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Richest Sports Personalities in Kenya

Kenya is a diverse sporting nation, and has made a name for itself on the international stage featuring top performer in various disciplines.

From athletics to Rugby, and even soccer, Kenya has produced internationally recognised names.

A number have made it and competed at the highest level internationally and reaped handsome cash rewards in the process.

This can be evidenced by the flashy lives they lead, the expensive machines they drive and the properties and investments associated them.

On this segment, Whownskenya.com looks at some of the richest sports personalities in Kenya.

Victor Wanyama

The Harambee Stars captain is arguably one of the richest if not the richest sports personality in Kenya.

Wanyama has accumulated his wealth from salaries and endorsements earned through out his footballing career.

As of today, Wanyama is the captain of Canadian side CF Montreal Impact which plays its trade in the US Major League Soccer (MLS).

He has featured in the past for Belgian side Beerschot, Scotland’s Celtic FC, English sides Southampton and Tottenham Hotspurs.

Wanyama is estimated at a net worth of $13.9 million (approximately Ksh1.5 billion).

McDonald Mariga

The former Harambee Stars international and Kibera Parliamentary aspirant is among the wealthiest sports personalities in the country.

Just like his younger brother Wanyama, Mariga made most of his fortune playing football abroad. He was part of the Internazionale Milan team that won the UEFA Champions League title in 2010.

Mariga has played for various clubs in his career including: Tusker, Kenya Pipeline, Enkorpings, Helsingborg IF, Parma, Internazionale, Real Sociedad, Real Oviedo, Latina Calcio, Cuneo Calcio.

Mariga has an estimated $5 million net worth (Ksh555 million).

He is known to own a fleet of expensive vehicles along with several businesses in the country.

Eliud Kipchoge

“No Human is Limited” is a phrase coined into the hearts of many by the marathoner after he became the first man to run a 42 Kilometre marathon under 2 hours.

Kipchoge is one of the greatest athletes of all time and was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2019.

He has amassed massive wealth from his sporting exploits, all from victories and endorsements.

With most of his money earned from championship wins, endorsements and partnerships, Kipchoge has a reported net worth of Ksh300 million.

Michael Olunga

The Harambee Stars forward is among the wealthiest sportsmen in the country thanks to his achievements on the field.

In January 2021, Qatari champions Al Duhail SC acquired Olunga from Jananese side Kashiwa Reysol for Ksh890 million (7 million Euros).

The former Tusker FC and Gor Mahia man reportedly earns Ksh16 million per month at the Qatari outfit.

Olunga has an estimated net worth of $3.6 million (Ksh390 million).

Humphrey Kayange

The former Shujaa captain amassed a great deal of money playing rugby for the Kenya national team, Mwamba RFC.

He retired from rugby in 2016, having played for the Kenya National team for over a decade.

Kayange is also a learned fellow, he is an Organic Chemist and holds a Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK.

He is the Principal Laboratory Analyst at the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS). He is also the Secretary General for Mwamba Rugby Football Club.

He is estimated at a net worth of $2 million (Ksh216 million).

David Rudisha

The 800 Metres world record holder is easily one of the wealthiest sportsmen in the country.

Rudisha earned a great deal of money from his championship wins, endorsments, sponsorship and partnership deals.

His net worth is approximated at $2 million (Ksh216 million).

Collins Injera

The Shujaa star is among the richest sportsmen in the country. Injera has made a name for himself on the international stage as one of the greatest to ever play the sport.

Injera is among the leading trialist in the history of world rugby and has won several accolades in the process.

He was a semifinalist with Kenya during the 2009 Rugby World Cup, he won the HSBC World Seven series in Singapore in 2016, among several other team wins and individual accolades.

Injera is reported to be worth around $1.5 million (Ksh162 million).

Julius Yego

Nicknamed “Mr. YouTube”, Yego became the first Kenyan to win the Commonwealth Games gold medal in Javelin.

Yego has made his wealth from championship wins, endorsments, and sponsorship deals. He has also invested his money in the real estate industry, with notable establishments in Uasin Gishu.

He is reported to be worth in excess of $1 million (Ksh108 million).

Jason Dunford

He is a Kenyan Swimmer and former Olypmic gold medalist. His exploits in swimming proceed any achievement by any Kenyan in the history of the sport.

He won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, Universiade, All-Africa Games and African Championships, and reached finals at Olympics, World Championships and Short Course World Championships.

Dunford is estimated at a net worth in excess of $1 million (Ksh108 million).