Whether it was Kim Kardashian who broke the internet or Justin Bieber who grabbed the headlines, there’s already been a handful of trending celebrities in 2021. Twitter exploded as stars feuded while failed relationships sent news stories spiraling around the world.

Here’s your one-stop guide of the most popular celebrities of 2021 and their stories and achievements that have helped them steal the spotlight thus far (in no particular order)…

The celebrity net worths on this list have been collected from celebritynetworth.com. Information was updated in March 2021.

1. Justin Bieber

Justin has had a wild career since he was discovered on YouTube at the age of 13 by Scooter Braun and Usher. Since then, the young superstar has had his fair share of ups and downs, from great music success (he was the youngest artist to achieve five no.1 US albums) to a tale bashing of bad, controversial press.

Despite selling more than 150 million records and being dubbed one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Justin was at one stage, named “the most hated person in the world”. His on-and-off-again relationship with Selena Gomez, erratic behavior, and use of drugs led him to depression, but in recent years, Justin has focused on his well being, music and arena tours.

His biggest achievements as of late was his speedy marriage to supermodel, Hailey Baldwin (now Mrs Bieber) and the release of his recent albums, Changes and Justice.

Net Worth: $285 Million
Twitter Followers: 113 Million
Instagram Followers: 161 Million
Did You Know? If it weren’t for music, Justin would have been an architect! See more Bieber Facts.

2. Olivia Rodrigo

She’s officially the youngest celebrity on this list, but undeniably one of the most popular stars in 2021. 17-year-old Olivia Rodrigo released her debut single Driver’s License in January this year, and became a prominent female star in the music world – probably more so than her rivals Taylor Swift or Ariana Grande.

Driver’s License is Olivia’s first single, yet it is the biggest weekly streaming debut for any song globally in Spotify history – in the first week of release, it amassed over 127M global streams. The sweet love song has also made it to number one in over 10 countries.

We don’t know much about Olivia Rodrigo yet, but we do know that she started off as an actress as Paige Olvera on Bizaardvark and Nini Salazar-Roberts in High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.

Net Worth: $500,000 (not official)
Twitter Followers: 634 Thousand
Instagram Followers: 6 Million
Did You Know? She may be another female star to compete with, but Taylor Swift is a huge fan of Olivia and even shouted her out on Instagram.

3. The Weeknd

The Weeknd has certainly made his mark in the R&B music world. Along with having number-one singles including Can’t Feel My Face and Blinding Lights, the singer has also collaborated with some of the biggest names in music such as Drake and Ed Sheeran. But they aren’t the only successes The Weeknd has under his belt – the artist has won three Grammy Awards, five American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, and was nominated for an Oscar for his Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack.

While his music is what makes him famous, The Weeknd’s love life has also been a hot topic as of late. The star has famously dated Selena Gomez and been in an on-and-off again relationship with Bella Hadid.

In 2021, the star led the Super Bowl Halftime Show, which he reportedly spent $7 million of his own money on.

Net Worth: $100 Million
Twitter Followers: 14 Million
Instagram Followers: 28 Million
Did You Know? The Weeknd’s real name is “Abel Makkonen Tesfaye”!

4. Dua Lipa

She may only be 25, but Dua Lipa has already reached mega stardom worldwide. The singer is famous for multiple chart-topping dance-pop songs including New Rules, One Kiss and Electricity.

Dua has even earned several prestigious titles and awards throughout her short career. The star’s first album become one of the most-streamed albums on Spotify and has already won Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards and two MTV Europe Music Awards. Her single Don’t Start Now was most recently dubbed the most successful 2020 song by a female artist in the US.

Dua’s private life isn’t usually the subject of conversation, but she is famously dating the younger brother of Gigi and Bella Hadid, Anwar Hadid.

Net Worth: $16 Million
Twitter Followers: 7 Million
Instagram Followers: 60 Million
Did You Know? Dua grew up in both Pristina, the capital of Kosovo and London!

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5. Ariana Grande

The girl with the killer vocals began her career at the young age of 15 by performing at Broadway in the play musical, 13. From there, she went into TV filming before releasing her debut album, Yours Truly. The album went to number one in the charts and Ari won an AMA award for ‘Best New Artist’.

Since then, she’s made the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 for Thank U, Next, headlined Coachella Festival, and won her first Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album for Sweetener. Ariana is also the most streamed female artist on Spotify and Apple Music, and the most followed woman on Instagram (as of 2019).

Despite the ups in her career, our favorite Positions diva has suffered a few blows in her personal life. Ari has admittedly suffered from anxiety following the bombing of her Manchester concert in 2017; after one of her former boyfriends, Mac Miller passed away; and going through a public break-up with her fiance, Pete Davidson.

Net Worth: $150 Million
Twitter Followers: 81 Million
Instagram Followers: 219 Million
Did You Know? Ariana’s hair isn’t naturally straight – she’s got curls for days! Find out more about the popstar in our Ariana Facts article.

6. Selena Gomez

Another Disney star that’s made it in the singing world is Selena Gomez with three successful albums that have ranked in the Billboard Hot 100 list.

Much like the other celebs on this list, Selena’s love life has been a focal point of her success. After embarking on an on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber, the pair officially called it quits in 2018. The superstar’s mental health has also been open to the public in recent years, and has famously been admitted into rehab following an “emotional breakdown”.

In 2017, Selena successfully underwent a kidney operation, which saved her life, thanks to her bestie Francia Raisa. After her recovery, Selena co-produced the hit TV series, 13 Reasons Why, voiced the character Mavis, in Hotel Transylvania 3 and became a brand ambassador for Puma. In 2020, Selena stepped into the makeup world by releasing her brand, Rare Beauty.

