Net Worth: Top 15 Richest Actors In South Africa In 2023 (Highest-Paid Actresses In SA)

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

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 and successful actors and actresses who have helped project the nation around the globe through their body of work which is loved by millions of people.

From actors to comedians, deejays, rappers, and entrepreneurs, most of South Africa’s celebrities work hard, and earn big and roll hard proving that the entertainment industry pays well if you work hard.

Every Industry has people who keep it alive with their talents. The South African is one of many talents. Most of them have appeared in over a hundred movies. Almost everyone in our list of richest actors in South Africa has appeared in Hollywood as well.

Top 15 Richest Actors in South Africa

Below is the list of names of the richest actors and actresses in South Africa and their net worth…

15. Jessica Marais – $1.3 million

Jessica Marais (Photo: Famebytes)
  • Real Name: Jessica Dominique Marais
  • Date of Birth: January 29, 1985
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Education: St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, National Institute of Dramatic Art
  • Children: Scout Edie Stewart
  • Parents: Karen Marais, Tony Marais
  • Siblings: Clara Marais
  • Net Worth: $1.3 Million
  • Instagram Handle: @jay.may.ray

Jessica Marais is a South African-Australian actress. She is best known for her role as Rachel Rafter in the television series “Packed to the Rafter”, and “Love Child”, and also as Lily Diamond in the “Magic City” television series. Jessica Marais has an estimated net worth of US $1.3 million.

Marais has won and been nominated, for seven Logies in her time. Her first success at the Logies was in 2009 when she won the Logie for “Most Popular New Female Talent” and the prestigious Graham Kennedy Award for “Most Outstanding New Talent” for her role in Packed to the Rafters.

14. Jolene Martin – 1.5 million

Net Worth: Top 12 Famous, Richest Actors In South Africa In 2022 (Highest-Paid Actresses In SA)
Jolene Martin (Photo: Legends)
  • Real Name: Jolene Martin-Morgan
  • Date of Birth: September 16, 1979
  • Age: 43 years old
  • Birthplace: Western Cape, South Africa
  • Net Worth: $1.3 million
  • Instagram Handle: @jolenemartinofficial

Jolene Martin-Morgan was born on September 16, 1979, in Western Cape, South Africa. She is an actress, known for Meet the Radebes (2017), Konsternasie oppie stasie (2009), and Fluiters (2016).

Jolene Martin was appointed to host events that included the high commission South African celebrity gala that was held in Singapore and UN New Year’s celebrations in Ethiopia among many others. Jolene’s net worth is currently valued at $1.3 million.

13. Connie Ferguson – $2 million

Net Worth: Top 12 Famous, Richest Actors In South Africa In 2022 (Highest-Paid Actresses In SA)
  • Real Name: Constance Ferguson
  • Date of Birth: 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
  • Net Worth: $2 million
  • Instagram Handle: @connie_ferguson

Constance “Connie” 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. 

She is one of the richest actors in South Africa and is worth around $2 million.

12. Pearl Thusi – $2.3 Million

Net Worth: Top 12 Famous, Richest Actors In South Africa In 2022 (Highest-Paid Actresses In SA)
  • Real Name: Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi  
  • Date of Birth: May 13, 1988
  • Age: 34 years old
  • Birthplace: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  • Parents: Bhekizizwe Thusi
  • Education: Pinetown Girls’ High School
  • Other names: The Real Black PearlChildren: Thandolwethu Mokoena, Okuhle Thusi
  • Siblings: Prunella Thusi, Pamela Thusi
  • Net Worth: $2.3 Million
  • Instagram Handle: @pearlthusi

Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi is a South African actress, model, Tv and radio host, entrepreneur, 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 Thusi is a model career, she began modeling when she was a youngster and has competed in a number of pageants. Pearl has crowned Miss KwaZulu-Natal in 2005 and Miss SA Teen’s first runner-up in 2003.

Pearl Thusi is one of the richest actors in South Africa with an estimated net worth of $2.3 million.

11. Shashi Naidoo -$2.5 million

Shashi Naidoo (Photo: TimesLive)
  • Real Name: Shash Naidoo
  • Date of Birth: November 4, 1980
  • Age: 42 years old
  • Birthplace: Gqeberha, South Africa
  • Spouse: Mark Sandler (m. 2009–2011)
  • Parents: Harry Naidoo
  • Siblings: Anthosh Naidoo
  • Net Worth: $2.5 million
  • Instagram Handle: @shashinaidoo

She is a well-versed celebrity with many titles to her as she is an actress, model, fashion blogger, entrepreneur, MC, and television presenter from South Africa.

We all know Shashi for hosting the ETV Magazine Show as well as the nationwide MTV VJ show.

Shashi Naidoo is one of the richest movie stars in South Africa with her net worth currently valued at $2.5 million.

