20 Most Popular Celebrities in the World

Joe Biden
Joe Biden (Source: The Boston Globe)

Most Popular Celebrities in the World!!

How does one define being popular these days? It basically calls for the people who stand out from the crowd and, importantly, are popular on the Internet.

Every nation in this world has a few well-known celebrities who work in a variety of fields, and it is quite a difficult task to compile the list of the top 20 most famous personalities.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- President Joe Biden in Jimmy Kimmel Live!
President Joe Biden in Jimmy Kimmel Live! (Source: USA Today)

Definitely, these well-known individuals represent several facets of the professions in which they are active.

And again, your popular might be completely different from my popular, which depends on several factors, so pardon my audacity.

In this article, I  have worked my best to choose those famous beings who have achieved quite a level of success and are famous around the world, along with incredible talent.

Without any delay, let’s talk about the twenty famous celebrities in the world who are admired by millions. 

Quick Overview

S. No Most Popular Celebrities Profession
1. Elon Musk Entrepreneur, Investor
2. Joe Biden Politician
3. Mark Zuckerberg Entrepreneur, Media Magnate, and Philanthropist
4. Lionel Messi Professional Footballer
5. Cristiano Ronaldo Professional Footballer
6. Dwayne Johnson Actor, Businessman, and Former Wrestler
7. Scarlett Johansson Actress, Singer
8. Robert Downey Jr. Actor and Producer
9. Taylor Swift Singer and Songwriter
10. Justin Bieber Singer
11. Kylie Jenner Media Personality, Model, and Businesswoman
12. LeBron James Professional Basketball Player
13. Kim Kardashian Model, Media Person, and Businesswoman
14. Will Smith Actor, Producer, and Rapper
15. Gigi Hadid Model and Media Personality
16. Oprah Winfrey Television Producer, Author, Actor, and Philanthropist
17. Lisa Rapper, Singer, and Dancer
18. Jennifer Lopez Singer, Actress, and Dancer
19. Rihanna Singer, Actress, Entrepreneur, and Designer
20. Kim Taehyung Singer and Songwriter

#20. Kim Taehyung

Let’s start with a fact; did you know this year, Kim Taehyung, aka “V,” is the most searched Asian celebrity in the world?

Yes, that’s right, Kim, the young and handsome South Korean guy who is a part of the popular boy band BTS, is well known for his adorableness, eccentricity, and general dorkiness.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- Kim Taehyung
Kim Taehyung “V” BTS (Source: POPSUGAR)

The fans of BTS, commonly known as BTS Armies, are smitten with Taehyung because very few other idols compare to him in terms of appearance, personality, and character.

To illustrate, Kim began his career as a trainee in Big Hit Entertainment before joining BTS. Now that he has made a high position for himself, V is sought by several sectors of the entertainment industry for collaboration.

#19. Rihanna

We never get tired of talking about Rihanna, and we can never cover her greatness in a single article. Nevertheless, let’s try.

Rihanna is a Barbadian singer, actress, fashion designer, and entrepreneur who rose to fame in the early 21st century as a talented pop and R&B singer.

Rihanna is renowned for both her distinctive and flexible vocals and, obviously, her own fashion and beauty lines.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- Rihanna
Rihanna (Source: POPSUGAR)

For the past few months, the woman has been trending for her pregnancy and birth of a child, but Rihanna needs nothing, in particular, to be “trending” as she is herself one of the biggest trendsetters.

Moreover, Rihanna is the owner of Fenty Beauty and Savage X Fenty, which is also co-owned by LVMH, the French luxury conglomerate. In detail, the singer owns 50% of Fenty Beauty.

Furthermore,  talking about the net worth of the queen, Rihanna is a billionaire with a humongous net worth of $1.7 billion.

#18. Jennifer Lopez

Stunning body, seductive dance moves, and powerful vocal cords, Jennifer Lopez, who is commonly known as J Lo, is an American actor and singer.

Lopez began her career after portraying the role of Selena; Selena Quintanilla is still regarded as one of the most adored musicians of all time, and Jennifer played her in the biopic made in 1997.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- Jennifer Lopez (Source: People)
Jennifer Lopez (Source: People)

With successes like “Get Right” and “Play,” she transitioned to making music and has had significant success on the pop and dance charts while continuing to act in Hollywood films.

Lopez is one of the richest singers and actresses in the world, with a net worth of $400 million.

She is currently in the news for being in a newfound relationship with Oscar-winning actor Ben Affleck.

#17. Lisa

The armies of Blackpink and the fans of Lisa are definitely blooming all around the world.

Lisa Manobal, the singer, rapper, and dancer from Thailand, is the highest-earning Blackpink member but has an equally successful solo career.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- Lisa
Lisa (Source: Doniphan County)

Not long ago, she soared in the news for her partnership with BVLGARI as she was picked as the newest global ambassador of the brand in 2020. Lisa was seen with Anne Hathaway and Priyanka Chopra at the recent event.

