How to Make Money on TikTok Like an Influencer
Life moves pretty fast on TikTok. Even though the video-sharing app has only been available worldwide since August 2018, TikTok is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world with 850 million active users. You can’t browse social media without seeing a TikTok video, and if it seems like many social media stars came out of nowhere, that's because they did.
Part of the TikTok’s popularity is due to its algorithm, which doesn’t rely on follower count to determine reach. Using a mysterious combination of factors, TikTok makes it so almost any video has a chance to be seen by millions and go viral. In fact, some of the top users gained their legions of fans from a post going viral when they had around 100 followers.
Today, stars and influencers on TikTok range from Hollywood celebrities to teenagers who found fame with a simple post from their living room. Many of them have turned that fame into moneymaking operations. Through brand partnerships, merchandise sales and collaborations, top TikTok creators can earn $20,000 to $50,000 a post. And those numbers are expected to rise.
All this earning potential starts by having an engaged audience. The bigger the audience, the bigger payday. These TikTokers have the most followers and are dancing all the way to the bank.
50. Shilpa Shetty
Born: June 8, 1975
Birthplace: Mangalore, India
Likes: 1.3 billion
Followers: 19.6 million
Bottom Line: Shilpa Shetty
Shilpa Shetty is an acclaimed Indian actress and model famous for over a dozen major films, with both comedic and dramatic roles under her belt.
Her TikTok content revolves around her family in large part, but also frequently features her recreating viral challenges, reacting to other videos, and lip-syncing.
Her account has been inactive since the Indian government's banning of TikTok and 52 other Chinese apps in June 2020.
48. (tied) James Charles
Born: May 23, 1999
Birthplace: Bethlehem, New York
Likes: 401.4 million
Followers: 19.8 million
Bottom Line: James Charles
James Charles launched his YouTube channel in 2015, focusing on makeup tutorials and reviews. He gained a lot of fame and attracted the attention of CoverGirl, which in 2016 appointed him as its first male ambassador. He now is the most subscribed beauty guru on YouTube and TikTok.
Charles was at the center of a major scandal in 2019 in which fellow beauty YouTuber Tati Westbrook accused Charles of using his power and fame to manipulate others and being predatory toward other men.
That scandal led Charles to set another YouTube record: losing over 1 million followers in less than 24 hours.
48. (tied) Lauren Godwin
Born: Feb. 11, 2000
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Likes: 1.9 billion
Followers: 19.8 million
Bottom Line: Lauren Godwin
Lauren Godwin started producing content on TikTok when it was musical.ly and skyrocketed to social media fame when one of her videos received over a billion likes.
Godwin's unique style includes multicolored hair that changes frequently and clothes with bright patterns and colors.
Her most popular videos are viral challenges and obscure — and hilarious — spoken word lip syncs.
47. David Dobrik
Born: July 23, 1996
Birthplace: Kosice, Slovakia
Likes: 648.2 million
Followers: 19.9 million
Bottom Line: David Dobrik
David Dobrik started his viral career on Vine, leading him to create a channel on YouTube after the app went belly up.
Dobrik is the leader of the content collective the Vlog Squad and was featured in Variety's 2019 annual "Power of Young Hollywood" list, which also included huge names like Billie Eilish. Financial analyst firm Piper Jaffray voted him as the most popular social media star among teens in 2019. He legally married his friend's mom in 2019 so he could be his buddy's stepfather. Tragically, they broke up just a month later.
Though his primary content is still on YouTube, his regular posts on TikTok keep his audience engaged and aware of his brand.
46. Jason Coffee
Born: Aug. 12, 1980
Born: Sacramento, California
Likes: 1 billion
Followers: 20 million
Bottom Line: Jason Coffee
Jason Coffee's social media accounts may be called Jason Coffee, but he relies on his entire family for content. Almost every post features his wife and three children in very family-friendly videos.
