List of most-followed Twitter accounts

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Barack Obama is the most-followed individual on Twitter, with over 128 million followers.

This list contains the top 50 accounts with the most followers on the social media platform Twitter. Former U.S. president Barack Obama tops the list with 128 million followers.

Top 50 accounts

The following table lists the top 50 most followed accounts on Twitter, with each total rounded to the nearest million followers, as well as the profession or activity of each user.[1] Account totals and monthly changes in ranking were last updated on January 23, 2021.

Rank Change
(monthly)
Account name Owner Followers
(millions)
Activity
1 Steady @BarackObama Barack Obama 128 44th President of the United States
2 Steady @justinbieber Justin Bieber 114 Musician
3 Steady @katyperry Katy Perry 109 Musician
4 Steady @rihanna Rihanna 100 Musician and businesswoman
5 Steady @Cristiano Cristiano Ronaldo 90 Footballer
6 Decrease @taylorswift13 Taylor Swift 88 Musician
7 Increase @ladygaga Lady Gaga 83 Musician and actress
8 Steady @ArianaGrande Ariana Grande 80 Musician and actress
9 Decrease @TheEllenShow Ellen DeGeneres 79 Comedian and television hostess
10 Steady @YouTube YouTube 72 Online video platform
11 Increase @KimKardashian Kim Kardashian 68 Television personality and businesswoman
12 Increase @narendramodi Narendra Modi 65 Current Prime Minister of India
13 Decrease @jtimberlake Justin Timberlake 64 Musician and actor
14 Steady @selenagomez Selena Gomez 64 Musician and actress
15 Steady @cnnbrk CNN Breaking News 59 News channel
16 Steady @twitter Twitter 58 Social media platform
17 Steady @britneyspears Britney Spears 56 Musician
18 Steady @ddlovato Demi Lovato 55 Musician
19 Increase @BillGates Bill Gates 53 Businessman and philanthropist
20 Decrease @shakira Shakira 52 Musician
21 Decrease @jimmyfallon Jimmy Fallon 51 Comedian and television host
22 Steady @CNN CNN 51 News channel
23 Steady @neymarjr Neymar 50 Footballer
24 Increase @KingJames LeBron James 48 Basketball player
25 Decrease @nytimes The New York Times 48 Newspaper
26 Increase @BBCBreaking BBC Breaking News 46 News channel
27 Increase @MileyCyrus Miley Cyrus 45 Musician and actress
28 Decrease @JLo Jennifer Lopez 45 Musician and actress
29 Steady @SrBachchan Amitabh Bachchan 44 Actor
30 Steady @Oprah Oprah Winfrey 43 Television personality and businesswoman
31 Steady @BrunoMars Bruno Mars 43 Musician
32 Increase @NASA NASA 42 Space agency
33 Increase @elonmusk Elon Musk 42 Industrial designer and tech entrepreneur
34 Decrease @BeingSalmanKhan Salman Khan 42 Actor and film producer
35 Decrease @iamsrk Shah Rukh Khan 41 Actor and film producer
36 Decrease @NiallOfficial Niall Horan 40 Musician
37 Increase @akshaykumar Akshay Kumar 40 Actor
38 Increase @PMOIndia PMO India 40 Office of the Prime Minister of India
39 Increase @imVkohli Virat Kohli 39 Cricketer
40 Decrease @Drake Drake 39 Rapper
41 Steady @SportsCenter SportsCenter 37 Sports channel
42 Steady @KevinHart4real Kevin Hart 36 Comedian and actor
43 Increase @KylieJenner Kylie Jenner 36 Television personality and businesswoman
44 Decrease @wizkhalifa Wiz Khalifa 36 Rapper
45 Decrease @ESPN ESPN 36 Sports channel
46 Decrease @Harry_Styles Harry Styles 36 Musician
47 Increase @realmadrid Real Madrid CF 35 Football club
48 Increase @Louis_Tomlinson Louis Tomlinson 35 Musician
49 Increase @FCBarcelona FC Barcelona 35 Football club
50 Decrease @LilTunechi Lil Wayne 34 Rapper

See also

Notes

  • On June 16, 2017, American singer Katy Perry became the first account to exceed 100 million followers.[2]
  • On July 12, 2018, Twitter purged locked accounts—those disabled due to suspicious activity—from follower-count tallies.[3] Consequently, Twitter's own account took the fastest and greatest plunge out of all the top 50 accounts, from 63 million to 55 million followers, and in ranking, from 11th to 16th place.[4]
  • On February 3, 2019, American singer Demi Lovato deleted her Twitter account after facing backlash on the platform. At the time, she was the 14th most-followed account, with over 57 million followers.[5] On January 14, 2020, she had reactivated her account and started tweeting again under the new name, "Team Demi".[6] In July 2020, her account was changed back to "@ddlovato".
  • On January 8, 2021, then-U.S. president Donald Trump was permanently suspended by Twitter, following the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol. Twitter cited its violent threats policy in removing Trump's account, claiming his profile showed a "risk of further incitement of violence."[7] At the time, he was the sixth most-followed account, with over 88 million followers.

References

  1. ^ "Twitter: Most Followers". Friend or Follow. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  2. ^ Cirisano, Tatiana (June 16, 2017). "Katy Perry Becomes First to Hit 100 Million Twitter Followers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 30, 2017.
  3. ^ Spangler, Todd (July 11, 2018). "Twitter to Purge Locked Accounts From Follower Counts, Warns of Potential 'Significant Drop' in Followers". Variety. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  4. ^ Simani, Ellis; Schleuss, Jon (July 13, 2018). "Here are the biggest losers from Twitter's purge". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  5. ^ Miller, Hayley (February 4, 2019). "Demi Lovato Deletes Twitter Account After Hateful Backlash Over 21 Savage Meme". HuffPost. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Bleznak, Becca (August 6, 2020). "Demi Lovato Returns to Twitter Amid 7th Album Rumors, But She's Only Following 1 Person". Showbiz Cheat Sheet. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  7. ^ @TwitterSafety (January 8, 2021). "After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence" (Tweet) – via Twitter.