10. Sizwe Dhlomo – $4 million

Sizwe Dhlomo is a South African radio and television host born on June 21, 1983. He became famous after winning the MTV Base Talent Contest and becoming MTV Base’s first video jockey. He now works as a presenter at Radio 702. Although he has multiple income streams, he has a net worth of $4 million.

9. Minnie Dlamini – $5 million

Minnie Dlamini during the Celebrity Game Night SA launch held at Saint Restaurant on October 22, 2019, in Sandton, South Africa.
Photo by Oupa Bopape Source: Getty Images
  • Real Name: Minenhle Dlamini
  • Birthday: July 7, 1990
  • Age: 32 years old
  • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
  • Spouse: Quinton Jones (m. 2017)Siblings: Khosini Dlamini
  • Parents: Queen Dlamini, Jabulani Dlamini
  • Nationality: South African
  • Education: Northlands Girls’ High School, University of Cape Town

Minenhle Dlamini, known as Minnie Dlamini, is a South African on-air personality, actress, and model. She was chosen as the new host for the SABC 1 Friday live-music program Live Amp in 2010. She is a prominent figure in South Africa and is thought to have a net worth of over $5 million.

8. Bonang Matheba – $7 million

Bonang Matheba during Miss South Africa Finale at SunBet Arena at Time Square on August 13, 2022, in Pretoria, South Africa. Photo by Oupa Bopape
Source: Getty Images
  • Real Name: Bonang Dorothy Natheba
  • Birthday: June 25, 1987
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Birthplace: Mahikeng, South Africa
  • Nickname: Queen B*
  • Height: 1.53 m
  • Siblings: Reabetswe Sechoaro, Thabo Mokoena
  • Nationality: South African
  • Parents: Charlotte Mokoena, Gampi Matheba

Bonang Dorothy Matheba is a celebrated South African actress, radio host, television presenter, and social media influencer. She is known for her flamboyant presenting skills and her signature voice. She was raised in Mahikeng, North West, and is well-known for her enthusiastic presenting style and distinctive voice. So, how much is Bonang Matheba’s net worth? She is one of South Africa’s wealthiest media figures and actresses, with a net worth of about $7 million.

7. Lesley-Ann Brandt -$7.5 million

Lesley-Ann Brandt (Photo: News24)
  • Real Name: Lesley-Ann Brandt
  • Date of Birth: December 2, 1981
  • Age: 41 years old
  • Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Height: 5′ 7″
  • Spouse: Chris Payne Gilbert (m. 2015)
  • Children: Kingston Payne Brandt-Gilbert
  • Net Worth: 7.5 Million
  • Instagram Handle: @lesleyannbrandt

Lesley-Ann Brandt is a South African actress. Brandt has acted in a number of New Zealand television series and first came to international notice with her role as a slave girl Naevia in the series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Since January 2016, she has played the role of Mazikeen on the television series Lucifer. 

Lesley-Ann Brandt is a South African who is based in Auckland and has been featured in various Television shows in New Zealand. She first came to international notice with her role as a slave girl Naevia in the series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Since January 2016, she plays the role of Maze (Mazikeen) on the television series Lucifer.

6. Moshidi Motshegwa – $8 million

Moshidi Motshegwa (Photo: Timeslive)
  • 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
  • Net Worth: $8 million
  • Twitter: @moshidimoh

Moshidi Motshegwa is a South African actress who has been on the entertainment scene for close to two decades.

Moshidi Motshegwa began acting in her school days. She has made appearances in different television shows, and some of them include Behind the Badge, Joburg Blues, Friends Indeed, Justice For All, and Generations.

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.

She is one of the richest actresses in South Africa and deserves to be honored in the top 10 wealthiest actresses in SA as she has a net worth of $8 million with a rumoured monthly salary of between R100,000 to R120,000, endorsements, film production, and screenwriting.

5. Jamie Bartlett – $12 million

Jamie Bartlett (Photo: EWN)
  • Real Name: Jamie Bartlett
  • Date of Birth: 1979
  • Age: 43 years old
  • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
  • Net Worth: $12 Million
  • Instagram Handle: @jamiejbartlett

Jamie Bartlett is a South African actor who is most famous for his character of David Genaro in Rhythm City, which has received massive airplay in several African nations.

Jamie Bartlett is also a British author and journalist, primarily for The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph. He was a Senior Fellow at Demos and was the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos until 2017. 

Furthermore, Jamie has also been featured in American films such as the American Ninja sequel movie.

Jamie Bartlett’s net worth is estimated to be around $12 million.

4. Sello Maake Ka-Ncube – $13 million

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube (Photo: The Patriot)
  • Real Name: Sello Maake Ka-Ncube
  • Date of Birth: March 12, 1960
  • Age: 62 years old
  • Birthplace: Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa
  • Children: Mxolisi Maake Ka-Ncube
  • Net Worth: $13 million
  • Instagram Handle: @sellomkn

Sello Maake Ka-Ncube is one of South Africa’s most esteemed actors and voice actors, having performed in theatre, film, and television both in his native land, as well as in the United States, Britain, Canada, and Europe.

