Who is richer between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs?

Who is richer between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs?
Credit: Icon Sport

Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs are two great football clubs in South Africa; both teams play in the Premier Soccer League (PSL), the apex football division in the country.

Although these two teams are not the only great teams in the football space in South Africa, there are other teams who have done well both locally and in continental football over the years.

South Africa is a country with a rich football history and well-organized league that ranks high amongst the various leagues in Africa.

The sporting environment and top facilities these clubs have has seen most of the private-owned clubs excel not just on the football field, but also in their merchandise, earning them lucrative deals and increasing their overall net worth.

Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs players in action
Credit: Icon Sport

For one, football is not the only sport the country does well in. As a matter of fact, they also have impressive numbers in rugby, tennis and cricket, which means other than Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaiser Chiefs and the rest of the rich clubs in South Africa, there are other sports too who have rich clubs that bring aura and good name for South Africa.

The country is home to multiple sports clubs who are rich and football clubs like Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs are among the richest.

Many people wonder what the richest football club is between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, well, no worries because in this article we will answer the question and also get to bring to you the top ten richest football clubs in South Africa.

Just like Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs, the richest clubs in the country are worth millions of South African Rand. Most of these clubs all play in the Premier Soccer Division and are privately owned.

These teams make money from multiple ventures, including brand sponsorships, television rights and trophy wins.

Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs – Who is richer?

Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs wrestle for the ball
Credit: Icon Sport

First we'll like to point out that both clubs are privately owned. Mamelodi Sundowns are owned by Patrice Motsepe, who since 12 March 2021, has been serving as the President of the Confederation of African Football.

On the other hand, Kaizer Chiefs are owned by Kaizer Motaung, a former South African football player.

These two business tycoons have made their teams the wealthiest in South Africa. As a matter of fact, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs are comfortably seated in the very top three wealthiest clubs in the country.

In terms of riches brought about from brand endorsements and television rights and trophies won in the last couple of years, Mamelodi Sundowns is by far richer than Kaizer Chiefs.

To put it in proper perspective, Mamelodi Sundowns in 2023 is worth R544,908,000 while Kaizer Chiefs is worth R283,432,000. The difference is a staggering R261,476,000 in wealth that Sundowns are worth over Kaizer Chiefs, nearly double.

Richest football clubs in South Africa – the top 10

The Premier Soccer League has helped to increase the standard of club football in South Africa by providing the sport with better media coverage and much-improved revenue through sponsorship deals, making it one of the very best leagues in Africa.

This has resulted in a marked increase in the wealth of football clubs in South Africa, with the market value of all the teams in the DStv premiership standing at R3.16 billion in 2023.

Knowing the richest football clubs in South Africa is important for every football fan in the country.

On that note, here is the list of the richest clubs in South Africa and their net worth in 2023 according to Statista's analysis.

  • Mamelodi Sundowns – R544,908,000
  • Orlando Pirates – R371,854,800
  • Kaizer Chiefs – R283,432,000
  • Cape Town City FC – R212,174,800
  • Sekhukhune United FC – R208,582,000
  • SuperSport United – R195,608,000
  • AmaZulu FC – R191,416,400
  • Golden Arrows – R164,670,000
  • Stellenbosch FC – R160,178,800
  • Royal AM FC – R134,730,000

Frequently Asked Questions about the richest football clubs in South Africa

Which football team is the richest in South Africa?

The wealthiest football team in the country is Mamelodi Sundowns. The club is worth north of over R540million

Which club is richer between Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs?

Mamelodi Sundowns is richer than Kaizer Chiefs

What is the biggest football club in South Africa?

Kaizer Chiefs are arguably the biggest team in South Africa based on performance. The club has won 13 league titles and over 78 club trophies overall.

Is any South African club as rich as Al Ahly?

At the moment no club in South Africa is as rich as Al Ahly. The club has a market value of 25.5 million euros to make it the richest club in Africa.

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

Joseph is a graduate engineer turned sports writer, he has covered lots of sports stories, match previews and predictions across various leagues on the planet.