50 Most Popular Women in the World [Updated 2021]

Are you curious to know about the most popular women in the world? Well, women are also making it to the top just like men in every industry. To make you aware of these women we are here with this 50 most popular women article, around the globe, along with a glimpse into their professional life. Indeed, having a look into their life journey will be enlightening and might put things into perspective.

Popular Women in the World

List of 50 Most Popular Women:

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Cher
  • Lana Del Ray
  • Rihanna
  • Kendall Jenner
  • Lady Gaga
  • Taylor Swift
  • Britney Spears
  • Selena Gomez
  • Adele

1. Oprah Winfrey

Her real name is Oprah Gail Winfrey, born on January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi. The first spot goes to her and she certainly deserves it as she was born to a teenage mother living under poverty conditions.

Oprah Winfrey

Thus, despite coming from a financially weak family she managed to be a strong and powerful woman today who is not only the host on television but has also produced several shows. Furthermore, she is also an actress, author, and philanthropist.

2. Cher

Cher was born on May 20, 1946, in El Centro, California, US. She is an American actress, singer and has a wide presence on Television, and the media often refer to her as the Goddess of Pop.

Cher

She has an enormous fan following as she has been in the entertainment industry for over six decades now. Furthermore, in her career, there was never a dull moment as she always used to experiment with her looks which makes her different from all of her contemporaries.

3. Lana Del Ray

Lana’s real name is Elizabeth Woolridge Grant; she was born on June 21, 1985, in New York City, U.S. She is popularly known for her songwriting, but she is a mind-blowing singer and has also produced some records.

Lana Del Ray

After so many efforts in singing and releasing some of her items, she got recognition through her debut single known as Video Games in 2011, which went viral. Currently, her Net Worth is around $30 Million.

4. Rihanna

Not many people know that her real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. She was born on February 20, 1988, in Saint Michael, Barbados. She has a humongous fan following of over 92.4 Million on Instagram.

Rihanna

Furthermore, the singer started her journey in 2005 and got popularity with her first two studio albums, known as Music of the Sun, released in 2005, and A Girl Like Me, released in 2006. Since then, she never looked back and has a Net Worth of $300 Million.

5. Kendall Jenner

Kendall Nicole Jenner was born on November 3, 1995, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. The list was undoubtedly incomplete without a Jenner in it. Everyone knows them, and Kendall is one of them.

Kendall Jenner

Furthermore, she is a model and has a great presence on social media, with over 153 Million followers on Instagram. She rose to popularity recently with the show called Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Moreover, she also holds 16th position in top-earning models in Forbes magazines. Moreover, her current Net Worth is estimated at around $45 Million.

6. Lady Gaga

Gaga’s real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, born on 28 March 1986 in New York City, U.S. She got recognition for her talent in 2008 with her debut studio album known as The Fame. Furthermore, the singer might have a solid career throughout, but her personal life was a mess as she was at odds with her family from her teenage days.

Lady Gaga

However, later she resolved all the issues with her mom, and now they both share a good bond. Today she has a humongous Net Worth of around $320 Million.

7. Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in West Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S. She got immense success through her second album known as Fearless, which was released in 2008.

Taylor Swift

Furthermore, her two songs from the album, Love Story and You Belong with Me, became every teen’s favorite. Not only this, but she is also known for her personal life’s bold decision, and she often conveys her feelings through the lyrics of her song. Moreover, over the years, this beauty has only become better and better, and her songwriting game is on point than ever before.

8. Britney Spears

Britney Jean Spears born on December 2, 1981, in McComb, Mississippi, U.S. She is an actress, singer, dancer, and songwriter as well. She has been active in the entertainment industry since 1992, and most of her work was critically acclaimed.

Britney Spears

However, she didn’t get her fair share of success till 2008 with the album Circus. With her popularity, she has always been a soft target for the media and was also involved in several controversies. Currently, her Net Worth is estimated to be around $60 Million.

9. Selena Gomez

Selena Marie Gomez was born on July 22, 1992, in Grand Prairie, Texas, U.S. She is a well-known artist and specialized in the field of singing, acting, songwriting. She was widely recognized because of her show created by Disney, known as Wizards of Waverly Place; she played a leading role in that show.

Selena Gomez

Moreover, the show has also won Emmy Awards. However, before the show, she appeared on Hannah Montana as one of Miley’s contemporaries. She has been in this industry ever since she was a child and shared a good bond with Taylor Swift.