Net Worth: $75 Million
Twitter Followers: 64 Million
Instagram Followers: 207 Million
Did You Know? As revealed in our Selena Gomez facts list, the singer starred in Barney and Friends with Demi Lovato!

7. Harry Styles

When One Direction split in 2016, we all knew that Harry would go on to become the most successful solo artist of them all. The singer has already released two solo albums which have landed the number one mark in numerous countries and his hit singles like Sign of the Times and Watermelon Sugar have played on radios worldwide. Harry was also lucky enough to have a role in the 2017 movie, Dunkirk, proving to all that his talent goes beyond just music.

Harry’s dating life is always on everyone’s lips, having famously hooked up with the likes of Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner. In 2020, the star made headline news after he was horribly mugged on the streets of London and held at knifepoint.

Net Worth: $80 Million
Twitter Followers: 36 Million
Instagram Followers: 36 Million
Did You Know? Before becoming famous, Harry wanted to be a physiotherapist! Learn more facts about Harry Styles!

8. Katy Perry

Quirky Katy is known for her extravagant outfits, bubbly personality and catchy pop hits, so, it’s easy to see why she achieved the title of the highest-paid woman in music in 2018.

Despite her musical success, Katy also found her destiny by appearing as a judge on the panel of American Idol, has been crowned Billboard’s Woman of the Year twice before and has two clips listed as the most-viewed music videos of all time.

Katy’s relationships with the likes of Russell Brand and Orlando Bloom have often stolen headlines, while her advocacy for the LGBT community and feminism have gained her a great round of applause. In 2020, she released her sixth studio album Smile, welcomed her first child with Bloom, and in 2021, she performed at the inauguration of Joe Biden.

Net Worth: $330 Million
Twitter Followers: 109 Million
Instagram Followers: 112 Million
Did You Know? Katy Perry isn’t her real name! The singer was actually born “Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson”!

9. Britney Spears

Pop legend, Britney Spears has been in the limelight ever since her rise to stardom in the 1990s. From releasing pop bangers like Hit Me Baby One More Time to making headlines for her breakdowns, this superstar will always be the topic on everyone’s lips. Dubbed “the Princess of Pop”, Britney has had global success, selling over 100 million records worldwide and winning over 100 awards throughout her career.

The teen idol has topped the list for most searched celebrity seven times in 12 years, not just for her music (and short movie career – remember Crossroads?) but for her personal life, too.

She famously dated fellow popstar, Justin Timberlake and married Kevin Federline, but it was her breakdown which made her a tabloid target in the mid 2000s. After a messy divorce, Britney entered a drug rehabilitation facility in 2007, publicly shaved all of her hair off, and fought the paparazzi numerous times. In 2021, Britney was everyone’s concern as it was revealed through a documentary that she was put under a conservatorship of her father, leading to the #FreeBritney movement.

Net Worth: $115 Million
Twitter Followers: 55 Million
Instagram Followers: 27 Million
Did You Know? Britney made news in 2020 after it was revealed that the tiger in her iconic I’m a Slave for You VMA performance belonged to Doc Bhagavan Antle from Tiger King!

10. Lady Gaga

Since landing in the limelight, Lady Gaga has stunned us with her extravagant attire, from meat dresses to egg incubators. The star isn’t shy of gifting the entertainment world with the odd crazy moment such as covering herself in blood on stage or throwing shade at pop icon, Madonna.

But what has really grabbed our attention over the years is Lady Gaga’s undeniable creativity and incredible vocal abilities. With 12 Grammys under her belt, it’s hard to ignore Lady Gaga’s great talent. This gift was also portrayed on-screen when she starred in the popular 2018 movie, A Star is Born alongside Bradley Cooper.

The Joanne superstar has her own merch, a perfume line, and most recently, she launched a cosmetics line, Haus Laboratories. In 2020, she released her album Chromatica and in 2021, she sang the US National Anthem at the inauguration of Joe Biden.

Net Worth: $320 Million
Twitter Followers: 83 Million
Instagram Followers: 46 Million
Did You Know? Lady Gaga owns Michael Jackson’s clothes including one of his gloves and his Thriller jackets! Learn more Gaga facts.

11. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift was named the Highest Paid Celebrity in 2019, and it’s easy to see why. With over 300 awards, including 11 Grammys under her belt, it’s safe to say that Taylor is a music legend. 

But the Reputation singer doesn’t take her fortune for granted; she’s a huge philanthropist and often gives back to her community. She donates large sums of money to causes close to her heart, including a donation of $17,000 for the renovation of her hometown library and $15,500 to a fan whose mother had been in a coma for five years. 

Despite her successes and kind gestures, the popstar also has a reputation for being quite the diva in the showbiz world. Taylor has feuded with the likes of Kanye West and Nicki Minaj. She’s also famous for dating different well-known guys, and writing songs about them.

2020 was all about Taylor after she released two No. 1 Folklore and Evermore.

Net Worth: $400 Million
Twitter Followers: 88 Million
Instagram Followers: 146 Million
Did You Know? Despite her beef with Kanye West, Taylor actually has a framed photo of the infamous MTV VMA moment in her house! Learn more shocking Taylor Swift facts!

12. Kim Kardashian West

Is there ever a time when Kim Kardashian isn’t trending or breaking the internet? In fact, the celebrity world probably wouldn’t function or even exist without a controversial Kardashian story circulating online.

Since the launch of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim’s popularity has grown from strength to strength. She’s rocked the entertainment world by being involved in a notorious sex scandal, marrying Kanye West (and then divorcing him in 2020), and enduring a horrific robbery. These headlines however, have allowed her to take many business avenues.

Kim has created her own workout DVDs, clothesline, book, mobile game, emojis, KKW Beauty line, perfume and shapewear. She also donates a lot of time to charities and even helped release Alice Johnson from prison. Since then, Kim has been focusing on becoming a qualified lawyer to help others like Alice.

