Top 5 Most Influential People from South Africa

South Africa is a country that encompasses a variety of cultures, languages and religions. Apart from that, and its beautiful old archeological sites of course, the country is also the home to many famous personalities. Very popular figures within the entertainment industry as well as in the world of business have managed to gain global recognition!

Let’s check out who made it to the list of the top 5 most influential people from South Africa:

#1 Elon Musk

Elon Musk is a successful South Africa-born, Candian-American entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and investor. Currently Musk is the founder and CEO of SpaceX and chairman of SolarCity. Moreover, he is the cofounder of PayPal and Tesla Motors, which envisioned Hyperloop, a conceptual high-speed transportation system.  

#2 Charlize Theron

Famous South African and American actress, producer and fashion model, Charlize Theron became popular after the role in ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ in 1997, which marked her successful acting career. Thus far, Theron has won the Academy Award, Silver Bear, Goldern Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for her role in Monster, becoming the first South African to win an Academy Award in a major acting category.

#3 Oscar Pistorius

Oscar Pistorius is a South African sprint runner who competed in the Olympics and managed to become a Paralympic champion. Known as the Blade Runner, Pistorius won several medals and was the first double amputee to compete in 400 meters relay at the 2012 Olympics.

#4 Sasha Pieterse

Sasha Pieterse is a South African-born, American actress and singer-songwriter who began her career at the age of 6 on Family Affair and became famous at the age of 12 with her role in the Pretty Little Liars series. In 2013, Pieterse also starred in the film G.B.F which met huge success. Thus far, she has won three awards including Young Artist Award, Teen Choice Award and Independent Spirit Award.

#5 Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel is a South African fashion model who is popular for her work with Victoria’s Secret. In 2012 and 2013, she was ranked #10 and #9 respectively, on the Forbes’s list of the top-earning models in the world. Swanepoel walked the runway and modeled for several famous designers including Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, Tommy Hilfiger, Dolce and Gabbana and many more. Also, she appeared in many lingerie commercials and was a featured model in the 2010 “SWIM” catalog.

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