With over 1 billion active users per month, Instagram is now the most popular social media platform. Pretty much every celebrity has an Instagram account, whether they run it themselves and post personal pictures, or their management update it with the latest deals, movies or TV shows.
Instagram has become another form of income for so many, with deals racking up in their millions, it is easy to see why it has become so popular. With hundreds of millions of followers, these celebs have mastered what it takes to post a fire photo to the ‘gram.
Christiano Ronaldo @christiano
Currently the most followed person on Instagram with 176 million followers, the famous soccer player knows how to balance the best of his content. Sharing photos from his training, games as well as his personal life (and very impressive abs), Ronaldo keeps racking up the follower numbers.
He currently player for Juventus F. C. as well as captaining the Portugal National Team. Between his soccer, own business ventures and brand deals, Ronaldo has a massive net worth of $450 million.
Ariana Grande @arianagrande
With 160 million followers and counting, pop sensation Ariana Grande is well on her way to taking the top spot and saying “Thank U, Next”, to her current position at number two. The young star has been topping the charts recently, delivering hit after hit and delighting fans with her energetic performances and nostalgic music videos.
The popstar has been very open about mental health and her personal struggles on her page, but is always able to lighten the mood and post pictures hanging out with her friends.
Selena Gomez @selenagomez
Despite holding the crown for most Instagram followers at one point, Selena Gomez is now sitting pretty at number three in the list. Selena blesses her 153 million followers with all different and exciting content on her Instagram feed.
Sharing everything from beautiful selfies, dreamy vacation photos and snaps from passion projects and promoting her philanthropic work. The actress uses the platform to show the real her and can often be seen posting her unedited day-to-day life to Instagram stories.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson @therock
The Rock’s intimidating exterior is totally uncovered on his personal Instagram. While the actor does post photos showing off his tough-guy persona from the movies or press shots, he also shares heartwarming family photos which have kept his 150 million followers growing.
From sharing sweet moments with his daughter Jazzy to showing off his epic cheat meals, The Rock seems to be an expert in balance, even providing his followers with some much needed daily positivity.
Kim Kardashian West @kimkardashian
Love her or hate her, you can’t deny that Kim Kardashian has turned herself and her family into a hugely successful empire. Kardashian’s Instagram has proved pivotal in her career, boosting her makeup brands, promoting collaborations, posting her outfit of the day, beautiful kids and family, along with plenty of risque snaps.
Kim prides herself on her Instagram aesthetic and uses it to give fans a glimpse into her glamorous life, moments that her reality show doesn’t capture.
Kylie Jenner @kyliejenner
The youngest billionaire and member of the Kardashian clan, Kylie once held the top spot for most liked photo on Instagram. Although she isn’t sitting in the number one spot, Kylie is somewhat of an Instagram queen, known for posting fire selfies and showing off her wealthy lifestyle that her 141 million followers can only dream of.
Kylie’s Instagram played a huge role in promoting her hugely-successful makeup brand, exciting fans with sneak peaks of new drops. Nonetheless, Jenner has also admitted that her Instagram is a persona and doesn’t portray her true self.
Beyonce Knowles @beyonce
You have to be considered a queen for having 129 million followers and not even posting that much. Beyonce may not be as into Instagram as most the other celebrities in this list, in fact she doesn’t even follow anyone, but her fans are always ready to show her lots of love when she does post.
From performances around the world to some rare vacation shots, Beyonce knows how to produce some fire photos. Just don’t expect to see personal, family photos, she is incredibly private about that.
Lionel Messi @messi
Lionel Messi is one of the best soccer players of all time. The captain of Barcelona FC and the Argentinian national team has hundreds of millions of fans around the world and is an idol to so many.
His 126 million followers on Instagram are given access into Messi’s life, his soccer, family, and some personal moments. He might be worth a follow just to see more photos of his massive dog, a huge French mastiff named Senor Hulk!
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior @neymar
Brazilian soccer player Neymar has climbed through the ranks of most followed on Instagram in the last few years and now is in the top 10 with 123 million followers.
He currently plays for French club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazil national team, where he is considered somewhat of a hero. His Instagram posts show off his soccer abilities, big moments from games along with snaps of famous friends including Rihanna, Lewis Hamilton and Drake.