Lisa debuted as a solo artist in September 2021 with the release of her album Lalisa, and she is already famed as the most successful female K-Pop performer, listed on Billboard’s Pop Chart.

The rapper has tons of followers who not only adore her for her doll-like features but for her singing and dancing abilities as well.

#16. Oprah Winfrey

The multi-billionaire renowned American talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, is the fourth most admired woman in the world, and she is on our list for all the valid reasons.

Winfrey is not only a television personality but also an actress, writer, producer, and philanthropist.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- Opera Winfrey
Opera Winfrey (Source: POPSUGAR)

She was born into poverty, but by the age of 32, she had overcame all her circumstances by becoming a millionaire. This all happened after her show entered national syndication.

And now, she has a staggering net worth of $3.5 billion.

#15. Gigi Hadid

Gigi is a well-known name in the current fashion industry.

She is one of the highest-paid models on the planet, which seems justifiable, given her gorgeous look and significant influence in the world.

The American supermodel started modeling at the age of just 2. To illustrate, she participated in her first modeling job for a Guess clothing campaign.

Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid (Source: Glamour)

Moreover, the model previously was in a long-term relationship with acclaimed singer Zayn Malik with whom she also has a child.

Despite the fact that she is the daughter of Yolanda Hadid and she was born into riches, she has carved her own path and attained success on her own.

She has walked many runways and has become the face of several big brands, including Fendi, Chanel, Prada, Maybelline, Off White, and Guess.

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#14. Will Smith

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Will Smith began his career as a rapper, recording five commercially successful studio albums.

Eventually, Smith shone brighter in the acting field as well, for which he has won and been nominated for several honors, including two Academy Award nominations with one win, four Grammys, and one Golden Globe Award.

Will Smith
Will Smith (Source: 1A)

With a whopping net worth of $350 million, Will is without a question one of the top Hollywood actors, best known for movies like Men In Black, Hitch, Focus, Pursuit of Happyness, and several others.

Well, a recent act, however, got Will into controversy as during the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith stormed onstage and hit comedian Chris Rock for making fun of his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

#13. Kim Kardashian

It is impossible to write an article on famous celebrities and not have a Kardashian.

On our list, we have Kim Kardashian, the model, entrepreneur, and social media sensation who is the oldest in the Kardashian-Jenner family.

Kim Kardashion Wearing Rare and Original Marilyn Monroe Dress
Kim Kardashian Wearing Rare and Original Marilyn Monroe Dress (Source: Vanity Fair)

To detail, after Kim appeared on the reality TV program “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” she became the talk of the town.

Likewise, she is the founder of KKW Beauty, KKW Fragrance, and SKIMS. Kim is currently dating American comedian Pete Davidson as she divorced the famed rapper Kanye West “Ye” in 2022.

Similarly, Kim recently became the subject of controversy for damaging the original Marilyn Monroe dress, which she wore at the 2022 Met Gala.

#12. LeBron James

Four NBA championships and four NBA MVP awards winner, LeBron James is the most adored athlete of today’s time as he embodies all qualities we seek in a hero, a teammate, and a champion.

James, who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers, is the second-most famous athlete in the world, coming right after soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo according to the ranking made by ESPN based on online searches, sponsorships, and social media followings.

LeBron James
LeBron James (Source: People)

James recently made headlines as he ranked on the Forbes list of billionaires with a net worth of $1 billion. In 2022, he was ranked second on the list of highest-paid athletes, with an earning of $121.12 million.

Undoubtedly, he has stayed true to his moniker- “King James.”

#11. Kylie Jenner

One of the most influential teens, as featured by Time Magazine, Kylie Jenner, is the face of the fashion and cosmetic world. She is an acclaimed model, businesswoman, and socialite.

Born in California, Kylie is also well-known for being the youngest self-made billionaire in the world who has a sizable fan base on numerous social media platforms, including Instagram and Facebook.

Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner (Source: POPSUGAR)

Moreover, in January 2022, she made history by becoming the first female Instagrammer to reach 300 million followers.

Her appearance in the television series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” where she stars along with his family, catapulted her to popularity.

#10. Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber is among the most famous celebrities globally with his good looks and unparalleled voice and music.

The man is married to a successful model and businesswoman, Hailey Baldwin. He was ranked 8th with more than 150 million records sold globally by Billboard in 2021.

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber (Source: POPSUGAR)

Furthermore, Justin has eight number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and eight number-one albums on the Billboard 200 charts.

Unquestionably, Justin Bieber is one of the most successful singer-songwriters of all time who rose to prominence because of his extraordinary talent at an early age. 

In July 2022, he announced on Instagram that he has paralysis on one side of his face, caused by the varicella-zoster virus.

#09. Taylor Swift

A well-known singer-songwriter from the US with more than 200 million album sales, Taylor Swift is one of the most successful and famous musicians ever.

