South Africa has long been the birthplace of exceptional talent in the arts, media, politics and athletics. This international reputation continues to be relevant as increasing numbers of stars and celebrities from South Africa attract international renown.
Although South Africa continues to create international celebrities, there are a number which have become world-renowned super stars, moguls and famous athletes. Below are the top 10 South African celebrities who are currently taking the world by storm.
No list of top South African celebrities would be complete without mentioning the gorgeous and talented Charlize Theron. Theron started as a model and ballerina but she transitioned very quickly and successfully to acting.
She has collected a number of prestigious acting awards, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Theron remains an extremely successful Hollywood actor and she is in fact one of the highest-paid female actors in Hollywood at the moment.
Trevor Noah is a fairly new addition to the ranks of world-famous South Africans. His big break came in 2016 when John Stewart handed over the reins to The Daily Show, an extremely popular nightly American talk show.
In addition to hosting The Daily Show, Noah is a comic, writer and actor. He has hosted a number of other shows and programs including Tonight with Trevor Noah and it is clear to everyone paying attention that he certainly has a glowing future in show business ahead of him.
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers is a cricketer born in Bela-Bela. This stud of a cricket player has been named the ICC ODI Player of the Year not once, not twice but three different times. He has captained the South African cricket team in Tests, ODIs and T20s, and he has more than earned his nicknames “Mr. 360” and “Superman”. On top of all that, he is also a devout Christian and talented musician who has expressed his religious feelings in a pop album he recorded and released.
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Candice Swanepoel is a Victoria Secret Angel and she has ranked within the top 10 models around the world in terms of earnings. In addition to her modelling, she is also a philanthropist.
Elon Musk is certainly the richest, and likely the most controversial, figure on this list. He is famous for having started PayPal with noted conservative Peter Theil, for his strange romantic exploits, for having invested in Tesla and for occasionally being investigated by the SEC for market manipulation.
Musk is very often billed as a visionary scientist, inventor and dank meme lord of a businessman. However, many people do not know that Musk actually grew up in an extremely wealthy home because his father ran a family-owned emerald mining operation. It is arguably much easier to be a success in the business world when you are already wealthy. It is possible that Musk will fly to Mars to start his extra-terrestrial colony, the sooner the better.
Caster Semenya is an intersex middle-distance runner and two-time Olympian gold medallist. Semenya’s performance has been the subject of intense media scrutiny and she was asked to medically reduce her testosterone levels in order to compete in the 2021 Olympics. She is now fighting a case in the European Court of Human Rights regarding the matter.
Belle Delphine will be more recognisable to our younger readers. Delphine is a media personality, influencer, model and Twitch streamer, who is perhaps most famous for selling her own bathwater and ingenuously monetising her platform.
For a while during the 2010s, the Dave Matthews Band logo was inescapable. Thankfully now that is not the case, but Dave Matthews remains an extremely famous musician. He is known for his songs So Much to Say and Gravedigger, and he has won a Grammy.
Gary Player is a famous golfer who became the only non-American to win the career Grand Slam at 29. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Game and he has participated in over 160 professional tournaments.
Hashim Amla is a famous cricketer who was born in Durban. He is one of the best ODI batsman in the world right now. He has smashed a number of impressive categories including being the fastest cricketer to reach 20 ODI centuries.
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