The Coffee family gained a following on Vine as early as 2013 and naturally transferred that fan base to Instagram and TikTok.
Jason Coffee used to work at Starbucks before gaining fame on Vine.
44. (tied) Josh Richards
Born: Jan. 31, 2002
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
Likes: 1.3 billion
Followers: 20.3 million
Bottom Line: Josh Richards
Josh Richards is an actor and model who gained a huge following on TikTok with his lip-sync and comedy videos.
He'll be appearing with Laurence Fishburne in the upcoming high school football movie, "Brother’s Keeper," and is signed with TalentX Entertainment.
Through his TikTok fame, Richards became a member of the Sway House, along with fellow influencers like Anthony Reeves.
44. (tied) Kira Kosarin
Born: Oct. 7, 1997
Birthplace: Boca Raton, Florida
Likes: 323.7 million
Followers: 20.3 million
Bottom Line: Kira Kosarin
Like Selena Gomez, Kira Kosarin became a Gen-Z icon as a child star, launching her career as Phoebe Thunderman in the Nickelodeon show "The Thundermans."
Kosarin was nominated for multiple Kids’ Choice Awards and acted in various other television shows. She's currently in "Light as a Feather," a made-for-Hulu horror series. Kosarin is also a singer with two albums.
Her TikTok usually features her at home, recreating viral dances or using trending filters, often promoting her music and merchandise at the same time.
43. Tony Lopez
Born: Aug. 19, 1999
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada
Likes: 817.8 million
Followers: 20.5 million
Bottom Line: Tony Lopez
Tony Lopez is one half of the popular duo, the Lopez Brothers, who began performing together in high school.
The brothers run a YouTube channel together where they post dance videos, challenges, and dance tutorials. It has over 1.7 million subscribers and over 40.5 million views. They also have their own merch line, which consists mainly of "Lopez" plastered on sweatpants, hoodies and dyed tees.
In July 2019, the brothers put on a dance workshop in Las Vegas and shortly after were invited to join the content collective the Hype House. Obviously, they accepted.
42. Selena Gomez
Born: July 22, 1992
Birthplace: Grand Prarie, Texas
Likes: 39.8 billion
Followers 20.8 million
Bottom Line: Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez is a well-known actress and singer whose career began at a young age, starting with "Barney and Friends" in 2002. Notably, her starring role in "Wizards of Waverly Place" cemented her as a Gen-Z icon.
After leaving Disney channel, Gomez starred in several other movies, including "The Dead Don't Die" and "A Rainy Day in New York."
As a singer, Gomez has three studio albums and ranked eight top-10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. Her TikTok account is primarily promo for her music.
Born: Feb. 26, 2010
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Likes: 514.4 million
Followers: 21.2 million
Bottom Line: JiffPom
Jiff isn't just the most followed dog in the world on social media. He's also one of the fastest dogs on two paws. Jiff can run 10 meters on his hind legs in 6.56 seconds and do a five-meter dash on his front paws in 7.76 seconds — he's a Guinness World Record holder!
Jiff has made several media appearances, including a Katy Perry music video and several television shows.
He's cute. Why not follow him?
40. Garima Chaurasia
Born: Aug. 28, 1997
Birthplace: Haridwar, India
Likes: 632.9 million
Followers: 21.3 million
Botom Line: Garima Chaurasia
Garima Chaurasia is a model, dancer, and lip-sync content creator who started posting videos on TikTok and later expanded to an Instagram presence as well.
Her Instagram has 4.7 million followers, only a fraction of the followers that her TikTok does, but due to the Indian government’s ban of TikTok, her Instagram has become her primary source of content.
39. Beauty Khan
Born: March 18, 2001
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Likes: 639.9 million
Followers: 21.4 million
Bottom Line: Beauty Khan
Beauty Khan is a prolific content creator who gained 13 million followers in just five months on TikTok.
