15 Most Popular People on Twitter!Published on August 8, 2013. Updated March 12, 2014
Twitter currently boasts over half a billion users, with 135 thousand new users signing up every day. The concept of a “Tweet” update has become ragingly popular, particularly for those who desire insight into the high profile, mysterious lives of celebrities. The 15 people who have become the most popular on Twitter are listed below. Can you guess who topped the list?
Twitter Handle: @Pink
Number of Followers: 18.2 million
Pink is a pop-rock musician who has sold over 40 million albums worldwide, with famous singles like “So What,” “Raise Your Glass,” and “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).” In 2009, Billboard magazine named Pink the number one pop musician of the decade. She currently has 18.2 million followers.
14. Kim Kardashian
Twitter Handle: @KimKardashian
Number of Followers: 18.2 million
Kim Kardashian is known for her starring role in the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She was the highest-paid reality star in 2010. Currently, she has 18.2 million followers.
13. Oprah Winfrey
Twitter Handle: @Oprah
Number of Followers: 20.1 million
Oprah is the host of the world-renowned talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has been classified as the greatest African-American philanthropist in American history, as well as one of the most influential women in the world. She is followed by 20.1 million people.
12. Cristiano Ronaldo
Twitter Handle: @Cristiano
Number of Followers: 20.2 million
Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the best soccer players in the world of all time, having earned multiple awards and records. He is currently captain of the Portuguese National Team and plays for the soccer club Real Madrid. He has 20.2 million followers.
11. Ellen DeGeneres
Twitter Handle: @TheEllenShow
Number of Followers: 21.1 million
Ellen is a renowned TV personality with her popular roles as a stand-up comedian, host ofThe Ellen DeGeneres Show, and actress in movies like Finding Nemo, for which she played the character Dory. On Twitter, she has 21.1 million followers.
Twitter Handle: @Shakira
Number of Followers: 21.6 million
This Colombian pop singer and dancer puts out worldwide hits in both Spanish and English. Her single “Hips Don’t Lie” became one of the best-selling songs of the 21st century, and her single “Waka Waka” is the biggest-selling World Cup song of all time. She has also appeared as a judge on the hit American reality show The Voice. She has 21.6 million followers.
9. Jennifer Lopez
Twitter Handle: @JLo
Number of Followers: 21.8 million
Otherwise known as “J. Lo,” Jennifer Lopez is a world-renowned Latina actress and singer. She is known for her movies Selena and The Wedding Planner, as well as hits such as “Jenny from the Block” and “On the Floor.” She is also an American Idol judge who just signed on for another year. J. Lo has 21.8 million followers.
8. Justin Timberlake
Twitter Handle: @jtimberlake
Number of Followers: 23.7 million
Timberlake rose to fame as the lead singer in the boy band N’Sync. After the group went on hiatus, he released solo hits like “Rock Your Body” and “SexyBack.” He also has starring roles in films such as The Social Network, Just Friends and In Time. Timberlake has 23.7 million followers.
7. Britney Spears
Twitter Handle: @britneyspears
Number of Followers: 30.1 million
Britney Spears became an icon in pop culture from her hits “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again” in 1999. She was a judge on the X-Factor USA for one season and has just signed on to host her own show in Las Vegas. This “Princess of Pop” was the highest paid female musician of 2012 and currently has 30.1 million followers.
Twitter Handle: @Rihanna
Number of Followers: 30.9 million
Rihanna is one of the best-selling artists of all time with over 100 million records sold worldwide. She has released countless hits like “Umbrella,” “Disturbia,” and “Diamonds.” She is followed by 30.9 million people.
5. Taylor Swift
Twitter Handle: @taylorswift13
Number of Followers: 31.9 million
This country music star is known for her songs about romance and adolescence, such as “Love Story” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” She became the youngest to ever receive the Album of the Year award at the Grammies, one of seven that she has. Currently, 31.9 million people following her.
4. Barack Obama
Twitter Handle: @BarackObama
Number of Followers: 34.8 million
Also known as the President of the United States, Obama is currently in his second term of office. Notable achievements include receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, ending U.S. involvement in the Iraq War, and implementing “Obamacare.” He has 34.8 million followers.
3. Lady Gaga
Twitter Handle: @ladygaga
Number of Followers: 39.5 million
Lady Gaga is known worldwide not only for her top hits like “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” and “Bad Romance,” but for her individualistic, extravagant sense of fashion and stage performance. She has won five Grammy awards and was named one of Time’s most influential people. She has 39.5 million followers.
2. Katy Perry
Twitter Handle: @katyperry
Number of Followers: 40 million
This American singer dove into fame with her second album, releasing single hits like “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot n Cold.” In 2010, she became the first female artist to release an album with five number-one hits. She has just over 40 million followers.
1. Justin Bieber
Twitter Handle: @justinbieber
Number of Followers: 42 million
This young Canadian musician has taken the world by storm since he was discovered in 2008. Famous for his top-40 hits like “Baby,” “As Long As You Love Me,” and “Boyfriend,” Bieber is celebrated by both teenagers and adults worldwide. He currently has over 42 million followers.