The Top 100 Most Connected People on LinkedIn

Posted by | May 06, 2013 | LinkedIn | 35 Comments

 

LinkedIn 225 Million StatisticsI’ve compiled a list of the top 100 most connected people on LinkedIn, who represent the top .000044% of LinkedIn’s reported 225 million+ registered users.

Here are a few interesting facts:

  • There are only 5 women in the top 100, but 2 are in the top 10, and a total of 4 are in the top 20
  • The U.S. accounts for more than half of the top 100 (55)
  • The other 45 members represent the following 15 countries: U.K. (11), India (6), Netherlands (5), Canada (5), Brazil (5), Australia (3), U.A.E. (2), Turkey (1), Spain (1), South Africa (1), Israel (1), Singapore (1), Venezuela (1), Monacao (1), and France (1)
  • As might be suspected, a solid percentage of the top 100 are in staffing/recruiting/HR (28%). Other highly represented industries include I.T., Management Consulting, Financial Services, and Marketing and Advertising.
  • Beyond those top 5, the industry diversity in the top 100 is quite broad, including Logistics and Supply Chain, Telecommunications, Wine and Spirits, Construction, Transportation, Internet, Online Media, Think Tanks, Venture Capital, Utilities, Aviation and Aerospace, Computer and Network Security, Research, Translation and Localization, Photography, Mining and Metals, Real Estate, Security and Investigations, Public Policy, Accounting, Pharmaceuticals, and Non-Profit.

You might be surprised to know that it takes at least 36,000 1st degree connections to crack the top 10.

If you try to send invitations to connect with these folks, don’t be upset if they aren’t accepted – some of them simply can’t be.

Once you hit the 30,000 1st degree connection mark, LinkedIn won’t allow you to accept invitations to connect – so any connections added past that point must be invitations sent out to others to accept.

And so, without further ado, here is the list of the top 100 most connected people on LinkedIn:

 

LinkedIn Top 100 Most Connected People "Allan Jones" "Amir Zuker" "Andrew 'Flip' Filipowski" "Andrew W. Cox" "Andy Waroma" "Anjali Samuel" "Arne Salkin" "Ashok Sachan" "Bernard Burney" "Bruce Hurwitz" "Bruce Kane" "Bruno Larvol" "BÜLENT AKYILDIZ" "Charles P. Garcia" "Chris Pardoe" "Dan Park" "Dave Fehr" "Dave W." "David Alan Taylor" "David Karp" "David Reingold" "David Solana" "Dennis Livings" "Doc Farmer" "Dr. Mark D. Yates" "Eric Grenier" "Gary Smith" "Gerald "Solutionman" Haman" "Glen Cathey" "Gord Theo" "Ian Moyse" "Iggy Pintado" "Ivor Kellock" "J.C.M. (Hans) Zoun" "James Evangelidis" "James P. Devlin" "Jan Karel Kleijn" "Jan Mulder" "Jay Rao" "Jayesh Sampat" "Jeff Slavin" "Jim Rutherford" "Joe Compton" "John L. Evans" "John MacAskill" "John Nicholson" "Jonathan Spatt" "Jordan Belfort" "Justino Mora" "Kenneth Warner Weinberg" "Kevin Wright" "Lester Ingber" "Frank Zipperer" "Marc Freedman" "Maria Fragiskos" "Marjan Bolmeijer" "Mark J "Tim" Douty" "Mary Leeds" "Mathieu Marechal" "Mike Cullison" "Mike O'Neil" "Nelson Rosamilha" "Octavio Pitaluga Neto" "Pardeep Kour" "Paulo Eduardo Dias Garcia" "Peter R. Luiks " "Pier Paolo Mucelli" "Praveen Bellur" "Peter Hines" "RAWLEY MARTOS" "Rich Fiene" "Richard Atkind" "Richard Doran" "Rob Navarette" "Robert Brown" "Ron Bates" "Ryan Reynolds" "Scott Buchholz" "Scott Simon" "Stacy Donovan Zapar" "Stan Orlowski" "Steve Stern" "Steve Wickens" "Steven Bonacorsi" "Steven Burda" "Sukhbir Singh" "Thomas Power" "Thubten Comerford" "Timothy A Dunn" "Todd Herschberg" "Tom DeBourcy" "Toon Kerssemakers" "Troy D. White" "Wayne Sadin" "Wei Guan" "William (Bill) Howell" "William R (Bob) Norris"

