Instagram continues its reign as one of the world’s most popular social media platforms with over 1 billion monthly active users. 

The question is: what are those users doing on the platform, and more specifically, who are they choosing to follow?

In this post, we’ve rounded up the top 30 most followed Instagram accounts to find out who has the most Instagram followers in 2021.

As expected, the most popular Instagram accounts are those of celebrities, with a few exceptions. We have one brand (Nike) in our list of most followed Instagram accounts and one magazine (National Geographic) that manages to sneak in among the Instagram accounts with most followers. 

The top 10 largest Instagram accounts are mostly those of musicians, actresses, and TV personalities, but there are also two footballers in the top 10 most followed Instagram accounts, and another one in top 15. And talking about sports, the top followed Instagram accounts also include a cricketer and two famous Spanish football clubs. 

But enough chit-chat, let’s dive right into our list of most popular Instagram accounts!

1. Instagram
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
3. Dwayne Johnson
4. Ariana Grande
5. Kylie Jenner
6. Selena Gomez
7. Kim Kardashian
8. Lionel Messi
9. Beyoncé
10. Justin Bieber
11. Kendall Jenner
12. National Geographic
13. Taylor Swift
14. Jennifer Lopez
15. Neymar
16. Nike
17. Khloé Kardashian
18. Nicki Minaj
19. Miley Cyrus
20. Kourtney Kardashian
21. Katy Perry
22. Virat Kohli
23. Kevin Hart
24. Demi Lovato
25. Ellen DeGeneres
26. Real Madrid C.F.
27. FC Barcelona
28. Rihanna
29. Zendaya
30. Cardi B

Top 30 Most Followed Instagram Accounts of 2021

1. Instagram

Account owner: Instagram

Username: @instagram

Profession: Social media platform

Country: USA


2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Account owner: Cristiano Ronaldo

Username: @cristiano

Profession: Footballer

Country: Portugal


3. Dwayne Johnson 

Account owner: Dwayne Johnson

Username: @therock

Profession: Actor and professional wrestler

Country: USA


4. Ariana Grande

Account owner: Ariana Grande

Username: @arianagrande

Profession: Musician and actress

Country: USA


5. Kylie Jenner 

Account owner: Kylie Jenner

Username: @kyliejenner

Profession: Reality TV personality

Country: USA


6. Selena Gomez

Account owner: Selena Gomez

Username: @selenagomez

Profession: Musician and actress

Country: USA


7. Kim Kardashian

Account owner: Kim Kardashian

Username: @kimkardashian

Profession: Reality TV personality

Country: USA


8. Lionel Messi 

Account owner: Lionel Messi

Username: @leomessi

Profession: Footballer

Country: Argentina


9. Beyoncé

Account owner: Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

Username: @beyonce

Profession: Musician

Country: USA


10. Justin Bieber

Account owner: Justin Bieber

Username: @justinbieber

Profession: Musician

Country: Canada


11. Kendall Jenner

Account owner: Kendall Jenner

Username: @kendalljenner

Profession: Model

Country: USA


12. National Geographic

Account owner: National Geographic 

Username: @natgeo

Profession: Magazine

Country: USA


13. Taylor Swift

Account owner: Taylor Swift

Username: @taylorswift

Profession: Musician

Country: USA


14. Jennifer Lopez 

Account owner: Jennifer Lopez

Username: @jlo

Profession: Musician and actress

Country: USA


15. Neymar

Account owner: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior

Username: @neymarjr

Profession: Footballer

Country: Brazil


16. Nike

Account owner: Nike

Username: @nike

Profession: Sportswear multinational 

Country: USA


17. Khloé Kardashian

Account owner: Khloé Kardashian

Username: @khloekardashian

Profession: Reality TV personality 

Country: USA


18. Nicki Minaj 

Account owner: Nicki Minaj

Username: @nickiminaj

Profession: Musician

Country: Trinidad and Tobago


19. Miley Cyrus

Account owner: Miley Cyrus

Username: @mileycyrus

Profession: Musician and actress

Country: USA


20. Kourtney Kardashian

Account owner: Kourtney Kardashian

Username: @kourtneykardash

Profession: Musician

Country: USA


21. Katy Perry

Account owner: Katy Perry

Username: @katyperry

Profession: Musician

Country: USA


22. Virat Kohli

Account owner: Virat Kohli  

Username: @virat.kohli

Profession: Cricketer

Country: India


23. Kevin Hart

Account owner: Kevin Hart

Username: @kevinhart4real

Profession: Comedian and actor

Country: USA


24. Demi Lovato

Account owner: Demi Lovato

Username: @ddlovato

Profession: Musician and actress

Country: USA


25. Ellen DeGeneres

Account owner: Ellen DeGeneres

Username: @theellenshow

Profession: Comedian

Country: USA


26. Real Madrid C.F.

Account owner: Real Madrid C.F.

Username: @realmadrid

Profession: Football club

Country: Spain


27. FC Barcelona

Account owner: FC Barcelona

Username: @fcbarcelona

Profession: Football club

Country: Spain


28. Rihanna

Account owner: Rihanna

Username: @badgalriri

Profession: Musician

Country: Barbados


29. Zendaya

Account owner: Zendaya

Username: @zendaya

Profession: Actress and musician

Country: USA


30. Cardi B

Account owner: Cardi B

Username: @iamcardib

Profession: Musician

Country: USA


What do you think about the top followed instagram accounts? Do you follow any of these people or what celebrities do you follow?

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