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Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson celebrates reaching more than 200 million followers on Instagram

The action star joins football star Cristiano Ronaldo and singer Ariana Grande in the celebrity 200m+ club on the social media platform

Wrestler-turned-action star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has amassed over 200 million Instagram followers and a $320 million fortune. AP
Wrestler-turned-action star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has amassed over 200 million Instagram followers and a $320 million fortune. AP

Thanks to his daily posts filled with messages of inspiration and gratitude, Dwayne Johnson has joined a rarefied club indeed, seeing his Instagram followers swell to more than 200 million.

The 48-year-old action star has to date reached 201 million followers, three million behind Ariana Grande with her 204 million followers, but still with some way to go to catch Juventus star, Cristiano Ronaldo, who boasts an incredible 240 million followers.

Monday. 5:30am. Back to work. #chalkedandcallused #bringit ✊🏾

A post shared by therock (@therock) on Sep 28, 2020 at 11:46am PDT

Marking the milestone, the Skyscraper star took to the social media platform to announce: “Officially the most followed man in America. What a past few weeks. At times very loud and spicy. I spoke my truth with a little poise, dignity and respect and here’s the result.”

Adding of his metrics across all his social media platforms: “Tidal wave of quiet support surging past 200 million followers on [Instagram] 300m+ total across all platforms. #1 most followed man in America (and #1 daddy at home). Love you guys and thank you! Let’s keep building and putting in the hard work.”

‘Rather than appreciate the fame, I appreciate the fans’

With a whopping 14 new projects lined up according to his IMDB bio, which includes his first foray into the DC Universe as the titular anti-hero in Black Adam, Johnson has become Hollywood’s number one go-to guy for both action and comedy movies.

The former WWE pro wrestler has also amassed a $320 million fortune along the way thanks to lucrative deals with the likes of Under Armour and Ford, and starring roles in the Jumanji reboot and the Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw.

He is also known as one of the nicest and most approachable celebrities in the industry, even calling himself out in an Instagram video for his past behaviour towards fans.

“It took all of 30 seconds for me to realise I had an opportunity to make somebody feel good, and I made them feel bad,” he said of an interaction with fans when he was still wrestling. “After that, I told myself I would never, ever make anyone bad for coming over to me ... Now, rather than appreciating the fame, I appreciate the fans more.”

Updated: October 18, 2020 03:06 PM

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