LinkedIn Top 100 Most Connected People "Allan Jones" "Amir Zuker" "Andrew 'Flip' Filipowski" "Andrew W. Cox" "Andy Waroma" "Anjali Samuel" "Arne Salkin" "Ashok Sachan" "Bernard Burney" "Bruce Hurwitz" "Bruce Kane" "Bruno Larvol" "BÜLENT AKYILDIZ" "Charles P. Garcia" "Chris Pardoe" "Dan Park" "Dave Fehr" "Dave W." "David Alan Taylor" "David Karp" "David Reingold" "David Solana" "Dennis Livings" "Doc Farmer" "Dr. Mark D. Yates" "Eric Grenier" "Gary Smith" "Gerald "Solutionman" Haman" "Glen Cathey" "Gord Theo" "Ian Moyse" "Iggy Pintado" "Ivor Kellock" "J.C.M. (Hans) Zoun" "James Evangelidis" "James P. Devlin" "Jan Karel Kleijn" "Jan Mulder" "Jay Rao" "Jayesh Sampat" "Jeff Slavin" "Jim Rutherford" "Joe Compton" "John L. Evans" "John MacAskill" "John Nicholson" "Jonathan Spatt" "Jordan Belfort" "Justino Mora" "Kenneth Warner Weinberg" "Kevin Wright" "Lester Ingber" "Frank Zipperer" "Marc Freedman" "Maria Fragiskos" "Marjan Bolmeijer" "Mark J "Tim" Douty" "Mary Leeds" "Mathieu Marechal" "Mike Cullison" "Mike O'Neil" "Nelson Rosamilha" "Octavio Pitaluga Neto" "Pardeep Kour" "Paulo Eduardo Dias Garcia" "Peter R. Luiks " "Pier Paolo Mucelli" "Praveen Bellur" "Peter Hines" "RAWLEY MARTOS" "Rich Fiene" "Richard Atkind" "Richard Doran" "Rob Navarette" "Robert Brown" "Ron Bates" "Ryan Reynolds" "Scott Buchholz" "Scott Simon" "Stacy Donovan Zapar" "Stan Orlowski" "Steve Stern" "Steve Wickens" "Steven Bonacorsi" "Steven Burda" "Sukhbir Singh" "Thomas Power" "Thubten Comerford" "Timothy A Dunn" "Todd Herschberg" "Tom DeBourcy" "Toon Kerssemakers" "Troy D. White" "Wayne Sadin" "Wei Guan" "William (Bill) Howell" "William R (Bob) Norris"

LinkedIn Top 100 Most Connected People "Allan Jones" "Amir Zuker" "Andrew 'Flip' Filipowski" "Andrew W. Cox" "Andy Waroma" "Anjali Samuel" "Arne Salkin" "Ashok Sachan" "Bernard Burney" "Bruce Hurwitz" "Bruce Kane" "Bruno Larvol" "BÜLENT AKYILDIZ" "Charles P. Garcia" "Chris Pardoe" "Dan Park" "Dave Fehr" "Dave W." "David Alan Taylor" "David Karp" "David Reingold" "David Solana" "Dennis Livings" "Doc Farmer" "Dr. Mark D. Yates" "Eric Grenier" "Gary Smith" "Gerald "Solutionman" Haman" "Glen Cathey" "Gord Theo" "Ian Moyse" "Iggy Pintado" "Ivor Kellock" "J.C.M. (Hans) Zoun" "James Evangelidis" "James P. Devlin" "Jan Karel Kleijn" "Jan Mulder" "Jay Rao" "Jayesh Sampat" "Jeff Slavin" "Jim Rutherford" "Joe Compton" "John L. Evans" "John MacAskill" "John Nicholson" "Jonathan Spatt" "Jordan Belfort" "Justino Mora" "Kenneth Warner Weinberg" "Kevin Wright" "Lester Ingber" "Frank Zipperer" "Marc Freedman" "Maria Fragiskos" "Marjan Bolmeijer" "Mark J "Tim" Douty" "Mary Leeds" "Mathieu Marechal" "Mike Cullison" "Mike O'Neil" "Nelson Rosamilha" "Octavio Pitaluga Neto" "Pardeep Kour" "Paulo Eduardo Dias Garcia" "Peter R. Luiks " "Pier Paolo Mucelli" "Praveen Bellur" "Peter Hines" "RAWLEY MARTOS" "Rich Fiene" "Richard Atkind" "Richard Doran" "Rob Navarette" "Robert Brown" "Ron Bates" "Ryan Reynolds" "Scott Buchholz" "Scott Simon" "Stacy Donovan Zapar" "Stan Orlowski" "Steve Stern" "Steve Wickens" "Steven Bonacorsi" "Steven Burda" "Sukhbir Singh" "Thomas Power" "Thubten Comerford" "Timothy A Dunn" "Todd Herschberg" "Tom DeBourcy" "Toon Kerssemakers" "Troy D. White" "Wayne Sadin" "Wei Guan" "William (Bill) Howell" "William R (Bob) Norris"

