Adrienne Koleszár figured she could balance her duties at work and a certain pastime she enjoyed investing in after work hours. At first, Koleszár managed to keep the balance and separate her work-self from her personal life, however, after her passion was uncovered, it threatened to tear her career to pieces. After years of hard work and sacrifice, the world she had built was threatening to crash down on her. The question was, how would she respond?
Working For The People
Adrienne Koleszár always loved serving her community has a dedicated policewoman. What’s more, the 34-year-old from Dresden, the capital of the eastern German state of Saxony, was also gaining a lot of followers on Instagram. In fact, with a start of 700,000 followers, she became a social celebrity in her own right.
But Adrienne always put her work in the police force first. Once nicknamed the “Jewel Box”, Dresden nonetheless attracts crime just like any other, making her job all the more important. She’d been serving in the city’s police force a handful of years, and nothing had gone wrong. But that was all about to change.
Police Work Was Brutal
Anyone who’s ever worked as a police officer knows that no matter the area, it’s no simple premise. In addition to constantly putting their lives on the line, they must stay in optimal shape to keep up with the rigorous demands of work in the field.
Adrienne didn’t get her job by lazing about on the couch. She’s a total gym rat, and constantly works out to make sure she’s in shape for her job. She soon began to share her workouts on social media, which seemed harmless at first. That being said, no one could’ve ever predicted how far her online presence would reach.
Although Adrienne’s posts started out as just innocent workout videos, they turned into something more. It wasn’t long before Adrienne began to get a great deal of attention on social media — not just from those looking for exercise tutorials, but from men who were clearly interested in other things.
Nonetheless, Adrienne was loving the fame and admiration these Instagram posts were providing her. It was all so new and exciting, and she began to wonder how many fans she could reach. Her followers were still at a relatively low number (a few thousand), but that number was getting higher by the day, and the police force was paying attention.
A Feel Good Moment
In addition to her modeling and workout videos, Adrienne got into the good habit of posting inspirational quotes for anyone reading. As a crime-fighting policewoman with a side gig on Instagram, she had a unique perspective about the world, and fans were happy to learn more about her. But no one could’ve predicted how massive her popularity was about to grow.
Adrienne didn’t see any conflict between her posts and her career as a policewoman, so she continued to work hard on a daily basis, while using her Instagram account as a place to unwind and enjoy herself. Her colleagues were fully aware of her posts, so she couldn’t have anticipated how one specific event would soon threaten every bit of her identity.
A Form Of Escapism
As Adrienne continued to post plenty of selfies, intense workout videos, and inspirational quotes, her number of followers continued to skyrocket through the roof. She saw no reason to stop what she was doing. People enjoyed it, so why would she ever put it all to rest?
Furthermore, as her followers expanded into the hundreds of thousands, big companies pursued her to sponsor their brands. They offered her massive paychecks simply to promote their product on her Instagram. For many influencers, this is a dream job, and Adrienne was now making extra money on the side. So why would she ever slow down?
Satisfying Her Traveling Itch
With all the success Adrienne had been obtaining from social media, Adrienne decided to take a six-month vacation from her work as a police officer. She had gotten a taste of the good life, and now she was ready for a field run.
She was confident that she’d be able to make enough money from her Instagram sponsorships that she could afford to not be receiving any paychecks from the police force for six months. And after all, her colleagues at work didn’t seem to have a problem with it at the time. So why not give her fans a treat with some fascinating snapshots from around the globe? The plan was foolproof — or so it seemed.
Taking It Even Further
They say that once a person starts traveling, they get the “bug” and can’t stop. Such was the case for Adrienne Koleszár, at least at first glance. When she left on her six-month vacation to travel around the world, her fanbase couldn’t get enough of it. Adrienne’s popularity grew even further, and one can only imagine what she was going through at the time.
Was life as a police officer really all that great? What was to stop her from simply living like a traveling queen for the rest of her life? If she could make money doing this, and people enjoyed following her, maybe this was a sign of things to come. She began rethinking some very fundamental concepts of her life.
