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Top 50 Most Influential People on Twitter

Hello Twitterati, are you curious to know the world’s 50 most influential people on your favorite social media platform Twitter?

If yes, hold on your breath as we will bring you the list of influential Twitter handles as compiled by digital consumer intelligence company, Brandwatch.

The usage of social media has changed drastically after the COVID-19 led lockdowns across different parts of the world.

Top 50 Most Influential People on Twitter: Methodology used to compile the list

Brandwatch’s methodology to shortlist influential people on Twitter is by collating data for active tweeters with high influence. The target audience selected by Brandwatch then ranks these Twitter handles based on the selection criteria thereby creating their influence score.

The various parameters used are how influential the account is over a period of time, genuine engagement with followers or other handles, and of course huge count of followers, number of retweets, likes, and replies.

In the below list of Influential people as of 2021, there are two accounts that were excluded

  1. @FLOTUS – As the official handle is managed by the White House staff

2. @POTUS44 – Account is now archived.

Rank Name Profession Handle Influence Followers
1 Taylor Swift Musician @taylorswift13 97 88.9 Million
2 Narendra Modi Politician @narendramodi 97 72 Million
3 Katy Perry Musician @katyperry 96 108.8 Million
4 Elon Musk Business @elonmusk 96 60.8 Million
5 Barack Obama Politician @BarackObama 95 130.1 Million
6 Cristiano Ronaldo Sports @Cristiano 95 94.6 Million
7 Ariana Grande Musician @ArianaGrande 95 84.5 Million
8 Lady Gaga Musician @ladygaga 95 83.8 Million
9 Ellen DeGeneres Television host @TheEllenShow 95 77.8 Million
10 Kim Kardashian Media personality @KimKardashian 95 70.3 Million
11 Bill Gates Business @BillGates 95 55.6 Million
12 Jennifer Lopez Musician / Actor @JLo 95 45.1 Million
13 Justin Bieber Musician @justinbieber 94 114.1 Million
14 Rihanna Musician @rihanna 94 103.1 Million
15 Selena Gomez Musician @selenagomez 94 65.2 Million
16 Justin Timberlake Musician @jtimberlake 94 63.4 Million
17 Shakira Musician @shakira 94 52.6 Million
18 Jimmy Fallon Television host @jimmyfallon 94 51.4 Million
19 LeBron James Sports @KingJames 94 50.2 Million
20 Miley Cyrus Musician @MileyCyrus 94 46.4 Million
21 Oprah Winfrey Television host @Oprah 94 43.2 Million
22 Niall Horan Musician @NiallOfficial 94 41.4 Million
23 Harry Styles Musician @Harry_Styles 94 37 Million
24 Kanye West Musician @kanyewest 94 31 Million
25 Hilary Clinton Politician @HillaryClinton 94 31 Million
26 Zayn Malik Musician @zaynmalik 94 30.9 Million
27 Eminem Musician @Eminem 94 22.5 Million
28 Ricky Gervais Comedian / Actor @rickygervais 94 14.5 Million
29 Rachel Maddow Television host @maddow 94 10.6 Million
30 Sean Hannity Television host @seanhannity 94 5.4 Million
31 Takafumi Horie Business @takapon_jp 94 3.5 Million
32 Demi Lovato Musician @ddlovato 93 54.6 Million
33 Bruno Mars Musician @BrunoMars 93 43.1 Million
34 Drake Musician @Drake 93 39.2 Million
35 Sachin Tendulkar Sports @sachin_rt 93 36 Million
36 Louis Tomlinson Musician @Louis_Tomlinson 93 35.9 Million
37 Liam Payne Musician @LiamPayne 93 34.8 Million
38 Chris Brown Musician @chrisbrown 93 32.6 Million
39 Pink Musician @Pink 93 31.6 Million
40 Conan O’Brien Television host @ConanOBrien 93 28.5 Million
41 Nicki Minaj Musician @NICKIMINAJ 93 23 Million
42 Mariah Carey Musician @MariahCarey 93 21.6 Million
43 Michelle Obama Lawyer @MichelleObama 93 21 Million
44 Avril Lavigne Musician @AvrilLavigne 93 20.7 Million
45 Leonardo DiCaprio Actor @LeoDiCaprio 93 19.4 Million
46 Danilo Gentili Comedian @DaniloGentili 93 17 Million
47 Elissa Artist @elissakh 93 15.6 Million
48 Beyonce Musician @Beyonce 93 15.6 Million
49 Dwayne Johnson Actor @TheRock 93 15.4 Million
50 Nick Jonas Musician @nickjonas 93 14.3 Million

