Top 10 Most Famous, Richest Celebrities In South Africa In 2023 (List Of Highest-Paid Celebs In SA)

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Who are the most famous and richest celebrities in South Africa? Here is a list of the highest-paid South African stars.

The African continent can boast of hardworking individuals who have helped in a way or order to make the world a better place for coexistence.

Talking about the African continent, TheDistin will channel all the attention on South Africa as a country and its famous people who have helped project the nation around the globe through their body of work which is loved by millions of people.

South Africa’s celebrities work hard, earn big and roll hard proving that the entertainment industry pays well if you work hard.

From actors to comedians, deejays, rappers, and entrepreneurs, here are some of the richest celebrities in South Africa and their net worth. 

10. Da L.E.S. – $2 Million

Top 10 Most Famous, Richest Celebrities In South Africa In 2022 (List Of Highest-Paid Celebs In SA)
Rapper Da Les, credit: Instagram
  • Real Name: Leslie Jonathan Mampe, Jr.
  • Also known as: North God; L.E.S; 2 Def; Chuchu
  • Birthday: July 26, 1985
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
  • Associated acts: AKA; Maggz; Riky Rick; JR; DJ Speedsta; Jozi; Gemini Major
  • Parents: Priscilla Mampe, Leslie Jonathan Mampe

Leslie Jonathan Mampe, Jr., better known by his stage name Da L.E.S, is a South African-American hip-hop recording artist and record producer. He achieved early success with his band, Jozi, and is most known for his solo single, “Heaven”, which was released in 2013, and features AKA, and Maggz. 

Da Les, who also dabbles as an executive producer, also made his mark on T.V. when he starred in The Real Jozi A-Listers in 2014. It appears that all his hard work is paying off

Last but not least on our list of the richest celebrities in South Africa is rapper Da L.E.S.
Even though very little about this rapper’s affairs is known, it is estimated that he has a net worth of about $2 million.

9. Pearl Thusi – $2 Million

Pearl Thusi, credit: Instagram
  • Real Name: Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi
  • Other names: The Real Black Pearl
  • Birthday: May 13, 1988
  • Age: 34 years old
  • Birthplace: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Parents: Bhekizizwe Thusi
  • Education: Pinetown Girls’ High School
  • Children: Thandolwethu Mokoena, Okuhle Thusi
  • Siblings: Prunella Thusi, Pamela Thusi

Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi is a South African actress, model, and presenter. She is known for her roles as Patricia Kopong in the BBC/HBO comedy-drama series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Dayana Mampasi in the ABC thriller Quantico, and Samkelo in the romance film Catching Feelings. 

Pearl is one of the best actresses from Mzansi right now. She has appeared in a number of movies and T.V. series over the years, including the Hollywood series Quantico.

Other than her successful career in acting, Pearl is also a model, a brand ambassador for several multinational brands like M.A.C. Cosmetics, and a businesswoman with a line of hair care products.

What is Pearl Thusi’s net worth? As of 2023, Pearl Thusi’s net worth is estimated at $2 million, and she is among the richest celebrities in South Africa.

8. Connie Ferguson – $2 Million

Connie Ferguson, credit: Instagram
  • Real Name: Constance Ferguson
  • Birthday: June 10, 1970
  • Age: 52 years old
  • Birthplace: Kimberley, South Africa
  • Spouse: Shona Ferguson (m. 2001–2021)
  • Other names: Connie Masilo-Ferguson
  • Children: Lesedi Ferguson, Alicia Angel Ferguson
  • Parents: Fish Masilo, Margaret Masilo

Constance Ferguson is a South African-based Botswana actress, filmmaker, producer, and businesswoman. She is best known for her role as “Karabo Moroka” on South Africa’s most popular soap opera, Generations. She starred in the show from its start in 1994 until she exited in 2010. 

This veteran actress is also one of the richest celebrities in South Africa. The actress, who has enjoyed a successful career in front of the camera for more than three decades, also dabbles as a model, brand ambassador, and businesswoman with successful ventures such as Connie BodycareConnie M Eyewear Brands, and Fergusons Films to her name.