LinkedIn Top 100 Most Connected People "Allan Jones" "Amir Zuker" "Andrew 'Flip' Filipowski" "Andrew W. Cox" "Andy Waroma" "Anjali Samuel" "Arne Salkin" "Ashok Sachan" "Bernard Burney" "Bruce Hurwitz" "Bruce Kane" "Bruno Larvol" "BÜLENT AKYILDIZ" "Charles P. Garcia" "Chris Pardoe" "Dan Park" "Dave Fehr" "Dave W." "David Alan Taylor" "David Karp" "David Reingold" "David Solana" "Dennis Livings" "Doc Farmer" "Dr. Mark D. Yates" "Eric Grenier" "Gary Smith" "Gerald "Solutionman" Haman" "Glen Cathey" "Gord Theo" "Ian Moyse" "Iggy Pintado" "Ivor Kellock" "J.C.M. (Hans) Zoun" "James Evangelidis" "James P. Devlin" "Jan Karel Kleijn" "Jan Mulder" "Jay Rao" "Jayesh Sampat" "Jeff Slavin" "Jim Rutherford" "Joe Compton" "John L. Evans" "John MacAskill" "John Nicholson" "Jonathan Spatt" "Jordan Belfort" "Justino Mora" "Kenneth Warner Weinberg" "Kevin Wright" "Lester Ingber" "Frank Zipperer" "Marc Freedman" "Maria Fragiskos" "Marjan Bolmeijer" "Mark J "Tim" Douty" "Mary Leeds" "Mathieu Marechal" "Mike Cullison" "Mike O'Neil" "Nelson Rosamilha" "Octavio Pitaluga Neto" "Pardeep Kour" "Paulo Eduardo Dias Garcia" "Peter R. Luiks " "Pier Paolo Mucelli" "Praveen Bellur" "Peter Hines" "RAWLEY MARTOS" "Rich Fiene" "Richard Atkind" "Richard Doran" "Rob Navarette" "Robert Brown" "Ron Bates" "Ryan Reynolds" "Scott Buchholz" "Scott Simon" "Stacy Donovan Zapar" "Stan Orlowski" "Steve Stern" "Steve Wickens" "Steven Bonacorsi" "Steven Burda" "Sukhbir Singh" "Thomas Power" "Thubten Comerford" "Timothy A Dunn" "Todd Herschberg" "Tom DeBourcy" "Toon Kerssemakers" "Troy D. White" "Wayne Sadin" "Wei Guan" "William (Bill) Howell" "William R (Bob) Norris"

 

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About Glen Cathey

Glen Cathey is a sourcing and recruiting thought leader with over 16 years of experience working in large staffing agency and global RPO environments (>1,000 recruiters and nearly 100,000 hires annually). Starting out his career as a top producing recruiter, he quickly advanced into senior management roles and now currently serves as the SVP of Strategic Talent Acquisition and Innovation for Kforce, working out of their renowned National Recruiting Center with over 300 recruiters. Often requested to speak on sourcing and recruiting best practices, trends and strategies, Glen has traveled internationally to present at many talent acquisition conferences (5X LinkedIn Talent Connect - U.S. '10, '11, '12, Toronto '12, London '12, 2X Australasian Talent Conference - Sydney & Melbourne '11, '12, 6X SourceCon, 2X TruLondon, 2X HCI) and is regularly requested to present to companies (e.g., PwC, Deloitte, Intel, Booz Allen Hamilton, Citigroup, etc.). This blog is his personal passion and does not represent the views or opinions of anyone other than himself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BillBoorman Bill Boorman

    Glen,
    Any idea on the average number of connections for a user compared with the average connections on the list?
    Bill

  • Shane McCusker

    Hi Glen, can you explain how you got this list. Is this published by LinkedIn or can you search for this?
    Also, how do you do this? Linkedin in doesn’t like sending invitations to people you don’t know so how to you get people to want to connect?