10. Adele

Adele Laurie Blue Akins was born on 5 May 1988 in London, England. She is an English songwriter and singer. Her debut album was known as 19, and one of the songs called Hometown Glory was written by her when she was just 16; the album was a hit.

 

However, her next album was called 21 and it was even a bigger hit than her first one. Furthermore, she was married to Simon Konecki, but the couple recently got separated in 2019.

11. Madonna

Madonna Louise Ciccone was born on August 16, 1958, in Bay City, Michigan, U.S. She was raised in Michigan but later moved to New York City to pursue her passion for dancing; now, she is often called the Queen of Pop.

Madonna

She gained popularity for her solo album titled after her name Madonna. Later, all the following albums that were released received immense love from the audience, and everyone knew that there’s no stopping this lady now. Currently, her Net Worth is estimated to be around $850 Million.

12. Beyoncé

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles Carter was born on September 4, 1981, in Huston, Texas. She is a multitalented soul and is excellent in singing, acting, songwriting, and directing. She has been actively participating in dancing and singing competitions ever since she was a child. In her singing career, she has worked with great singers like Jay-Z and Sean Paul.

Beyoncé

She has an excellent social media presence with over 166 Million followers on Instagram. She has also been positioned as the highest-paid celebrity and earned around a sum of $81 Million in 2019.

13. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born on July 24, 1969, in New York City, U.S. She has acted in several films and has also launched singing albums alongside. She is the most influential Latin actress; she also became the first Latin actress who charged $1 Million for a movie.

Jennifer Lopez

However, not many people know that she was good at sports back in her college days. As of now, the stunning actress and singer have a Net Worth of around $400 Million.

14. Katy Perry

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson was born on 25 October 1984 in Santa Barbara, California, the U.S. Though she was active in the industry since 2000 but rose to popularity later in 2008 with her album known as One of the Boys.

Katy Perry

After that, her three subsequent albums were well received by the audience, and she became widely famous around the globe.  She has over 113 Million followers on Instagram, and her Net Worth is estimated to be around $330 Million.

15. Shakira

Shakira’s real name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll. She was born on February 2, 1977, in Barranquilla, Colombia. She is mainly a singer and a songwriter but a fantastic dancer. The media has titled her the Queen of Latin Music.

Shakira

She made her first debut when she was just 13 years old. Furthermore, she gained success after two of her albums’ subsequent failures were released in 1991 and 1993, respectively. She has done versatile work in several languages, such as English and Spanish.

16. Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj’s real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, born on December 8, 1982, in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Tobago. Her first album Pink Friday which was released in 2010, secured a number one spot on US Billboard 200.

Nicki Minaj

Furthermore, her second album was in the top five of Billboard Hot 100 single. After her back-to-back success, she never looked back and kept on climbing the mountains, and today, her Net Worth is estimated at around $ 80 Million.

17. Miley Cyrus

Miley Ray Cyrus was born on 23 November 1992 in Franklin, Tennessee, U.S. Not many people are aware that her parents named her Miley after her nickname Smiley as she used to smile a lot during her childhood.

Miley Cyrus

18. Kim Kardashian West

Talking about popularity and none of the Kardashian appears on the list is not at all possible. Kim was born on October 21, 1980, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. In this list, she is the only one who has more than 200 million followers on Instagram.

Kim Kardashian

Furthermore, she founded KKW Fragrance and KKW beauty; she also has her own clothing line. Alongside her business, she has also acted in some amazing movies. As of now, her Net Worth is around $780 Million.

19. Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie Voight was born on June 4, 1975, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She is widely liked by people all around the globe and is mostly critically acclaimed by the media for her work. Furthermore, she began her professional career in 1993 by making a debut in Cyborg 2.

Angelina Jolie

Moreover, She married Brad Pitt in 2014, but later the couple was separated. Her personal life is not very satisfying, but she has done magnificent work in her career. Her current Net Worth is around $100 Million.

20. Paris Hilton

Paris Whitney Hilton was born on February 17, 1981. In New York City, U.S., Paris belongs to a wealthy family as she is the granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels.

Paris Hilton

She began her career as a model in New York, and later, she was recognized widely because of the album released in 2006, Paris. However, her personal life has always been so scandalous, and in 2012 Forbes listed her as the most overexposed celebrity.