What is Connie Ferguson’s net worth? As of 2023, Connie’s net worth is valued at about $2 million, and she is living up to her millionaire status.

7. Nasty C – $3 Million

Top 10 Most Famous, Richest Celebrities In South Africa In 2022 (List Of Highest-Paid Celebs In SA)
Nasty C, credit: Facebook
  • Real Name: Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo
  • Birthday: February 11, 1997
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Birthplace: Diepmeadow, South Africa
  • Instruments: Digital audio workstation; sampler
  • Movies: Zulu Man in Japan
  • Awards: The Headies Award for African Artiste of the Year, MORE
  • Siblings: Siyabonga Ngcobo

Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, known professionally as Nasty C, is a South African rapper, songwriter, and record producer. 

Nasty C might be one of the youngest successful rappers in South Africa. The young rapper has made a name for himself across the world and has had the privilege of working with some of the biggest names in the Hip Hop industry, including Snoop Dogg and French Montana.

What is Nasty C’s net worth? As of 2023, Nasty C’s net worth is estimated at $3 million, and he is one of the richest celebrities in South Africa.

6. Bonang Matheba – $7 Million

Bonang Matheba, credit: Instagram
  • Real Name: Bonang Dorothy Matheba
  • Other names: Queen B; Your Girl B.
  • Birthday: June 25, 1987
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Birthplace: Mahikeng, South Africa
  • Education: University of Johannesburg (2007).
  • Siblings: Reabetswe Sechoaro, Thabo Mokoena
  • Parents: Charlotte Mokoena, Gampi Matheba

Bonang Dorothy Matheba is a South African television presenter and radio personality. Born in Mahikeng, North West, she is known for her flamboyant presenting skills and her signature voice. She presented the SABC 1 music show LIVE which built her spotlight in the industry. 

South Africa’s Queen B has been busy at work these past few years, and her effort is paying off. The young TV/radio girl who dabbles as a writer, brand ambassador, and entrepreneur is reaping big from her sweat. Amongst her numerous successful ventures is her latest venture, House of B.N.G., which seems to be peaking well.

And while Bonang works hard, she also seems to understand the importance of rewarding herself.

She owns a giant mansion located in Midrand, and several luxury cars, including a Mercedes Benz Maybach and a BMW i8. She only dresses in designer labels, including Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Dolce & Gabbana.

Besides balling hard, Bonang also gives back to her community through her bursary fund, which aims at putting at least 300 female students through university in the next ten years.

What is Bonang Matheba’s net worth? With an estimated net worth of $7 million, Bonang Matheba is amongst the richest celebrities in South Africa.

5. Cassper Nyovest – $8 Million

Cassper Nyovest, credit: Instagram
  • Real Name: Refiloe Maele Phoolo
  • Also known as: Mufasa; Abuti Fill Up.
  • Birthday: December 16, 1990
  • Age: 32 years old
  • Birthplace: Mahikeng, South Africa
  • Siblings: Khotso Motebang Phoolo, Tsholofelo Phoolo
  • Parents: Letsebela Phoolo, Muzuki Phoolo

Refiloe Maele Phoolo, professionally known as Cassper Nyovest, is a South African rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur, and record producer. Born and raised in Mahikeng, North West, he is regarded as one of the most successful artists in South Africa. In 2014, he established his own record label, Family Tree Records. 

Cassper, who dropped out of school to pursue his dreams, is reaping big from his talents as a rapper, brand ambassador, and businessman.

Along with earning big, Cassper also knows how to roll hard. He lives in a giant R10 million mansion, drives the most expensive cars, including a rare 2020 McLaren GT, and even owns a private jet.

What is Cassper Nyovest’s net worth? Cassper Nyovest, a.k.a Mufasa, is also among the richest celebrities/rappers in South Africa, with a net worth of around $8 million.

