Accessible, Sortable Table of Famous People Born in South Africa
Famouseness Rank Name Age / Dates Description
1 NELSON MANDELA 95 Former political prisoner who upon his release was elected president of South Africa in 1994.
2 STEVE NASH 39 NBA legend who won the MVP in 2005 and 2006 with the Phoenix Suns, and played in eight NBA All-Star games.
3 SASHA PIETERSE 17 Teen actress who played Alison DiLaurentis on the hit ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars.
4 J.R.R. TOLKIEN (1892-1973) English author, poet, and professor who created The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
5 CARIBA HEINE 24 South African television actress and dancer, most well known as Rikki Chadwick on Australia's H20: Just Add Water.
6 CHARLIZE THERON 37 She hit the spotlight in The Devil's Advocate, and won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as a disturbed murderer in the 2003 film, Monster.
7 CANDICE SWANEPOEL 24 Famous for being a Victoria Secret model.
8 BETH TWEDDLE 28 British gymnastics champion who also competed in three Olympic games.
9 DAVE MATTHEWS 46 Singer and guitar player for the Dave Matthews Band, he won a Grammy Award for the song, So Much To Say.
10 OSCAR PISTORIUS 26 South African sprint runner who is a double amputee, and has competed in the Olympics, widely known as the blade runner.
11 JUSTIN GABRIEL 32 Works for WWE SmackDown; known for being the next 'Breakout Superstar' after competing in 2010.
12 TAMMIN SURSOK 29 Plays the role of Jenna on 'Pretty Little Liars' alongside Ashley Benson.
13 DEAN GEYER 27 Singer-songwriter who placed third in Australia's version of American Idol; plays the role of Brody Weston on Glee.
14 LUOL DENG 28 Chicago bulls swing man who played in the 2012 NBA All-Star game.
15 CHRISTIAN BENTEKE 22 Belgian footballer who became known as a player for Aston Villa and the Belgian national team.
16 BISHOP DESMOND TUTU 81 Anglican Archbishop who urged equality of black South Africans.
17 ELON MUSK 42 American Engineer who founded PayPal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors.
18 DALE STEYN 30 South African cricket star who represents the South African national team and Cape Cobras.
19 MIRIAM MAKEBA (1932-2008) South African singer whose music was embraced worldwide.
20 WILFRIED ZAHA 20 Winger and striker for Crystal Palace and Manchester United.