Her videos mostly consist of her lip-synching and dancing on the roof of her family's apartment building. Her charisma combines with the beautiful backdrop of Kolkata to make her videos visually stunning.
Her page has been inactive since the Indian government's ban of TikTok.
38. Joe Albanese
Born: Dec. 22, 2001
Birthplace: New York, New York
Likes: 886.2 million
Followers: 21.5 million
Bottom Line: Joe Albanese
Joe Albanese grew in popularity due to his breakdancing skills and sense of humor.
His dance videos often have him in silly costumes, wigs, and outfits, which separates him from the too-cool aesthetic used by most other breakdancers. His other schtick is "accidentally" hurting himself in each video.
His videos also often feature his younger sister, Bella, who has over a million followers on her TikTok.
37. Savannah LaBrant
Born: March 2, 1993
Birthplace: Orange County, California
Likes: 1.3 billion
Followers: 22 million
Bottom Line: Savannah LaBrant
Savannah Soutas LaBrant is a fashion blogger and photographer who developed her following on YouTube and became a social media juggernaut.
Her YouTube has over 3.7 billion views, and her Instagram has 6.4 million followers. So, of course, she expanded to TikTok.
She started dating celebrated Vine star Cole LaBrant in 2016. The two married in 2019.
36. Kimberly Loaiza
Born: Dec. 12, 1997
Birthplace: Mexicali, Mexico
Likes: 783.5 million
Followers: 22.1 million
Bottom Line: Kimberly Loaiza
Like many of the top TikTok stars, Kim Loaiza had a significant presence on YouTube and Instagram before TikTok. She started on YouTube, making tutorials, challenge videos, and releasing original music.
She now has more than 24 million YouTube subscribers and over 1.8 billion views. Loaiza is one of the most popular Mexican YouTubers and the most popular Mexican TikToker.
35. Chase Hudson
Born: May 15, 2002
Born: Stockton, California
Likes: 1.2 billion
Followers: 22.2 million
Bottom Line: Chase Hudson
Chase Hudson started on musical.ly, which became TikTok, and quickly became one of the most influential voices on the platform.
He co-founded Hype House, perhaps the most famous content collective on TikTok and dated TikTok superstar Charli D’Amelio.
Hudson is credited with developing and popularizing the "eboy" style and was named one of the top 10 most influential accounts on TikTok by Billboard in 2020.
33. (tied) Avneet Kaur
Born: Oct. 13, 2001
Birthplace: Punjab, India
Likes: 551.8 million
Followers: 22.4 million
Bottom Line: Avneet Kaur
Avneet Kaur is an Indian actress and television personality. She started her career as a contestant on "Dance India Dance Li’l Masters" and expanded into many television and film roles from there. She also played Jasmine in India's "Aladdin" television show for three seasons.
Her TikTok gives fans a look behind the scenes of her glamorous life. But like all Indian users, her account has been inactive since the government ban of the app.
33. (tied) Liza Koshy
Born: March 31, 1996
Birthplace: Houston, Texas
Likes: 224.4 million
Followers: 22.4 million
Bottom Line: Liza Koshy
Liza Koshy built her social media persona on Vine starting in 2013, earning 7 million followers before Vine shut down in 2017.
Her YouTube channel is enormously popular, amassing 10 million subscribers within two years. It currently has 2.4 billion views.
Koshy also has branched into acting, appearing in movies like "Boo! A Madea Halloween!" and the Hulu show "Freakish."
32. Piyanka Mongia
Born: Sept. 27, 1997
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Likes: 457.5 million
Followers: 22.6 million
Bottom Line: Piyanka Mongia
Piyanka Mongia was one of the first musical.ly users (“Musers” as they referred to themselves) to go viral in India.
Since she made her name lip-syncing, her TikTok is largely the same content — highlighting her life and aesthetic through lip-sync videos of popular songs.
Like all of the Indian users on this list, she has been inactive since the Indian government ban of TikTok.
