Top 20 Influential Female Entrepreneurs to Follow on Instagram Right Now

by: Dustin Hawley | Wednesday July 31, 2019
With over 1 billion monthly active users, Instagram is among the fastest-growing and most relevant social media platforms in the world today. Due to its highly interactive nature, you can use Instagram to successfully market your business, network with other entrepreneurs, and gain inspiration from brands and influencers.
 
With social media content creation at an all-time high, we are inundated with a constant stream of content on our social feeds, seemingly every minute of every waking hour. It can be difficult to find the best accounts to follow on social media when there is such a saturation of influencers, celebs, entrepreneurs, and social media personalities all jockeying for position and the ever-dwindling attention spans of users. 

Earlier this year, we shined a light on the top female influencers in 2019. In this article, we've compiled a list of the top 20 most influential female entrepreneurs to follow on Instagram right now. Following these female entrepreneurs, being inspired by their stories, and being a part of their journey can help you take your brand or small business to the next level! 

On that note, here are our top 20 most influential female entrepreneurs on Instagram.

1. Oprah Winfrey @oprah

When your first name alone becomes synonymous with success, you are doing something right. And unless you have been living under a rock for the past 30+ years, odds are you are very familiar with the force that is Oprah Winfrey. The media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago.

One of the many female entrepreneurs who started with nothing, Oprah has transitioned her fame and business success into her social media presence and has a staggering 16.7 million followers on Instagram. Her feed is filled with inspirational messages, discussions with some of the worlds most powerful people, and general insights and motivation around how to live your best life. Though she hasn't been on the air in almost 10 years, Oprah has stayed as relevant as ever and is still changing lives every day.

2. Alyssa Nobriga, @alyssanobriga

Alyssa Nobriga is an entrepreneur and a leader in the coaching and consciousness industry. Nobriga is the founder of Mastery for Coaches, a platform that supports entrepreneurs in growing their coaching business. She works with CEOs and senior-level executives, facilitating transformational mastermind groups. Dedicated to women’s empowerment, Nobriga leads workshops and retreats around the world centered around mindfulness and conscious living.

She is also a contributor to various publications such as The Huffington Post, Positively Positive and The Daily Love.

3. Tory Burch @toryburch

There are very few women more successful and more powerful than Tory Burch. The American fashion designer, businesswoman, and philanthropist is the Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of her brand, Tory Burch LLC., and was listed as the 73rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2015. Her fashion line is revered in the industry, and she is very influential on Instagram, boasting over 2.2 million followers on the platform.

4. Erin Haskell, @drerin.tv

Studies indicate that spirituality can very well drive personal success, and Dr. Erin Haskell's feedback certainly shows that. Haskell focuses her brand on helping you to tap into your deep self, connect your mind, body, and soul, and truly connect with yourself and the world around you. Her ideology is based around trying staying in the moment, doing breathing exercises, or meditation for a few minutes each day to start developing and nurturing your spirituality.

5. Victoria Beckham, @victoriabeckham

Another likely familiar face on our list, Victoria Beckham is a powerhouse on social media. The English businesswoman, fashion designer, and singer rose to fame with the all-female pop group Spice Girls in the late '90s and was dubbed Posh Spice by the July 1996 issue of the British music magazine Top of the Pops. After achieving fame with Spice Girls, she later married soccer superstar David Beckham and became a fixture in pop culture again with her high-profile relationship and successful venture into fashion design. She is one of the most followed influencers on Instagram, with over 26 million followers to date.

6. Rachel Luna, @girlconfident

When asked what her key to success is, author and public speaker Rachel Luna, stated: “The fastest way to build your business is to build your confidence. Why? Because when you develop a true confident mindset, you’re able to take leaps and risks even when you’re scared. You’re able to show up, increase your visibility, and put out your offers consistently without worrying about judgment or rejections. When I stopped telling myself stories and focused on the facts, I discovered a sense of confidence I’d never experienced. After having helped hundreds of clients not only experience the same but also increase their revenue time after time, I’m convinced no strategy will work as well as first having the confidence to adopt that strategy.”

7. Libby Crow, @libbycrow

If you are looking for inspiration with a generous dash of personality, Libby Crow is your girl! Libby is a bubbly online personality that bridges the gap between internet marketing and soulful service for business owners. She teaches entrepreneurs how to develop their brands online by infusing a combination of practicality and fun. 

8. Natalie Elizabeth Ellis, @iamnatalie

 

“My sheer determination. I’ve always been willing to go the extra mile and do whatever it takes. I’ve never seen any other option than succeeding — celebrating failures as learnings and picking myself back up to keep going.”

