List of Top 10 Richest Athletes In Kenya

Kenya is a country that is blessed with many athletes in both long distance and middle-distance races. Their prowess in the track events has earned many a good name on both local and international level and with it comes come and mot just money but a lot of money. This has enabled many Kenyan athletes to be among the highest paid athletes in the world.

Making it in athletics in Kenya is the ultimate dream of every upcoming athlete. However, couching and persistence in training is what determines how far one can go in the athletics platform. Most athletes who have earned their names in the field are leaving a good live and a number of them have vast amount of wealth.

Athletes earnings in Kenya comes from participating in the local races, international races and endorsements. However, those who participate in international races and excel are way much richer than the rest. With good planning, some of these athletes invest well and have ventured in various businesses thus increasing their fortunes. Below is a list of top 10 richest athletes in Kenya.

  1. Eluid Kipchoge

Eluid Kipchoge is a household name in the athletics world and mores especially in the Marathon races. Not only has this made him famous but has earned him a lot of money in the few years he has been actively running. Eluid Kipchoge has made a fortune through his participation in international races. His earnings of every race he participates in comes in millions and considering the number of races he has participated in through out his career, Eluid Kipchoge is a millionaire if not a billionaire.

Apart from the winnings from international races, Kipchoge has been a brand ambassador of many corporates while at the same time he has earned many endorsements from various companies not only in Kenya but a out of the country as well. Coupled with a number of investments he has set up in the country, Eluid Kipchoge is on top as the most paid athlete and the wealthiest athlete in Kenya with his net worth running into Billions of Kenyan shillings.

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Eliud Kipchoge is unquestionably the greatest marathon runner in history. He’s won an Olympic Gold Medal, holds the world’s record, and has won 12 of the 13 marathons he has ever entered.

Eduid kipchoge and Ambassade Amina Mohammed

  1. Paul Tergat

Paul Tergat is one of the richest athletes in Kenya. Although he retired, Paul Tergart was estimated to be worth over Ksh.100 Million at the time of his retirement. This was cumulative amount he earned from race participation, lucrative appearance fees and endorsements from various companies.

The now retired marathoner has over the years earned more from his investments that he made during his career pick time. This has seen his net wealth grow tremendously and he continues to be a household mane in the athletics history across the globe.

Paul Tergart goes down in history as the first Kenyan to set the world record in 2003 in marathon race when he clocked 2:04:55.

  1. Pamela Jelimo

At number three on our list of the wealthiest athletes in Kenya is Pamela Jelimo. Pamela Jelimo was the queen of 800 meters for long and with it she earned a lot of money participating in various races across the world. It is estimated that she took home over ksh.108.3 through her participation and winnings.

Apart from that, Jelimo earned large sums of money through appearance fees and endorsements from various corporates and companies.

Now retired, the former 800m world junior record holder and senior African record holder in 800m has since concentrated in managing her properties she invested in at her career pick and family.

  1. Kipchoge Keino

No one can forget the name Kipchoge Keino when it comes to athletics. The now retired former two times Olympic medalist is among the richest athletes in Kenya.

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Kipchoge won the 1500 meters gold medal at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics and in the same competition he also won a silver medal in 5000 meters. Keino has concentrated in nurturing upcoming athletes and owns a number of investments among them buildings, the Kip Keino Sports House and Bookshop located in Eldoret town.

  1. Ezekiel Kemboi

Ezekiel Kemboi is another top-rated athlete in Kenya and one of the wealthiest. The now retired 3000m Steeplechase Champion. Through out his athletics career Kemboi was a household name and with it came a lot of money.

Kemboi’s earnings from athletics is estimated to be over Ksh.160 million. He also goes down the history as one of the high earners on endorsement and appearance fees. Kemboi has also gained more wealth through his vast empire of investment and lives in one of the high-end estates within Eldoret.

  1. Vivian Cheruiyot

Vivian Cheruiyot is a well known Kenyan athlete. Vivian holds the world record in 5,000 meters in Olympics a record she put in 2016. She  is also a force to reckon when it comes to 10,000 meters. She has over the years earned a lot of money through appearance fees and endorsements. She has aw ell scooped several gold medals throughout her career earning her millions of money.

Vivian Cheruiyot net wealth is estimated to be over. Ksh. 140 Million. With other investments in real estate businesses.

  1. Catherine Ndereba

Ndereba is a marathon runner who has won the marathon at the World Championships in Athletics twice. She broke the women’s marathon world record in 2001 at 2:18:47 at the Chicago marathon. The marathon runner’s net worth millions of money with a vast investment in properties and businesses.

  1. David Rudisha

David Rudisha is a 800m record holder with a 1:40:90 record he set at the 2012 London Olympics. He was also the 2016 Olympic champion and two-time world champion in 2011 and 2015.

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Through is running career, Rudisha is estimated to have earned over Ksh.160 million. He also generated good earnings from appearances and endorsements. Rudisha has also a number of investments and businesses making him among the wealthiest athletes in the country.

  1. Julius Yego

Julius Yego goes down the history as the only richest Kenyan athlete in the field events in the athletics. Yego popularly referred to as the YouTube athlete is the African record and Commonwealth record holder in javelin with a personal best record of 92.72m.

Yego’ net wealth is estimated to be Ksh.250 million.

Julius Yego

 

  1. Wilson Kipsang

Last but not least is Wilson Kipsang. Kipsang made a tidy sum from his track exploits. In 2014 he pocketed over Ksh. 50 million jackpot after topping the standing in the six-race World Marathon Majors series. The athlete participated in the London Marathon and won in a record 2 hours, 4 minutes and 29 seconds.

From this victory he earned  KSh5.5 million and another $100,000 (Sh10 million) bonus and an additional  $25,000 (Sh2.5 million) for shattering the course world record. And it doesn’t end there. The man of the moment pocketed $100,000 (Sh10 million) as appearance fee and bonus from Adidas who are his kit sponsors.

However, his athletics career was temporarily halted when he was slapped with a four-year ban over ant-doping violation.

Kipsang has as well invested in various projects and businesses.

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