21. Demi Lovato

Lovato’s real name is Demetria Devonne Lovato. She was born on 20 August 1992 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. She is a successful actress, songwriter, and singer. Furthermore, in 2002 she appeared in a show known as Barney &Friends alongside Miley Cyrus.

Demi Lovato

Later in 2008, she released her album, which secured a second position on Billboard 200, and after that, there was no stopping this diva as she kept on getting popular. Her Net Worth is estimated to be around $40 Million, and she has over 99 Million Instagram followers.

22. Christina Aguilera

Christina Maria Aguilera was born on 18 December 1980, in New York City, U.S. She is a multi talented artist specialized in singing, songwriting, and acting. Before singing records in 1998, she appeared in several television shows.

Christina Aguilera

She is a very creative songwriter, and through the heart-touching lyrics of her song Beautiful, she received wonderful responses from the LGBT community. However, she gained popularity later in 2006 for her album Back to Basics. Although she has over 7 Million followers on Instagram, her Net Worth is around $160 Million.

23. Avril Lavigne

Avril Ramona Lavigne was born on 27 September 1984 in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Avril’s first studio album, Let Go, released in 2002, was the best-selling album of the 21st century of a Canadian artist.

Avril Lavigne

Furthermore, her second album, Under My Skin was the first one to reach the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S. Furthermore; the singer married twice; her first husband was Deryck Whibley, and the second husband was Chad Kroeger. Rumor has it that currently, she is dating Mod Sun.

24. Megan Fox

Megan Denise Fox was born on 16 May 1986 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S. She has been active in the industry since 2001. However, she received global recognition through her role in the famous movie Transformers, which was released in 2007.

Megan Fox

This woman has seriously come a long way, as in her school days, and her classmates used to bully her to the point of throwing stones at her. She married Brian Austin Green in 2010. However, the couple separated in 2020.

25. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey was born on March 27, 1969, in Huntington, New York, U.S. She released three albums from 1993 to 1995, namely, Music Box, Merry Christmas, and Daydream. These three albums by her were the most popular ones because of which she became famous.

Mariah Carey

As of now, in 2021, her Net Worth is estimated somewhere around $320 Million. Till now, she married twice and got a divorce from both of her marriages, and she is dating Bryan Tanaka now.

26. Kristen Stewart

Kristen Jaymes Stewart was born on 9 April 1990 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She became popular ever since she appeared as Bella Swan in the Twilight series. The movie was released in 2008, and its last part was released in 2012, which was enough for Kristen to be successful in her career.

Kristen Stewart

However, she was popular before then, but her actual breakthrough was the Twilight movie. In 2021, her Net Worth is estimated to be around $70  Million.

27. Alicia Keys

Also known as Alicia Augello Cook, she was born on January 25, 1981, in New York City, U.S. She was an early bloomer and was interested in music ever since she was 12 years old. Furthermore, by the age of 15, she signed her first contract with Columbia Records.

Alicia Keys

Her first album Fallin sold for over 12 million copies which was a significant breakthrough in her singing career. After that, she released several albums, all of which were critically acclaimed and received generous amounts of love from her fans.

28. Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Dee Lohan was born on 2 July 1986 in New York City, the U.S. Only at the age of 3 she was signed to Ford Models, and at the age of 10, she appeared in a soap opera known as Another World.

Lindsay Lohan

However, she rose to fame when she was featured in a Walt Disney Pictures movie, The Parent Trap, which was released in 1998. Later, she also got recognition in the music industry as she released two albums, one in 2004 known as Speak and the other in 2005 known as A Little More Personal(Raw).

29. Emma Watson

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born on 15 April 1990 in Paris, France. She has been enlisted as the world’s highest-paid actress by Forbes and was also listed in the 100 most influential people in the world.

Emma Watson

Furthermore, everyone is aware of the most famous Harry Potter movie series, and she has acted on every movie of this franchise through which she gained immense fame. After she was done with the franchise, there were several offers on her way, and now she works only on the projects that hold her interest.

30. Carly Rae Jepsen

Carly was born on 21 November 1985 in Mission, British Columbia, Canada. She has been in the business since 2007, but she gained real success by her single album Call Me Maybe was released. Furthermore, the song became the best-selling single of the year, and it successfully secured a top list among 18 countries.

Carly Rae Jepsen

Her second album reached the top 10 in Canada and U.S. giving her the success which she desired.

31. Jessie J

Jessica Ellen Cornish was born on 27 March 1988 in Redbridge, London, England. She has been active in the industry since 2001, but she rose to fame when her single album known as Do it Like a Dude was released in 2010.

