This list contains the top 10 accounts with the most followers on the photo and video-sharing social platform Instagram. As of February 2019, the most followed user is Instagram’s own account, with over 281.3 million followers. Cristiano Ronaldo is the most followed individual, with over 154 million followers. 14 accounts have exceeded 100 million followers on the site.
- Instagram | 281.3 Million
Instagram (also known as IG or insta) is a photo and video-sharing social networking service owned by Facebook, Inc. It was created by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and launched in October 2010 exclusively on iOS. A version for Android devices was released a year and half later, in April 2012, followed by a feature-limited website interface in November 2012, and apps for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 in April 2016 and October 2016 respectively.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 155 Million Followers
According to 155,000,000 people, @cristiano is #GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOALS. Like Neymar Jr., Ronaldo participated in this year’s World Cup, but the 33-year-old also made his debut with his new football club in 2018. After nearly a decade with Real Madrid of the Spanish league, La Liga, he packed his bags for Juventus F.C. of Italy’s Serie A. Whether it’s photos of his family, teammates on the field, or him in his underpants, the world surely seems to like what it’s seeing.
3. Selena Gomez – 146 Million Followers
Actor, singer, and humanitarian, @selenagomez isn’t just the voice of Mavis in Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, but of a whole generation. Her photos would be relatable if they weren’t also flawless. Ranging from casual to red carpet, fans know they’re getting unfiltered Selena in her posts, even if she did use the HUJI app.
4. Ariana Grande – 145 Million Followers
2018 held the highest of highs and lowest of lows for @arianagrande, who was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year and endured some highly publicized breakups, all in the course of a few months. All the while, the superstar singer has turned posting on Instagram into a true art form. Breathtaking photos, brilliant captions, and a pet pig named Piggie Smalls. What more could anyone ask for?
5. The Rock – 132.5 Million Followers
Whether he’s lifting weights (a lot of them) or eating pizza (a lot of it), people want to see what @therock is cooking on social media. The legendary wrestler and action star has a wonderful family, great sense of humor, hilarious “beef” with comedian, Kevin Hart, and an inane ability to make whatever he’s posting about interesting—and often motivational.
6. Kim Kardashian – 127 Million Followers
With so many internet-breaking posts, it’s tough to keep up with @kimkardashian. If you’re a loyal follower, you’re in for plenty of jaw-dropping outfits, adorable children, tremendous #tbts, Hall of Fame-worthy Halloween costumes, and, occasionally, some Kanye.
7. Kylie Jenner – 127 Million Followers
TV personality, model, entrepreneur, and, as of 2018, mom, @kyliejenner fans flock to her account for the latest on her fabulous life. Flawless photos, cosmetic line promotions, and adorable videos of baby Stormi fill the feeds of Jenner’s loyal followers.
8. BEYONCÉ – 124 MILLION FOLLOWERS
Headlining Coachella, traveling around the world for the On the Run II tour with her husband, Jay-Z, and their family in tow, and trying to get Beto O’Rourke a senate seat, you’d think @beyonce would be too busy to have one of the best Instagram accounts in the game, but there’s a reason why she’s the Queen Bey.
9. Taylor Swift – 114 Million Followers
@taylorswift has a reputation for giving her fans what they want. On Instagram, that means high-quality concert photos and deeply personal posts featuring her family, friends, and felines.
10. Neymar Jr. – 111 Million Followers
One of the most famous soccer players in the world, @neymarjr spent his summer playing in the World Cup for Brazil before reclaiming his spot with Paris-St. Germain F.C. in France’s Ligue 1. Neymar often posts photos of himself in-action on the field or posing for ad campaigns, but isn’t afraid to post a clip of “Spongebob Squarepants” every now and then.