Meeting Fellow Cops Around The World
As Adrienne continued to see the world, she went out of her way to introduce herself to fellow police officers from other countries. One of the people she met on her travels was Ernesto, the Miami-based cop who was all too happy to say hello.
With the potential opportunity of meeting Adrienne, cops understandably wanted to follow Adrienne on her Instagram, just in case she dropped by their city. She was happy to receive behind-the-scenes tours of the cities from local cops and regulars too; but although these cops were supportive, the ones back at home were less so. Soon, her dream life was about to get crushed into a million little pieces.
A Returning Semi-Celebrity
After a life-changing period of travel, Adrienne returned to her home in Dresden, Germany, a completely new woman. Although she was already popular around the world when she originally left town, her level of fame had reached a ridiculously high level while she had been abroad.
Adrienne had now amassed over half a million followers, was having whole articles written about her, and being dubbed “The Most Beautiful Police Officer In The World”. It was this kind of attention, however, that made her colleagues on the force raise their eyebrows. It seemed like Adrienne’s lifestyle was getting in the way of her police life, and they had to decide what they were going to do about it.
Getting Negative Attention
Adrienne was still getting used to being a worldwide star. She was kind of like a celebrity in that way, and she didn’t know how to handle it. It’s one thing to be overwhelmed with the attention from well-wishers and diehard fans. It’s another thing when people have cruel things to say about it.
However, Adrienne never expected that the negative backlash would come from her own colleagues! It’s one thing for it to come from online trolls, but soon she’d be feeling the heat from her own backyard. Her blue-blooded brethren weren’t happy with all the attention that she’d amassed, and they were about to come down on her hard.
Invited For A ‘Talk’
Once Adrienne walked back into her police department in Dresden, her colleagues were understandably ecstatic to see her (after all, she had been away from them for six months). However, not long after, Adrienne was invited to have a one-on-one “talk” with her boss.
This meeting could’ve been about anything, but Adrienne wasn’t feeling particularly optimistic about it. She knew she’d been pushing her luck over the last year with her social media lifestyle. She thought she could get away with it, but had she crossed the line? Was this the final straw that would bring down her career for good? Adrienne waited patiently for her boss to tell her his news.
They Needed Her Badly
One of the first things that Adrienne’s boss told her is that she was badly needed on the force. Crime hadn’t disappeared while she was gone, and the police department was actually extremely understaffed. Adrienne’s boss further explained that they needed around 1,000 more police officers on the force, to cover all of Dresden.
In other words, while she had been vacationing around the world, they had been suffering with a lack of numbers. But Adrienne was confused by the response that she was hearing from her boss. Were they mad at her? Was she in trouble? Or were they welcoming her with open arms because they actually needed her?
They Called Her Photos Inappropriate
It turned out that both things were true. The Dresden Police indeed needed Adrienne to be part of the force, and they were also mad at her. Her boss scolded her for posting countless inappropriate bikini pictures of herself for the whole world to see, believing it’s not what a policewoman should be doing.
He also told her that higher police department authorities had also noticed what she was doing, and that they weren’t happy with her at all. Although they didn’t want to fire her, they were still furious with the way she had conducted herself. In their eyes, she had shamed their department. But beyond that, would they be able to forgive her and let her keep working?
After much discussion amongst themselves, the department decided to give Adrienne a choice. She could continue working at the police station if she chose, because they truly needed her help. However, they did have one requirement from her. She’d have to get rid of her “other job”. There was no way to reconcile the two.
If Adrienne really wanted to return to the police force, she’d be required to give up her life as an Instagram model and influencer. She’d also be forced to give up all that money that she’d be entitled to receive from companies still wishing to promote their brand. It was a big decision, and Adrienne had to do a lot of thinking.
Getting Out Of Hand
Adrienne’s dilemma was a tough one. On the one hand, she had devoted her entire adult life to being a professional cop who demands respect from the public. She had spent years of training, not to mention hours of grueling work in the trenches, to get where she was.
Was it worth it to give all that up just so she could post pictures of herself online? Sure, being an Instagram model seemed like a dream job, but how long could that last? Was this a sustainable source of income for her? So many questions filled her head, and unfortunately she was running out of time to decide.