Taylor Swift @taylorswift
In 2015, Taylor Swift won the title of most followed on Instagram, but today with 119 million followers, she is quite far from that top spot. Taylor is a pretty private person and doesn’t tend to share too much of her personal life on the social media platform.
Instead, she shares photos of her new music, music videos and occasionally some selfies. Despite having a girl gang of famous friends, Swift isn’t following any of them back, ouch?
Justin Bieber @justinbieber
Justin Bieber was once the biggest heartthrob on the planet and the squeaky-clean singer couldn’t put a foot wrong, only until he grew up! Bieber has had quite the journey in the spotlight and his social media has transformed with him.
While he goes through phases of being active, Bieber’s 115 million followers aren’t going anywhere. These days, he posts plenty of pictures with new wife Hailey Baldwin, his new clothing line DrewHouse, and other pictures promoting new music.
Kendall Jenner @kendalljenner
The third member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan to make the list, Kendall Jenner is now one of the highest paid supermodels in the world. Thanks to her 114 million followers, Instagram has played a large role in the model’s fame, allowing fans to see a totally different side of her than in photoshoots or on catwalks.
Kendall has been known to charge up to $1 million for a single Instagram post for a brand deal, making her one of the most well-paid from the app.
Nicki Minaj @nickiminaj
Nicki Minaj is one of the most well-known female rappers in the world and this status has alot to do with her 104 million Instagram followers. Minaj can be outspoken, outrageous and have absolutely no filter at the best of times, but her Instagram doesn’t fully reflect this.
Instead, she posts a lot of photos on tour, of her new music and music videos, and some suggestive photos from time to time. Nonetheless, the rapper is not afraid to get into it with other people via social media.
Jennifer Lopez @jlo
There is a reason why Jennifer Lopez made this list with 96.6 million followers on Instagram. The beautiful Latina singer and actress gives fans a glimpse into her real life, her relationship with Alex Rodriguez and her adorable kids.
As one of the most stunning women in the world, JLo often blesses fans with some stunning selfies and isn’t afraid to show off her rock hard abs from slaving away in the gym. While she can be glam most of the time, Lopez doesn’t hold back in posting raw and unfiltered moments to the ‘gram.
Khloe Kardashian @khloekardashian
The fourth Kardashian sister to wind up on this list is Khloe with 96.5 million followers. Kardashian’s feed has changed considerably since giving birth to her daughter True, before posting lots of solo selfies and now her focus is True, reflected in her pink aesthetic.
Khloe also brings in millions from her Instagram account, posting lots of brand deals and sponsorships. The reality star isn’t afraid to speak her mind on the ‘gram, often replying to negativity or revealing intimate details of her life though heartfelt quotes.
Miley Cyrus @mileycyrus
The pop sensation Miley Cyrus has done quite the U-turn with her image in the last few years, all reflected in her Instagram posts. Last year, Miley announced her marriage to actor Liam Hemsworth via the social media app, posting intimate photos of their very private ceremony at home, much to the delight of her 96.1 million followers.
Recently, Miley has been using her Instagram to promote her new music via press shots, videos and live performances.
Katy Perry @katyperry
Pop sensation Katy Perry has a huge fan base around the world and 83.9 million followers on Instagram. The singer tends to keep her private life, private and doesn’t post pictures of her loved ones of raw day-to-day photos like many of the other celebrities on this list.
Instead, Perry uses the social media app to promote her music, upload pictures of her tours, new music video and gorgeous photos of her dressed to the nines before an award ceremony.
Kourtney Kardashian @kourtneykardash
Completing the Kardashian sister takeover for most Instagram followers is the eldest, Kourtney, with 80.5 million followers. Kim may have labelled her older sister as “the least interesting to look at”, but Kourtney proves she is anything but that with her fire Instagram feed.
From posting pictures of her beautiful children, vacationing in exotic places and taking some enviable selfies, Kourtney sure knows how to bring in the likes. Recently, she has been using her Instagram to promote her new lifestyle brand “Poosh”.
Kevin Hart @kevinhart4real
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has risen in fame considerably in the last few years. His 77.2 million followers on the ‘gram truly get an extension of the comedian’s humor through his hilarious videos and photos.
Kevin’s new work on movies and on TV is also promoted through his page. In addition, he portrays his life as a family man on the social media app, showing off his loving relationship with his kids, and always trying to put some humor into life.