Born in 1984, Trevor Noah is one of the most famous and accomplished people from South Africa and undoubtedly one of the funniest people on earth.
The comedian has made a fortune from his successful career as a comedian, host and author and is at the peak of his career.
Here is a look at Trevor Noah’s net worth, his career journey that had humble beginnings, and his houses.
What is Trevor Noah’s net worth?
According to several online sources, Trevor Noah’s net worth is estimated to be $100 million. His net worth places him among the richest South African-born entertainers.
Trevor Noah's comedy career
Born and raised in Soweto during the apartheid era to an African woman and a European father, Trevor Noah’s childhood was not the easiest. He however developed a sense of humour that helped him cope and it, later on, became his money maker.
Trevor Noah officially kickstarted his career in 2002, at the age of 18 years old when he landed a small role on SABC3’s Isidingo. Shortly after that, he went on to host a show called Noah’s Ark on YFM.
He eventually dropped his radio and acting career to focus on comedy and was able to work with South African comedians including David Kau, Riaad Moosa, Kagiso Lediga, Marc Lottering, Barry Hilton, Darren Simpson, and Nik Rabinowitz. He also worked with international comedians such as Paul Rodriguez, Dan Ilic, Carl Barron, and Paul Zerdi.
Between 2004 and 2006, Trevor Noah hosted the SABC2 educational program called Run the Adventure. He hosted the popular gossip show - The Real Goboza on SABC1 in 2007 and he also co-hosted a sports show called Siyadlala.
The following year he co-hosted The Amazing Date alongside Pabi Moloi and in 2009, he hosted the 3rd Annual South Africa Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs). In 2010, Noah hosted the 6th Annual South African Music Awards (SAMAs). His hosting gigs provided him with enough exposure to have his own show on MNet called Tonight with Trevor Noah which was later moved to DStv’s Mzansi Magic.
Trevor Noah also toured South Africa and performed with The Blacks Only Comedy Show, the Vodacom Campus Comedy Tour, the Heavyweight Comedy Jam, the Jozi Comedy Festival, the Cape Town International Comedy Festival, and Bafunny Bafunny which was shot in 2010.
In 2011, Trevor Noah relocated to the USA and in 2012 he became the first South African Comedian to appear on The Tonight Show and the first to appear on Late Show with David Letterman.
In 2012, Trevor Noah’s life was officially documented in You Laugh But It’s True and he was also the roastmaster for the Comedy Central Roast of South African Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr.
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
In 2014, Trevor Noah became a recurring contributor to The Daily Show. The following year in March, Comedy Central announced that Trevor Noah would succeed Jon Stewart on The Daily Show starting on the 28th of September 2015.
Noha’s contract as the host of The Daily Show was extended in 2017 by Comedy Central for five more years, through 2022.
He reportedly takes home a hefty salary of $16 million per season and this has also contributed to Trevor Noah’s net worth.
Trevor Noah books
Besides being a renowned comedy, Trevor Noah has also proven that he is a master of the written craft.
In November 2016, Noah released his first book- a memoir called Born a Crime which instantly became a New York Times bestseller. It was also named book of the year by The New York Times, NPR, Booklist and Esquire. The success of his first book has contributed immensely to Trevor Noah’s net worth.
Together with The Daily Show writing staff, Trevor Noah released a book comprising hundreds of Trump tweets called The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library.
Trevor Noah’s houses
Trevor Noah’s net worth affords him a life of luxury that many can only dream of and he is enjoying the big life.
The award-winning comedian loves houses and he often changes them pretty much the same way one would change clothes.
He reportedly currently lives in a $10.1 million duplex in Manhattan, USA, that he purchased in 2017. The duplex is conveniently located a few blocks from The Daily Show studios.
In 2019, Trevor bought a mansion in Bel-Air, Los Angeles, USA, for around $20 million and sold it less than two years later at about $21.5 million making a profit of $1 million. In 2021, he bought another Japanese-inspired mansion still in Bel-Air for approximately $27.5 million. He sold this mansion in March 2022 but this time he made a $1 million loss as the property reportedly sold for $26.4 million.
Alongside his investments in the US, Trevor Noah has also invested big in South Africa. He reportedly owns an apartment in Cape Town and a house in Johannesburg’s leafy suburbs.