    Thank Glen,

    Shane

  • http://twitter.com/neoluddIT Martin Dooley

    once you get past maybe 5k connections, i’m thinking that’s pretty meaningless. no one can track the feeds of 35k people never mind even remember who they are.

  • Kevin O’Malley

    See if this won’t help

    http://www.linkedin.com/signal/

  • http://twitter.com/JeffZelaya Jeffrey Zelaya

    Now do one for the Top 100 Most Recommended!

  • http://twitter.com/TOPCHEFSIE David@TOPCHEFS

    Hi Shane

    Obviously enough I’m not Glen but my guess is that Glen probably used a recruiter account, or a least a super connected account, went to advanced search. First crack out of the box he probably chose to “sort by connections” from the drop down selection on the upper right, selected “all LinkedIn members,” “all companies.” and “Anywhere.” He then, most likely, left everything else blank, pressed search and let rip. If that’s not right then I’m guessing it was something pretty close.

  • http://twitter.com/Infosourcer Suzy Tonini

    And 7 people do not have a pic associated with their profile. Interesting.

    I don’t have anywhere near 30K connections (more near 14K), and I have been unable to invite others for YEARS now…and don’t ask me to contact LI support…

    Congrats on making #26 if I am counting correctly!

  • Viktor Shkel

    TOP 15 LinkedIn in Germany on 1st March 2012.

    Welcome to collaborate via LinkedIn!!!

    1 Marco Foelmer, CEO at ebt (25k+), Information Technology and Services
    2 Paul Pleus, Int Executive Recruiting Headhunter, Staffing and Recruiting
    3 Torben Rick, Experienced executive, Executive Office
    4 Tradian Almasanu, Consulting – Marketing research
    5 Sam Srinivasan, Senior Director – Strategic Alliances – Germany (LION) (22,100+ Direct and 25.8m+ network) (TopLinked), Information Technology and Services
    6 Wolfgang Shih, Open Networker+19,500, Managing Director at Beaver International GmbH, Machinery
    7 John Riley, Operational Supply Chain Consulting (18900+), Logistic and Supply Chain
    8 Karsten Schulze, Looking for new contract (14300+), Banking
    9 Bruno Gebarski, Sales Director Founder of Vision 2021: Social-Innovation, Strategy & Growth, E20, sCRM, Content-Marketing, Cloud, Mobile, Consumer Goods
    10 Keith Forsyth, European Head Business Services Excellence, Marketing & Sales Operations, at Novartis, Pharmaceuticals
    11 Viktor Shkel, Chief Marketing Officer at pi-consult, Information Technology and Services
    12 Mark Lundgren, Senior Recruiter at Amazon, Human Resources
    13 Matthias S., Regional Director, Investment Banking
    14 Thomas Dirr, MBA, Versatile Global Business Professional, Management Consulting
    15 Mark Allsopp, +9496/+22,2mln [LION], Export Manager at Riehle Maschinenbau GmbH, Machinery

    Welcome to collaborate via LinkedIn!!!

    Next 5 (Top 20)

    16 Cristoph Hinse, Managing Director SimpaTec, Plastics
    17 Andy Mueller, Brand manager, Wholesales
    18 Anja Hentschel, (8.000+), For our campaign “pincodesafe 2013″ in Europe now we are looking for sponsors/advertising partners. info@pincodesafe.com , Computer & Network Security
    19 Rigel ‘Anton, CEO, Entraxx Records | Female artists, lady bands, Laser, LED, Fire, Water and unique shows acts info@evolutionmusic.net , Entertainment
    20 Stephen Strittmatter, Senior Consultant 8000+, Staffing and Recruiting

  • viktor shkel

    TOP 10 LinkedIn in Germany on 22 May 2012.