Net Worth: $1 Billion
Twitter Followers: 68 Million
Instagram Followers: 202 Million
Did You Know? Kim once released an embarrassingly bad music single and also starred in a cringe movie-role. Learn more about the reality-star in our Kim Facts post.

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13. Zayn Malik

Many may recognize Zayn as the heartthrob from One Direction, but in fact, his solo career is shining even brighter. When the star notoriously quit the band in 2015, he went on to release hit solo singles (e.g. Pillowtalk), successful solo albums (Mind of Mine and Nobody is Listening), and collaborated with some of the biggest singers like Taylor Swift and Sia.

The singer keeps a low profile, but Zayn’s dating life is always the topic of discussion around his fans. Zayn had a high-profile relationship and break-up with Little Mix member, Perrie Edwards, but then went on to have an even more prominent relationship with Gigi Hadid – who he now has a baby girl with!

Net Worth: $65 Million
Twitter Followers: 30 Million
Instagram Followers: 38 Million
Did You Know? He may have been part of the biggest band in the world, but Zayn has openly admitted that he hated 1D’s music. Find out more facts about Zayn!

14. Miley Cyrus

A former Disney child actress who followed in her father’s footsteps of becoming a superstar. But, unlike her clean childhood persona, Miley shocked the masses with her love for twerking, exhibitionism, and adoration for marijuana.

Despite her tongue-wagging antics, Miley has produced a number of hit-singles, including Wrecking Ball and albums like Plastic Hearts. While music is still the reason why many love her, Miley’s dating history has also been the highlight of her fame. Miley’s crazy antics calmed down a little when she married on-again, off-again boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, but sadly, their fairytale romance came to an end when she filed for divorce in 2019.

Net Worth: $160 Million
Twitter Followers: 45 Million
Instagram Followers: 122 Million
Did You Know? A quite unknown fact about Miley is that her real name is actually “Destiny Hope”.

15. Jennifer Lopez

Jenny from the block has come a long way since her days in the Bronx. She’s dabbled in everything from chart-topping singles to making it on the big screen, creating her own clothing line, accessories and perfume brand, to gaining a resident spot on the judging panel of American Idol and World of Dance.

Her Vegas residency broke records and her career just keeps going from strength to strength. As of late, J.Lo produced and starred in the 2019 hit, Hustlers, performed at the 2020 Super Bowl, and sang at Joe Biden’s 2021 inauguration.

The triple-threat has proven that she can achieve anything she sets her mind to. Jennifer Lopez’s relationship history is pretty long, but she recently got engaged to baseball star, Alex Rodriguez after two years of dating. Her phenomenal body at the age of 51 also inspires many around the world, and her ability to shine whilst being a mother to twins also motivates her fans.

Net Worth: $400 Million
Twitter Followers: 45 Million
Instagram Followers: 140 Million
Did You Know? J.Lo is the only woman that’s been voted twice for FHM’s Sexiest Women of the World! Find out more in our list of Jennifer Lopez facts!

16. Cardi B

Although Cardi B hasn’t been in the fame game for long, she’s managed to make her mark in just a few short years since the release of her debut album, Invasion of Privacy. The star’s private life often grabs headlines, including stories about her ex-husband Offset, infamous rants on social media and various celebrity feuds.

Despite her public feud with fellow rapper Nicki Minaj, Cardi B has achieved greater success in the last few years. She was the second female rapper to reach Billboard’s Hot 100 and to have three simultaneous songs on the list, including Bodak Yellow, No Limits, and Motor Sport.

This popularity also opened the fashion doors to Cardi, allowing her to create her own vision by collaborating on a clothesline with Fashion Nova. In 2020, Cardi was dubbed Billboard’s Woman of the Year.

Net Worth: $30 Million
Twitter Followers: 16 Million
Instagram Followers: 81 Million
Did You Know? Here’s a cool fact about Cardi! Did you know that her real name is actually “Belcalis Almanzar”?

17. Billie Eilish

There’s no listening to the radio in 2021 without hearing a song by this artist. Billie Eilish might just be one of the most popular and trending musicians of the year. At the mere age of just 18 years-old, the young starlet has achieved more than the most historic singers can brag about.

With hit singles like Bad Guy and All the Good Girls Go to Hell, Billie has already earned seven Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, two Guinness World Records, three MTV Video Music Awards, and one Brit Award. In 2020, she was gifted the opportunity to release the soundtrack for the James Bond movie, No Time to Die.

Billie generally keeps her personal life private, however she has been open about having Tourette syndrome. She’s also a huge fan of Justin Bieber, but who isn’t?

Net Worth: $25 Million
Twitter Followers: 5 Million
Instagram Followers: 75 Million
Did You Know? Billie has been writing music since she was 11 years-old!

18. Drake

Whether it’s his ‘soft’ personality, rumored hook-ups, or rap feuds, no matter what Drake does, he will always remain a beloved and popular celebrity in the entertainment world. He’s only in his early 30s but has already outsold rap legends, including Tupac, Jay-Z and Eminem. 

The Canadian-born star has won four Grammys, 13 BET Awards and six Juno awards. His chart-topping albums including Views always have a longstanding reign, while his arena tours sell out in minutes. In 2021, Drake became the first artist to surpass 50 billion combined streams on Spotify.

But Drake doesn’t just cash in from music, the smart businessman also has a line of endorsement deals from Apple Music to Nike, as well as his own company called OVO which includes live entertainment, clothing, sound radio and a record label. 

Net Worth: $180 Million
Twitter Followers: 39 Million
Instagram Followers: 75 Million
Did You Know? Drake has an obsession for the late singer, Aaliyah! As reported in our Drizzy facts post, he even has a tattoo of her on his back!

