Chris Kamara Net Worth : Charity & Career

Christopher Kamara, known more commonly as Chris Kamara, is a former professional football player and has accumulated a net worth of $20 million.

Chris started playing football from a very young age and was signed to Portsmouth only at sixteen.

The English man has been around several football clubs like Portsmouth, Swindon Town, Brentford, Stoke City, and Leeds United.

He has also coached and managed for Bradford City and was their manager for three years.

 Chris Kamara on Strictly Come Dancing for Sport Relief
Chris Kamara on Strictly Come Dancing for Sport Relief.

He is currently a broadcaster at Sky Sports and frequently appears as a presenter on numerous other television programs.

The sportsman didn’t have an ideal childhood, with his father being a heavy gambler. However, he has managed to work his way through life and gain a considerable amount of success.

Quick Facts

Following are some quick facts about Christopher.

Birth Name Christopher Karma
Work Name Chris Karma
Pet Name Kammy
Net Worth $20 Million
Birth Date 25 December 1957
Birth Place Middlesbrough, England
Nationality British
Ethnicity English
Education St Pius X Primary, Middlesbrough
Zodiac Sign Capricorn
Father’s Name Alimamy Kindo Kamara
Mother’s Name Irene Kamara
Siblings Chris Kamara (Brother) and Maria Kamara (sister)
Age 64 Years Old
Hobby Singing
Height 6’1” feet, 1.85 m
Weight 80 kg or 176.37 lbs
Body Measurements Chest Size: 42, Biceps Size: 15, and Waist Size: 32
Skin Tone Tan
Hair Color Greyish black
Eye Color Dark Brown
Shoe Size N/A
Sexual Orientation Straight
Relationship Status Married
Wife Anne Kamara (1982-present)
Children Jack Kamara and Ben Kamara (Sons)
Profession Football Player, Manager, Coach, and Presenter
Position Midfielder
Salary $250,701 per month
Active Years 1974-Present
Total Goals 71
Social Media InstagramFacebookTwitter
Official Website Chriskamara.com
Last Update October 2022

Chris Kamara: Net Worth and Income

The sportsman earns about $250,701 per month from presenting television shows, excluding his sponsors and price money.

In 1978, he was sold to Swindon Town for £14,000 by Portsmouth.

Similarly, in 1991, Luton Town bought Chris Kamara for £150,000.

Chris Kamara's 12 pounds "unbelievable Jeff" t-shirt.
Chris Kamara’s 12 pounds “unbelievable Jeff” t-shirt.

Apart from television shows, he also earns a hefty sum from his merchandise.

Chris sells his official merch on his website Chriskamara.com.

He sells signed postcards, books, and t-shirts for a price ranging from 2 pounds to 12 pounds.

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Chris Kamara’s Lifestyle and Vacation

Chris is a very hardworking man. He spends most days of his week working, whether it is analyzing football matches or hosting shows.

He hardly gets any free time, but he likes to listen to the opera when he does. His favorite singer is Andrea Bocelli.

Chris is also extremely fond of his pet dog, Ted. He has been seen taking Ted on walks on the beach on the weekends.

He also shares cuddly pictures of his dog on his Twitter.

Other than that, he often hikes when he is free. Kamara likes to keep himself healthy.

Chris and his grandson visiting a farm. Source: Chris's Twitter
Chris and his grandson on a farm. Source: Chris’s Twitter

The player also recently got vaccinated for COVID-19.

Chris is an animal lover, and he likes to visit farms quite frequently. Moreover, he also posts pictures of his trips on his social media.

Vacations

Chris hardly ever reveals the details of his vacation to the media.

However, we know via his socials that he loves to go to the beach every once in a while.

Traveling with his family is his favorite, but he doesn’t get many chances to do so because he is the busy man he is.

Chris Kamara’s Charity

Kamara comes from a middle-class family. He understands the struggles people have to face in their day-to-day lives and does his best to help those in need.

During the recent Corona Virus outbreak, Chris worked with local charity Community Foundation Wakefield.

He helped Wakefield raise £500,000 to support the volunteers and staff on the frontline.

The sportsman urged his followers to donate to the cause in a tweet and explained how strongly he feels about the situation because his children and grandchildren live in the city Wakefield is serving.

Chris’s life has not been easy, to say the least; he was a victim of racial abuse throughout his football career.

Because of this, in 2004, he joined the “Show Racism the Red Card Hall of Fame,” an anti-racism organization.

In December of 2011, he received ‘The Above & Beyond in Memory of Sir Bill Cotton award” for his works to help the Marie Curie charity.

