We’re almost halfway into 2022, and the world is changing all around us. So, too, is the race for the most followers on Instagram. As Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo became the first human to break the 400 million mark, Instagram’s profile amassed half a billiion, pop stars continued trading places and yet another Kardashian entered the top ten.
Instagram, once a simple photo-sharing app, has come a long way since it launched back in 2010. Over the decade-plus since, that app has evolved into many things: a place to keep in contact with old friends; a portfolio for creatives to showcase their work; a battleground for social justice issues; an online shopping platform; a place to do whatever the hell you do with NFTs; and ultimately, a mirror into what we care about — whether we want to admit it or not — picked and served up by the all-seeing Algorithm™.
Just for you, person that landed here from Google, we’ve rounded up the top 10 most-followed Instagram accounts in the world — the ones that keep us logging in and coming back for more. And hey, while you’re at it, drop a follow for @lifestyleasiahk — every follow counts when it comes to this list.
The most followed Instagram accounts in the world as of May 2022:
1. Instagram (@instagram)
Followers: 501 million
Based in the US, Instagram — which is owned by Meta, which is what we’re calling Facebook now, apparently — has the most-followed account on its own platform, boasting over 500 million followers at press time. So how did it hit half a billi? Of its 7,000-plus posts, the most recent feature a spectrum of the platform’s popular, creative or what it deems attention-worthy stars and creators, from “casually cute tomboy” Shy (@sl33zyskiz) to Insta-famous mini-pig Pua and now-global superstar model and actress of Squid Game fame, Hoyeon Jung. Even non-humans, like imma (@imma.gram) above make the cut.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano)
Followers: 437 million
Just look how happy he is! You would be too, I guess, if you were Cristiano Ronaldo. Even moreso if you were Cristiano Ronaldo and you recently set a new record on Instagram, becoming the first human account to break 400 million followers. To put that into scale (why not?), if Ronaldo’s Instagram were a country, it would be the third most populous in the world, after China and India, and just ahead of the United States. Not bad, CR7. Not bad at all.
3. Kylie Jenner (@kyliejenner)
Followers: 334 million
The first woman to break 300 million followers on Instagram, Kylie Jenner — of Kylie Cosmetics, Kylie Skin, Kylie Swim, Kylie Baby and more — reclaimed her number three spot from Leo Messi at the start of 2022. She’s also still the most-followed woman in the world, so don’t get too comfortable, Ronaldo. The race to 500 million is on.
4. Lionel Messi (@leomessi)
Followers: 324 million
One of Ronaldo’s biggest rivals in the football world happens to be one of CR7’s biggest on the ‘Gram, as well. The Argentine forward has proven himself quite adept at the social media game, going neck-and-neck with Kylie Jenner for that #3 spot.
5. Selena Gomez (@selenagomez)
Followers: 317 million
The biggest riser on the list as of late, Selena Gomez has been in the spotlight her entire life, and the social media era has been no exception. Between her magazine shoots, plandids and candids, Gomez uses her platform for good, talking openly about mental health and encouraging followers to educate themselves on the importance of mental fitness.
6. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (@therock)
Followers: 313 million
The number six spot goes to Hollywood movie star, tequila mogul, future presidential candidate and former WWE champion The Rock. The People’s Champ has built his ever-increasing following with a highly motivating feed of life and workout inspiration, plus the occasional tequila shot.
7. Ariana Grande (@arianagrande)
Followers: 308 million
Always an entertaining follow on the ‘Gram, the Grammy-winning singer has given people plenty of reason to watch in recent years. With a feed filled with teasers of what she’s got in the works (and the occasional look back at what got her there) there’s plenty more to expect from this star.
8. Kim Kardashian (@kimkardashian)
Followers: 307 million
With the “West” freshly dropped from the end of her name, Kim has only grown more interesting in her post-Kanye life, and it’s no surprise to see Kim Kardashian in the top ten. And while KUWTK finished its culture-shifting run after 20 seasons, the upcoming new Kardashian-Jenner show, The Kardashians, means we’ll still be seeing plenty of Kim for a long time to come.
9. Beyoncé Knowles (@beyonce)
Followers: 254 million
There will only ever be one Beyoncé. The singer-actress-songwriter-producer-dancer-businesswoman-director-and-more changed the way artists release albums forever with Lemonade, and Queen Bey has found a way to toe the line between larger-than-life superstardom while still giving us the occasional intimate glimpse into her and her family’s world through social media.
10. Khloe Kardashian (@khloekardashian)
Followers: 240 million
Bye, bye Bieber. The original social media superstar has finally been unseated from the top ten by — who else? — a Kardashian. And at 234 million followers on the most followed Instagram accounts list — Kendall isn’t far behind.
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