The authorities of the Dresden police department weren’t playing games, and they weren’t looking for excuses. Understandably, they had a no-nonsense attitude, and therefore when they gave Adrienne her ultimatum, they told her that she had until December 10th to make her choice, which wasn’t very long.
If she chose to stay, she would start working on January 1st — or else, she’d be leaving that life behind her forever. This was a massive decision in her life, maybe the biggest she’d had to make thus far. And her entire fanbase was now waiting on pins and needles to see which path she would choose!
A Strange Climax
The day of Adrienne’s life-altering decision, December 10th, finally came. But fans didn’t get what they were hoping for. Truth be told, they didn’t get much at all. Adrienne decided to be mysterious on that fateful day, and not to tell anyone what she chose. December 10th came and went, and yet Adrienne kept posting suggestive pictures on Instagram.
Did this mean that she said goodbye to the police force for good? Was this her way of telling everyone that? After all, they had been a devoted fan base for a while, so there’s no way she could abandon them. But soon Adrienne would give a response to all their unanswered questions.
Adrienne’s Big Announcement
Thankfully Adrienne’s intention wasn’t to leave her fans in the dark for long. She took to Instagram to tell her fans that she was actually going to stay a police officer. “I’m going to work,” she declared in a video she posted on Instagram. “I’m going back on the beat.” Defiantly she declared: “I’m putting my uniform on.”
She continued to say how much she was looking forward to January, even though it would be hard to turn away from her other lifestyle. This was obviously a hard decision for her to make — but would she be able to keep it up? Or would the temptations of the influencer lifestyle end up being too strong for her to resist?
A Shocking Twist
Once Adrienne resumed her post as a police officer in January, things continued like they used to. But then something happened that surprised a whole lot of people, especially her fans. They hadn’t expected to hear from her any more, since she had given up her social media life.
But sooner than later, she started posting more pictures on Instagram! What was going on? Was she deliberately going against what her boss was ordering her to do? Was she about to get fired for real this time? She was certainly one bold lady to keep being an influencer after telling the authorities that she was done. But there was something she hadn’t told everyone.
They Found A Compromise
It turns out that there were a lot more intricate details to the deal that Adrienne had made with her bosses at the police force. Yes, she was willing to give up being an influencer — but not completely. They were willing to strike a compromise with her that worked for everyone.
Basically, she would continue to post her fitness videos and pictures, as long as it didn’t interfere with her police work. Additionally, Adrienne would make sure that her pictures weren’t too inappropriate so that she would represent her employers in a more dignified manner. This allowed her to do two things she loved. But someone wasn’t happy about this at all.
A Painful Breakup
It wasn’t just Adrienne’s colleagues at the police station who took issue with her modeling pictures. There was someone else in her life who wasn’t particularly thrilled: her boyfriend. The only difference was, her boyfriend’s requirements were a lot more strict. He didn’t seem to be willing to put up with her fame at all.
Once it became clear that Adrienne was going to continue being a famous influencer, her boyfriend called it quits with her. He clearly didn’t feel like “sharing” his woman with the rest of the world, and she wasn’t willing to give that life up for him. “Life isn’t always a bowl of cherries,” Adrienne mused, reflecting on the breakup. But she explained why she’s still happy about her decision.
Grateful For Everything
With all of the decisions she’s made in the recent years of her life, Adrienne nonetheless remains a woman with no regrets to shake a stick at. She’s grateful for all the opportunities the world has afforded her, and especially proud of where she stands now.
Sure, not everyone agrees with her lifestyle, much less that a police officer should be posting the kind of pictures she posts — but she’s learned to tune out those kinds of voices. As long as she’s able to successfully balance those two things in her life, what else can go wrong? That being said, unfortunately there were some hardships she had to deal with not long after reaching this sense of balance.
It wasn’t long before Adrienne received a scare. She informed the world that she was dealing with some “health issues”, which naturally concerned her international audience. How serious was this illness, and why was she being cryptic about it? Was Adrienne going to be okay? Thankfully, her update was followed up with something more optimistic.
