The biggest stars on Instagram: Kyle Jenner’s followers now ‘twice as big as UK population’

Jul 23, 2019 | Social, Social media

The world’s biggest Instagram stars are now racking up huge follower counts, with Lionel Messi getting double the population of Italy alone. New research looks at how follower count compares to the world’s most populated countries.

Instagram gets 4.2 million likes from people around the world, per day.

It’s estimated that one billion people use the social media platform each month, and 500 million every single day. With people posting a variety of content, and followers continuing to like, comment and share inspiring images with their friends, there are no signs that the platform is slowing down.

Key findings:

  • With 134 million followers, Kylie Jenner’s following is equivalent to two times the population of the United Kingdom
  • Singer Selena Gomez has 149 million followers, which is equal to four times the population of Canada
  • Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, has the equivalent of Russia’s population in followers, with 140 million people following him on Instagram

The most followed social media accounts are the likes of celebrities, artists, actresses and actors as well as sport persoanlities, too. But, some of their following is mind-bogglingly high and difficult to comprehend just how many people see their content.

Therefore, PostBeyond has taken the world’s celebrities with the biggest number of followers and compared them to the world’s most populated countries.

Ariana Grande is one of the biggest artists in the world right now, so there is no surprise her social following is around 153 million people. But, just how many people is that? The answer: six times the population of Australia – seems impossible, right?

The Kardashians have taken the world by storm so there’s no surprise that they feature in the top 10 a number of times. Kylie Jenner got named Forbes’ youngest self-made billionaire in 2019 with self-worth of $1 billion, so there’s no shock that she’s got a following of 134 million people on Instagram. But how many people really is that? Well, picture the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) and double that twice – that’s how many people look at her Instagram posts every single day.

Here are the top 10 most followed celebrities on Instagram and how they compare to the most populated countries around the world:

Celebrity Followers Equal to…
Lionel Messi 177 million 2x Italy’s population
Cristiano Ronaldo 164 million 2x Germany’s population
Ariana Grande 153 million 6x Australia’s population
Selena Gomez 149 million 4x Canada’s population
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson 140 million Russia’s population
Kim Kardashian 137 million 3x Spain’s population
Kylie Jenner 134 million 2x United Kingdom’s population
Beyoncé 127 million Japan’s population
Taylor Swift 117 million 2x South Africa’s population
Neymar 115 million 3x Poland’s population

Instagram is used by a variety of different people; business owners, influencers, celebrities, public figures, artists and, of course, the everyday public. Users share content they believe their followers will be interested in seeing – lots of which, with bloggers and influencers, is content marketing or product placement which has a great return on investment for brands. Therefore, the power of having lots of followers is very appealing to brands and Instagram is now often a source of income for many people.

So now we truly know just how many followers our favourite celebs have and the numbers don’t seem so out-of-touch with reality.






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