality in the world, he is also the most highly followed sportsman on Instagram which also makes him the most followed male on the site and this ranks him at number three overall with ardent followership of 106 million Instagram users from around the world. Christiano Ronaldo interacts with his followers through the various posts that he uploads and which receive massive reactions from his followers on Instagram. He is not only loved in the soccer world but also in the online community.
4. Beyonce Knowles (104 million followers)
Beyonce Giselle Knowles Carter was born on Sept 4th, 1981 in Houston, Texas and is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. In her musical career, Beyonce Knowles has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist and additional 60 million as part of the Destiny Child's R&B group and this makes her one of the best selling artists of all time. Beyonce Knowles has won herself 22 Grammy Awards in her entire music career and is also the most nominated woman in the award's history. Her 24 wins at the MTV Video Music Awards also ranks her as the most awarded artist in the history of the award. Starting off by performing in various singing and dancing competitions as a child, Beyonce would go on to become the lead singer of the 1990s R&B girl group Destiny's Child that was managed by her father Mathew Knowles and it was one of the best selling girls groups in history. Beyonce made her on screen debut as an actress in the 2002 movie dubbed Austin Powers and later she launched her own solo career by debuting her solo album Dangerously in Love in 2003. The album would later come to bag her 5 Grammy Awards and featured on Billboard's Hot 100 #1 singles ''Crazy in Love'' and ''Baby Boy".
As of July 2017, Beyonce Knowles is the 4th most followed person on Instagram with 104 million followers on her Instagram account. She has managed to keep this audience engaged while at the same time maintain her private life in its utmost confidentiality.
5. Taylor Swift (102 million followers)
27-year-old Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer, a songwriter who is widely known because of her contemporary music and also for her narrative songs about her personal life which have received massive media attention and interest. Swift moved from Pennsylvania to Nashville, Tennessee at the tender age of 14 in a bid to pursue a country music career. She became the youngest artist to ever be signed by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house when she signed with the Independent label Big Machine Records. Swift's eponymous debut album in the year 2006 would peak at number five on Billboard 200 and it spent the most number of weeks on the charts in the 2000s. her eponymous album third single ''Our Song" made her the youngest person to single handedly write and perform a number one song on the Hot Country Songs chart. Her second album, Fearless was the best selling album of the year 2009 and in addition to that, it won four Grammy Awards with Taylor Swift becoming the youngest ever recipient of the Album of The Year Award.
Taylor Swift as of July 2017 is the 5th most followed person on Instagram with a followership of 102 million Instagram users all around the world. The Bad Blood hit singer is one among the most influential musicians on earth and her fans are not just on Instagram but the same can be seen in her tours and concerts that are normally overbooked.
6. Kim Kardashian (101 million followers)
Making the number six position on our list is Kimberly Kardashian West, the wife of hip-hop artist and producer Kanye West. The 36-year-old American TV personality, model, actress, socialite and businesswoman who first gained media recognition as the friend and personal stylist to Paris Hilton. Her fame then ballooned in 2007 when a 2003 sex tape of her and former boyfriend Ray J was leaked online. Despite the negative media attention at the time, the Kardashian family would go on to launch their own reality TV show dubbed Keeping Up with The Kardashians and its success led to the production of several spin-offs such as Courtney and Kim Take New York. Of late the socialite has been releasing several products that are tied to her name such as the 2014 mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, a variety of clothing and products and the 2015 photo book Selfish. She has been married to hip-hop artist and record producer Kanye West since 2014 and they are blessed with two children.
Kim Kardashian West is a lady with a huge Instagram following, with her current account commanding a followership of 101 million Instagram users from diverse places of the earth. Kim Kardashian is known to leverage the followership to advertise the products that she sells and this has been effective in growing her portfolio and sales as a businesswoman.