31. Jayden Croes
Born: Nov. 11, 1998
Likes: 994.3 million
Followers: 22.8 million
Bottom Line: Jayden Croes
Jayden Croes is the younger brother of fellow TikTok star Gil Croes. Together, the two make slapstick comedy videos and often feature one another on their channels.
Jayden gained a lot of popularity on TikTok early in 2020 when one of his videos gained more than 10 million views.
30. Avani Gregg
Born: Nov. 23, 2002
Likes: 1.5 billion
Followers: 22.9 million
Bottom Line: Avani Gregg
Avani Gregg has been creating content for a wide internet audience since she was 14.
She went viral early on, in a video where she sported Harley Quinn-inspired clown makeup while she lip-synced some songs (earning her the nickname "clown girl").
She used that platform to propel herself to fame in makeup tutorials, and she joined the elite style/influencer collective Hype House in 2019.
Likes: 3 million
Followers: 23.1 million
Bottom Line: LiveTV
LiveTV is an official TikTok account that reposts videos from the now-defunct music.ly.
Like all of TikTok's accounts, it has a massive following that can be a big boost for those who get discovered.
28. Burak Ozdemir
Born: March 24, 1994
Birthplace: Yayladagi, Turkey
Likes: 426.6 million
Followers 23.6 million
Bottom Line: Burak Ozdemir
Burak Ozdemir is a Turkish chef and restaurant owner who became famous for his cooking videos — specifically those where he cooks huge amounts of food in comically large containers.
He's an overwhelmingly happy fellow who loves to cook. What's not to love? His followers seem split between those who love the cooking content and those who delight in being baffled by him.
27. Jacob Sartorius
Born: Oct. 2, 2002
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Likes: 1.5 billion
Followers: 23.7 million
Bottom Line: Jacob Sartorius
Jacob Sartorius became a singer/influencer at age 13 when one of his Vines went viral. He expanded his online presence to musical.ly, YouTube, and then TikTok.
He released his debut single "Sweatshirt" in 2016, which ranked 90 on the Hot 100 charts in the U.S. and has over 57 million views on YouTube.
Sartorius’ career has been sprinkled with, or perhaps fueled by, controversy. He's been accused of inappropriate behavior with fans and betraying his friend and fellow internet star, Cameron Dallas.
26. TikTok India
Likes: 39.9 million
Followers: 24.2 million
Bottom Line: TikTok India
The official account of TikTok India used to be a hub for announcements about the platform, featured creators, and highlighted viral trends. Like TikTok, the app was developed by ByteDance, a Beijing-based tech company.
In June 2020, the Indian government placed a permanent ban on TikTok as well as 52 other Chinese apps. It is estimated that TikTok had a presence of over 200 million users in India, all of which are now banned.
24. (tied) Lucas and Marcus Dobre-Mofid
Born: Jan. 28, 1999
Birthplace: Gaithersburg, Maryland
Likes: 700.4 million
Followers 24.4 million followers
Bottom Line: Lucas and Marcus Dobre-Mofid
The Dobre twins rose to fame on Vine as a dancing duo. Their YouTube presence expanded after Vine withered away, leading them to sign onto Jake Paul’s collective Team 10.
The Dobre twins are also part of a channel called Dobre brothers that includes their older brothers, Cyrus and Darius.
Their TikTok content ranges from pranks to gymnastics, and is very popular with Jake Paul’s existing demographic.
24. (tied) Sameeksha Sud
Born: April 25, 1991
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Likes: 1.2 billion
Followers 24.4 million
Bottom Line: Sameeksha Sud
Sameeksha Sud is the daughter of an Indian government official who used her viral lip-sync videos on TikTok to launch a prolific acting career.
She is a founding member of the TikTok group Teentigada, which has a separate social media presence with almost one million followers.
Sud has been inactive on TikTok since the ban in June 2020.