-Natalie Elizabeth Ellis, CEO of Boss Babe

 

9. Sara Blakely @sarablakely

Even if you aren't familiar with her name, odds are you are very familiar with the product she founded. Sara Blakely is an American billionaire businesswoman and founder/inventor of Spanx, the American intimate apparel company with pants and leggings. In 2012, Blakely was named in Time magazine's "Time 100" annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Blakely is all about women's empowerment and focuses her content around uplifting women entrepreneurs to reach new heights.

10. Rachel Hollis, @msrachelhollis

Rachel Hollis is a #1 New York Times best-selling author of Girl, Wash Your Face, a TV personality, top motivational speaker, top podcast host, CCO of The Hollis Company. Her motivational methods are high energy, and Hollis has a unique ability to empower and embolden the female audience. A must-follow for any and every female entrepreneur!

11. Arianna Huffington, @ariannahuff

Arianna Huffington's name may sound familiar to anyone who has ever read an article online and for good reason. Huffington is a Greek-American author, syndicated columnist, and businesswoman who founded The Huffington Post and is also the founder and CEO of Thrive Global. Aside from having created one of the most successful online media outlets in the world, she is also the author of fifteen books and is widely considered a pioneer in her industry.

12. Alexi Panos, @alexipanos

When asked about her key to success, creator/author/humanitarian Alexi Panos has stated “Deeply and genuinely caring about and connecting with people. It’s not just “customers,” “audience,” or “tribe” — every person that comes into my ecosystem has a story, fears, hopes, and dreams, have people in their lives that count on them, that love them, and have something that they’re facing off with (just like me). These are humans … not sales… and I keep that at the forefront of my business from start to finish. Connect to the person and then find a way to listen and then serve.”

13. Jasmine Star, @jasminestar

Jasmine Star describes herself as "A photographer & business strategist who empowers entrepreneurs to build a brand, market it on social media, and create a life they love." She left law school at UCLA, picked up a camera, pursued curiosity, and built the business of her dreams. Over a decade later, she now educates entrepreneurs on how to do the same.

14. Jenna Kutcher, @jennakutcher

Jenna Kutcher is a bit of a renaissance woman. The small-town Wisconsin photographer, painter, and educator has big dreams and is making them come true one by one. Never being one to sit still, she's also a wedding photographer, podcaster, a watercolor artist, as well as an educator — and she's always got her bags packed for her next adventure. The host of the successful 'Goal Digger' podcast, Kutcher inspires audiences everywhere with her stunning photos, endless sense of adventure, and a knack for educating her followers on how to build their own successful brand.

15. Natalie MacNeil, @nataliemacneil

When asked about her key to success, best-selling author and mentor Natalie MacNeil said “Most of the notable successes I’ve experienced have roots in rejection. I’ve heard nope so many times, from agents to publishers, investors to sponsors. Collaborating with an amazing agent, being signed to my dream publisher, and having so many doors open for me now is a direct result of the resilience I built and cultivated from countless rejections. Keep asking, keep pitching, keep unapologetically being you, knowing the yesses are on their way and will feel so good. Just keep going.”

16. Cher Wang

A Taiwanese entrepreneur and philanthropist, Cher Wang is the co-founder and chairperson (since 2007) of HTC Corporation and integrated chipset maker VIA Technologies. She is widely considered one of the most powerful and successful women in technology and is a true inspiration to all female entrepreneurs. 

17. Sophia Amoruso @sophiaamoruso

Named one of "the fastest-growing companies" by Inc. Magazine in 2012, Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso is an American businesswoman and successful fashion retailer. In 2016, she was named one of the richest self-made women in the world by Forbes. Need we say more?

18. Kylie McBeath, @beingisbeautiful

Asked about her key to success, Kylie McBeath, the co-founder of Zura Health and Being is Beautiful, stated: “Vulnerability, because it has given others the permission to be seen and share, and feel less alone on this beautifully wild and sometimes challenging human experience.”

19. Samantha Skelly, @samanthaskelly

Samantha Skelly is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and best-selling author who is a respected emotional eating expert. Samantha's mission was realized in 2014 when she founded the 'Hungry for Happiness' movement to support women around the globe who have or are currently battling eating disorders and body image issues.

You can listen to Samantha talk more about the movement on her podcast Hungry For Happiness.

20. Sarah Anne Stewart, @sarahannestewart

As a go-getting, wellness influencer, Sarah Anne loves nothing more than inspiring positive change on a global scale. She has partnered with several of the largest brands in yoga, health, and wellness, written for numerous online publications, and partnered with some of the top doctors in the world. Stewart is determined to change the conversation around weight-loss and the traditional standards of wellness – creating a movement that encourages you to connect the mind, body, and spirit.

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