Mpule Kwelagobe's Net Worth, Career, And Philanthropy

She has been winning since 1997

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Mpule Kwelagobe
Mpule Kwelagobe is one of the most renowned women from Botswana who is known both for her beauty and charisma.

The former beauty queen first came to the limelight in 1997 and ever since she has been making waves not just for her works on the runway as well as her works of activism, advocacy and philanthropy.

This article looks at Mpule Kwelagobe’s net worth, her successful modelling career that had groundbreaking milestones for black women everywhere, and her current works.

What is Mpule Kwelagobe’s net worth?


According to several online sources, Mpule Kwelagobe’s net worth is estimated at between $3million and $5million.

She has accumulated this impressive net worth through her successful career as an internationally renowned model, an investor and a businesswoman.


Mpule Kwelagobe’s modelling career


Mpule Kwelagobe, source: Facebook


Mpule Kwelagobe’s net worth began growing when she started her successful modelling career.

Born on 14 November 1979, Mpule Kwelagobe began her modelling career in 1997 when she was a teenager in highschool after entering the Miss Botswana 1997 pageant. She was crowned the winner, becoming the youngest woman to ever hold that title in history.

In 1999, Mpule participated in the Miss Universe pageant which was held in Chaguaramas, Trinidad and Tobago. 

She was declared the winner becoming the first woman from Botswana to ever win the title, the first black African to ever win any of the big four international pageants and the fourth black woman to ever win the Miss Universe pageant.

Being crowned Miss Universe opened the young Mpule Kwelagobe’s world to new opportunities and possibilities and the coveted prize was an added bonus. 

The prize consisted of a $40,000 salary for the year's reign, a large sum of money, a lavish apartment in New York City for the duration of the year, and an abundance of designer clothing, jewelry, bags, and cosmetics.

During her reign, Mpule earned a brand partnership with the American cosmetics company- Clairol; this partnership lasted long after Mpule’s reign ended.  

Mpule Kwelagobe’s projects after Miss Universe


Mpule Kwelagobe, source: Facebook


After completing her reign as Miss Universe in 2000 and handing over the crown to her successor- Lara Dutta, Mpule embarked on her pursuit of education as well as humanitarian works.

She studied at Columbia University and earned a degree in international political economy there.

2000 was also a big year for Mpule Kwelagobe. She was named the goodwill ambassador focussing on youth and HIV/AIDs by the United Nations. 

In November the same year, she launched her foundation- MPULE Foundation with the aim of curbing the spread of HIV/AIDS and advocating for the access to sexual and reproductive rights for women and youth. The foundation was launched by the late Nelson Mandela and she served as its president and CEO between 2000-2011.

In 2011, the former beauty queen founded MPULE Institute for Endogenous Development- an Africa-focused advocacy and public policy think tank based in New York.


Mpule Kwelagobe’s family


Mpule Kwelagobe with her husband, source: missnews


Mpule Kwelagobe got married to Abhijoy Gandhi in 2011. The couple held their wedding in 2015 in Mpule’s home.

They currently reside in New York, USA where they are raising their children and working on their individual and joint projects.


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