He has won many accolades including the 2002 FNB Vita Nomination for Best Ensemble Performance in Musical Theatre, Best Script of a New South African Play, Best Director, and Best Production.

Sello Maake’s net worth is approximated at a whopping $13 million, per Zalebs, making him one of the richest actors in South Africa.

3. Sharlto Copley -$15 million

Sharlto Copley (Photo: Vulture)
  • Real Name: Sharlto Copley
  • Date of Birth: November 27, 1973
  • Age: 49 years old
  • Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Spouse: Tanit Phoenix (m. 2016)
  • Children: Sielle Phoenix-Copley
  • Parents: Bruce Copley, Linda Stocks
  • Net Worth: $15 million
  • Instagram Handle: @sharltocopleyofficial

Sharlto Copley is a successful actor and is regarded as one of the richest actors in South Africa.

Haven began his career after high school, Sharlto Copley is best known for producing and starring in the short film Alive in Joburg, on which the feature film District 9 was based.

He has played Wikus van der Merwe in the Academy Award-nominated science fiction film District 9, Howling Mad Murdock in the 2010 adaptation of The A-Team, Agent C. M.

Sharlto Copley has a net worth of $15 million, per Celebrity Net Worth.

2. Trevor Noah -$100 million

Trevor Noah (Photo: Newsweek)
  • Real Name: Trevor Noah
  • Date of Birth: February 20, 1984
  • Age: 39 years old
  • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Height: 1.81 m
  • Education: Maryvale College
  • Parents: Patricia Noah, Robert Noah
  • Siblings: Andrew Shingange, Isaac Shingange
  • Net Worth: $100 Million
  • Instagram Handle: @trevornoah

Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, television host, actor, and political commentator. He was the host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central, until 2022 when he resigned. Born in Johannesburg, Noah began his career in South Africa in 2002. 

Trevor Noah is one of the richest actors in South Africa. He began his career as a comedian, presenter, and actor in his native South Africa in 2002. After his stand-up comedy career attained international success, Noah began appearing on American late-night talk shows and English panel shows. Trevor Noah is not only a brilliant comedian but also a writer, media critic, producer, and television host.

He has received various accolades, including a Primetime Emmy Award win from six nominations. He was named one of “The 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” by The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 and 2018.

In 2018, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Mr. Trevor is the Daily Show Television host and Celebrity Net Worth reports that Trevor has a net worth of $100 million and makes about $16 million per year salary.

1. Charlize Theron – $170 million

  • Real Name: Charlize Theron
  • Date of Birth: August 7, 1975
  • Age: 47 years old
  • Birthplace: Benoni, South Africa
  • Height: 5′ 10″
  • Children: Jackson Theron, August Theron
  • Upcoming movies: Mad Max: The Wasteland, Fast & Furious 10
  • Awards: Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, MORE
  • Net Worth: $170 Million
  • Instagram Handle: @charlizeafrica

Charlize Theron is a renowned South African and American fashion icon, actress, and movie producer. As an actress, Charlize has starred in several award-winning movies in Hollywood such as The Devil’s Advocate(1997), Prometheus (2012), Mighty Joe Young(1998), Hancock(2008), Mad Max: Fury Road(2015), The Cider House Rules (1999), The Fate of the Furious (2017), Atomic Blonde (2017), and The Italian Job.

One of the world’s highest-paid actresses, she is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. In 2016, Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Moreover, she has been a recipient of various awards including the first-ever Academy award to be won by a South African actor, the Silver Bear, and the Golden Globe Award. Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2016.

As of 2023, she is one of the world’s highest-paid actresses. She is the richest actor/actress in South Africa.

Who is the richest actor in South Africa? As of 2023, Charlize Theron is the richest actor in South Africa right now with an estimated net worth of $170 million, per Celebrity Net Worth. She is currently one of the world’s highest-paid actresses. She can make about $30 million to $40 million a year.


Below is a recap of the top successful and richest actors, and actresses in South Africa and their net worth…

Top 15 richest celebrities in SA

RankNameNet Worth
1Charlize Theron$170 Million
2Trevor Noah$100 Million
3Sharlto Copley$15 Million
4Sello Maake Ka-Ncube$13 Million
5Jamie Bartlett$12 Million
6Moshidi Motshegwa$8 Million
7Lesley-Ann Brandt$7.5 Million
8Bonang Matheba$7 Million
9Minnie Dlamini$5 Million
10Sizwe Dhlomo$4 Million
11Shashi Naidoo$2.5 Million
12Pearl Thusi$2.3 Million
13Connie Ferguson$2 Million
14Jolene Martin$1.5 Million
15Jessica Marais$1.3 Million

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