19. Demi Lovato

Starting off her career alongside stars like Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus on the Disney Channel, this star has been in the spotlight since her teenage years. Demi’s relationships with the likes of Joe Jonas and Wilmer Valderrama have stolen headlines, while she’s also been open about her addiction and mental health issues, especially in her documentaries, which shares her rocky road to recovery with all her fans.

While Demi is well known for her drug addiction and battle to stay sober, the singer, songwriter and actress has enjoyed a long and lucrative career. After finding success in Disney’s Camp Rock sequels, Demi moved on to singing and since then, has produced six successful albums and bagged numerous awards as well as two Grammy Award nominations.

Net Worth: $40 Million
Twitter Followers: 55 Million
Instagram Followers: 98 Million
Did You Know? Demi suffered a near-fatal overdose in 2018 that left her with brain damage and more. Find out more facts about Demi Lovato in our popular post.

20. Beyonce

Since the start of Destiny’s Child, it was clear that Beyoncé was a superstar, and her career as a soloist has proven just that. Beyoncé doesn’t just create music; she creates art with her groundbreaking ways of delivering entertainment.

She was the first female artist to win 6 Grammys in one night, the first black woman to headline Coachella (and what a performance that was!), and was also the first female artist to chart 12 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100, thanks to her visual album, Lemonade.

Beyonce’s relationships and personal life are kept low-key, but that hasn’t stopped stories spiraling in the media about her relationship with rapper, Jay-Z (and how he’s cheated on her), how she keeps up with her 3 children, and her restricted diet.

Net Worth: $500 Million
Twitter Followers: 15 Million
Instagram Followers: 163 Million
Did You Know? Beyonce’s baby announcement pic on Instagram got 6,335,571 likes in less than 8 hours, handing her a Guinness World Record! Learn more amazing facts about Beyonce!

21. Adele

Even during her usual breaks in music, there’s no forgetting this superstar. Adele is undeniably one of the greatest vocalists of our generation. With best-selling songs like Rolling in the Deep and Hello, the singer has truly made her mark in music history.

The success of Adele’s album, 21 not only earned spots in the Guinness Book of World Records, but was also the longest-running number one album by a female solo artist in the history of the UK and US Album Charts.

Adele has won numerous awards for her music including a whopping 15 Grammy Awards and an Oscar for her James Bond soundtrack, Skyfall. She is officially one of the world’s best-selling music artists. In 2020, it was rumored that Adele was making a comeback to music, but it was her drastic weight-loss photo reveal that got the people talking!

Net Worth: $190 Million
Twitter Followers: 26 Million
Instagram Followers: 39 Million
Did You Know? Adele went to the same college as fellow British stars, Leona Lewis and Jessie J!

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22. Nicki Minaj

The Queen of Rap has been around for over a decade and since then has reached headlines for famously beefing with other celebs, dating fellow rappers, and of course, building a successful career.

Nicki Minaj has had over 100 entries on Billboard’s Hot 100 list, and while the star has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, she’s not won any, but has successfully bagged 11 BET awards over the years.

Proving that she’s a triple threat, the star has tested her acting skills and has starred in Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Other Woman, and Barbershop: The Next Cut. She’s also undertaken many business ventures, including her own mobile game app, wine and a makeup range by collaborating with Mac cosmetics.

In 2020, Nicki gave birth to her first child with her husband, Kenneth Petty.

Net Worth: $85 Million
Twitter Followers: 22 Million
Instagram Followers: 128 Million
Did You Know? A mind-blowing fact about Nicki Minaj is that she was fired from 15 jobs before making it big! Her attitude got her in trouble most of the time!

23. Kylie Jenner

She’s famous for being part of the Kardashian clang, constantly transforming her look, and becoming a mother at a young age – there’s no surprise why Kylie Jenner is one of the most relevant and top celebrities of our generation. The reality-TV star is slaying the cosmetics industry and constantly inspiring young ladies with her style.

At the young age of 22, Kylie Jenner was named the World’s Youngest Self-Made billionaire; and while many criticize the “self-made” title, it’s hard to not see why she’s achieved billionaire status in a few short years.

Wanting to break free from the Kardashian family stigma, Kylie invested her money in her self-owned Lip Kit and merchandise empire, which doesn’t look to be falling anytime soon. She’s even expanded her business venture to include a skincare range, too.

Net Worth: $1 Billion (Read more about Kylie Jenner’s net worth!)
Twitter Followers: 37 Million
Instagram Followers: 213 Million
Did You Know? As revealed in our Kylie Jenner facts article, despite being the owner of a multi-billion cosmetic line, Kylie doesn’t like wearing makeup!

24. Kanye West

When will Kanye West ever not make headlines?! Whether it’s his run for president in 2020, bizarre rants, or relationship with Kim Kardashian, the controversial rapper seems to always be the talk of the town.

Kanye has been in the music business for over a decade and to honor just how important his presence has been, he was awarded with the MTV VMA Vanguard Award in 2015.

While he’s had his fair share of public feuds, Kanye West has made headlines for much more than his occasional outbursts. The rapper-turned-mogul has invested his creative ideas into his billion-dollar empire called Yeezy, became the highest-paid hip-hop artist of 2019 and the second richest celebrity in 2020.

Net Worth: $3.2 Billion
Twitter Followers: 30 Million
Instagram Followers: 4 Million
Did You Know? Kanye’s father was a Black Panther in the 60’s and 70’s. This interesting fact about Yeezy makes his support for Trump even more questionable.

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25. Shawn Mendes

One of the most current popstars of our generation, Shawn Mendes is always on the radio, or treating us to a brand new video on Vevo. The singer of hit-singles Treat You Better and There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back hasn’t just got one of the best vocals in music, but he’s also the youngest male artist ever to top the Billboard 200 with four studio albums.

