Six Indian celebrities were listed among the top 50 social media influencers of the world, according to a survey.
Cricket star Virat Kohli (24th) is the top Indian celebrity on the list. The Indian cricket team captain has a total of 194 million followers across social media, according to a survey conducted by online publishing firm Visual Capitalist.
The survey parsed through hundreds of the most-followed accounts on multiple platforms to narrow down the top influencers across social media as of April 2021.
Instead of looking at who has the most followers on Instagram, Twitter, or other networks, it ranked the most-followed personalities across all major platforms combined.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is 32nd on the list with over 175 million followers. Akshay Kumar in 41st place with 140 million followers, Deepika Padukone in 46th place with 137 million followers, Salman Khan in 48th with 134 million followers and Priyanka Chopra in 49th with 129 million followers are the other Indians on the list.
Cristiano Ronaldo tops the list with the most followers on Instagram and Facebook. As of April 2021, the soccer superstar was the most-followed person on social media with almost 500 million total followers.
With large and diverse fanbases, music artists account for half of the top 50 largest social media followings, the survey stated. Music stars Justin Bieber (443 million followers), Ariana Grande (429 million followers), Selena Gomez (403 million followers) and Taylor Swift (361 million followers) round out the top five places on the list.
Instagram was the biggest platform for 67 per cent of the top 50 social media influencers.
Politicians were also prominent influencers. Former US President Barack Obama has the most followers on Twitter.
FInally, the average age of the top 50 influencers was just over 37, showing that Millennials and younger generations were more prominent in the social media space.