The list consists of personalities in the Film, Music, TV, Radio, Comedy, Events industries
The creative economy has picked up in Kenya. Artists working in the sector from musicians, comedians to actors and media personalities have demonstrated that the media, arts and creative industry provide good financial returns if you put in the work.
It’s clear from the net worth of some of Kenya’s popular personalities that it pays to have a formidable brand.
We have compiled a list of 10 celebrities in Kenya that have amassed wealth, thanks to their ingenuity and hard work in creative sectors. This list gives light to only 10 personalities though many creative Kenyans have managed to lead good lives from earnings in comedy, music, film, and Television.
Though the famed actress is not entirely based in Kenya, she has put Kenya on the international map through her intriguing roles in Hollywood movies. Born in Mexico and bred in Kenya, she went on to study in the United States and worked as a crew member of films such as The Constant Gardener and The Namesake.
Her role as Patsey in the “12 Years a Slave” won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2018, she starred in the acclaimed movie “Black Panther” which broke box office records.
Lupita’s net worth as at 2018 is reported to be worth $8 million (800 million shillings) and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
The three-member boy band has crossed borders, thanks to their talent and hard work.During President Obama’s visit to Kenya in 2016, they were the only Kenyan artists who performed to Obama and shook a leg with the charismatic former head of state. Such is the height of their success.
The band has scored major endorsement deals.Recently, they got into a partnership with EABL’s vodka brand Chrome. They have previously landed endorsement deals with Coke Studio Africa, Safaricom, British Council and World Voice ambassadors.
They get paid between Sh 800,000 to 5,000,000 a gig. Though their net worth is unknown, they lead luxurious lifestyles.
The famed comedian and host of Kenya’s most-watched comedy show, Churchill show is a private man who shies away from airing his net worth to the public but reportedly earns millions from Churchill show proceeds.
He is the pioneer of Kenyan TV comedy and employs several comedians under his stable, LaughIndustry. He doubles up as a radio host on Classic FM and reportedly earns over Sh 1 million a month for the radio gig.
His exact worth may not be known but his multi-million comedy empire says it all.
The television journalist has a career spanning over two decades having gone to school in the United States and working for revered news outlets such as Reuters. The television host has worked for CNN International as a Chief Africa Correspondent, an influential position that definitely pays well.
He currently hosts Jeff Koinange Live(JKL), a talk show on Citizen TV and hosts a morning radio show at Hot 96. Before he worked for TV stations, KTN and K24.
He is rumored to be earning over Sh 2 million shillings. He revealed his net worth to be over Sh 50 million.
TV is not the only medium that pays. Radio has also churned out stars. Maina is the host of Classic 105’s breakfast show, ‘Maina In The Morning’ alongside Mwalimu Kingangi. He has been labeled the King of radio and has multiple real estate investments in Kenya and abroad including Miami, US.
He loves the expensive things in life.He is said to be earning between Sh 1.2 million to Sh 1.8 million.
She definitely doesn’t miss the rich list of musicians in Kenya. She has been leading incharts, thanks to her controversial songs and collaborations with top-hit musicians such as Diamond Platnumz. Apart from music, she has invested in real estate and a travel company. She owns Akothee Safaris.
She is also involved in farming at her upcountry home. Though her ways of acquiring wealth were questionable, she confessed that a well-wisher gave her a large chunk of money which she invested.
Judging from her taste of cars and homes, she is well-off though we can’t put a price tag on it.
He is the current Member of Parliament of Starehe constituency. Before venturing into politics, he was an accomplished musician with top-chart hits. He has major investments aside from music that is financially rewarding. He rose to fame singing about socio-political issues.
He is a successful comedian having started at the Churchill Show. He has starred in advertisements and bagged many endorsements. He also hosts corporate events and functions. He currently hosts a series of a stand-up comedy show, Untamed with Eric Omondi.
He has in the past courted controversy by displaying his wealth. In 2013, he revealed during an episode of Young Rich show on K24 that he was worth over Sh 30 million.
Charles Bukeko (Papa Shirandula)
Who said acting doesn’t pay well? He of the famed Citizen TV drama, Papa Shirandula is a testament. He plays the lead role in the show and also scripts the program. The show is one of the most popular TV shows since its inception. He has appeared in commercials for GO TV, Coca-Cola and Tusker.
He is said to be earning around Sh 2 million through endorsement deals. It is reported that he earns hundreds of thousands from acting and scripting.
You might not know her because she is the face behind the scenes of some of your favorite TVshows. Naomi is a producer and director. She is the brains behind Tahidi High and Mother-in-Law airing on Citizen TV.
She is a producer, , and actress. She has produced and featured in TV shows such as Makutano Junction, Machachari and Heart and Soul. The talented lady has also featured as a host of Shamba Shape Up TV show.
It is reported that she is earning hundreds of thousands per show.