Adrienne later updated her fans by telling them that after her little mishap, she was right back “on track” and “unconditionally happy”. She also said that she felt much wiser than she had been before her health problems started. It’s precisely that kind of positive attitude that has fans loving the trendy, hot-topic Instagram posts — like this next one she shared.
The Ten Year Challenge
For anyone to qualify as a genuine Instagram influencer, they ironically must be influenced by viral hashtag challenges that sweep the nation at any given time. One of these viral trends was the quirky “Ten Year Challenge”, which required users to post two pictures of themselves: one from now, and one from ten years previous.
The purpose of this challenge is both to jokingly laugh at ourselves and how were a decade ago, and to also marvel at how far we’ve come. Naturally, Adrienne passed this challenge with flying colors. After all, she got popular in the first place for a reason. And it wasn’t long before someone special paid attention.
New Man In Her Life
After an ex-boyfriend who left Adrienne because he couldn’t handle her spotlight, a new man entered the picture. He clearly had no problem with all the attention she was getting online from her 622,000 followers, nor from the fact that she’s a police officer wielding real power.
If the pictures Adrienne posts are any indication, he seems to adore her for who she is, and doesn’t want to change her. Adrienne even posted an Instagram selfie of the two of them with the caption, “Love for president.” She seems optimistic that her new man is the real deal; but whatever happens, like other facets of her life, we’re confident she’ll find a way to turn it into something positive.
Turns out Adrienne Koleszár was smart about exploring an “influencer” career and lifestyle alongside her cop career.
Read on to see just how much you can make being an influencer using a social platform such as Instagram. This ranked list much surprise you, and for the better!
25. Emily Ratajkowski – $26,500
Seeking to empower women by example, Emily Ratajkowski’s career is firmly cemented in her beliefs about having a positive body image, and rocking it. She began her career by modeling for magazines and commercials, all the while attempting to merge into acting. But it was by celebrating her body on television that this now-social media superstar and swimwear designer was able to break through.
Emily launched herself in the public sphere thanks to her appearance in two sensational music videos by Robin Thicke and Maroon 5 — not to mention the controversy and publicity that the former attracted. Since then, she has become one of the most well-known models on the planet, and the pay for her Instagram posts certainly reflects that.
24. Bella Hadid – $27,000
It’s reality TV that helped Bella Hadid, who comes from an entire clan of Instagram elite, become a household name. The Hadid family came into the public eye thanks to matriarch Yolanda’s appearance on the hit reality TV show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. One by one, her talented and genetically blessed children snagged modeling contracts.
Bella Hadid has been featured on magazine covers the world over, and she has taken the catwalk by storm at the fashion world’s most prestigious shows from The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show to Versachi and Michael Kors, to name a few. With such unforgettable style and a superstar entourage to match, it was only a matter of time before she became one of the leading personalities on Instagram out there.
23. Sommer Ray – $29,000
A self-proclaimed country girl who grew up in Colorado on a ranch, fitness model Sommer Ray began her career through aspiring to be just like her older sister, when she saw her posing for photo shoots. Well-versed in physical fitness, she had been competing as a bodybuilder since the age of 16.
With more than 20 million Instagram followers, Sommer sets herself apart by having a reported all-natural approach. She maintains her status as a fitness guru thanks to healthy eating and a determined workout regimen. But Sommer has gone on from being known as a fitness guru, using Instagram to flaunt her personality too.
22. Zach King – $30,000
The sunny and goofy personality that is Zach King shot into superstardom thanks to the modern marvels of the digital age. After he had already snagged millions of views for a YouTube video digitally edited to feature cats having a lightsaber duel, he then eyed his next medium: Vine.
By using Vine’s format of six-second videos, and some extraordinarily clever and expertly-executed quick edits, Zach King became the most famous online wizards that ever was. Once he transitioned his craft from Vine to Instagram, his short but imaginative clips became even more popular, attracting more than 20 million followers to his account.
21. Eleonora Pons – $32,500
Known also by her nickname Lele, Eleonora Pons was born in Venezuela, and grew up in Miami after her family immigrated. Lele honed her comedy chops in school, where she’s noted that she had trouble fitting in. When she opened her account on Vine, the online world could scarcely understand what had hit them.
