10. Oscar Pistorious
Born in Sandton, Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa; Oscar Pistorious’s life is a story of promise and perseverance to a saga of murder and a 6 year prison sentence. Born with a condition called fibular hemimelia a birth defect where part or all of the fibular bone is missing. Due to this congenital condition doctors had to remove Pistorious’s legs when he was just 11 months old.
Despite the condition, Pistorious went on to play sports including, water polo, tennis and even rugby union. In 2003 at age 17, Francois van der Watt fitted Oscar with prosthetics that allowed him to run and exhibit his full potential. Pistorious went on to win Gold in 2004 Athens Olympics, 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the 2012 London Games Paralympic Games.
Birthday: 22 November 1986
Net Worth: R194 Million ($15 Million)
Sport: Track and Field
Top Endorsements: Nike, Oakley
Training: University of Pretoria
9. Chris Morris
The son of former cricketer Willie Morris, may have started playing cricket at an advanced age when compared to others but his natural ability shines on the pitch.
Birthday: 30 April 1987
Net Worth: R222 Million ($17 Million)
8. Jaque Fourie
Jaque Fourie was born 4th of March, 1983 in Carletonville, South Africa. He is best known as a South African rugby union player and for his versatility as a backline player– and his favorite position is at the center. For about 6 or 7 times, he was part of the 2007 Rugby World Cup winning team, where he played outside center. Currently, he plays for the Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers in the Top League competition in Japan.
His International debut was on 11 October,2003, during the Rugby world cup at outside center for the Springboks when they took on Uruguay at Subiaco Oval in Perth. And he was excellent, where he scored a try on his debut. During the pool stages, he also played against Georgia, again, scoring another try. In the subsequent World Cup games against Samoa and the All Blacks, he was a reserve.
In June, 2004, he featured again for the Springboks, where he played on the left wing against Ireland. South African actually won 26-17. During that same year, he played three times for Springboks—against England, Scotland and Argentina.
For the better part of 2008 and 2009 series, Fourie sat on the bench, even against the British and Irish Lions; he was back in the starting lineup for the 2009 Tri-Nations campaign, which was won by South Africa. His 50th test match for South Africa was played in a 6-12 defeat to Australia and it took place in Brisbane on the 5th day of September 2009.
Jaque Fourie is among the best rugby players South Africa has ever produced, and his versatility is admired by so many fans. He is indeed a complete athlete that is passionate about the game of Rugby.
Birthday: 4 March 1983
Net Worth: R286 Million ($22 Million)
Training: Rand Afrikaans University
7. Charl Schwartzel
Charl Adriaan Schwartzel, is a Johannesburg, South African born professional golfer who competes in the PGA Tour (Professional Golfers’ Association primarily in the United States), European Tour, and the South Africa based Sunshine Tour. Born August 31 1984, Schwartzel holds the major achievement of being the 2011 PGA Tour Masters Finalist making him the third South African to ever win the Green Jacket. The 2011 Masters performance also happens to be Schartzel’s only PGA victory.
We can say Charl inherited his passion for golf from his father, George, who used to be a professional golfer and was once a one-time winner of a four-ball match with Ernie Els. Charl is the 3rd South African golfer that won the Masters Tournament. Gary Player and Trevor Immelman were the first 2 South Africa nationals that won the Tournament
His highest world ranking has been number 6, after finishing in a tie for a fourth position at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in 2012.
The first tournament he played was in 1997 at an early age of 13; and shot a 69 during first round. The 32-year old South African golfer has played for The Presidents Cup International Team in 2011 and 2013 respectively.
Charl is married to Rosalind, the second cousin of the professional golfer Justin Rose. Rosalind is a renowned tennis player in South Africa; and her father was a professional golf instructor at a golf club near Charl’s hometown.
The couple had their only daughter, Olivia in March 2014.
Fun Facts about Charl Adriann Schwartzel
Charl Adriaan Schwartzel has been a licensed pilot since 2007.
Charl’s first tweet is dedicated to a South African rugby team.
Birthday: 31 August 1984
Net Worth: R457 Million ($35 Million)
Top Endorsements: Nike, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Training: Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundatio
6. Louis Oosthuizen
Born on October 19, 1982 Louis Oosthuizen hails from Mossel Bay in Western Cape South Africa. His first the 3 years of his golf career Oosthuizen was financially supported as by South African golf pro Ernie Els. He has won numerous amateur titles before he became a professional in 2002 at age 19.
At the start of his career Louis Oosthuizen won five professional tournaments on the South Africa based Sunshine Golf Tour. Oosthuizen’s list of career accomplishments include: The 2004 Vodacom Origins of Golf Tour event at Arabella, The 2007 Dimension Data Pro-Am and Platinum Classic, and The Telkom PGA Championship which he was twice victorious, in 2007 and 2008.
Oosthuizen played on the European Challenge Tour in 2003 and has been a member of the European Tour since 2004. He finished 31st on the Race to Dubai in 2009; and on September 10, 2012, he reached the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.
In March 2010, he won his first European Tour event at the Open de Andalucia de Golf. He also won the 2010 Masters Par 3 Contest.
He won the 2010 Open Championship and has finished runner-up in a further three major championships;
The 2012 Masters Tournament losing in a sudden death playoff,
The 2015 U.S. Open.
The 2015 Open Championship where he was defeated in a four-hole aggregate playoff.