Since his arrival on the scene in 2014, Shawn Mendes has received 13 SOCAN awards, 10 MTV Europe Music Awards, and two American Music Awards.

While his music is mainly what makes him a trending star, Shawn’s love life is also of interest, as he’s dating fellow singer, Camila Cabello.

Net Worth: $40 Million
Twitter Followers: 26 Million
Instagram Followers: 59 Million
Did You Know? Shawn was founded on the application Vine after sharing clips of himself covering songs!

26. Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan may be recognized as Killmonger from the record-breaking movie Black Panther, but the actor is far more than just that.

He has starred in the television series The Wire and Friday Night Lights, as well as mega movies including That Awkward Moment and Fantastic Four. Michael plays the lead role in the Rocky sequel films Creed, and recently starred in Just Mercy and Without Remorse.  

Other than winning the award for Best Villain at 2018’s MTV Movie & TV Awards for his role as Killmonger, Michael has also been named The New York Times’ 15th Greatest Actors of the 21st Century. He made headlines in 2020 by becoming People’s Sexiest Man Alive and for dating Steve Harvey’s daughter, Lori Harvey in 2021.

Net Worth: $25 Million
Twitter Followers: 1 Million
Instagram Followers: 16 Million
Did You Know? The “B.” in Michael B. Jordan stands for “Bakari,” which means “Noble Promise” in Swahili.

27. Dwayne Johnson

Fans from the 90s may recognize this star as “The Rock” from WWF, but today’s generation know him as one of the most popular actors in Hollywood. Dwane Johnson is one of the world’s highest-grossing actors, with a film roster amassing to over $10.5 billion worldwide.

It seems that with every year, comes a brand new Dwayne Johnson movie, the most recent being Jumanji: The Next Level, and Hobbs & Shaw from the ever-popular Fast & Furious franchise.

Other than acting, Dwayne is one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, the co-owner of the XFL, and a former football player. In 2020, the actor revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19, but recovered soon after.

Net Worth: $400 Million
Twitter Followers: 15 Million
Instagram Followers: 215 Million
Did You Know? Dwayne’s grandfather and father are pro wrestlers! His grandmother was also one of the first female wrestling promoters.

28. Ellen DeGeneres

Whenever we’re in need of some fun and lighthearted TV, we tune into The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The popular television host has brought us some of the finest celebrity interviews over the years along with jokes, silliness, and downright entertainment.

Ellen kicked-off her showbiz career by doing stand-up shows in the early 80s, starred in a few movies including Mr. Wrong and Finding Nemo, had her own sitcoms (Ellen and The Ellen Show) and was even a judge on American Idol. Other than her mega-successful TV talk-show, Ellen went on to host the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, started her own record company, Eleveneleven, as well as a production company, A Very Good Production.

It was in 2020 when Ellen’s reputation went downhill after The Ellen DeGeneres Show was investigated for being a hostile workplace and had multiple staff reporting harassment.

Net Worth: $500 Million
Twitter Followers: 79 Million
Instagram Followers: 94 Million
Did You Know? Before starring in her own sitcom, Ellen turned down a role on Friends!

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29. Tom Holland

Tom Holland is probably one of the most favored young actors among Generation Z, mainly because of his top role as Spider-Man in Civil War, Homecoming, Infinity War, Endgame, and Far From Home.

The young star is also one of the most-followed actors on Instagram, with over 4 million fans watching his every move.

Tom keeps his private life lowkey, but what we do know about this famous celeb is that he’s a British actor who began his acting career as the lead in Billy Elliot the Musical in the West End from 2008 to 2010; and was the youngest star to win the BAFTA Rising Star award.

Net Worth: $15 Million
Twitter Followers: 5 Million
Instagram Followers: 40 Million
Did You Know? Tom found out he got the role as Spider-Man on Instagram. “Marvel just posted a photo saying go to our website and find out who the next Spider-Man is…I went ballistic, like absolutely nuts.”

30. Chrissy Teigen

Many recognize Chrissy Teigen as the wife of John Legend, but there’s actually so much more to this awesome lady. In case you didn’t know it, Chrissy is a model, television personality, author, and entrepreneur. Her modelling debut was in 2010’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, and is also a host on Lip Sync Battle, a judge on Bring the Funny, and has her own cookbooks.

Chrissy regularly posts on social media, sharing her unfiltered views and stripped back stories, making her one of the most enjoyable celebs to follow today.

In 2020, the mom of two shared the sad news that she and John had miscarried their baby boy just over halfway into the pregnancy.

Net Worth: $75 Million
Twitter Followers: 13 Million
Instagram Followers: 33 Million
Did You Know? Chrissy met John Legend on the set of his music video for Stereo in 2007.

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31. Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp is undeniably one of the greatest actors of our generation. With performances as Edword Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, Jack Sparrow and Gellert Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts, Johnny has famously played weird and wacky roles that everyone loves.

Although Johnny’s film list isn’t as fruitful as it was back in the 80s and 90s, he has still managed to steal headlines for making it into the Guinness World Records as the world’s highest-paid actor in 2012 and for his rocky relationship with Amber Heard.

The actor is also a musician and is part of the rock supergroup, Hollywood Vampires. Unfortunately, Johnny has also been caught up in a few drug and alcohol scandals, but that hasn’t stopped him from being one of the most prestigious actors in Hollywood.

Net Worth: $150 Million
Instagram Followers: 9 Million
Did You Know? A mind-blowing fact about Johnny Depp is that he has NEVER won an Oscar, despite all of his fantastic performances!

