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Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande continue to top the list.

Instagram gives us a fleeting glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and the famous: the tropical destinations they’re visiting, the new outfits they’re rocking, and the gourmet food they’re at least considering eating.

Occasionally, when we see a more mundane Instagram video or photo, we’re reminded that celebrities are just like us, with basic needs and flaws. But let’s be real—we follow them mostly because they’re not. So who is really winning the Insta game? Here’s our list of the most-followed Instagram accounts.

Who has the most followers on Instagram?

1) Instagram– 231 million followers

Instagram has over 700 million users, and nearly a third of those people follow the company’s official account. The feed is curated by Instagram’s community management team and features photos from around the world, so you never know what you’re going to see next.

who has the most followers on instagram : instagram Screenrab via Instagram/Instagram

2) Selena Gomez– 132 million followers

Selena Gomez is not the most famous person on this list, but she’s the original queen of Instagram, reigning since December 2015.

who has the most followers on instagram : selena gomez Screengrab via selenagomez/Instagram

3) Cristiano Ronaldo– 119 million followers

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is the most popular man on Instagram, and it’s not even a close call. He tops his nearest male competitor by more than 12 million followers.

most followers on instagram : Cristiano Ronaldo Screengrab via cristiano/Instagram

4) Ariana Grande– 117 million followers

The former Disney actress-turned-pop superstar has dominated headlines in the wake of the terrorist attack at her Manchester concert and her subsequent benefit performance.

who has the most instagram followers : ariana grande Screengrab via arianagrande/Instagram

5) Beyoncé– 110 million followers

The only thing less surprising than Beyoncé being on the list is that she isn’t higher. According to her loyal Beyhive followers, however, she’s always no. 1.

who has the most followers on Instagram : Beyonce Screengrab via beyonce/Instagram

6) Kim Kardashian– 106 million followers

Some of Kim Kardashian-West’s most infamous internet-breaking photos first appeared on Instagram, where she regularly pushes the limits of the company’s NSFW policy.

most followed on instagram : Kim Kardashian Screengrab via kimkardashian/Instagram

7) Taylor Swift– 106 million followers

Once the most-followed person on Instagram, Taylor Swift has lost some ground in recent years. Still, her follower count is actively larger than entire populations of some European countries.

most instagram followers : Taylor Swift Screengrab via Taylor Swift/Instagram

8) Kylie Jenner– 100 million followers

As the youngest person in the top 10, Kylie Jenner has been in the spotlight since age 9, thanks to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She has since nabbed her own series and makeup brand, racking up an overwhelming social media presence all on her own.

most followed instagram : Kylie Jenner Screengrab via kyliejenner/Instagram


9) Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson– 98.8 million followers

If pro wrestling star-turned-Hollywood icon Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson does ever make a run in politics, he’ll have a massive Instagram audience to at his disposal.

who is the most followed person on instagram : Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Screengrab via therock/Instagram

10) Justin Bieber– 96 million followers

Justin Bieber’s Instagram provides a pretty candid look at the pop star’s life. Some of his recent posts included videos of him playing pickup basketball and photos of him “wilding out” in the club.

most followed people on instagram : Justin Bieber Screengrab via justinbieber/Instagram

11) Neymar Jr.– 87.6 million followers

One of the most famous soccer players in the world, Neymar Jr. plays as a forward for French club Paris Saint-Germain and Brazil’s national team.

most followers on instagram : Neymar Jr. Screengrab via neymarjr/Instagram

12) Kendall Jenner– 86.3 million followers

Preceded only by Kim and Kylie, Kendall has made her own mark on the Insta world with a more low-key style than her sisters. For glimpses into glamorous cover shoots and the occasional selfie, check out the second-youngest Kardashian.

most followers on instagram : Kendall Jenner Screengrab via kendalljenner/Instagram


13) Lionel Messi– 86.1 million followers

who has the most instagram followers : Lionel Messi Screengrab via leomessi/Instagram

14) Nicki Minaj– 85.4 million followers

For iconic outfit sneak peeks and brilliant interview clips and outtakes, Nicki Minaj should be your go-to.

who has the most instagram followers : Nicki Minaj Screengrab via nickiminaj/Instagram


15) National Geographic– 84.9 million followers

most instagram followers : National Geographic Screengrab via natgeo/Instagram

16) Nike– 75.6 million followers

most followed instagram : Nike Screengrab via nike/Instagram

17) Miley Cyrus– 73.9 million followers

who has the most followers on Instagram : Miley Cyrus Screengrab via mileycyrus/Instagram

18) Jennifer Lopez– 71.7 million followers

who has the most followers on Instagram : Jennifer Lopez Screengrab via jlo/Instagram

19) Khloe Kardashian– 71.7 million followers

who has the most followers on Instagram: Khloe Kardashian Screengrab via khloekardashian/Instagram


20) Katy Perry– 68.4 million followers

who has the most followers on Instagram: Katy Perry Screengrab via katyperry/Instagram

21) Demi Lovato– 64.9 million followers

who has the most followers on Instagram : Demi Lovato Screengrab via ddlovato/Instagram

22) Kourtney Kardashian– 60.1 million followers

who has the most followers on Instagram : Kourtney Kardashian Screengrab via kourtneykardash/Instagram

23) Rihanna– 59.4 million followers

most followed person on Instagram : Rihanna Screengrab via badgalriri/Instagram

24) Victoria’s Secret– 58.5 million followers

who is the most followed person on Instagram : Victoria's Secret Screengrab via victoriassecret/Instagram

25) Kevin Heart– 56.4 million followers

who has the most followers on Instagram : Kevin Hart Screengrab via kevinhart4real/Instagram


26) Real Madrid– 54.8 million followers

who has the most followers on Instagram : Real Madrid F.C. Screengrab via realmadrid/Instagram

27) FC Barcelona– 54.3 million followers

who has the most followers on Instagram : FC Barcelona Screengrab via fcbarcelona/Instagram

 28) The Ellen Show–50.2 million

who has the most followers on Instagram: The Ellen Show Screengrab via theellenshow/Instagram

29) Justin Timberlake– 48.2 million followers

who has the most followers on Instagram : Justin Timberlake Screengrab via justintimberlake/Instagram

30) Zendaya– 47.3 million followers

who has the most followers on Instagram : Zendaya Screengrab via zendaya/Instagram

Looking for more information on Instagram? Here’s how to clear your search history on Instagram and how to tell if someone blocked you on Instagram. You can also disconnect Facebook from Instagram or unblock someone. For more tips, see our ultimate beginner’s guide to Instagram.

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.

Kristen Hubby

Kristen Hubby

Kristen Hubby is a tech and lifestyle the Daily Dot. Her writing focuses on women, sex, pop culture, and social media, with an emphasis on major playforms like Snapchat and Spotify. Her work has also appeared in Austin Monthly and the Austin American-Statesman, where she covered local news and the dining scene in Austin, Texas.

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