Do you know which celebrity is the most followed person on Instagram, with more than 205 million followers? Thanks to social networks, the stars have acquired a great influence on the public. In addition, certain personalities inspire changes in society, through their words or their actions.
Each year, numerous magazines carry out star rankings, such as the illustrated Time Magazine, or Forbes. Here are the top 10 most influential celebrities in the world, whether from the world of entertainment, sports, technology or even from elsewhere.
Find out which popular actor with a dream body is planning to run for President, but also why Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most powerful men in the world. You don’t know who was elected personality of the year 2019 by Time magazine? You will also find the answer in this article!
9 – Elon Musk
When he is not even 50 years old, Elon Musk is already the most influential man in the world of technology. Born in South Africa, this engineer and entrepreneur fascinate the public so much that he is often compared to Tony Stark, aka the superhero Iron Man.
Regularly cited in the rankings of personalities of Time Magazine and Forbes since 2010, the man at the head of the 24th largest fortune in the United States is a true prodigy. At 12, he created his very first video game which he sold for $ 500. He was then behind many revolutionary start-ups, such as Zip2 and Paypal.
With Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk intends to achieve its objectives: democratize the electric car, but also reach the planet Mars! Indeed, the businessman is as eccentric as he is ingenious. He even plans to merge the human brain and artificial intelligence, to allow humans to better control it, he said.
8 – Lady Gaga
As soon as her first album was released in 2008, Lady Gaga established herself as the new queen of pop. Quickly compared to Madonna, the one who was born in New York under the name of Stefani Germanotta influences a whole generation. His texts committed to the LGBT cause have something to do with it…
But it is above all the extravagant look of Gaga that made her an icon: wacky hairstyles and makeup, eccentric outfits… Everyone still remembers the raw meat dress she wore at the MTV Video Music Awards, in 2010!
According to Time Magazine, she ranks among the most influential artists on the planet. The Queen of Pop is even the first celebrity to reach 30 million Twitter followers.
In 2019, Lady Gaga became the first woman to obtain an Oscar, a Grammy, a BAFTA, and a Golden Globe in the same year, thanks to the film “A Star Is Born”. She is also the only person to have ever been named as “Best Actress” and for the “Best Original Song” at the same ceremony.
7 – Cristiano Ronaldo
Nicknamed CR7, the prodigy is also a multi-faceted celebrity. Cristiano Ronaldo is the most followed person on Instagram, with more than 205 million followers. On his account, he shares images of his training and stages of his muscular body, but he also exposes his family life.
In 2019, he even made more money as an influencer on the social network than as a Juventus player! The Portuguese striker takes advantage of his comfortable income to quench his passion for luxury cars. But he also devotes a large part of his fortune to help those in need, through charities fighting against cancer, and humanitarian associations.
The planetary football star has become a role model for all young athletes. The passing of the legs and the speed of this exceptional player will forever mark the history of the sport.
6 – Greta Thunberg
The elected personality of the year 2019 by Time Magazine, the young Greta Thunberg has become the new face of the fight against global warming.
It all started at age 11 when the young Swedish girl with Asperger’s syndrome understood the magnitude of climate change and its consequences. She then goes into depression and imposes on her family a radical change of lifestyle.
In 2018, she started a school climate strike in front of the Swedish parliament to protest against her country’s political inaction. Relayed by the media, the young activist then inspires thousands of students around the world, who walk every Friday for the climate.
His poignant speech at the United Nations World Climate Summit left no one indifferent. The teenager was even approached for the Nobel Peace Prize last year. At just 17 years old, Greta Thunberg has become the voice of an entire generation, who ask the greats of this world to finally take care of the future of their children.
5 – Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande’s success story makes all young girls dream. Born in Florida, she landed a role at 15 in a musical, on Broadway. Thanks to the power of her voice, she even becomes one of the main actresses in a successful teen sitcom.
It is thanks to the videos that she posts on Youtube, where she takes songs from Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, that she earns her vocal singing stripes. In 2013, Ariana Grande’s debut album was a hit in the United States. Fighting against sexism, taking responsibility for your body, this is the message that she wishes to send to young people.
And it’s a success! Ranked among the most influential figures by several American magazines, the singer with the ponytail and rabbit ears has more than 177 million followers on Instagram.
Her outspokenness, her simplicity, and her humor touch the hearts of young people. We still remember his involvement after the terrorist attack that took place after his concert in Manchester in 2017.
4 – Mark Zuckerberg
The famous creator and CEO of Facebook is perhaps the most powerful person in the world. With the thousands of data he has on each of us, and the influence tool that is his social network, he has something to scare more than one politician!
It was in 2004 at Harvard that Mark Zuckerberg launched “The Facebook”, along with four other students. Three years later, he is the youngest billionaire in the world. He is now 8th in the ranking of world fortunes, according to Forbes. But he spends some of his money on charity.
Despite the Facebook crises, data protection, and privacy scandals, and social media fines, Mark Zuckerberg continues to grow the business. Today, a third of humanity uses Facebook.
3 – Glenn Close
Awarded with the Golden Globe for Best Actress in 2019, for her role of scoffed woman in “The Wife”, Glenn Close is a model for actresses around the world. Her speech, when she went on stage to collect her award, invited women to fulfill themselves and follow their dreams.
The longevity of her career and her performances of great accuracy is an inspiration for the other actresses. Glenn Close can take on all the roles, and even disguise himself as a man, as in the film “Albert Nobbs”, released in 2011.
Despite the many awards received throughout her career, the best actress of her generation has never won an Academy Award. Her funny record is that of the most named actress – 7 times – without receiving the famous statuette. We bet that she will soon receive an Honorary Oscar for her entire career!
2 – Taylor Swift
At just 30, Taylor Swift already has 7 albums to her credit. The pop-country singer is recognized for her talents as a composer and lyricist. She has received numerous awards, including 10 Grammy Awards. The one who made herself known with an eponymous debut album, in 2006, gave a whole generation a taste for music.
She is one of the most popular personalities on social media, where she frequently shares photos of her cats. Taylor Swift takes advantage of her notoriety to engage in the fight against homophobia, she also militates in favor of the rights of women and to promote literacy for children.
In addition, she regularly makes donations to help victims of natural disasters.
In 2019, Time magazine ranked her among the most influential personalities in the world, not in the “Artists”, but “Icons” category, proof that the singer has greatly exceeded her status as a pop star!
1 – Dwayne Johnson
The former wrestler, nicknamed “The Rock”, is also a bankable movie star. In 2019, he was named the highest-paid actor in the world by the famous magazine Forbes.
Elected 10 times world heavyweight champion, the Iron Muscular Apollo has an impressive track record. But behind this apparent brutality hides a tender heart. In fact, Dwayne Johnson devotes part of his time to realize the dreams of sick children. He is also known for his generosity with numerous charities.
The American actor is a personality very appreciated by the public. He entered the Guinness Book of Records for making 105 selfies with fans in three minutes at the premiere of the film “San Andreas”. Next step for The Rock: he plans to run for the White House in 2024!