Lele’s style of rapid-fire comedy sketches wrapped up with a twist ending earned her the title of the most-played and most-followed Viner of all time, having received more than an eye-popping billion views before the site shut down. She has since branched into acting, singing, and modeling, as well as hosting Mexico’s version of the TV show The Voice.
20. Huda Kattan – $33,000
Instagram as well as the rest of the online world is filled with scores of makeup artists giving video tutorials, but almost none have been quite as successful as Huda Kattan. This Iraqi-American entrepreneur began her career by using her makeup talents for A-list celebrities, but the Internet needed to see her abilities too.
After becoming a makeup blogger, Huda founded her own cosmetics company, all before becoming a presence on Instagram. Regularly posting videos of herself and colleagues demonstrating makeup tips, the self-made beauty mogul isn’t solely one of the top Instagram personality in her field. Given how much she can make off a single post, she is one of the highest-earning Instagram influencers ever.
19. Floyd Mayweather – $107,000
You could say his career path was all but inescapable. Pro boxer Floyd Mayweather’s father and two uncles were all professional boxers, and thanks to their training, he started his own career in the sport with the endearing nickname “Pretty Boy.” Because of all those slick defensive moves he had been raised on, he rarely got swiped.
An Olympic medalist for his boxing prowess, Floyd Mayweather’s social media presence has given Instagram quite the punch. As one of the top-earning pay-per-view sportsmen of all time, it was only natural that he would go on to become one of the highest-paid Instagram stars ever, collecting a hefty revenue from each endorsed post to cushion his prize money earnings.
18. Stephen Curry – $110,000
He’s the mild-mannered basketball player who brought fame and glory to Oakland. Even those who aren’t sports fans know and recognize Stephen Curry, who is likely to be one of the first names to come to mind when describing the basketball stars of this generation. What’s more, he’s using his powers for good.
World-renowned for his absolutely astonishing shooting range, Curry saw in his gift an opportunity to give back, vowing that for each three-point shot he scored, he would donate three mosquito nets with insecticide to areas suffering from malaria. Whether he’s promoting Under Armour, shooting hoops, or simply sharing his happy moments, Curry is one of the leading Instagram account owners in sport.
17. Virat Kohli – $120,000
As the top sports star in the nation that contains the second-largest population on Earth, there’s just no way that Virat Kohli couldn’t be one of the highest-paid Instagram stars today. He’s the captain of India’s national cricket team, and as thus is regarded as the champion of his country’s favorite sport.
As one of the largest record-holders in the history of his sport, Virat Kohli has plenty opportunities to share his talents with his massive Instagram audience of 32 million followers. When he’s not training, playing, or celebrating his successes, he takes a moment to share with his online fans his love for his Bollywood actress wife, Anushka Sharma.
16. Conor McGregor – $125,000
Whether you’re a massive boxing enthusiast, have watched television commercials for just a few moments, driven by his billboard ads or are one of his Instagram following of more than 30 million strong, you definitely know Conor McGregor’s face. He’s one of the biggest names in boxing, and has been able to snatch up a series of incredibly lucrative endorsement placements.
As enormously successful as he’s been as a boxer and social media figure, the Irish welterweight has also been a shrewd businessman. He’s established his own brand of menswear suits, as well as his own label of whiskey. But it’s because of his deals with popular companies such as Reebok, Burger King, and Monster Energy that his reputation has become truly world-famous.
15. Luis Suárez – $150,000
FC Barcelona is one of the most popular and financially valuable soccer teams in the world, with its merchandising likely to be found in almost any place you may travel. As the striker for this fan-favorite team, Luis Suárez is one of the most easily recognized names and faces on and off the field.
Hailing from Uruguay, a nation known for producing giants of the soccer field and World Cup, Suárez also plays for his home country’s national team in international soccer competitions. In fact, with upward of 32 million virtual followers, he has the most Instagram followers of any Uruguayan and is one of South America’s leading Instagram figures.
