The music industry has grown very fast over the last decade and many artists are making millions out of it. Kenya has produced many artists who have received international recognition while others have landed collaborations from renowned international artists. In this article, we will provide you with a list of some of the richest musicians in Kenya and their net worth.
1. Sauti Sol
Sauti Sol Net worth: $20 million
Sauti Sol is a music group that has made a big name in the music industry in Kenya. The band was formed in 2005 by the three members; Bien-Aime Baraza, Willis Chimamo and Savara Mudigi. They all met in Upper Hill High School. Polycarp Otieno joined the group later.
The band has been recognized internationally and has performed in many concerts around the world. Sauti Sol is the richest music band in Kenya.
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Akothee Net worth: $10 million
Akothee is arguably the richest musician in Kenya. The self-proclaimed “Madam Boss” has invested in businesses that have helped her amass much wealth.
Apart from music, she has an interest in tours and travel. She owns a tours a travel company, a beach resort in Diani and a real estate company. She also drives high-end cars and has a multi-million mansion in Rongo.
Bahati Net worth: $10 million
Bahati is a Kenyan gospel musician. He has received many awards and tops on the list of rich Kenyan musicians. Bahati has performed in events and hosted a show on NTV dabbed Being Bahati.
Bahati drives some of the high-end cars and is among the persons with the most subscribers on YouTube.
4. Lady Wanja
Lady Wanja Net worth: $11 million
Lady Wanja is the daughter of the famous singer Queen Jane. She is a renowned musician from Central Kenya who has been in the music industry for a long time.
Unlike her mother who was a secular artist, Lady Wanja has focused on gospel music. She is among the best performing and richest gospel singers in Kenya.
Jaguar Net worth: $9 million
Jaguar is a musician and a member of parliament for Starehe Consistency. The musician is well known for his hit Kigeugeu. He has made a fortune from music and politics allowing him to amass a lot of wealth.
He is also a businessman and owns a tax company, an auto garage, real estate and a security company. Jaguar has an inspiring story having made it from poverty to riches. Jaguar also drives some of the best cars like Range Rover, Bentley and Lexus GL 450.
6. Willy Paul
Willy Paul Net worth: $8.5 million
Willy Paul is a Kenyan award-winning musician who has risen to the limelight over the past decade. He also managed to do collabos with some of the most renowned musicians in Kenya. He has won many awards including Groove Awards in 2013.
Nonini Net worth: $8 million
Nonini is a hip-hop artist and radio presenter whose real name is Hubert Mbuku Nakitare. He founded African hip hop and has grown in the industry. He is recognized as the godfather of Genge. He was the highest-paid artist by MCSK in 2012.
He founded a foundation, Colour kwa Face that advocated for the rights of people living with albinism.
8. Size 8
Size 8 Net worth: $1 million
Size 8 is a Kenyan gospel musician who has risen to the list of richest musicians in Kenya. She has managed to build wealth through music and endorsements. Size and her daughter Ladasha landed a multi-million endorsement deal for Software baby products in 2016 deal which has earned her a lot.
Her husband Dj Mo is a renowned Kenyan Dj and together they have amassed a lot of wealth. Size 8 received praise and criticism in equal measure after announcing that she had gotten saved and ditched secular music.
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Wyre Net worth: $1 million
Kevin Waire commonly known by his stage name Wyre is a Kenyan musician known for RnB and reggae music. He started his music career as a part of a music group known as Necessary Noize.
He has maneuvered along the way and made a brand name in the music industry. He has performed in many African countries and has performed with musicians like P-Square and Alaine.
David Mathenge; better known by his stage name Nameless is among the oldest and richest musicians in Kenya. He started his journey in the music industry back in 1999 and had a collaboration with Esir who died in a road accident in 2003.
Alongside his wife Wahu, Nameless has made a fortune and the two have joint assets amounting to millions of shillings.
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The music industry has grown enormously over time allowing artists to earn a fortune from music. Artists earn through live performances, YouTube ads, product endorsements and the sale of music on CDs and VCDs. Above is a list of the richest musicians in Kenya that have earned their wealth from music.