Twitter is used by around 67 million people every month and it’s a tough job to get the most Twitter followers out of everyone. Competition is stiff, but these people have made it to the top of the list.
Twitter allows the kind of access to celebrities that was previously impossible. Now people can tweet directly to the accounts they follow and speak directly to people previously inaccessible.
A huge following can also be great for promoting yourself and even selling products which explains why so many big names spend time on the platform.
Top 10 most followed people on Twitter:
1. Barack Obama (121 Million + followers):
The two-term President of the United States, Barack Obama holds the first place. It’ll be no shock that holding the most powerful office in the world gets you a lot of followers.
Obama’s account has already made headlines in 2019, with his positive new year message of hope for the future was compared to Trump’s all-capitals rant about the media just a few hours earlier.
Congratulations to Obama for having the most number of Twitter followers!
2. Justin Bieber (112.3 Million followers):
Justin Bieber has been a near constant presence since his 2010 hit “Baby.” Since then he’s remained in the limelight, updating his style and look as he’s got older, and becoming one of the biggest stars there is.
Some of Bieber’s more notable followers include Jaden Smith, Queen Latifah, and Iggy Azalea. He’s also the 7th most influential man on Twitter too.
His actual account has less promotional posts compared to others in this list. Posts come sparingly, and they’re just as often random thoughts and the type of content any other Twitter user might post.
3. Katy Perry (108.4 Million followers):
The world famous pop star and girl kisser Katy Perry gets the third place. From humble beginnings singing in churches, Perry has now established herself as one of the biggest music acts in the world.
The 2nd most influential woman on Twitter, Perry is followed by four members of One Direction (Zayn being the only one who hasn’t), Alicia Keys, and Neil Patrick Harris.
Possibly explaining her high count, Perry uses Twitter to posts her own thoughts and personal messages, rather than flooding the feed with promotional tweets
4. Rihanna (97.9 Million followers):
Another musician in our list (and still not the last), we have megastar and beauty product entrepreneur, Rihanna. With a slew of hits to her name and her Fenty business going from strength to strength, she has managed to grow a huge following on Twitter.
Rihanna’s Twitter has made the news a lot too, in particularly with her criticizing Donald Trump for using her songs at his rallies.
5. Taylor Swift (86.8 followers):
Being one of the biggest pop stars on the planet, Taylor Swift not only brings you fame and fortune, but Twitter followers too.
To make that even more impressive, Taylor Swift barely even tweets. In 2018, she tweeted just over 20 times and that was it. She’s yet to send one in 2019. Her ~87m followers are clearly patient.
6. Cristiano Ronaldo (86.8 Million Followers):
The only sports personality on the list, we have Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the best football (soccer) player on the planet, in 6th place. Along with playing for the Portuguese national team, he’s had stints at the biggest clubs in the world including Juventus F.C, Real Madrid, and Manchester United.
The 4th most influential man on Twitter, Ronaldo has some pretty big-name followers including Lil Wayne, Jack Dorsey (as in the CEO of Twitter), and Usain Bolt.
7. Donald J. Trump (84.9 Million followers):
The second politician of the list is the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Trump and his Twitter account are rarely out of the news. He has used it to make policy announcements or attack opponents, while his use of capitals and terms like ‘sad’ have become a constant point of ridicule and parody.
8. Lady Gaga (81.7 Million followers):
With huge successes in music and acting, particularly with her recent performance in the film A Star is Born, Lady Gaga finds herself as the 8th most followed person on Twitter. Her followers include Miley Cyrus, David Guetta, and Oprah Winfrey.
Her account is mostly updates on her music and acting, along with the activities of her Born This Way Foundation.
9. Ellen DeGeneres (79.9m followers):
Our second talk show host is Ellen DeGeneres, who beats out Fallon and lands in the 9th spot. Host of the massively popular Ellen show, her huge viewing figures have made her a hit on Twitter too.
We can also assume that her famous Oscars tweet that, for a while, was the most retweeted tweet of all time, also has something to do with her high follower count.
Technically, her account is for her show (the handle being @TheEllenShow), so pretty much all tweets are pictures and clips that help promote that. Having said that, a few personal tweets appear from time to time too.
10. Ariana Grande (76.1 Million followers):
It’s been a big couple of years for Ariana Grande and with successive hits, she’s rarely been away from the headlines. With the release of her song ‘thank u, next’ kicking up a storm on Twitter, no one will be shocked to see her on this list.
Grande not only posts personal and promotional tweets, but also gives plenty of shout outs to her fans.