They say that when you are great at something, ensure you never do it for free. Therefore, we should all take a leaf from the books of South Africa’s wealthiest sports stars and begin to charge huge bucks for things that we are high in. Each of these sports stars has worked extremely hard to become a master in their respective sports, consistently producing elite performances that cannot be matched. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the wealthiest sports stars in South Africa.
Ernie Els – $100 Million (R1.3 Billion)
Ernie Els is, without a doubt the richest sportsman in South Africa and is the only athlete in the country to be considered a billionaire. Known as the Big Easy, Ernie Els has managed to accumulate four notable titles, including two U.S Open titles along with two Open Championships, along with a staggering 79 tour victories. His endorsements through Boeing and Callaway have looked after him quite well, allowing him to build his wine far4m in South Africa.
Jacques Kallis – $75 Million (R980 Million)
The blistering all-rounder from the South African cricket team can easily lay claim to being the best cricket player in the world during the turn of the century. In most matches that Kallis played, he was unstoppable in both batting and bowling. He remains the only cricket player to take 250 wickets and score 10,000 runs in Both ODI and Test formats. He owes his significant fortune to his years in the South African cricket team along with his Herbalife endorsement.
Retief Goosen – $50 Million (R654 Million)
Retief Goosen impresses with a career record that is hard to match, including two U.S Open titles, 252 successive weeks in the Top 10 of the World, and 41 victories in his career. Also referred to as the Iceman, Retief Goosen has been playing golf for a very long time, and thanks to his endorsement deal with Grey Goose and Rolex, its easy to understand why. Both approvals have looked after the player quite well, hence the massive net worth.
Bryan Habana – $47 Million (R614 Million)
Bryan Habana was a threat to rugby players around the world thanks to his raw power and grace that have managed to earn him a comparison to the legendary Jonah Lomu. However, Bryan Habana has succeeded to march to his beat and recorded 125 caps for the South African rugby team. He can now be found in France where he plays for Toulon.
Steven Pienaar – $40 Million (R523 Million)
This football player from Johannesburg has managed to earn himself cult status after he managed to accumulate over 150 appearances for Everton, an elite English Premier League team. The midfielder has enjoyed several spells in Europe’s most dominant groups as well, including Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund, and Ajax. He has now returned to South Africa where he plays for Bidvest Wits in the ABSA PSL Championship.