4. Moshidi Motshegwa – $8 Million

Actress Moshidi Motshegwa, credit: Facebook
  • Real Name: Moshidi Motshegwa
  • Birthday: 1977 (45 Years Old)
  • Age: 46 Years Old
  • Birthplace: South Africa
  • Education: National School of the Arts, Braamfontein/ Wits University (BA degree in English and History)
  • Occupations: Actress

Moshidi Motshegwa is a popular South African actress that is best known for her leading role as Denzela Ledwaba in the SABC2 police drama series Zero Tolerance, from 2003 to 2006. She is also well known for playing the role of Florence Nxumalo in the 2004 feature film Drum, with Taye Diggs.

Moshidi Motshegwa is an award-winning actress who, thanks to her talent, is among the highest-paid actresses in South Africa.

What is Moshidi Motshegwa’s net worth? With a rumoured monthly salary of between R100,000 to R120,000, endorsements, film production, and screenwriting, Moshidi has accumulated a net worth of about $8 million and is one of the richest celebrities in South Africa.

3. AKA – $12 Million

AKA, credit: Instagram
  • Real Name: Kiernan Jarryd Forbes
  • Birthday: January 28, 1988
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Parents: Lynn Forbes
  • Instruments: Vocals
  • Children: Kairo Owethu Forbes

Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, known professionally as AKA, is a South African rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Cape Town, Western Cape, Forbes gained significance after releasing his single “Victory Lap” which was released from his debut studio album, Altar Ego. 

What is AKA’s net worth? AKA is one of the best rappers in South Africa and one of the richest. From reaping millions from spitting verses, partnering with big brands for multi-million deals, and making profits from his company, Beam Group, AKA has accumulated a net worth of about $12 million as of 2023.

As one of the richest celebrities in South Africa, he knows how to live up to his standard.
He owns a Bryanston mansion, and he loves German cars. He owns at least two BMWs. 

2. Black Coffee – $60 Million

Black Coffee, credit: Instagram
  • Real Name: Nkosinathi Innocent Sizwe Maphumulo
  • Birthday: March 11, 1976
  • Age: 47 years old
  • Occupation: DJ, Producer, and Songwriter
  • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa.
  • Spouse: Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa (m. 2011–2019)
  • Genre: Alternative/Indie.
  • Parents: Faith Dandala.
  • Albums: Subconsciously, The Rest Place Is the Mummy Case, Adagio, Africa Rising, Hazy Days, The Djoon Experience.
  • Children: Lilitha Maphumulo, Asante Maphumulo, Anesu Maphumulo, Esona Maphumulo

Nkosinathi Innocent Sizwe Maphumulo, better known by his stage name Black Coffee, is a South African DJ, record producer, and songwriter. 

Black Coffee’s deejaying skills have earned him a spot as one of the most famous celebrities in South Africa. It has also helped him accumulate enough wealth to become one of the richest celebrities in South Africa.

He boasts a career of more than 20 years and performs in sold-out gigs around the world with deejay residencies in Las Vegas and Ibiza.

Besides his career behind the turntables, Black Coffee is also a businessman with investments in sectors like restaurants, cleaning, and healthcare solutions. He is also a brand ambassador for several multinational brands like AXE.

What is DJ Black Coffee’s net worth? According to Forbes, Black Coffee’s net worth is estimated at $60 million, making him not just among the richest celebrities in South Africa but also among the richest artists in Africa.

He owns a mansion in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time and owns a fleet of luxury cars, including a Maserati.

1. Trevor Noah – $100 Million

Comedian Trevor Noah, credit: Instagram
  • Real Name: Trevor Noah
  • Birthday: February 20, 1984
  • Age: 38 years old
  • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Height: 5′ 11″
  • Parents: Patricia Noah, Robert Noah.
  • Siblings: Andrew Shingange, Isaac Shingange

Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, television host, actor, and political commentator. He is the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central. Born in Johannesburg, Noah began his career in South Africa in 2002. 

According to Forbes magazine, Trevor is the fourth highest-earning comedian globally. With a net worth of $100 million, this South African-born Funnyman is among the richest celebrities in South Africa.

A fair share of Trevor Noah’s earnings come from his long-standing job as a host for one of America’s top shows- The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, where he has been bagging around $16 million per season.

Trevor also earns from his stand-up comedy gigs, writing books, hosting shows like the Grammys as well as his Youtube channel. He also has a hand in the real estate business.