23. Kristen Hancher
Born: May 17, 1999
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
Likes: 1.7 billion
Followers 24.5 million
Bottom Line: Kristen Hancher
Kristen Hancher is a beauty content creator who recreates Kylie Jenner's look — and rather convincingly. Most of Hancher's TikTok content is lip syncs or makeup tutorials.
Hancher has been a member of multiple collaborative YouTube channels, including Muser family (alongside Loren Gray) and briefly Jake Paul’s Team 10.
22. Alex and Alan Stokes
Born: Nov. 23, 1996
Birthplace: Hollywood, Florida
Likes: 640.1 million
Followers: 25.1 million
Bottom Line: Alex and Alan Stokes
The Stokes twins are identical twins who post content similar to (and often featuring) other teen heartthrob social media stars like Brent Rivera.
The two are almost impossible to tell apart, which makes their videos visually arresting, even if the content isn't original. They also frequently collaborate with Nina and Juliette Ortega, another set of identical twins finding fame on social media.
Dwight was right: Twins are magnificent.
21. Awez Darbar
Born: March 16, 1993
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Likes: 1.1 billion
Followers 25.8 million
Bottom Line: Awez Darbar
Awez Darbar is a dancer and choreographer whose career started on YouTube in 2014. His TikTok account is populated with dance videos and promotional content for his dance company BYOU.
His account has been inactive since India banned TikTok in June 2020, but he is still producing content on YouTube and Instagram.
Likes: 2.2 billion
Followers: 26.1 million
Bottom Line: Flighthouse
Flighthouse is a brand and production studio aimed at producing content for Gen-Z. It includes family-friendly programming, memes, interviews with top young stars and other content which can be as short as 15 seconds.
The brand has garnered so much influence that other record labels have begun offering Flighthouse paid contracts to promote and remix their songs.
Jacob Pace (pictured) is the company's 21-year-old CEO.
19. Jojo Siwa
Born: May 19, 2003
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska
Likes: 893.3 million
Followers 26.7 million
Bottom Line: Jojo Siwa
Jojo Siwa started her career at age 10 as a dancer on the Lifetime shows "Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition" and "Dance Moms," so she’s used to the limelight.
After releasing a single (with over 450 million views on YouTube) and a line of hair bows (which were later recalled due to dangerous levels of asbestos), Siwa signed with Nickelodeon in 2017 and has appeared on various shows on that network.
Her TikTok account is in line with the rest of her brand: glitter, dances, and bubblegum positivity. She sports her signature oversized hair bow in every post.
18. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Birthplace: Hayward, California
Likes: 149.1 million
Followers: 27.6 million
Bottom Line: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is a pro wrestler-turned actor who got his big break in "The Scorpion King" in 2002. It took him a while to achieve the worldwide fame that he has now, bouncing back and forth between wrestling and acting for another decade, but he’s now the highest-paid star in Hollywood.
Named one of Time's most influential people in 2016 and 2019, it is no surprise that the star’s fame is reflected in his TikTok following.
Unlike many Gen-X stars, the Rock focuses his TikTok account on his kids, which appeals to the Gen-Z audience that might be less familiar with his career.
17. Gil Croes
Born: July 7, 1993
Likes: 714.8 million
Followers 27.9 million
Bottom Line: Gil Croes
Gil Croes is an Aruban TikTok star who started on YouTube, making fast-paced, slapstick-style videos with his brother Jayden Croes.
Like many TikTok stars, the Croes built their base on YouTube but found viral status once they expanded to TikTok.
He and Jay have separate TikTok accounts, but they frequently appear in each other's videos.
16. Nisha Guragain
Born: Oct. 2, 1997
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Likes: 755.6 million
Followers 28 million
Bottom Line: Nisha Gurgain
Nisha Guragain gained her following after uploading a lip-sync video to a famous Indian artist’s single. Guragain has used her platform to build an online brand as a model and influencer.
She had a brief downturn in popularity after a Snapchat video of her went viral, but the video was exposed to be a fake. She has also been affected by the recent TikTok ban in India.