Jessie J

Later in 2011, she released an album known as Who You Are, which ranked in the second position in the U.K, following with her second album Alive which was released in 2013, managed to secure the spot in the top five of U.K Albums Chart.

32. Vanessa Hudgens

Vanessa Anne Hudgens was born on December 14, 1988, in Salinas, California, U.S. She is popularly known for her role in The High School Musical series as Gabriella Montez.

Vanessa Hudgens

Furthermore, because of the success of High School Musical, she ended up signing a contract with Hollywood Records, which gave her more fame. Since then, she has been totally focused on her acting career and has appeared in many movies.

33. Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum was born on 1 June 1973 in Bergisch Gladbach, West Germany. She is the first-ever German model who became Victoria’s Secret Angel.

Heidi Klum

In 2011, she was also listed as the World’s Top-Earning Model by Forbes. She worked with Victoria’s Secret for around 13 years, and by the end of the contract, she fully transformed into a businesswoman rather than a model.

34. Kylie Minogue

Kylie Ann Minogue was born on 28 May 1968 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She has been experimental throughout her career by trying different genres.

Kylie Minogue

Furthermore, in the early 90s, she already had a lot of albums released, due to which she is widely recognized now. She was engaged to Joshua Sasse in 2016, but the engagement broke in 2017. As of now, she is engaged with Paul Solomons.

35. Kate Moss

Katherine Ann Moss was born on 16 January 1974 in Croydon, Greater London, England. She has been active in the industry since 1988; thus, her being famous is not surprising. Moreover, she is not only a Model but also a fashion designer by profession.

Kate Moss

Furthermore, she has her own clothing range and has also been involved in projects related to music. However, she made several bad headlines due to her partying lifestyle and drug use.

36. Kesha

Kesha’s real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, and she was born on March 1, 1987, in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She has been active in this industry since 2005 and got quick success and fame by the year 2009 as she was featured in Right.

Kesha

Furthermore, she experienced great success through her album Animal, which was released in 2010. Till now, she has sold a whopping amount of 55 Million copies worldwide for her tracks.

37. Halle Berry

Halle Maria Berry was born on August 14, 1966, in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.Initially, she began her career as a model and ended up as the first runner up in the Miss USA contest. Furthermore, she gained recognition through a leading role in Boomerang, which was released in 1992.

Halle Berry

Till now, she has bagged several awards for herself as an actress. However, she has been married four times till now, and she divorced her last husband recently in 2016.

38. Hillary Clinton

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton was born on October 26, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois. She is an American public speaker, writer, and politician. She has worked alongside so many women empowerment issues and actively helps women in need.

Hillary Clinton

She is also a lawyer and advocate for medical benefits for the injured people in the September 11 attacks. Therefore, because of her extensive political career, she became so much popular among her people and has a large following.

39. Hilary Duff

Hilary Erhard Duff was born on 28 September 1987 in Houston, Texas, U.S. She rose to popularity because she acted as a leading character in the most popular show of its time Lizzie McGuire.

Hilary Duff

Furthermore, because of this show, she was approached for numerous films, and she ended up doing quite a handful of them, such as Agent Cody Banks and  A Cinderella Story. Later, she invested in fashion designing also, and now she has a clothing line by her name, known as Stuff By Hilary Duff.

40. Ellie Goulding

Elena Jane Goulding was born on December 30, 1986, in Hereford, England. She has been active in the music industry since 2009 and got great success in 2010 for her album Lights which was ranked as no. 1 in the U.K. Album Charts.

Ellie Goulding

The Grammy Awards also nominated her for her most loved song, Love Me As You Do. In 2019, she tied the knot with her boyfriend, Caspar Jopling.

41. Michelle Obama

Her surname is itself so famous and well known that she doesn’t need any introduction as she is the wife of former President of the United States Barack Obama.

Michelle Obama

However, a lady should not be known by her husband, especially Michelle; she was born on January 17, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. She is an attorney by profession, and alongside earning her living, she worked on non-profit organizations to help the needy; her gestures made people fall in love with her.

42. Kate Middleton

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was born on 9 January 1982 in Reading, Berkshire, England. Her title is enough to tell her fame; ever since she married Prince William, she has been the talk of the town.

Kate Middleton

Furthermore, she is also known for her different fashion sense and bold statements. The couple has been married for 9 years and has 3 kids together.