 

1. Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift is an outstanding American singer-songwriter and very popular personality in the music industry. She is a rage among teenagers for her songs and has an astonishing stand towards good songs.

Most of her songs reflect her personal life and experiences. Swift is one of the best-selling music artists of all time where she managed to sell more than 200 million records across the world. She is the recipient of various awards.

2. Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi is the prime minister of the world’s largest democracy, India. He is member of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He is the only Indian prime minister born post-independence. Modi-led BJP won with a comfortable majority in the 2014 and 2019 national elections since its inception.

3. Katy Perry

Katy Perry is an American singer cum songwriter who shot to international fame in 2008 when she released her second studio album, “One of the Boys”. Perry is one of the world’s best-selling music artists with more than 143 million records sold all across the world.

4. Elon Musk

Elon Musk, Celebrity CEO of Tesla Inc and SpaceX is the richest man on planet earth and the first individual to cross $300 billion net worth. Elon Musk who is super active on Twitter is the co-founder of the electric car manufacturer, Tesla Inc.

5. Barack Obama

American politician and author Barack Obama served two terms as president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Obama, a Member of the Democratic Party was the first African American president of the US. He served as Senator for 3 years from Illinois.

6. Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo is not only the highest-paid footballer this year but also the world’s richest soccer player. He is very active on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc with a huge fan following of cumulative 500 million+ followers.

He is recognized worldwide for being one of the most generous people and footballers of all time. Ronaldo holds the record for scoring the most goals in the history of Real Madrid.

7. Ariana Grande

American singer cum actress, Arian grande is regarded as a Pop icon. Grande is the recipient of several awards like two Grammy Awards, one Brit Award, two Billboard Music Awards, nine MTV Video Music Awards, and 27 Guinness World Records. She sold more than 85 million records worldwide.

8. Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She received 12 Grammy Awards, 18 MTV Video Music Awards, 16 Guinness World Records in her 15-year music career. She is known for her musical versatility and image reinventions.

9. Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres who is famous for her Comedy talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is an American comedian, television host, actress, and producer. She won 30 Emmy awards and 20 People’s Choice Awards for her work.

10. Kim Kardashian

Famous American celebrity Kimberly Kardashian West is an actress, businesswoman, and model from California. She has huge followers on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. In the year 2017, she launched her company KKW beauty taking inspiration from the success of her half-sister Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics.

11. Bill Gates

Bill Gates is an American business tycoon, software developer, author, and philanthropist. He is co-founder of the world’s largest multinational software company Microsoft. For more than 3 decades he is included in the list of the world’s wealthiest people compiled by Forbes. He is also co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

12. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lynn Lopez popularly known as J.Lo is a famous American singer and actress. She later established herself in Hollywood as the highest-paid Latin actress. Among her many awards, J. Lo has been nominated for the Grammys seven times and has won three of them.

13. Justin Bieber

Canadian singer Justin Bieber is one of the biggest stars on the planet earth having sold 70 million+ albums across the globe. Bieber has a huge dedicated fan base who are often referred to as “Beliebers”. Bieber is married to Hailey Baldwin.

14. Rihanna

Rihanna is the richest female musician in the world as well as the second-richest female entertainer in the world. Rihanna began her career in 2003 when she started a musical trio with two of her classmates. She launched her own beauty brand Fenty Beauty in 2017 by collaborating with the French luxury goods company LVMH.

15. Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez is an American singer, actress, and producer. She became famous for her role in the Disney Channel television series “Wizards of Waverly Place” as Alex Russo. In 2017, she was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. Selena has a huge following on social media.

16. Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor. He won many awards like ten Grammy Awards, four Primetime Emmy Awards, three Brit Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, and many others. He sold more than 88 million records worldwide.

17. Shakira

Shakira is a Colombian singer and songwriter who made her debut when she was just 13 years old. With a catalog of approximately 145 songs, Shakira created history as she became the first female Latin artist who has sold the most albums in history. She has received numerous awards in her 20 years career.

18. Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon hails from America and he is a comedian, television host, and actor by profession. He is popular among the people for his work in television as a cast member on the late-night comedy show “Saturday Night Live” and as the host of the late-night talk show “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon ”

19. LeBron James

Famous basketball player, LeBron James is an American professional player and entrepreneur who won four NBA championships, four NBA MVP awards, four NBA Finals MVP awards, and two Olympic gold medals. James was just 18 years old when he signed his first Nike endorsement deal.

20. Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus who was also a controversial entertainment icon. She made a name for herself in the field of singing and acting. Cyrus began her career in acting at a young age and later went on to release many pop albums as well as featured in numerous movies.

21. Oprah Winfrey

Media mogul Oprah Gail Winfrey is Chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions and Chairwoman, CEO, and CCO of the Oprah Winfrey Network. Oprah Winfrey started her career as a news anchor and her famous talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, used to garner the highest ratings which was a world record in its category. She happened to be North America’s first black multi-billionaire.

22. Niall Horan

Niall Horan hailing from Ireland is a singer and a songwriter. He became famous when he joined the English-Irish boy band “One Direction”. Horan’s debut solo album, Flicker which was released in 2017 was number one in Ireland and the US.

23. Harry Styles

Harry Styles is an English singer and actor. He started his career in the music industry a decade back in 2010 as a solo contestant on the British music competition series The X Factor. In 2017, Styles released his self-titled debut solo album that was number one in the UK and the US.

24. Kanye West

Kanye West is the world’s richest rapper who began his career in the music industry as a producer and used to write songs for a few famous and popular in the music industry like Jay-Z. He has sold more than 150 million albums and has been the recipient of 22 Grammy awards.

25. Hilary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is an American politician and diplomat who served as United States Secretary of State for 4 years from 2009 to 2013. Clinton was a senator for 8 years (2001-2009) from New York and First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. She was the first woman in the history of the United States to be nominated for President of the United States.

26. Zayn Malik

Zayn Javadd Malik is a British singer who is known mononymously as Zayn. Malik has been honored with numerous awards including an American Music Award and an MTV Video Music Award. Also, he is the winner of the Billboard Music Award for New Artist of the Year twice in 2013 and 2017.

27. Eminem

Marshall Bruce Mathers III aka Eminem is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer. He is indeed the real Slim Shady and most popular white rapper widely accepted by all music lovers of every color and creed. He is the recipient of 15 Grammy awards. He has crossed an estimated worldwide sales of over 220 million records.

28. Ricky Gervais

Ricky Dene Gervais is a popular English comedian, actor, director, and also writer. He gained recognition for being a co-creator, co-writer, and actor in the British television mockumentary sitcom The Office. He has many accolades in his kitty – seven BAFTA Awards, five British Comedy Awards, two Emmy Awards, among others.

29. Rachel Maddow

Rachel Anne Maddow is an American television news program host as well as a liberal political commentator. She is the host of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC and is also the special event co-anchor alongside Brian Williams. She is also a Grammy Award winner.

30. Sean Hannity

Sean Patrick Hannity is an American talk show host as well as a conservative political commentator. He hosts a nationally syndicated talk radio show – The Sean Hannity Show.

