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Who’s the most followed person on Instagram?

Instagram is packed with celebrities that have hundreds of millions of followers.

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Quick Answer: The official Instagram account is the most followed account on Instagram. Portuguese footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, is the most followed man on the platform, and Selena Gomez is the most followed woman.

Instagram is one of the world’s most popular social media networks. The Meta-owned photo-sharing app has more than a billion monthly users.

Many of Instagram’s users are celebrities, social media influencers, and other high-profile people with millions of followers worldwide. 

For famous people, Instagram is a great way to connect with fans and offer a glimpse into their lives. Celebrities also use Instagram to make money, signing lucrative endorsement deals with the world’s biggest brands.

By regularly uploading Instagram posts, adding Stories, and conducting live streams, many celebrities have gone on to amass huge social media app followers over the past few years.

But who has the most followers on Instagram?

Who’s the most followed Instagram user?

Short answer: Instagram 

Surprisingly, the most followed Instagram user isn’t a human. It’s a company. And that company happens to be Instagram. Currently, the @Instagram account boasts 611 million followers.

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Who is the most followed person on Instagram?

Meanwhile, Portuguese professional footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is the most followed human on Instagram.

Since creating his Instagram account in October 2012, the Manchester United player has gone on to attract a whopping 554 million followers globally. 

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Just to put this number in perspective, Ronaldo has more followers than the entire US population – which totals over 330 million people. 

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His football club, Manchester United, also has a highly popular Instagram account. Its following count sits at 61.3 million people and is constantly growing. 

Who is the most followed woman on Instagram? 

Short answer: Selena Gomez

The most followed woman on Instagram is Selena Gomez. She has starred on multiple shows, served as executive producer on 13 Reasons Why, and is the founder of the cosmetics brand Rare Beauty.

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She is also a successful musician, having been featured on the Billboard Hot 100 multiple times.

Who else is the most followed person on Instagram?

The third most followed user on Instagram is another footballer, Lionel Messi. He hails from Argentina, plays for Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, and has 435 million Instagram followers.

In fourth place is Selena Gomez, with 420,937,201 followers. Gomez is followed by Kylie Jenner, with 393 million followers. From there, Dwane “The Rock” Johnson proudly sits firmly with 366 million followers, and then Ariana Grande (373 million followers).

After that, you have Kim Kardashian (359 million followers), Beyoncé (298 million followers), and Khloe Kardashian (295 million followers). 

In a nutshell 

What all these record-breaking Instagram accounts have in common is that they are owned by individuals who are highly respected in their fields and admired by millions of people around the world.

They also post lots of content on their Instagram profiles, keeping people highly engaged. As these celebrities continue to do big things, their Instagram followings will no doubt grow at the same time. 

Other top-followed personalities include Lionel Messi and Selena Gomez. Here is a complete breakdown of the current top ten:

RankProfileFollowersFollowingPosts
1stInstagram643,280,279787,430
2ndCristiano Ronaldo588,836,8615643,500
3rdLeo Messi469,431,7832901,036
4thSelena Gomez420,937,2012491,893
5thKylie393,378,916916,828
6thDwayne Johnson383,312,3166937,300
7thAriana Grande373,358,957600125
8thKim Kardashian359,097,8852585,854
9thBeyoncé311,320,91502,077
10thKhloé Kardashian308,386,9941044,255
  • Cristiano Ronaldo, the most followed person on Instagram, has over 597 million followers.

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Nicholas is a freelance technology journalist from the Welsh valleys. He's written for outlets like the Financial Times, Forbes, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Next Web, Engadget and Computer Weekly. When Nicholas isn't writing, he's probably listening to Mariah Carey or watching videos of sausage dogs on TikTok.

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