7. Kylie Jenner (95 million followers)
The second entrant from the Kardashian family and making the number 7 spot on our list is Kim Kardashian's half-sister Kylie Jenner. 19-year-old Kylie Kristen Jenner is an American social media personality, entrepreneur, socialite, actress, model and TV personality whose famed for her starring role in her family's reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians since 2007 when she was only 9 years old. In 2012 together with her sister Kendall and in collaboration with PacSun they created and launched a line of clothing called "Kendall and Kylie". Three years later in 2015, Kylie launched her own cosmetics line called Kylie Cosmetics whose mobile phone application reached number 1 on the iTunes App Store. Time Magazine in 2014 and the following year 2015 listed the Jenner Sisters among "The Most Influential Teens of 2014" and this is attributed to their massive influence on fellow teens through the use of social media. The Forbes Magazine placed Kylie Jenner on the list of Forbes Celebrity 100 and thus making her the youngest person ever to be featured on the list. In August this year, she will be premiering her own spin-off series, Life of Kylie.
Kylie Jenner is one among the most followed celebrities on Instagram and also the teenager with the most Instagram followers with a followership of 95 million Instagram users. Her influence keeps growing on a daily basis and her followership is also expected to grow more and more.
8. Dwayne Johnson (90 million followers)
American actor, producer and professional wrestler The Rock comes in at number 8 on our list. The Rock has been regarded by many as the greatest professional wrestler of all time due to his exploits in the WWE where before his shift to mainstream acting he won 8 WWE Champion titles, 2 World Champion titles, 2 Intercontinental Champion titles and 5 WWE Tag Team Champion titles. The Rock's first ever leading role in a movie was in The Scorpion King in 2002 for which he was paid a record fee for a debut leading role that was $5 million. But even with these, Rock did not stop there and is more famously known for his most prominent role as Luke Hobbs in The Fast and the Furious franchise. He has a production company called Seven Bucks through which he has managed to produce several movies among them being the most famous one of The Hero, a reality competition series for which he was also the host. In 2013 he was ranked at number 25 in Forbes Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities and has made a constant feature in the top 20 of the list ever since. Apart from that, he was also the world's highest paid actor in the year 2016.
The Rock surely has millions of fans from around the world and this is evident from his Instagram account that has 90 million followers that follow up on updates from the actor's social media account.
9. Justin Bieber (89 million followers)
23-year-old Justin Drew Bieber comes in at number 9. Bieber is a Canadian singer and songwriter whose talent was discovered by a talent manager who watched his YouTube videos where he covered popular songs and the talent, manager signed him to RBMG in 2008 where Bieber went on to release his debut EP, My World in 2009. The EP was certified Platinum in the US and Bieber became the first artist to have seven songs from a debut record chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Following the recent release of his fourth album Purpose, Bieber was featured in several collaborations among them; Cold Water, Let Me Love You, the remix of Despacito and I'm the One. The artist has sold an estimated 100 million records and thus making him one of the world's best selling music artist. Justin Bieber was previously in a relationship with Selena Gomez. The success of his music has enabled Bieber to win one Grammy Award and also be the first artist to surpass the 10 billion video views mark on Vevo.
Justin Bieber is the sweetheart of many when it comes to the music industry both in Canada and the US and even the world at large and as a result of these, he has been able to garner for himself a huge following on Instagram of 89 million followers as of July 2017. He continues to gain more fans each and every single day and therefore his followers on Instagram increase each day.
10. Kendall Jenner (82 million followers)
Wrapping up the list for us is 21-year-old Kendall Nicole Jenner, the elder sister to Kylie Jenner and half-sister of Kim Kardashian. Kendall is an American fashion model who also doubles up as a TV personality. She first rose to fame in 2007 when she featured on her family's reality TV series Keeping Up With The Kardashians and through her presence on it got the attention of the world and the showbiz. Jenner after a slow start to her modeling career had a breakout season in 2014 and 2015 where she walked the runways for high-end fashion designers during the Paris, Milan and New York Fashion Weeks. She has also walked for Victoria's Secret and acts as the brand ambassador for Estee Lauder's multimedia ad campaigns. Kendall Jenner debuted on Forbes Magazine's 2015 list of top celebrities at number 16 with an estimated yearly earnings of $4 million.
Kendall Jenner commands a huge following of 82 million followers on Instagram. It is this huge social media following that has been responsible for her success in the modeling scene since she is among the pioneering class of the social media models era. With a continued streak of fineness, Kendall Jenner's Instagram followers are sure to keep on growing as each day passes.