32. Rihanna

Rihanna made her singing debut at the age of 16 with her hit single, Pon De Replay, taking the world by storm. Everyone instantly fell in love with the Barbadian singer, including fellow artist, Chris Brown. Rihanna’s relationship took center stage for a while when it came out that Chris had beaten and bruised her. But despite her rough history with Chris, Rihanna’s talents have shined through even stronger following their violent split.

The controversial singer is officially the second best-selling female singer ever and has bagged a number of awards including nine Grammys, created some of the best music videos around, and acted in box office hits such as Ocean’s 8. She’s the creative director of her Fenty x Puma collab, the owner of Fenty Savage Lingerie, her Fenty Beauty line and LVMH (her couture fashion house).

Net Worth: $550 Million
Twitter Followers: 100 Million
Instagram Followers: 90 Million
Did You Know? RiRi was part of the Army Cadet Force! Learn more about the superstar in our list of facts about Rihanna!

33. Camila Cabello

Camila was formally part of one of the biggest girl groups, Fifth Harmony before rising to solo stardom in 2017. The young starlet gained immense popularity after controversially quitting the band and moving on to release one of the most successful singles of 2017, Havana. From there on, Camila has released two major studio albums (Camila and Romance) and has won two Latin Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, and one Billboard Music Award.

Camila started dating fellow singer, Shawn Mendes in 2019, however, it was her resurfaced controversial tweets that got her in the limelight that year. The dug up tweets contained racial slurs and derogatory language but the little Latina was quick to issue a public apology stating she was “uneducated and ignorant” at the time.

Net Worth: $14 Million
Twitter Followers: 12 Million
Instagram Followers: 51 Million
Did You Know? When Camila moved to the U.S from Mexico aged 5, she couldn’t speak a word of English! Learn more facts about Camila!

34. Kevin Hart

Comedy legend, Kevin Hart has had years of success; from his stand up tours to his onscreen projects, he has managed to enjoy a busy and fulfilling career. In 2018, his remake of Jumanji grossed over $1 billion worldwide and his tour, Irresponsible became the largest selling comedy show with over one million tickets sold. Kevin also has his own production company, HartBeat Productions, and has also nabbed a deal with Nickelodeon.

Other than his on-screen fun personality, Kevin is also heavily followed on social media for his equally awesome antics.

He’s also made headlines for all the wrong reasons after admitting to cheating on his pregnant wife, Eniko Parish, having a bunch of old, homophobic tweets surface online, and being involved in a horrific car accident. Thankfully, Kevin recovered from these ill-famed stories and has continued focusing on his career.

Net Worth: $200 Million
Twitter Followers: 36 Million
Instagram Followers: 103 Million
Did You Know? At the start of his career, the comedian was booed off stage multiple times before he became a worldwide superstar. See more Kevin Hart facts.

35. John Legend

Very rarely are we gifted with one-of-a-kind vocals like those belonging to John Legend. The singer has blessed his listeners with music that will probably live on forever – songs like All of Me will be everyone’s wedding song for years to come. Since his rise to stardom, the piano-playing vocalist has released seven studio albums and won a whopping 11 Grammy Awards. John has also earned an Oscar and Golden Globe for co-writing Glory from the film Selma.

The star is famously married to model, Chrissy Tiegen and they have two beautiful children together, Luna and Miles. In 2020, sad news hit the headlines when it was reported that Chrissy and John miscarried their third child.

Net Worth: $75 Million
Twitter Followers: 14 Million
Instagram Followers: 13 Million
Did You Know? The singer’s real name is actually “John Roger Stephens”!

36. Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran is known for his chart-topping hits and his breathtaking vocals. Yet, his success often goes unnoticed due to his humble and mellow appearance. The British star has bagged four Grammys, he has performed for the Queen of England, and pushed boundaries with his several albums including No.6 Collaboration Projects.

His tracks are the epitome of wedding playlists, while his rare public appearances have made him one of the most beloved and famous celebrities of 2021. Speaking of love, Ed married his childhood friend and former high school classmate, Cherry Seaborn in January 2019 and they had a baby together in 2020.

Net Worth: $200 Million
Twitter Followers:
17 Million
Instagram Followers: 31 Million
Did You Know? A cool Ed Sheeran fact? Before fame, Ed slept on the streets. In fact, he admits to sleeping outside Buckingham Palace for a couple of nights.

37. Pink

Pink has been dominating the music scene ever since her introduction in 2000. While she started off giving fans R&B music, the singer transitioned to pop-rock and has been going from strength to strength ever since. With three Grammy Awards under her belt as well as selling over 90 million records worldwide, Pink has been dubbed one of the world’s best-selling music artists. The singer is recognizable for her raspy and flexible voice and acrobatic performances.

Pink is married to professional motocross racer, Carey Hart and the couple have two children together. In 2020, the star revealed that she and her 3 year-old son tested positive for COVID-19, but they thankfully recovered.

Net Worth: $200 Million
Twitter Followers: 32 Million
Instagram Followers: 8 Million
Did You Know? The singer’s real name is actually “Alecia Beth Moore”! “P!nk” is just her stage name!

38. Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea is one of the most talked-about rappers of our generation. The Australian star was the first non-American female rapper to reach the top of the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts and has additional chart-topping songs including Work in her shining portfolio. Iggy has collaborated with the likes of Ariana Grande, Jennifer Lopez and Rita Ora.

The rapper has been scrutinized for her rumored plastic surgery, specifically on her breasts and nose. But her relationships have been the most prominent part of her personal life, having dated A$AP Rocky, Nick Young and Playboi Carti. In 2020, Iggy revealed that she had a son, but kept her entire pregnancy private.

Net Worth: $6 Million
Twitter Followers: 7 Million
Instagram Followers: 14 Million
Did You Know? Iggy got her stage name fro her childhood dog – Iggy – as well as the street she grew up on – Azalea Street. Learn more Iggy Azalea facts!