Chris, along with his footballer friends, managed to raise a total of £385,000 for the said charity and to climb to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

He took part in the Special Olympics Unity Cup 2011 as a celebrity partner. Later, he went on to become an ambassador of the Special Olympics Great Britain Organisation and has been working actively with them ever since.

Chris Kamara’s Career

Playing Career

In 1974,  Portsmouth manager Ian St John spotted Kamara playing football and brought him into the team.

His first football team debut was in August 1975 when he played for Portsmouth against  Luton Town.

Only in his second official match, Chris scored a goal against  Bolton Wanderers.

He was sold to Third Division rivals Swindon Town for £14,000 in 1977.

Chris scored on his first game with Swindon against Sheffield Wednesday; however, he was frequently left out of the starting eleven.

He was sold back to Portsmouth in 1981 for £50,000, only to be swapped back again for David Crown.

He scored his career best of 11 goals in the 1982–83 season.

The player then won a Football League Trophy’s runners-up medal in 1985, in a 3–1 defeat by Wigan Athletic.

Kamara left Portsmouth to rejoin Swindon Town in 1985 for £12,500.

He only played twenty-three games in the Fourth Division. The sportsman joined Stoke City in 1988 and scored five goals in 44 appearances in the 1989 season.

He was also given the player of the year award. After that, Kamara was sold to Leeds United.

With Chris, Leeds won the Second Division title in 1989–90 but didn’t appear in the first division because of an injury.

Chris playing for Sheffield United.
Chris playing for Sheffield United.

Eventually, he left Leeds in November 1991. Luton Town bought him for £150,000 in 1992.

In 1992, Chris got back to the Premier League on loan. However, he failed to get the first-team place in the 1992 season.

The player then signed with Bradford City after he was offered a playing-coaching role.

Kamara’s Career as a manager and a presenter

Chris’s managing career started when Bradford City chairman Geoffrey Richmond promoted him from assistant manager to manager in 1995.

Ultimately he left the club in January 1998. Chris, along with chairman Geoffrey, were heavily involved in the club’s transfer policy.

He also recommended his then assistant Paul Jewell to continue being the manager for the team, who would go on to be a successful manager.

In January of 1998, Stoke City appointed him as the manager. But he was dismissed after only three months due to poor management.

After failing in his management career, Kamara came to become a pundit for several television and radio shows.

He was on Soccer Extra with Brian Woolnough in 1999 and on Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports with Rob McCaffrey.

Kamara quickly became well known for his jolly nature, comical comments, and tendency to come out with unusual sayings that baffled the audience and other studio pundits.

The footballer also presented the Sky Sports show called Goals on Sunday and provides additional commentary on Sky’s television matches.

Moreover, he hosts the Soccer AM, where he interviews several football players and managers.

Chris also co-hosts the ITV series Ninja Warrior UK along with journalist Ben Shephard and  Rochelle Humes.

Meanwhile, in 2015,  Chris was a part of ITV’s Give a Pet a Home series. This series worked with the RSPCA in Birmingham.

In 2016, Chris was in an episode of The Great Sport Relief Bake Off; he also provided the commentary for Soccer Aid 2016 with co-host Clive Tyldesley.

Most recently, he was in a BBC show, The Big New Year’s In.

Some Facts About Chris Kamara

At age sixteen, Chris Kamara joined the Royal Navy, where his father himself was a former naval mariner.

Chris has reported him being forgetful on several occasions and his worries about it being dementia. However, the cause of his “brain fog” has not been founded yet. He believes that it may be due to heading the ball during his long career.

Along with being an outstanding football player and presenter, Chris is also “a bit of a singer” in his own words. He has performed the song “let it snow” for the show this morning.

In recent years, Kamara has become a television personality, appearing in numerous television shows like Steph’s packed lunch, Guessable (Comedy central UK), Ultimate Strongman, The wall, Sam and Mark, and many more.

In the 1998 season, Chris was convicted of grievous bodily harm for an on-pitch incident after he punched Jim Melrose in a match. He was charged £1,200 for the offense.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who does Chris Kamara support?

As Chris is a presenter for an inclusive television show, he cannot support a particular team freely. But since he is originally from England, we can only assume he supports his home team.

Does Chris Kamara have children?

Yes. Chris Kamara has two sons, namely, Jack Kamara and Ben Kamara. Jack Kamara followed in his father’s footsteps and is a professional football player himself.

Is Chris Kamara ill?

In April of 2021, Chris noticed his slowed speech in an interview and decided to see a radiologist. As a result, he found out about his underactive thyroid, and his swollen tongue caused the slurring of words.

How do I contact Chris Kamara?

Chris is always available for events and promotions. According to his Twitter bio, the best way to contact him as a fan would be to contact his team on [email protected]

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