His achieved a fourth position (being his highest position) on the Official World Golf Ranking in January 2013
Birthday: 19 October 1982
Net Worth: R496 Million ($38 Million)
Top Endorsements: Mercedes-Benz, UPS, Ping
Training: Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation
5. Steven Pienaar
The South African professional footballer, Steven Jerome Pienaar was born on March 17, 1982. He currently plays as a midfielder for an English team, Sunderland. He captained the South African national team until October 2012. He performs his major role as a winger; he plays on both wings-the right or left wing and also as an attacking midfielder. Jerome previously played for Ajax Cape Town, where he started career. He joined Ajax Cape Town while he was playing for the school of excellence when he was asked to join the youth academy. Other teams he had played for include Borussia, Everton, Dortmund, and Tottenham Hotspur.
“I was very fortunate to go to the School of Excellence 2000, to be able to grow the skills, technique and the talent that God gave me in order to use it in a Godly way ”……Jerome
Steven Jerome Pienaar said this about his mentor Leo Van Veen “I was fortunate to work with Leo van Veen, a dutch coach, who helped me at Ajax Cape Town. He taught me how to prepare for games, not just playing to entertain the crowd but also how to play for the team.”
While Jerome was with Ajax Cape Town, he won the Rothman’s Cup after winning Orlando Pirates 4–1 in the final on December 13, 2000, which was his final game for the club.
Jerome officially declared his retirement from international duties on the second day of October 2012.
Birthday: 17 March 1982
Net Worth: R523 Million ($40 Million)
Top Endorsements: Puma
Training: Ajax Cape Town
4. Bryan Habana
A Johannesburg born speedster, Habana plays the wing for both club and country. Ryan Habana was named the 2007 IRB Player of the Year an holds the try-scoring record after South Africa romped Nambia 87-0 in the 2011 World Cup.
Date of Birth: 12 June 1983
Net Worth: R614 Million ($47.4 Million)
Training: Golden Lions (Gauteng, South Africa)
3. Retief Goosen
Retief Goosen was born February 3, 1969. He is a renowned South African professional golfer. He remained in the top ten list of the Official World Golf Ranking for more than 250 weeks between 2001 and 2007. He got his two major achievements in U.S. Open wins in 2001 and 2004 respectively. Retief was ranked first on the European Tour Order of Merit (money list) in 2001 and 2002.
Due to his achievement in the U.S win in 2001 and 2004, Retief Goosen is acclaimed as one of the best golfers of his time. Truly, Retief is a global golf professional; he currently holds membership on three worldwide Tours, they are European Tour, PGA Tour, and South African Tour.
Retief’s total professional wins are 34. He won ‘the European Tour Player of the Year’ award in 2001 and declared the winner of the ‘the European Tour Order of Merit’ in 2001 and 2002 respectively.
He was earlier awarded Springbok Colors in recognition of his 30 amateur wins and excellent contribution to amateur golf before he became an international professional in 1990.
Retief was nominated for the Presidents Cup in these years; 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. He has also represented his country, South Africa in the Dunhill Cup for 6 years, between 1995 and 2000. He represented his country in the World in 1993, 1995, 2000 and 2001. Retief was the person that captained the Goodwill Trophy that was played at Mission Hills in November 2006.
Retief popularly called “The Goose” by his fans, is happily married to Tracy and blessed with two kids Leo and Ella.
Birthday: 3 February 1969
Net Worth: R654 Million ($50 million)
Top Endorsements: Taylor Made, Grey Goose Vodka, Rolex
2. Jacques Kallis
Jacques Kallis was born on October 16, 1975. He is a former South African cricketer and currently coaches the Kolkata Knight Riders. Kallis, as a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler, is regarded as one of the most respected cricketer. Some would even say he is the best. As of 2013, Kallis was the only player in the history of crickets who has score more than 10,000 runs and had taken 250 wickets in both one-day and Test match cricket.
Because of his continuous effort, he became the fourth cricket player and first South African to score 13,000 Test runs on a memorable opening day of the first Test against New Zealand on January 2, 2013. Kallis had also taken 292 Test wickets; he was the ranked third on the list of all-time cricket scorer after Indian player Sachin Tendulkar scored 15,921 (first position) and Australian Ricky had 13,378 (second position).
Kallis, who was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 2013 retired from Test and first-class cricket after he had played in the second Test against India at Durban in December 2013.
After he scored his 45th Test hundred in this match, which made him one of the few batsmen who had scored a century in final Test, he retired from all form of international cricket functions on July 30, 2014.
Birthday: 16 October 1975
Net Worth: R980 Million ($75 Million)
Top Endorsements: Buchulife Herbal Health Products
Training: School Attended: Wynberg Boys
1. Ernie Els
Ernie Els, a South African, born on October 17, 1969, was one of the best and most popular golfers of the 1990s into the early 2000s, Els is popular for his pure, easy swing and an easygoing character.
“Big Easy” is his nickname. Els is tall known for his calm and gentleman temperament on the course as well as off the links; his golf swing is fluid and looks easy, yet produces great power.
Els’ grew up in South Africa and his childhood games are tennis, rugby, cricket, and golf. On the tennis court Els won the coveted Eastern Transvaal Junior Championships the tender age of 13. By age 14 he was considered a scratch golfer, and decided to focus all of is efforts on golf; in that same year, Els traveled to San Diego, California to compete in the Junior World Championship Golf Tournament where he would be victorious defeating semifinalist Phil Mickelson.
Els became a professional in 1989 and won his first pro tournament in 1991. Els won the South African PGA, South African Masters tournaments, and South African Open, all in 1992.
He got his first win on the European Tour, and U.S PGA Tour in 1993 and 1994 respectively; and that was how he started big.
Els has enjoyed huge success sharing his time between the US and European tours. He currently plays South Africa-his Home Country, Asia and other places around the world.
Els won four majors tournaments with numerous other close calls.
Birthday: 17 October 1969
Net Worth: R1,302Billion ($100 Million)
Top Endorsements: Callaway, Boeing
Training: Kempton Park Country Club