39. Sam Smith

Whether you’re at a club, attending a wedding, or listening to the radio, you’ve heard these angelic vocals one way or another. Sam Smith is one of the most prominent artists of our generation and has released music of all genres from dance, pop to straight-up ballads.

Sam has won four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, and an American Music Award. The Love Goes star also has an Oscar and Golden Globe Award to brag about in which they won for their Spectre soundtrack, Writing’s on the Wall.

In 2014, Sam came out as gay and has had public relationships with model, Jonathan Zeizel and 13 Reasons Why actor, Brandon Flynn. In 2017, Sam came out as genderqueer, and said “I feel just as much a woman as I am a man”, and in 2019, the singer came out as non-binary, changing their gender pronouns to “they/them”.

Net Worth: $45 Million
Twitter Followers: 8 Million
Instagram Followers: 15 Million
Did You Know? Sam’s biggest inspirations are Judy Garland and Lady Gaga. Learn more facts about Sam Smith!

40. Chris Brown

It may be over 15 years since he hip-hopped onto the music scene with Run It, but this superstar is still going strong. Chris Brown has had some great ups and really bad downs throughout his career, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to pursue his passion – he’s still releasing music years later.

‘Breezy’ is one of the best-selling musicians in the world, with over 140 million records sold worldwide. He has the seventh most Billboard Hot 100 entries with 93, and is also the proud owner of a Grammy Award, 15 BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards.

But Chris Brown’s professional life has been tainted by his personal wrongdoings – in 2009, Breezy pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Rihanna. The star received five years probation and six months of community service.

Net Worth: $50 Million
Twitter Followers: 32 Million
Instagram Followers: 75 Million
Did You Know? Here’s a random fact about Chris Brown! He owns 14 Burger King restaurants! 

41. Khloe Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian rose to fame as the fun and crazy sister on the hit series, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Since then, she’s been in the limelight for her failed relationships with Lamar Odom and Tristan Thompson, as well as the birth of her baby girl, True. In 2020, she revealed she was one of the many stars diagnosed with COVID-19.

Despite the negative attention, Khloe’s managed to find her passion in exercising. Her well-being journey allowed her to gain her own spin-off show, Revenge Body, her own clothing line, Good American, as well as various books and workout DVDs.

Net Worth: $50 Million
Twitter Followers: 29 Million
Instagram Followers: 128 Million
Did You Know? The fashionista apparently suffers from long-term memory loss after being involved in a serious car accident in 2001.

42. Kourtney Kardashian

Is there a member of the Kardashian family who isn’t ever trending? One of the sisters is always a controversial case at some point. Kourtney, the eldest Kardashian keeps a rather low-profile compared to her siblings, but in 2020, she made headlines after deciding to quit the family show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians to spend more time with her family.

The reality TV star also trended on Twitter for some time after a physical (and shocking) cat fight with her sister, Kim aired on the show.

Despite 2020 being a groundbreaking year for Kourtney, she is also quite famous for her brand, Poosh, and her on-and-off again relationship with Scott Disick.

Net Worth: $45 Million
Twitter Followers: 25 Million
Instagram Followers: 109 Million
Did You Know? Kourtney has a strictly organic diet and household. She only eats organic and gluten-free foods, and all of her cleaning products must be organic, too!

43. Jennifer Aniston

If it wasn’t for her iconic breakthrough role as Rachel Green in the hit TV series, Friends, perhaps we would never had been gifted with the wonderful talent that is Jennifer Aniston. After earning multiple awards including Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild gongs for her performance, Jennifer then went on to star in major Hollywood blockbusters such as Bruce Almighty and Horrible Bosses.

Jennifer has been one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Despite her success in acting, the star hasn’t been so lucky in love. She was famously engaged to Brad Pitt, and later had more failed relationships with actors like Vince Vaughn and Justin Theroux.

Net Worth: $300 Million
Instagram Followers: 36 Million
Did You Know? In 2020, Jennifer finally joined Instagram! She broke the internet and sent the online world into a frenzy when her first photo was of a Friends cast reunion.

44. Will Smith

He can rap, he can act and he can make us laugh – is there anything Will Smith can’t do? This celebrity will probably always trend in the entertainment world thanks to his extraordinary talent and roles in popular movies. In 2020, Will was hot news after it was revealed that his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith had a relationship with singer, August Alsina.

There’s no surprise why he was dubbed “the most powerful actor in Hollywood” by Newsweek in 2007. Will first appeared on our screens in the 80s in the popular sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and has been the face of great movies ever since. You may have spotted the star in films like Ali, The Pursuit of Happiness or Bad Boys. Recently, the sequel Bad Boys for Life was released, becoming the most popular movie of 2020.

Other than acting, Will Smith is also a renowned rapper, having released successful hits including Men in Black and Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.

Net Worth: $350 Million
Instagram Followers: 51 Million
Did You Know? Will’s full name is actually “Willard Carroll Smith Jr”!

45. Leonardo DiCaprio

One of the most recognizable men in Hollywood with an acting career that will live on forever. Even when Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t starring in the latest movie, he’s still often the topic of the day in entertainment. Having starred in major blockbusters like Titanic, Shutter Island, and The Wolf of Wall Street, Leo proves time and time again that his talent is phenomenal.

The celeb finally won his first Oscar in 2016 for his role in The Revenant, but he was also nominated countless times in 2020 for his performance as Rick Dalton in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Leonardo is somewhat low-profile when it comes to his private life, although he is famously known for being the face of many “Leo memes“. The actor often passionately supports charitable causes and regularly promotes environmental awareness.

Net Worth: $260 Million
Twitter Followers: 19 Million
Instagram Followers: 47 Million
Did You Know? The actor is open about his struggle with OCD. He admits to having strong urges to walk through doors several times.