Swift’s songwriting abilities have garnered her praise from all over the world and extensive media attention. Coming further, she was included in 2019’s list of the Most Influential People in the World.

Taylor Swift
Dr. Taylor Swift (Source: Teen Vogue)

Moreover, Taylor received the title of Artist of the Decade and Woman of the Decade from American Music Awards (AMA) and Billboard, respectively.

The recipient of 49 Guinness World Records, two Brit Awards, and eleven Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift is globally famous in every sector of entertainment.

And she is now a doctor! Not the one who treats diseases, but she did earn an honorary doctorate degree in Fine Arts from New York University in 2022.

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#08. Robert Downey Jr.

On our next number, we have our beloved Ironman, Robert Downey Jr., who is a famous Hollywood personality as well as one of the highest-paid actors globally.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr. (Source: Alternate History Wiki – Fandom)

Robert did not have a normal beginning as he was detained on drug-related issues in the past. Moreover, he dealt with drug abuse, arrest, and rehab for almost five years, and after that, he ultimately turned his life around.

Currently, the actor is recognized as an A-list actor who is well-known for his blockbuster hits like Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes, and Chaplin.

#07. Scarlett Johansson

American beauty Scarlett Johansson is well-known for the acting roles she has delivered in actions, thrillers, period dramas, love stories, and other genres throughout her career.

The gorgeous blonde woman is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world and was named Playboy magazine’s Sexiest Celebrity of the Year in 2007.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson (Source: Cosmopolitan)

Talking about some of her brilliant works, she has given outstanding performances in the films Marriage Story, Rough Night, Lost in Translation, Black Widow, and Lucy.

Moreover, Scarlett was previously included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Important People in the World.

#06. Dwayne Johnson

What’s the Rock cooking?

Now it’s not just pancakes but the title of being one of the most famous celebrities in the world.

From going fishing in his private jet to owning magnanimous cars, the 50 years old actor and former wrestler is a famed figure who frequently rules the Internet with his different appearance.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- Dwyane Johnson
Dwyane Johnson (Source: POPSUGAR)

Johnson is among the best professional wrestlers in the history of wrestling, and now that he has left that career, he is doing equally impressive in the acting field.

The Rock, officially known as Dwayne Douglas Johnson, is an American actor, businessman, and former wrestler who has frequently appeared on lists of the highest-paid actors worldwide in recent years.

#05. Cristiano Ronaldo

The soccer player from Portugal is without a question one of the most well-known and marketable athletes in the world.

Additionally, TIME magazine included him in its 2014 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Moreover, he was also named the most well-known athlete by ESPN from 2016 to 2019.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo (Source: POPSUGAR)

According to Forbes, Cristiano Ronaldo was the highest-paid athlete in the world in 2016 and 2017.

Cristiano Ronaldo is the most followed individual on Instagram, with over 463 million followers as of this writing.

#04. Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi is a soccer player for the Ligue 1 club PSG and the Argentine national team.

Regarded as the world’s best soccer player, Messi has already amassed 769 goals and four Champions League titles.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- Messi
Messi (Source: POPSUGAR)

Moreover, between 2009 to 2014, he held the title of the highest-paid footballer in the world for five years. Likewise, in Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World, he was listed twice (2011, 2012).

There is a reason why Lionel Messi is the most sought-after player as he is a living legend who shines the brightest.

In 2022, Forbes ranked him first in the list of Highest-paid Athletes in the world with an earning of $130 million.

#03. Mark Zuckerberg

The multi-billionaire American Internet tycoon, and philanthropist, Zuckerberg is undoubtedly one of the most well-known individuals on the planet.

Mark is most recognized for co-founding Facebook and its parent company, Meta Platforms. Moreover, Facebook recently completed a branding effort to emphasize its goals for the metaverse.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- Mark Zuckerberg (Source: Pinterest)
Mark Zuckerberg (Source: Pinterest)

The businessman has been listed as one of the top 100 Most Important People in the World since 2008 by Time magazine. Furthermore, he is also one of the world’s most influential people, as ranked by Forbes.

#02. Joe Biden

The 46th and current president of the United States, Joe Biden, is not only one of the famous personalities but also the name which was most searched on Google in 2021.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- Joe Biden
Joe Biden (Source: Stuttering Foundation)

He became the sixth-youngest senator in the history of the United States of America at the age of 30.

Every American remembers the tense 2020 presidential elections when Biden beat incumbent President Donald Trump.

#01. Elon Musk

The richest man in the world as of 2022 and the CEO of Tesla Inc. and Space X, Elon Musk, absolutely is most well-known around the globe.

With a 23% ownership share in Tesla, Musk is also a majority stakeholder of Twitter, the famous microblogging social media platform.

Most Popular Celebrities in the World- Elon Musk
Elon Musk (Source: www.wsj.com)

Started from nothing, and now he has accomplished a plethora in his life. Musk is a driving force behind the revolution in travel, both on Earth and in space.

Time magazine named him the Person of the Year for 2021.

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