15. Arishfa Khan
Born: April 3, 2003
Birthplace: Shahjahanpur, India
Username: @ _arishfakhan_
Likes: 1.1 billion
Followers: 28.4 million
Bottom Line: Arishfa Khan
Arishfa Khan started as a child actor in the 2012 series "Chhal-Sheh Aur mast." She then starred in movies, television shows and music videos, gaining a significant following along the way.
Khan's TikTok page has also gone dark after the Indian government banned the app, along with other Chinese-developed apps. Her Instagram now appears to be her main social media hub.
14. Jason Derulo
Born: Sept. 21, 1989
Birthplace: Miramar, Florida
Likes: 571.8 million
Followers: 29.7 million
Bottom Line: Jason Derulo
Jason Derulo is an internationally acclaimed musician with 11 platinum singles. He recently starred in the hilariously disastrous "Cats" movie.
His TikTok account features videos of himself and his family at home or recreating viral dances with his kids (these were originally choreographed by Charli D'Amelio).
His dogs are awesome, too.
13. Dixie D’Amelio
Born: Aug. 12, 2001
Birthplace: Norfolk, Connecticut
Likes: 832.2 million
Followers: 30.7 million
Bottom Line: Dixie D'Amelio
Dixie D'Amelio is the older sister of TikTok superstar Charli D’Amelio. Dixie started posting on TikTok shortly after Charli’s rise to fame in 2019.
Like her little sis, Dixie also sings. She released a single "Be Happy" and signed with United Talent Agency in January 2020.
She and Charli also host a podcast that offers a behind-the-scenes look at internet stardom.
12. Brent Rivera
Born: Jan. 9, 1998
Birthplace: Huntington Beach, California
Likes: 905.4 million
Followers: 30.8 million
Bottom Line: Brent Rivera
Brent Rivera started on YouTube in 2009, creating an online presence in the intersection of comedy and vlogging.
He is the co-founder and CEO of Amp Studios, a content group that describes itself as a talent incubator and content creator. Read: It helps people get famous on social media.
Rivera’s TikTok persona revolves around his status as a well-coiffed heartthrob, while his YouTube content is mostly pranks and challenge videos reminiscent of Jake and Logan Paul.
11. Faisal Shaikh
Born: Oct. 5, 1994
Born: Mumbai, India
Likes: 2 billion
Followers: 31.8 million
Bottom Line: Faisal Shaikh
Faisal Shaikh got his start uploading videos on Dubsmash, but later moved to musical.ly, which of course became TikTok.
Like many influencers, his name, style, and aesthetic all contributed to his rise to fame. However, due to India’s recent ban on TikTok (as well as 52 other Chinese-made apps), Shaikh has moved his primary presence to Instagram.
He's so famous that the Hindustan Times says "he can't leave his home in Suburban Mumbai without being mobbed."
10. Will Smith
Born: Sept. 25, 1968
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Likes: 147.4 million
Followers 31.9 million
Bottom Line: Will Smith
Will Smith is an actor, producer, and rapper known for his role on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" followed by a somewhat successful music career and a stratospheric rise to fame in Hollywood.
In terms of TikTok, his popularity has more to do with his already established career than it does the platform itself.
In fact, the star has only 35 uploads while most others on this list have hundreds. It’s all about branding.
9. Ariel Martin
Born: Nov. 22, 2000
Birthplace: Pembroke Pines, Florida
Likes: 1.8 billion
Followers 34.4 million
Bottom Line: Ariel Martin
Ariel Martin — better known as Baby Ariel — joined TikTok in 2015 when it was still musical.ly. Most of her videos are her singing, and she has released several singles.
However, she is most popular as an influencer in its original sense. She launched an anti-bullying campaign in 2015 and established herself as a young voice of advocacy and change.
She was named one of the most influential people on the internet of 2017 by Time, won a Teen Choice Award and even has her own emoji line.