14. Zlatan Ibrahimović – $175,000
Swedish sports star Zlatan Ibrahimović is the third most-decorated soccer player still actively employed in his field. He’s an impressively agile and even acrobatic striker who is so extraordinarily popular, that he was one of the top choices to bring over to the US in an attempt to boost soccer appreciation there. Zlatan now plays for the MLS’s LA Galaxy — but that’s just one piece of his legend.
Off the pitch, it’s not just his stature of nearly 6’4″ that’s larger than life. Zlatan is known for referring to himself in the third person and as a lion. Not only that, but seeing that he’s recognized on a first-name basis by his fans worldwide, he’s had it trademarked. With upward of 36 million followers, he’s notably among the most bombastic of the world’s top-earning stars on Instagram.
13. Gareth Bale – $185,000
Real Madrid is one of the most beloved soccer teams in existence, and its winger, Gareth Bale, rakes in a neat salary as would befit one of the most important Instagram personalities out there. Even at the start of his career, he became a superlative, as the second-youngest player ever on Southampton’s team.
From the age of 16 onwards, Bale shot up into the stratosphere of British footballing stardom. He represents his home country Wales by playing on their national team. Because of the revenue he collects just by posting on Instagram, he just so happens to be the second-highest paid person in the United Kingdom.
12. David Beckham – $300,000
You may be able to bend it like him, but can you post like him? David Beckham is not just one of the most popular soccer players on the planet, but probably one of the most famous faces of modern times. Now retired, he played across Europe and in Los Angeles throughout his over two-decade career on the field.
He can now boast yet another title to add to his hefty list of lifetime achievements: the top-earning man in the United Kingdom, as the foremost of his country’s Instagram stars. With his endearing smile, he now enjoys sharing his good times with friends and family for his online audiences.
11. Khloé Kardashian – $480,000
The many representatives of America’s televised version of the royal family, the Kardashian-Jenner dynasty, are obvious choices to be among the highest-paid individuals on Instagram in the world, and Khloé is no exception. The youngest Kardashian sister makes serious bank not just on her beauty products, clothing lines, and Coca-Cola endorsements, but her Instagram posts.
Used to an inside look at the glamorous lives of Khloé and her kin on reality TV, social media has provided fans with an even more intimate and constant glimpse of the outspoken Keeping Up With The Kardashians star. Khloé has a new addition to her life, baby girl True, and she loves to share tender more behind-the-scenes moments with her first child for her 91 million adoring followers on Instagram.
10. Kendall Jenner – $500,000
Her family’s incalculably astronomical success on their reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians helped steer the spotlight to Kendall Jenner, who made a name for herself in her own right amid her massive clan. As she climbed the ladder of the modeling world, it was only a matter of time before she became the highest-paid model in the world.
Kendall made the top of Forbes Magazine’s list of the highest-earning models in 2017. Think of any name whatsoever in the fashion and design world today, and chances are highly likely that even at the tender age of 23, Kendall Jenner has already had the opportunity to represent them.
9. Lionel Messi – $500,000
One of the highest-paid sports players in history can also manage to rake in a whopping sum of a half a million dollars for sponsored posts uploaded to his Instagram page. You can see Messi’s name on billboards and the backs of T-shirts in practically any country around the globe. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed not to find it.
Famous not only for his mastery as a soccer player but also for his charitable work, Messi has dedicated his professional career to the betterment of children at risk. This hero from Argentina started his work at UNICEF before branching off and creating his own charity, the Leo Messi Foundation.
8. Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior – $600,000
It takes some truly legendary talent to be known worldwide just by your first name, and Neymar is the rule, not the exception. Bobbing, weaving, attacking, and yes, rolling his way into the hearts of hundreds of millions of fans the world over, Neymar is considered by many to be the top soccer player in the world.
The Brazilian icon comes behind only the legends Pelé and Ronaldo themselves as scoring the third-highest amount of goals for his national team — a jaw-dropping feat in one of the planet’s largest nations. He’s one of the highest-paid Instagram stars per post, and even Time has listed him as one of the world’s most influential personalities.
7. Justin Bieber – $630,000
Once upon a time, Justin Bieber was that little Canadian boy who was discovered by accident through his YouTube videos. He grew up before the world’s eyes, inspiring a generation of haircuts, fashion statements, and has continued to place his mark on the soundtrack of an era. These days, his Instagram account is easily one of the most lucrative.
