World Leaders Who Have Fewer Twitter Followers Than Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant created a Twitter account just over two months ago, and he's already nudged above 1.7 million followers

As of March 17, Kobe had 1,713,000 followers to be precise, putting him amongst the NBA's social media elite.

That's pretty good for an athlete, but he can't compare to the major players in geopolitics. 

POTUS Barack Obama (28.4 million followers) is the political king of Twitter.

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Other heads of state who are more popular than Kobe include: deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (4.2 million followers), President Abdullah Gul of Turkey (2.9 million), Queen Rania of Jordan (2.6 million), President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil (1.8 million) and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez De Kirchner (1.7 million).

That's a pretty short list, putting Kobe behind just five living political leaders. It's especially impressive considering that among the 164 countries that have a head of state, 75 percent of them tweet (per Digital Policy Council).

Pope Francis (@pontifex), who has been on the job for less than a week, tweeted exactly once and has already outpaced Kobe (the Pope has nearly 2 million followers on Twitter).

Plus, he's got a pretty cool handle.

While Kobe is one of the best basketball players of all time, you would think being the leader of a nation would have more currency in the Twitterverse.

But you have to be someone special to garner more "tweeps" than Bryant. Just being a president, prime minister or queen won't cut it. 

While Mamba does have a couple of presidential tweeters nipping at his heels in terms of followers, he can rest assured he'll always be a better baller than them.

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