The list was dominated by singers and soccer stars with singer Shakira, who boasts over 49 million Facebook likes and 15 million Twitter followers, leading the way. Real Madrid soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, singer Selena Gomez, FC Barcelona soccer player Lionel Messi, and singer Enrique Iglesias rounded out the top five Latino celebrities, totaling over 223 million followers and likes.
The international list of 40 influential Latinos spans nine countries. Half of the social media icons were born in the United States, including six Puerto Ricans, while seven were born in Spain and six in Brazil.
“The list showcases the extraordinary reach of Latino celebrities who, together, have over 600 million followers on Facebook and Twitter,” said Plus Three President and Co-Founder, Juan Proano. “That is a fanbase larger than the populations of the United States, Spain, and Brazil combined. With the celebrities adding at least ten thousand new followers each day, the power of Latinos in social media is vast and expanding.”