46. Brad Pitt

Starring in mega movies such as Fight Club, Snatch and Ocean’s Eleven, Brad Pitt is an A-List actor with multiple awards under his belt. From Golden Globes to Oscars, Brad snatched gongs for his talented performance in the 2019 movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, making history in 2020 – this was the first time he won “Best Supporting Actor” throughout his 30-year career in acting.

Other than being known as one of the world’s most attractive men, Brad Pitt also famously dated – and married – his celebrity costars. While his relationship with Jennifer Aniston was a Hollywood highlight (their reunion in 2020 sent everyone in a frenzy), his later marriage with Angelina Jolie was probably the most talked about hook ups of the century, with their divorce causing even more of a stir in entertainment.

Net Worth: $300 Million
Did You Know? “Brad” isn’t the actor’s actual name! His full name is “William Bradley Pitt”!

47. Mark Wahlberg

One of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood, Mark Wahlberg has a movie career that spans decades. Playing in movies such as Planet of the Apes, The Departed and Ted, Mark has performed in various genres, proving his undeniable talent as an actor. Other than having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Mark has also been nominated for Best Supporting Actor (for The Departed) at the 2007 Oscars.

In 2020, amidst the Black Lives Matter movement, news resurfaced about Mark’s controversial past. When the actor took to Instagram to mourn the death of George Floyd, he was labelled a “hypocrite” by fans – Mark was charged with several crimes related to racial attacks in the 90s against black and Vietnamese people.

Net Worth: $300 Million
Twitter Followers: 3 Million
Instagram Followers: 16 Million
Did You Know? Mark was also a famous rapper! Before his career in acting, the star was known as “Marky Mark” from the band, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.

48. Tom Hanks

Having starred in some of the world’s greatest movies, there’s no surprise why Tom Hanks is one of the beloved actors in Hollywood. The cultural icon has starred in legendary films like Forest Gump, Toy Story, Cast Away and The Green Mile, and has even won TWO Oscars for his brilliant roles. In 2016, Tom famously received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

The actor is mainly recognized for his acting career and has managed to keep his personal life out of the limelight. In 2020 however, he and his wife, Rita Wilson were both diagnosed with the Coronavirus, but thankfully recovered.

Net Worth: $400 Million
Twitter Followers: 16 Million
Instagram Followers: 9 Million
Did You Know? There’s an asteroid named after the actor! NASA named an asteroid they discovered in 1996 “12818 tomhanks” for his role in Apollo 13.

49. John Boyega

John Boyega is a talented up-and-coming actor who had the unique honor of starring as Finn in the latest Star Wars trilogy. While the star gained most recognition from his role in the epic movie series, John has also played in other major blockbusters including Detroit and Pacific Rim: Uprising.

While the British star is celebrated for his acting, John gained further worldwide attention in 2020 when he gave a passionate speech in London following the death of George Floyd. “I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this” John exclaimed, but instead of backlash, the actor was praised by several fellow celebrities and directors.

Net Worth: $6 Million
Twitter Followers: 2 Million
Instagram Followers: 2 Million
Did You Know? John admitted that he secretly attended a 2015 Comic-Con dressed as a stormtrooper!

50. Joaquin Phoenix

You may recognize him from movies like Gladiator, Walk the Line or Signs, but in 2020, Joaquin Phoenix became immensely popular after starring as the DC villain, the Joker. The eccentric role which was controversially compared to Heath Ledger’s performance led to numerous wins including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Ironically, in 2017, Joaquin announced he was quitting acting and even dubbed the Academy Awards as “bulls**t”.

Joaquin is also famous for his activism – the actor has openly spoken and stood for societal equality and animal rights, so much so that he promoted them during his Oscar acceptance speech.

Other than that, Joaquin is engaged to fellow actress, Rooney Mara and the two had a child together last year.

Net Worth: $50 Million
Did You Know? During Joaquin’s early childhood, his family belonged to the Children of God – a religious cult.

Clearly, fame isn’t just about the music or movies anymore, it’s also celebrities’ private lives that peek interest in the public and get them trending online.

While these attention-grabbing headlines keep these famous faces in the limelight, their achievements are what really shine through!

Check out these top 12 best celebrity documentaries – a list of great stories about your favorite stars including Lady Gaga and Michael Jackson!

This article was originally published in October 2017.



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Joanna Zambas

Joanna Zambas

Joanna has a history in the fashion world; having studied lifestyle and fashion journalism at BA and MA level, she then proceeded to work in the hustle and bustle of fashion PR. These days you can find her working in the marketing sphere, content writing and religiously following the ins and outs of the entertainment world. She’s obsessed with celebrity style and the Kardashians – but who isn’t?!

53 Responses

  1. Bts is literally the biggest boyband in the world at the moment. They should’ve at least been on here-

  2. WHAT ABOUT THE STRANGER THINGS CAST!?!?!?!?!?!?!??!… I mean… RIGHT?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?

    1. They’re definitely popular celebrities, but they haven’t really been ‘talked about’ in 2021 yet.

  3. Bruh what about Madonna, The Beatles, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Queen, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston and many more. These are true Stars or human like us but they are not famous on social media bc most of the people in the world does not have Social Media. What about doin something good for humanity or change the world. This are true superstars

    1. These icons are definitely popular celebs, but they haven’t really been ‘hot news’ in 2021.

    1. He’s one, if not, THE most popular sports stars in the world but we wouldn’t class him as a ‘celebrity’ in terms of Hollywood/music.

    1. She is relatively known in Hollywood, but not as much as the A-listers presented here! Maybe one day!

    1. She’s quite a popular celeb, but we wouldn’t say she’s one of the most talked about in 2021 so far…

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