8. Michael Le
Born: March 19, 2000
Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida
Likes: 899.3 million
Followers: 34.9 million
Bottom Line: Michael Le
Michael Le, like many TikTok stars, has a significant presence on YouTube and Instagram as well.
He is known for lip-sync and dance videos, but his viral status has more to do with his fashion and style.
Michael is a model and photographer whose aesthetic continues to influence teens in America and around the world.
7. Spencer Knight
Born: April 20, 1992
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York
Likes: 929.2 million
Followers 38.8 million
Bottom Line: Spencer Knight
Spencer Knight goes by Spencer X and is a musician known for his beatboxing skills, he spits over original tracks that he usually produces himself.
He started on YouTube and earned a spot touring with other musicians at Vans Warped Tour, Bumbershoot Festival, and 116th Street Festival.
Since his viral popularity, he has collaborated with A-list artists like Alicia Keys and Sean Kingston.
6. Riyaz Afreen
Born: Sept. 14, 2003
Birthplace: Jaigaon, Bhutan
Likes: 2 billion
Followers 43 million
Bottom Line: Riyaz Afreen
Riyaz Afreen built a cult following on Instagram before he rose to superstardom on TikTok in 2017.
He is most famous for posting lip-sync videos that highlight his boy-band teen charm.
Afreen has been featured in Indian music videos and movies since his popularity boom on TikTok.
Born: September 2016
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Age: 4 years old
Likes: 223.5 million
Followers: 44.1 million
Bottom Line: Tiktok
The official account of TikTok is a hub for announcements about the platform, featured creators, and highlighted viral trends.
The app was developed by ByteDance, a Beijing-based tech company. It became available worldwide after merging with musical.ly in August of 2018, and by October, it was the most downloaded app in the U.S.
So it has just a bit of an advantage when it comes to gaining followers.
4. Loren Gray
Born: April 19, 2002
Birthplace: Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Likes: 2.5 billion
Followers: 45.8 million
Bottom Line: Loren Gray
Loren Gray joined TikTok in 2015, when it was still musical.ly. She was in the sixth grade when she started making singing and making videos, so it seems that she was born for this.
Eventually, she moved to Los Angeles and grew her presence on other social media platforms, including Instagram and YouTube.
In 2018, Gray signed a record deal with Virgin Records.
3. Zach King
Born: Feb. 4, 1990
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
Likes: 515.2 billion
Followers: 46.2 million
Bottom Line: Zach King
Zach King is one of the few Vine stars who was able to replicate that fame on TikTok. And that’s because he’s an exceptionally talented video editor.
King’s videos create impossible situations through expert camera work and careful editing. His videos are short, sweet and seamless with a large "wow" factor.
They're all family-friendly videos, which expands his scope, and they have a magic quality that is timeless.
2. Addison Rae
Born: Oct. 6, 2000
Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana
Likes: 3 billion
Followers: 52 million
Bottom Line: Addison Rae
Addison Re has been on TikTok for barely a year, but already has enough momentum that she dropped out of college to create content full-time.
She is the most popular member of Hype House, a TikTok collective of dancers and content creators in Los Angeles, California.
Her connections allow her to post viral collaborations with other internet personalities, increasing her reach exponentially with each collaborative upload.
1. Charli D'Amelio
Born: May 1, 2004
Birthplace: Norwalk, Connecticut
Likes: 5.2 billion
Followers: 73.6 million
Bottom Line: Charli D'Amelio
Charli D’Amelio is the most followed TikToker by over 20 million followers — even though she has been on the platform for just over a year.
Most of her videos are just her dancing in her bedroom, often choreographing easy-to-replicate dances to popular songs. When she uploads a video of a new dance, you’re guaranteed to see teens across the platform duplicating it within a couple of hours, and many of the viral dances iconic to TikTok originated on her account.
Charli is basically the defining account of TikTok.