Social media has given rise to a lot of things we had never experienced before these networks existed. One of the many introductions brought to us by social media has been influencers. Social media influencers are popular figures with massive followings on who they have a strong impression. There are different levels to being a social media influencer. Here are 10 of the most popular and influential internet celebrities.
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is a name extremely familiar to everyone regardless of if they follow sports or not. The soccer superstar became the first person in the world to have more than 500 million total social media followers back in 2021 and is still the most followed by a good margin. With 437 million followers, he is also the most followed individual on Instagram. There is no surprise he is always in demand with brands and companies.
2. Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson is a self-made superstar and has turned into one of the most influential individuals to be alive. The pro wrestler turned actor has 313 million followers on Instagram which adds him to an elite list of accounts in the 300 million club. Johnson is not only popular for his movies but is also well-known among bodybuilders and fitness freaks for his physique and workouts.
3. Lionel Messi
The arch-rival of Cristiano Ronaldo for over a decade, Lionel Messi is one of the greatest soccer players this world has ever witnessed. His influence goes beyond the pitch as well, with 324 million followers on Instagram. An influential figure in everything he does, Messi has been the face of Adidas since 2006.
4. Kim Kardashian
With 307 million followers, Kim Kardashian is one of the most influential social media celebrities today. The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star has managed to keep herself relevant for over a decade and is only growing with time.
5. Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner is the most followed female influencer on Instagram with 334 million followers. An entrepreneur and model by profession, Kylie owns a cosmetic company of her own and is the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. Extremely popular in the beauty and fashion industry, Kylie is said to be making more than a million per every sponsored post.
6. Charli D’Amelio
Charli D’Amelio is a self-made celebrity who rose to fame through her TikToks and is the most followed TikTok creator in the world today. Her channel has 139 million followers and at the age of 18, Charli is living the celebrity dream.
7. Addison Rae
Addison Rae is one of the closest competitors of Charli D’Amelio on TikTok and is considered to be one of the most influential young influencers in the world. From making short clips on TikTok, Addison has gone on to bag a role in He’s All That, a Netflix original.
PewDiePie, real name Felix Kjellberg, is the most subscribed individual creator on YouTube with over 111 million subscribers. Initially gaining fame for his horror gameplays, Felix has become a full-fledged social media personality today.
9. Lele Pons
Eleonora Pons aka Lele Pons is a singer, actress, and social media celebrity who got fame from her funny YouTube sketches. Her YouTube channel has garnered more than 4.7 billion total views over years and she can also boast of having 44 million followers on Instagram.
MrBeast is known for spending crazy amounts of money on crazy things but he is more than just that. The popular YouTuber has brought his influence to good use on multiple instances. His tree-planting fundraiser that raised more than $20 million is a perfect example of that.
Thousands and millions aspire to become an influence, a celebrity these days and social media has been presenting itself as a fair platform to give everyone a shot at that. The 10 names mentioned here are at the absolute top of that chain. With millions of followers and an influence worth billions, they have been ruling social media for a good while now.