Trevor Noah is now one of the richest comedians in the world with a net worth of $100 million. The South African stand-up comedian, who achieved international fame after he was made the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, initially started off his career in his home country before relocating to the United States. He today has his hands in a variety of things that contribute to his ranking among the top earners in the rib-cracking business.
All The Endeavors That Contribute To Trevor Noah’s Net Worth
Although Trevor Noah is notable as a comedian, he has been quite busy in other areas in the entertainment industry. All these have contributed to his $100 million fortune. Below is a look at how successful he has been in all his career endeavors over the years:
Trevor Noah is known to have started his career in comedy in South Africa around 2002. As of then, he was still in his teenage years as he was able to perform alongside South African comedic figures like David Kau, Darren Simpson, Kagiso Lediga, Marc Lottering, Riaad Moosa, Nik Rabinowitz, and Barry Hilton. In the coming years, he also got the opportunity to be featured alongside international comedians like Paul Rodriguez, Dan Ilic, Carl Barron, and Paul Zerdin. He was also the opening act for two notable international comedians in 2007 – American comedian Gabriel Iglesias and Canadian comedian Russell Peters when he toured South Africa.
Noah’s budding comedy career also saw him tour the length and breadth of South Africa, appearing in shows like the Blacks Only Comedy Show, Vodacom Campus Comedy Tour, Heavyweight Comedy Jam, Cape Town International Comedy Festival, and Jozi Comedy Festival, amongst others. More so, he championed several notable stand-up comedy specials which include The Daywalker in 2009, Crazy Normal in 2011, That’s Racist in 2012, and It’s My Culture in 2013.
However, Trevor Noah is known to have gained more international recognition when he relocated to America. He became the first SA comedian to appear in several top-notch shows like The Tonight Show and Late Show with David Letterman. In 2012, he also nabbed another popular gig with Comedy Central as the Roastmaster of South African singer, Steve Hofmeyr.
In 2014, the comedian got the chance to appear on The Daily Show, and by the next year in March 2015, it was announced that he was going to be Jon Stewart’s replacement on the show. More so, Trevor’s income is known to have skyrocketed since he relocated to America as he raked in up to $14 million between 2013 and 2018, and an additional $5 million from his 2018 tours.
Trevor Noah has also explored his talent as an actor and this can be traced to a cameo role he had in the South African sitcom Isidingo back in 2002. Although he later abandoned that pursuit to focus on comedy, he has been seen in several films over the years, including Taka Takata (2011), Mad Buddies (2012), Nashville (2017), American Vandal (2017), Black Panther (2018), and Coming 2 America (2021).
In recent times, the comedian has ventured into filmmaking as there have been talks of him working on an animated feature movie. News began to spread online in January 2021 that Trevor Noah would be partnering with Paramount Animations to release his film.
Throughout his career, Trevor Noah has landed several hosting jobs on radio, TV, and at events among which was the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards that was held on March 14th, 2021. However, he is more notable for hosting The Daily Show from 2015 till date. It was reported that in his early years on the show, he earned about $5 million to $8 million. However, his contract was later reviewed when the show began to receive higher ratings and as of September 2017, Trevor Noah’s annual income was pegged at $16 million.
The notable SA comedian is also an accomplished author as he is known to have published his first book – Born a Crime, on 15th November 2016. The book delved into the issue of interracial romance which was forbidden in South Africa during the apartheid regime. Born a Crime received a lot of favorable reviews in the United States and was listed among the best books of the year by The New York Times. More so, a film adaptation of the book will be released and it will feature actress Lupita Nyong who will be playing the role of Noah’s mother.
In 2018, Trevor Noah collaborated with the writing staff of The Daily Show to publish The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library. This is a book that comprised hundreds of tweets by Trump and the foreword was written by historian Jon Meacham.
While this endeavor might be a little insignificant in regard to its contribution to his net worth when compared to others, Trevor Noah also makes a few bucks as a podcaster. A detailed breakdown of his earnings from podcasting is yet to be released but judging by the popularity of his podcast, the figures will be impressive. More so, he is known to have featured trending media personalities like Russell Brand and Lena Dunham on the podcast titled On Second Thought.
The comedian has also made some cool bucks from his real estate deals which have contributed to his wealth over the years. Trevor Noah is known to have bought a mansion worth $20.5 million in Bel Air, Los Angeles in January 2019. The house was a two-story building that was about 10,044 square feet wide and had 5 bedrooms with 8 bathrooms. The property also had a pool, home movie theater, saltwater aquarium, and a private suite with its own entrance for VIP guests.
This masterpiece actually stayed with Noah for only a brief period as he sold it off in 2020. The comedian made quite a reasonable amount of profit off this property as he got up to $21.5 million from its sales. More so, the comedian owns other residential buildings in South Africa although not much has been revealed about them yet. However, most of them are believed to be in Joburg and Cape Town.
How Does Trevor Noah Spend His Millions?
With an estimated net worth of $100 million, Trevor Noh ranks among the richest comedians in the world. It is, therefore, no surprise that he is the richest comedian in his home country of South Africa. It is needless to say that his massive net worth avails him some of the finest things money can buy.
Trevor Noah’s current home is worth a whopping $27.5 million and he acquired it before New Year’s Eve of 2020. The white-colored mansion which is located in Bel-Air spreads over 11,000 square feet and was built by L.A. architect, Mark Rios.
Apart from the fact that the house is worth a fortune, it also stands out because of its design. Its walls were built to be extra-thick in order to prevent noise from entering the house. The house also has a grand lounge with a total of 5 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. More so, there is an office, gym, spa, game room, steam room, library, and elevator in the mansion.
Apart from his Bel-Air mansion, Trevor also owns a home in Manhatten which he doled out $10.1 million in 2017. It is believed that he still lives in the house as it was his main residence since he began to appear on The Daily Show.
Trevor Noah’s love for fast cars can not go unnoticed since the comedian is known to have had several classy rides over the years, including a Porsche Macan, Bentley GT, and a Lamborghini Huracán. He, however, sold them off when he relocated to New York.
As of now, the comedian is known to be part of a reputable car club in the United States which gives him the privilege to ride up to 50 different cars of his choice at any time. Although the subscription he pays to be a member of this prestigious club is not known, it is gathered that such clubs can charge their members up to $49,000 (Titanium Level that is, the highest level) or $18,000 (Platinum Level that is basic registration fees).