What's the second best thing to having loads of money? Being close to loads of money. Now, with social media, you can get closer to the bling, the glamor, the lifestyle, and most importantly, the lives of the rich and famous. Making this seem even more real and part of your life is Instagram. It provides you access to almost every aspect of the glamorous lives that you want to see. As the users upload photos and videos of all aspects of their lives, you can take in the stunning places they visit and the parties they go to while keeping in touch with whom they're hanging out with. You can feel like part of their gang. You can share in their lifestyle. It also helps you make choices about what elements of their lives you want to factor into yours. Or alternatively, it allows you to hate on them, the rich who you think don't deserve it. With access to their lives, you can feel free to mock them with your friends -- whatever makes you feel better, really.
Instagram seems to be a good place for the rich and famous to hang out -- a place to brag about their lifestyles and show off. And if you've got the money to make other people feel jealous, why not use it?
So if you want to get closer to where the money is, pick up tips on how to make it, and admire the lifestyle of the rich and famous, here are the 15 billionaires that you need to follow on Instagram.
15 Tony Toutouni - @lunatic_living
The Telegraph called Tony Toutouni "The new King of Instagram." The article shows a photo uploaded to Instagram of a table filled with money and two models in lingerie at either side of him. There's a lot of controversy surrounding where the money came from to back his many ventures and how he accumulated so much money. Also, his Instagram followers grew rapidly. It all went quiet recently after his account disappeared, and now it is set to private. There are also reports that Tony isn't a billionaire anymore. Could this be the reason his Instagram has shut down -- from embarrassment that he can't claim to be the king of the social media platform anymore? He has no need to be ashamed with a net worth that still clocks in at $75 million, yet if that figure is true, why is he on this list? It's because Tony Toutouni has always defied the odds to get himself places. Keep tuned to his page for a dramatic relaunch, and my guess is, it'll feature even more debauchery.
14 Scott Disick - @letthelordbewithyou
Scott Disick is a TV personality whose only real fame comes from the fact he had two kids with Kourtney Kardashian. But being known for little else than this hasn't stopped him from getting nearly 20 million followers on Instagram. There have been controversies that may have gotten him followers. These controversies include photoshopping his and Kourtney's face into the last supper, shooting, skinning and gutting an alligator on one of the reality shows he starred in, and being involved in violent altercations with Kourtney in the same series. His Instagram contains mainly pictures of himself with the odd pictures of his daughters and the random Suicide Squad still thrown in for good measure. And maybe, if he starts to lose followers or things go quiet, an odd bit of controversy may be thrown up there to help.
13 Richard Branson - @richardbranson
The Virgin entrepreneur is a household name -- "Virgin" being the name of his company, not his sexual activity status. Virgin is known for their airlines, online shops, TV-provider service, train line, financial services, recording company, and more. Richard Branson owns the entire enterprise yet positions himself as an anti-establishment figure who hates to wear ties because he's not a regular suit-wearing businessman like the rest of them. His Instagram is full of inspirational quotes of how to make it in the world and how to turn your ideas into reality, just like he did. There are also plenty of pictures of the exotic locations he has found himself living in and of the high life that a billion dollars will bring you. He wants to inspire you to be happy but also shows off his famous friends in high places. And yes, those "high places" could just be an advert for his airline.
12 Dan Bilzerian - @danbilzerian
Dan might not be a household name but has used his billions to become famous through Instagram. His Instagram is in your face, showing the money in every snap -- not literally, but salaciously. Most pictures show him living the high life surrounded by models, usually in skimpy outfits or flashing their breasts. They could be in a hot tub or on a private boat, but wherever they are, Dan is either taking pictures of them or surrounded by them. He also surrounds himself with big guns and vehicles. Everything is heightened in Dan Bilzerian's world. Dan is a professional poker player, who is also an American socialite and trust fund beneficiary. He has appeared in seven films including War Dogs, Lone Survivor, Olympus has Fallen, and The Equalizer. It's reported that due to his lifestyle and heavy drug abuse, he has suffered three heart attacks by the age of 32. There is a downside to having all the money in the world after all.
11 Floyd Mayweather Jr. - @floydmayweather
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a former professional boxer who competed for 19 years between the years 1996 and 2015. He was undefeated as a professional boxer and is considered by many to be the greatest boxer there has ever been. He's certainly one of the richest. He won 15 world titles during his time boxing. The Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight on May 2nd, 2015 was billed as the Fight of the Century and created $400 million in revenue. He's now a boxing promoter, and his Instagram is full of posts of him modeling stylish suits and pictures of the elaborate decor that surrounds his expensive globe-trotting lifestyle. He lives in a custom-built, five-bedroom, seven-bathroom mansion in the Las Vegas Valley. It was rumored he spends $1,000 on a haircut every two weeks.
10 Carmelo Anthony - @carmeloanthony
Being a professional basketball player for the New York Knicks in the NBA pays so well it'll make you a billionaire in only a few years. With an estimated annual salary of $24.56 million, it won't take you too long. Carmelo Anthony's Instagram usually keeps to sports snapshots of him in action and family photos, although the odd extravagance does appear, especially when it comes to expensive watches, which Carmelo seems to have a penchant for. In general, though, he seems focused on his sporting career, but he did have a cameo appearance in the final season of Sons of Anarchy, so there could be more acting in his future. Whatever he does, he's going to have the money to back up his plans.
9 Mark Zuckerberg - @zuck
Everyone who uses social media in any capacity must know who Mark Zuckerberg is. There's even a film about him by celebrated director David Fincher titled The Social Network. If you're still unsure, he's the chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Facebook. At the age of 32, he already has an astronomical net worth of $59.4 billion. This has risen by roughly $4 billion this year alone. His Instagram has lots of shots showing Mark in the middle of motivational speaking, as well as him meeting a plethora of famous faces, including fellow billionaires such as Bill Gates. Recently, he and his wife announced that the majority of their wealth would go to charity, and eventually, 99% of their Facebook shares would go into their Chan-Zuckerberg initiative whose aim is to advance human potential and promote equality in areas such as health, education, scientific research, and energy.
