Top 10 highest paid Instagrammers revealed

Instagram's elite have been named.
Instagram's elite have been named. Photo credit: Left: Instagram/cristiano; Middle: Instagram/kyliejenner; Right: Instagram/therock

An Instagram scheduling and analytics programme has unveiled its 2019 Instagram Rich List, sharing the top 10 highest paid Instagram profiles - and no, there are no average Joes among them.

The rest of the world must be in the wrong profession, with many stars earning over NZ$1 million for a single upload to the photo-sharing platform. 

The list is based on the exorbitant amount each user can charge for a single Instagram post based on variables such as post frequency, average engagement, number of followers and industry fluctuations.

It's no surprise that "self-made" billionaire, makeup mogul and the pinnacle of the Kardashian empire, 21-year-old Kylie Jenner, topped the list for the second year running. 

The mother-of-one can reportedly earn up to US$1.2 million for a post (NZ$1,792,164) on her eponymous profile, which boasts over 141 million followers.

Grammy-winning songstress Ariana Grande was a close second, reportedly raking in up to US$996,000 (NZ$1,487,496) for one post. The diminutive hitmaker, 26, currently holds the honour of being the third most followed person on Instagram, amassing over 160 million followers.

Cristiano Ronaldo can claim up to US$975,000 (NZ$1,456,133) per post. Ronaldo holds the coveted position as the second most followed person on Instagram, with over 172 million fans. The soccer star has been ranked by Forbes as the sixth top celebrity earner for 2019.

Despite having three million more followers than Kylie, big sister Kim places fourth, with a healthy wage of up to US$910,000 (NZ$1,359,057) for her Instagram addiction. There must be some serious sibling rivalry over that $300,000 discrepancy - it's hard out here for Kim.

Former Disney star Selena Gomez will bank up to US$886,000 (NZ$1,323,214) for a single post, and is the platform's fourth most followed persona.

In sixth place is Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, who can earn up to US$882,000 for a post.

In seventh place is Beyonce, who can earn up to US$785,000 for a post.

In eighth place is Taylor Swift, who can earn up to US$748,000 for a post.

In ninth place is Brazilian soccer player Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, who can earn up to US$722,000 for a post to his 121 million followers.

In lucky last, Justin Bieber can also bank up to US$722,000 after sharing a snap with his 114 million Instagram fans.

Stars appearing between 11 and 20 on the Instagram Rich List include Nicki Minaj, Lionel Messi, Kendall Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Lebron James, David Beckham and Kevin Hart.

Clearly, everyone else around the world needs to up their Instagram game - there is some serious money to be made.