43. Jessica Alba

Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, California, U.S. Jessica was always a bright child and started her acting career at the age of 13.

Jessica Alba

However, she gained fame when she touched 19, and it was when she played the lead role in Dark Angel. Later, she grew into more popularity through Honey which was released in 2003 which marked her bright future in Hollywood.

44. Fergie

Fergie Duhamel was born on March 27, 1975, in Los Angeles County, California, U.S. She has been active in the industry since 1984 when she was barely ten years old. However, she got commercial success through her solo album The Dutchess.

Fergie

Furthermore, she also raps to give a unique touch to her masterpieces. However, she doesn’t consider herself to be called a rapper. She was married to Josh Duhamel and has one kid with him, but the couple got separated in 2019.

45. Jennifer Anniston

Jennifer Joanna Anniston was born on 11 February 1969 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She has been active in the entertainment industry for the last 34 years, which is commendable and explains her popularity excellently.

Jennifer Anniston

Furthermore, she was married to Brad Pitt but was later separated in 2005, and then she married Justin Theroux in 2015. Sadly, that marriage also didn’t last long, and they got divorced in 2017. Nonetheless, as for now, her Net Worth is around $300 Million.

46. Jessica Simpson

Jessica Ann Johnson was born on July 10, 1980, in Abilene, Texas, U.S. Ever Since she was a child, she actively participated in school.

Jessica Simpson

She has been active in the industry since 1993. However, she got desired fame and success in 2001 from her album Irresistible, which gave her a more mature image. Furthermore, she was married to Nick Lachey but was separated in 2005. Later in 2014, she married Eric Johnson, and their marriage is still going strong.

47. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Ingrid Johansson was born on November 22, 1984, in New York City, U.S. She has been active since 1994 and did a significant amount of work. Furthermore, in 2003 she received a lot of praise for her role in Lost in Translation.

Scarlett Johansson

However, her actual fame came when she signed with Marvel Cinematic Universe for the role of Black Widow. She was married to Ryan Reynolds but got separated in 2011. Then she married Romain Dauric in 2014, but the marriage didn’t last, and they both divorced each other in 2017. Finally, now she is married to Colin Jost.

48. Carrie Underwood

Carrie Marie Underwood was born on March 10, 1983, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, U.S. She rose to popularity ever since she was active in the industry in 2005 as she won the fourth season of American Idol.

Carrie Underwood

Furthermore, her debut single, which is known as Inside Your Heaven, broke all the records and topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Not only this, her second album Carnival Ride which was released in 2007, was even a bigger hit and won 2 Grammy Awards.

49. Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe was born in Los Angeles, California, U.S. She has been active since 1945 in the industry. She played several roles in so many movies, and success came slow to her, but in the end, she got success and rose to fame.

Marilyn Monroe

However, her childhood days were not so easy as she is an orphan and used to move from one foster family to another. She married three times and divorced all of her husbands. Currently, she is single and enjoying her life.

50. Eva Longoria

Eva Jacqueline Longoria Baston was born on March 15, 1975, in Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S. She has been active in the industry since 1999 and was widely recognized by her fans in 2001 for her role in The Young and the Restless.

Eva Longoria

Furthermore, she married Tyler Christopher in 2002 and divorced him in 2004. Later she married Tony Parker in 2007, but they got separated in 2001. Finally, she has been married to Jose Baston since 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions:


1Q. What is the Net Worth of the most popular women in the world?

Ans: According to the sources, Oprah Gail Winfrey is the most popular woman in the world globally, and her net worth is estimated to be around $2.6 Billion.


2Q. How is the popularity determined?

Ans: To determine the popularity of any individual, there are several aspects like the social media presence and online fan following along with a real-life audience that is crazy to meet the person.


3Q. Does social media play an essential role in popularity?

Ans: Nowadays, where everything happens on the internet, and everyone raises their voice through the medium of social media. It will be not wrong to say that social media is an important factor in determining a person’s popularity.


4Q. Are all the popular women successful?

Ans: Yes, as we have discussed, around 50 women in this article, and all of them are successful in their lives only because they are popular.


Conclusion:

So above-mentioned are some of the leading ladies in our world. In the list, you must have noticed that these women are mostly actresses, singers, philanthropists, or models, and some are even multitalented.

However, it is a big task to label a rank on them regarding their popularity as some have a vast social media presence and others have a massive real-life following. Still, we did our best by finding a common ground solution and presented you with the list.

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