8 Charlie Bennett - @mr.charliebennett
The boring part behind the glamor is the jobs that these billionaires do to build their cash pot. In the case of Charlie Bennett, the CEO of Bennett Atherton Investments, he describes himself as a Value Add Real Estate Investor, a designation he took on after years of being in luxury automotive sales. On Instagram, he shows his love for family and guns. He is the part owner of Stock & Barrel gun clubs. One of the best reasons to follow him on Instagram is his love of expensive vehicles, whether they be helicopters or fast cars. He seems to favor Ferraris in the fast-car stakes and uploads lots of photos including his phenomenal cars. He also seems down-to-earth, enjoying nothing more than spending time watching baseball with a beer. Billionaires they may be, but they're not that different from us -- except for their bank balances.
7 Michael Bloomberg - @mikebloomberg
Another billionaire who describes himself as an entrepreneur, Michael Bloomberg was the mayor of New York City for three terms. Michael is also an author, businessman, politician, and philanthropist. He is the founder, CEO, and owner of the company Bloomberg, which is involved in global financial services, mass media, and software. His net worth is estimated at $47.5 billion. He's currently a huge advocate for climate change and what businesses need to do to help the planet overcome climate-change-related challenges. His Instagram shows him as a business statesman, meeting people with power, mainly politicians, and showing statistical details concerning environmental issues. He's really more of a thinking man's billionaire than the more salacious types that we'll get to shortly.
6 Brendan Fitzpatrick - @brendanfitzp
Another real estate developer -- so it looks like the way to go to make billions is entrepreneurship. Brendan describes himself as a global luxury real estate specialist. One of LA's leading brokers who closed his first $10-million-plus transaction at the age of 19, he has set up the Brendan Fitzpatrick group, which sells multimillion-dollar properties. You may know him more as the reality star from the series Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. His Instagram features a lot of his travel exploits, be it by helicopter, private boat, or plane. It also shows a love of sports, and is that a heavy dose of narcissism you can spot there? Maybe it is. But I guess you don't make a $10-million sale at 19 without buckets full of confidence.
5 Sheryl Sandberg - @sherylsandberg
The second person affiliated with Facebook that forms part of this list, and also the first woman (but not the last), Sheryl Sandberg is the COO (Chief Operating Officer) of Facebook. She's also an activist and an author. She was the first woman on Facebook's board, and since then, has also been on the board of The Walt Disney Company. Her book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead sold over 1 million copies and led to the launching of the website leanin.org, also known as the Lean In Foundation. Her Instagram focuses on her professional life, activism, and motivational speaking. She has been named in the Top 50 most influential women on multiple lists on many occasions. Her fortune is due to her stock holdings in many different huge companies.
4 Kane Lim - @Kanelk_k
Kane is the son of billionaire Peter Lim, an investor and businessman from Singapore. Kane is a fashion major and has quickly made his first million but primarily lives the luxury billionaire lifestyle because of his family. This lifestyle can be seen all over his Instagram, which is a mixture of high fashion, jewelry, nights out with the glamorous rich kids of Singapore, and the results of fashion shoots where Kane is the focus himself. It's a heady mix of youth and money, which lures followers in. So if you can't make the billions yourself, make sure you come from a billionaire family -- that's probably the easiest way to get there.
3 Mark Francis Vandelli - @markvandelli
Here's another young billionaire living off the inherited money of a rich parent. This time, it's the heir to the fortune of his mother, Diane Boulting-Casserley Vandelli, a Russian princess. You may also recognize this British billionaire's face from the reality show Made In Chelsea as he's one of the main stars of the show. He also featured in a ski-jumping reality show called The Jump but had to pull out because of injury. He has been part of Made in Chelsea since 2011. His Instagram is exactly what you'd expect if you've ever seen Made In Chelsea, a healthy dose of narcissism and a whole host of beautiful and slightly fake-looking people. He engages in high fashion and architecture, yet it all looks a little bit too staged on occasion. But if you want London glamor from your Instagram, this would be the account to follow.
2 Oprah Winfrey - @oprah
Everyone knows the name "Oprah Winfrey." She made that name through her TV show which was nationally syndicated between the years of 1986 and 2011 and is one of the most successful shows of all time. She's been ranked as the richest African-American of all time with a net worth estimated to be around $3 billion. What makes this all the more remarkable is that Oprah came from a background of poverty; she suffered abuse at a young age and fell pregnant at 14 only to lose the baby during pregnancy. At 19, she started to rise through the media ranks to get to where she is now. She's also starred in films and released five books. Her Instagram promotes TV shows and shows Oprah with the rich and famous. Recent pictures include those with Reese Witherspoon and Michelle Obama.
1 Kevin Systrom - @kevin
It wouldn't be right if the CEO & Co-founder of Instagram who was hosting the platform for all these billionaires wasn't up there himself. He doesn't have to worry, though, because the success of Instagram itself has led him there. He founded Instagram with Mike Krieger, and in 2016, his net worth was $1.1 billion, making him a member of the billionaire club. After working for Google, he co-founded Instagram in 2010, and in 2012, it was bought by Facebook for over a billion, although Mark Zuckerberg did announce that he would be allowing Instagram to be led and grown in its own way. There are now over 500 million Instagram users of which Kevin is one, sharing mainly office photos of him and his staff at work.
Sources: Forbes.com; Instagram.com; GQ-magazine.co.uk