Trevor Noah is a renowned South African actor, comedian, television host. He made a name by hosting The Daily Show, which is a satirical news show, aired on Comedy Central. His net worth is estimated to be $30 million.
Net Worth: $30 million
Date of Birth: Feb 20, 1986
Source of Wealth: Comedian, Screenwriter
Trevor Noah Net Worth and Salary
Trevor Noah makes about $4 million a year just from The Daily Show. As the host of the show, the money he makes is quite big. It has been now understood that a big chunk of his wealth didn’t flow from anchoring some big TV shows. He made a 70-stop tour, which helped him make big cash. It added a whopping $28 million to his wealth.
Trevor Noah was born on February 20th, 1984 in South Africa’s famous city Johannesburg. His father Robert had Swedish ancestry while his mother Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah has Xhosa ancestry. It was his mother’s ancestry which made it difficult for the family to fare well under the South African apartheid rule of the time as the rulers had criminalized all forms of interracial marriage. His mother faced jail time and paid fines while Trevor grew up. He has written about painful childhood experiences in the book Born a Crime.
Trevor Noah is the only major American talk show host who speaks about eight languages like Tswana, English, Tsonga, Xhosa, German, Afrikaans, and Zulu. His journey from South Africa to America was tough. His mother got a bullet in her head by ex-husband namely Ngisaveni Shingange. Noah says his stepfather threatened him too after he talked to him on the phone to confront him on his doings. Shingange was convicted of attempted murder as his mother had miraculously survived. Noah has said that he was hoping that the incident would attract the public’s attention toward the grave issue of domestic violence and the response of law enforcement to the violent act.
Real Estate Investments
Trevor Noah was in the headlines in 2019 when he purchased a plush mansion in Los Angeles. He spent $20 million on the property which has 10,044 square feet area. It has two stories, five bedrooms, and eight bathrooms. There is a lavish master suite which measures at 2,200 square feet. There is an infinity-edge pool, a 500-gallon aquarium, and a home theater. For the guests who come to pay a visit to Noah on a weekend, there is a special and ultra-private VIP suite that has a private entrance.
He started his comedy career by doing comedy in South Africa. After his graduation, he performed at different places and gained attention and recognition. This provided him with the base, much needed for his international recognition and exposure. In the mid-2000s, he was doing different gigs on several South African TV shows.
Trevor Noah’s career started while he was still a teenager. At the age of 18, he got the opportunity to have a walk-on part on one of the episodes of Isidingo, a popular South African soap opera. At about the same time, he started hosting a youth-oriented show which was named Noah’s Ark. After that, he hosted a famous educational TV series named as Run The Adventure, which lasted from 2004 to 2006. In 2007, he hosted The Real Goboza, which was a gossip TV series.
He didn’t just appear as a host for different TV series but he also took part as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, a reality TV show. He also hosted the Television Awards and South African Film.
Noah inked endorsement deals with Cell C in 2010, a South African cellular provider. Through his career, he has continued to distinguish himself on the stand-up stage, performing with many comedians like Gabriel Iglesias, Paul Rodriguez, and Russell Peters. In 2012, his comedy career touched new heights when Noah became the first South African comedian to grab a role on The Tonight Show.
He elevated his career to new heights when he appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman. Noah has also produced Klepper and The Opposition with Jordan Klepper on Comedy Central.
Noah is biracial which made his early life complicated. Noah learned from the early days of his life the importance of talking to people in their language. He survived doing that. Noah could have buried his desires under the burden of apartheid rule in his country, but he used the pent up energy to break free from the chains of social discrimination. His mother played a crucial role in his life as she introduced him to all the things like skating and art which were prohibited for the black people.
Noah has authored a memoir Born a Crime, which will be produced in the form of a feature film. He teamed up with the writing staff from The Daily Show to release the book The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library. The book was entirely based on the Twitter account of President Donald Trump.
Trevor Noah, in 2018, laid the foundation of The Trevor Noah Foundation in his native city Johannesburg. According to the official website of the foundation, the main goal of the organization is the provision of skills, tools, and pathways to the youth of South Africa so that they can have the opportunity to better their lives and speed up a positive change in the community.
Social Media Earnings
Noah boasts of 10.8 million followers on Twitter. He also has 6.6 million followers on Instagram. A person who has 100k followers on Instagram can earn up to $900 per sponsored post. A person with 500k followers can earn up to $3,000 per sponsored post. From here you can estimate how much a person with 6.6 million followers can earn from a single sponsored post. The earnings would be massive.
Awards and Achievements
He was nominated for the MTV Africa Music Award. He won many awards and a nomination for Primetime Emmy Award.
“As an outsider myself, I always mixed myself with different groups…I’ve never been afraid to go into a different space and relate to those people because I don’t have a place where I belong and that means I belong everywhere.” Trevor Noah
“Comedy is a great tool. We [comics] are trying to find ways to use humor to enlighten people without preaching to them.” Trevor Noah