    Current List of TOP 10 within German segment on LinkedIn:

    1 Marco Foellmer, CEO at EBT, Information Technology and Services
    2 Paul Pleus, Int Executive Recruiting Headhunter, Staffing and Recruiting
    3 Tradian Almasanu, Helping dive industry businesses gather and harness the power of customer feedback & social media, Leisure, Travel & Tourism
    4 Torben Rick ✔, Experienced executive with a strong track record in delivering business improvement & performance optimization, Executive Office
    5 Sam Srinivasan, Senior Director – Strategic Alliances – Germany, Information Technology and Services
    6 Wolfgang Shih, Open Networker +21,150, Managing Director at Beaver International GmbH, Machinery
    7 John Riley, Independant Operational Supply Chain Consulting and Interim Management at John Riley
    Management Services *LION 19300+, Logistic and Supply Chain
    8 Karsten Schulze, Multi Project Management at DZ Bank * LION > 16900 direct contacts *, Banking
    9 David Mola Dipl.-Ing., CTO /COO at MSS Mola Solar Systems Ltd. & Co.KG, Renewables & Environment
    10 Viktor Shkel, Chief Marketing Officer at pi-consult, Information Technology and Services

    Welcome to collaborate via LinkedIn!!!

  • viktor shkel

    Of course, year is 2013 – no 2012

  • http://www.booleanblackbelt.com Glen Cathey

    Shane,
    David is right – I used a Recruiter account, entered * into the first name field (essentially a null search) to return everyone on LinkedIn, then sorted by # of connections. You can probably do the same thing with one of the other premium solutions.

  • http://www.booleanblackbelt.com Glen Cathey

    Martin,
    For me, having a large network means that I can work and travel globally and have a hard time finding people who are not in my network. I can’t always be guaranteed to have a Recruiter account, so a massive network is an excellent fail safe. Like Kevin, I use Signal to “listen” in on updates rather than trying to watch all of my network updates.

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  • BZ

    May I ask how you got this data? I am sure this is not from the public profiles because you can’t see more than 500 connections there.

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  • Prashant Chaudhari

    Hey You can check the real data for Top 100 Most Connected People on LinkedIn : http://linkd.in/13zefkr

  • http://www.scottdylan.net/ Scott Dylan

    Very Interesting list!

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  • Joe Rosenberg

    At one time you could only invite 3,000 people, then get more in increments of 500 if a relatively high percentage of invitations were accepted? Is that still the case?

  • Murray Ambler-Shattock

    How is this validated?

  • http://twitter.com/DarrenOTG Darren Ferneyhough

    thanks for the article – interesting stuff indeed!

    I’m open to making new connections through LinkedIn, and would welcome any invitations received. You can find me at http://www.linkedin.com/in/darrenferneyhough

  • Dean smith

    I am always interested in accepting invites and more importantly developing mutually beneficial opportunites my personal email is dean.smith198@hotmail.co.uk or my business one is dean@myifafriend.com

    Dean Smith

  • Joel Heifferon

    Actually, if you “water and weed” from the beginning, it’s possible. You don’t track everyone. Just the ones that are important to you.

  • Damien

    If your looking to add to you connections hit me up: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/damien-augustin/21/744/848

  • Marlon Stevenson

    My name is Marlon Stevenson. I am just a humble student with audacious dreams. My passion is marketing. My hobbies are design, frontend development and user experience. My life is entrepreneurship. My goal is to change the world.

    https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=92349686&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

    m@rlons.com

  • JaJaBarrett

    very interesting. Where do you find Linkedin statistics and anayltics?

  • Lewis Vines

    lewis@fecontracts.co.uk add me to your professional network and my group FE Contracts UK

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  • Marc Wolbert

    Technical Recruiter in RPO supporting a Fortune 500. Add me marc.wolbert@adp.com

  • Vijay PAul
  • Sayeed

    Interesting to know.

    You can add me to your professional network, All invites are welcome. You can find me at http://in.linkedin.com/in/smsayeed/

  • Shruti

    Hey….I have 29, 826 connections…..I think I deserve to be on the list..

  • Yudhi Arya

    I agree with Glen. I need to have a large network and worldwide to enhance my work.