Tegla Loroupe Net Worth: Salary & Endorsements

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As we know, Kenya and Ethiopia are homes to all the best runners in the world. Here we will be talking about one of the wealthiest Kenyan female athletes, Tegla Loroupe, whose net worth is expected to be $1.3 million.

Tegla was born in 1973, on May 9, in Ukapsait village in the Lelan division of West Pokot District. Besides, she belongs to a Nilotic ethnic group.

Loroupe has achieved a lot of success in her career. She had to work very hard to be in today’s position, especially coming from a household where women are not respected.

Tegla Loroupe net worth
Tegla during the world champions tournament. 

Furthermore, with popularity comes controversies, and something similar happened to Tegla. What was it? We will talk all about it later. 

But before we start with our article, let’s have an instant glance at the quick facts first.

Quick Facts

Full Name Tegla Loroupe
Nick Name Tegla
Date of Birth 9 May 1973
Birth Place Kapsait village in the Lelan division of West Pokot District
Age 50 years old
Gender Female
Sexual Orientation Straight
Height 5’1″/155 cm 
Weight 40 kg/88 kgs
Horoscope Taurus
Religion Christianity
Nationality Kenyan
Ethnicity Kapsait Elementary school
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Tattoos No
Marital Status Unmarried
Spouse No
Kids No
Father’s Name Not Available
Mother’s Name Not Available
Siblings 24
High School Kapsait Elementary school
Training Center Not Available
Profession Long Distance Runner
Active from 1989
Personal Best(s) 3000 meters (8:30.95)
Current Team Unknown
Sport Long Jump
Record  Not Available
Net Worth $1.4 Million
Endorsements Not Available
Social Media Twitter
Merch Track and Field Equipment 
Last Update April, 2024

Tegla Loroupe Net worth and Endorsement

As of 2024, this young Kenyan athlete, Tegla Loroupe, has a net worth of 190 million Kshs, which is equivalent to $1.4 million.

Besides, Tegla doesn’t have many brand deals and endorsements. So, most of this amount comes through her athletic career. 

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Tegla Loroupe Net Worth: Lifestyle

As expected, Tegla lives a luxurious life, and she has earned a healthy sum of money throughout her career. However, she could not live a happier life without facing discrimination as her childhood trauma still haunts her.

Likewise, Tegla eats minimal junk and processed food, so everything she eats is fresh. For Tegla, there is no such thing as a cheat meal or a day off in her dictionary.

Tegla Loroupe's million dollars smile
Tegla Loroupe’s million dollars smile.

Besides, Loroupe trains herself daily, runs miles, and sleeps. Being an athlete, all these seem natural to her. 


Not only is Tegla a good athlete, but she is also a good human being. The Kenyan-born has helped a lot of people in need through charity works. 

Aside from being the ambassador of the United Nations for sports, Loroupe is also the founder of the “Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation.” Loroupe’s organization aims to maintain peace through sport to maintain harmony between tribes.

Moreover, in 2007, Tegla earned the Kenyan Sports Personality of the Year award and the Community Hero award. Later, she was also named as the Oxfam Ambassador of Sport and Peace to Darfur.

True to her nature, she is working hard for people who are considered left out of society. Apart from that, Tegla also tries to improve women’s conditions and convince people of the importance of women’s empowerment.

Diet and Training

Even though she has retired now, Loroupe’s training used to be convenient, unlike other athletes, and her diet consists of fruit and vegetables. 

Similarly, this World Half Marathon Champion prefers to drink two liters of tea with sugar rather than gratifying in protein shakes.

Nonetheless, Tegla does not focus on intense training and workout types; instead, the Kenyan athlete focuses on her stamina and running.

A Glance at Tegla Loroupe’s Life

Talking about Loroupe’s childhood was very tough. Besides, she grew up with twenty-four siblings, and her family’s economic condition was deficient.

Further, her father had four wives, and it was tough for her to cope with everything. Added to that, Tegla was always called useless by her father, which demotivated her.

Loroupe’s father felt Tegla could only babysit and had no potentiality to do anything more than that. But, gladly, Tegla proved him wrong by reaching the great height of success.

Tegla had to work on field rare castles from a very young age and walk for hours to reach the school because it was 10 km away from her home.

During this time and all the running to reach the school in time made her realize her potential. 

Likewise, she used to take part in racing competitions at school. However, at that time, nobody supported her except her mother.

Even the Kenyan Athletics Federation didn’t help her at first, just because she was a girl, plus she was too small and too thin.

Despite all that, Tegla won the prestigious cross country barefoot race in 1989 and proved everyone wrong. And the first thing she bought for herself was a pair of shoes. 

After that, there has not been looking back for her; she started making record after record. With the number of records increased, the number of her well-wishers. 

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Some Achievements of Tegla Loroupe

  • Six Times gold medalist in World Half Marathon Championship
  • Two Bronze medals in the world championship
  • Two gold medals in New York City Marathon
  • Winner of Berlin Marathon 1991
  • United Nations Person of the year in 2016

Some of the exciting facts about Tegla Loroupe

  • Tegla used to run after her brothers and sisters, and she even used to run to go to so, which developed her stamina.
Tegla is the brand ambassador of UNICEF for sports.
Tegla is the brand ambassador of UNICEF for sports.
  • In the 90s, Tegla was called the fastest woman on the earth.
  • Most of Tegla Loroupe’s net worth comes from her running career.
  • Tegla won her first race after running for two hours, twenty-seven minutes, and thirty seconds.

Social Media Presence

Tegla does have a social media handle, but she doesn’t use it much. However, we can see her posting some random things sometimes.

If you are curious about Tegla, you can find information about her on different sites.

You can also follow her on her Twitter account to get to know her closely.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Has Tegla Loroupe retire?

Looking at her recent activities, it seems Tegal has retired from the sport. But there is still no confirmation about it. 

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Is Tegla married?

Surprisingly, Tegla is still single and hasn’t married yet.

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Miss. KeCy

Anusha K.C

Anusha K.C is a dynamic writer with a keen interest in uncovering the stories that lie beneath the surface of the sports world. Her articles offer readers a fresh perspective on athletes and sporting events, blending insightful analysis with engaging storytelling.


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