With an obvious eye for flair, more often than not Justin Bieber uses his Instagram page to share the latest flashy clothes that have caught his eye. Most recently, he pranked his Instagram following of more than 100 million on April Fools’, joking that his wife Hailey was pregnant by way of a series of extremely believable posts.
6. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – $650,000
He’s quite possibly today’s hardest-working man in show business. With a story and life mission as unique and grandiose as they come, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson initially made a name and brand for himself as a professional wrestler — but for this friendly giant, that was just the beginning of a remarkable path.
Despite his imposing physique, Johnson has endeared hundreds of millions of fans worldwide with his charm and good-natured down to Earth persona. A leading big-screen action and comedy actor, he uses his position as one of the highest-paid stars on Instagram to also share bits of wisdom and detailed insights into his life to his nearly 140 million followers.
5. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter – $700,000
How could Queen Bee herself be anything but one of the highest-paid Instagram stars on the planet? Placing anywhere lower than spot five among the top-paid Instagram personalities would seem downright illogical for one of the most beloved and worshipped performers of all time. Beyoncé’s income from her Instagram truly seems to have a life of its own.
Beyoncé’s Instagram always keeps her more than 125 million followers guessing, as her look can change in the blink of an eye, with a wild variety of styles and eye-catching splashes of color. Her own endless creativity and that of the artists she surrounds herself with lends for one of the most entertaining Instagram accounts out there.
4. Kim Kardashian West – $720,000
She rose out of reality television to become one of the greatest names in fashion and celebrity, and one of the best-known faces of the modern era. Equal parts sheer luck and hard diligence have paid off for this superstar, working her way into the very fabric that comprises pop culture today.
Kim Kardashian’s marriage to rap mogul Kanye West was like the confluence of two titanic dynasties, and her children have been featured prominently on her Instagram page of late. Through her stated mission to “break the Internet,” Kim has dedicated herself to becoming the queen of social media over the past few years, and Instagram is no exception.
3. Cristiano Ronaldo – $750,000
It’s official. There’s simply no avoiding it. Just ask ESPN: Cristiano Ronaldo is the most famous athlete on the planet. He’s the leading man in the world’s most popular sport, soccer, but outside of his main profession, he has also made a name for himself as the top athlete among the highest-paid personalities on Instagram. And it’s perhaps no surprise seeing that his account boasts more than 160 million followers.
While he plays for Portugal’s national team, Cristiano Ronaldo’s award-winning smile has be seen in television commercials from his home country to Israel to Japan. With a flamboyant courtside presence that fans just eat up, he’s slid his way into near immortality, inspiring legions of fans and aspiring soccer players in every corner of the globe.
2. Selena Gomez – $800,000
Part of the glory of Selena Gomez is that her fanbase of Generation Z’ers have enjoyed watching her grow up with them. They’ve seen her since she was a child acting in lighthearted sitcoms on the Disney Channel, they remember when she launched her music career and subsequently shot up to become a huge fashion and pop culture icon. And she’s been right there with them for the ride as social media became a phenomenon in the first place.
But Selena Gomez’s unbelievably enormous career as a singer and celebrity personality has become so much more than her natural talents and endorsements. When at 17 she became the youngest current UNICEF Ambassador, she set the stage for a career firmly grounded in charity work. She has made sure that just as her star rises, so too should her positive influence on the needy. And with an Instagram follow of nearly 150 million, she has a huge platform for sharing that message.
1. Kylie Jenner – $1,000,000
Each member of the Kardashian-Jenner family has made a brand for themselves thanks in large to their collective fame. Half-sister Kim Kardashian may have been the initial breakout star of their reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, but it was Kylie who would climb to the top and make history as the world’s top-earning individual on Instagram.
Her own brand of cosmetics has proven to be fantastically marketable, but her social media presence is what sets Kylie Jenner apart from all the rest. With her online followers currently ranking at 131 million, she is not only Instagram’s highest-paid poster, but one of its most popular personalities ever.
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