31. Takafumi Horie

Takafumi Horie is a Japanese entrepreneur and the founder of a website design operation Livedoor. He is popularly referred to as Horiemon as he resembles a popular Japanese cartoon character, Doraemon.

32. Demi Lovato

Demetria Devonne Lovato is a popular American singer, songwriter, and actor. Lovato has been the recipient of numerous accolades – an MTV Video Music Award, Teen Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Latin American Music Awards and also holds a Guinness World Record.

33. Bruno Mars

Peter Gene Hernandez aka Bruno Mars is a popular American singer, songwriter, musician as well as a dancer. He is famous for his stage performances and retro showmanship. Mars is accompanied by his band, the Hooligans.

34. Drake

Aubrey Drake Graham popularly known as Drake needs no introduction in the field of music. He perfectly fits in the idiom that says “The famous musicians of all time are known just by their name”. The 34-year-old Drake is a Canadian rapper, singer, entrepreneur and actor and he is one of the highest-paid entertainers worldwide.

35. Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar is a former international cricketer representing Team India. He was also the captain of the Indian national team from 1996 to 2000. He is considered to be one of the greatest batsmen.

36. Louis Tomlinson

Louis William Tomlinson is an English singer and songwriter. He is popularly known as a member of the boy band “One Direction”.

37. Liam Payne

Liam James Payne is an English singer and songwriter. He rose to prominence as a member of the boy band “One Direction”.

38. Chris Brown

Chris Brown is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, and actor. Brown is one of the most successful and influential R&B singers ever.

39. Pink

Alecia Beth Moore’s professional name is Pink, who is a popular American singer and songwriter. Pink has been successful in selling over 100 million records worldwide.

40. Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is famous for having hosted late-night talk shows for more than 28 years.

41. Nicki Minaj

Nicki is a rapper, singer, and songwriter from Trinidad. She is famous for her animated flow in her rapping and versatility as a recording artist.

42. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and producer. She became the first artist to have her first five singles reach the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

43. Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is an American attorney and author. She is the wife of former U.S. President Barack Obama and the first African-American woman who served as FLOTUS (the first lady of the United States) during Barack’s two consecutive presential terms from 2009 to 2017.

44. Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne is a singer, songwriter, and actress hailing from Canada. She made her stage debut with Shania Twain when she was just 15 years old. The following year, she made a sensation by signing a two-album recording contract worth more than $2 million with Arista Records.

45. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio is a famous American actor and film producer. Leonardo DiCaprio is known to portray real-life characters in many movies during his long oscar-winning career. DiCaprio has received several awards throughout his career for his outstanding performance.

46. Danilo Gentili

Danilo Gentili Jr. is a Brazilian comedian, writer, cartoonist, and businessman. He gained prominence across the nation for his performance in the TV show Custe o Que Custar (CQC), aired on the Band network.

47. Elissa

Elissar Zakaria Khoury popularly known as Elissa is a Lebanese recording artist. She is one of the most famous singers and best-known artists in the Arab world. She became the first Lebanese singer to be awarded the World Music Award for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist in 2005.

48. Beyonce

Beyonce Giselle Knowles is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She was born on the 4th of September, 1981 in Houston, Texas. She is one of the most successful musicians in the world. She is also the most nominated woman in the Grammys.

49. Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson, nicknamed “The Rock”, is the most famous person in the world as of 2021. Dwayne who was WWE champion wrestler earlier is now an actor and producer. He is one of the greatest professional wrestlers the game has ever witnessed.

50. Nick Jonas

Nicholas Jerry Jonas is an American singer, songwriter, and Actor. Jonas started his career in theater when he was just seven years old. His debut single was released in 2002. Jonas released his third solo studio album, Spaceman, recently in March 2021.

With this, we are done with the list of the 50 most influential people on Twitter! Stay connected for more such interesting articles!

Archana Kabra
Archana Kabra is a Freelance Writer and has been extensively writing stuff related to Entertainment, Lifestyle, and Technology. She is also an ardent music lover. Twitter handle: @archana153sarda
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