Sbusiso Leope, popularly known as DJ Sbu, is a Disc Jockey, entrepreneur, radio, TV, and music producer with a net worth of $2 million.
The multi-talented South African entertainer who has ventured into numerous areas in the entertainment industry is notable for his many business ventures that have served as a form of encouragement to youths to show them that they can get something out of life if they put in the required effort.
What is DJ Sbu’s Net Worth Currently?
DJ Sbu’s net worth is estimated to be around $2 million. He might not have attained the billionaire status yet but he is definitely on his way to doing so. The top South African DJ is proof that dreams can be achieved if you are determined. He has continually used his story of starting from scratch to inspire the youths in South Africa.
Sources of DJ Sbu’s Net Worth
With DJ Sbu’s net worth pegged at $2 million, his success adequately matches his advice to the youths that working hard and smart pays. The DJ wears quite a good number of hats and he has used his many engagements to fetch him money in the entertainment industry. His career started sometime in the late 90s and he has been able to keep afloat in the industry for more than 2 decades.
His many ventures include the following:
1. Radio & TV
The popular South African DJ reportedly started his professional career in 1998 when he worked for Tembisa Infor Radio – a community radio station. During his stay with the station, he was in charge of hosting weekend shows alongside working as a producer. DJ Sbu spent up to a year and six months at Tembisa Infor Radio and his time there gave a significant boost to his career as he began to attract the attention of many radio lovers.
In 2000, DJ Sbu landed a position at YFM – a Johannesburg-based radio station where he began to host Beauty and the Beast – a popular weekend show alongside Angela Ludek. A few years later in 2005, DJ Sbu became the host of Y-Lens at the radio station. Although he would later move to Ukhozi Fm, his stay was short-lived there as he went back to YFM.
More so, during his early years at YFM, he went on to produce the film Hang Time, got featured in the popular South African TV series, Generation, and appeared in a commercial for both Toyota Tazz and World Online. DJ Sbu also made appearances in other TV productions during that period and they were Isidingo and It Rained Last Night.
Working at the YFM station also helped DJ Sbu to become quite famous as a musician. He was able to release several songs and albums that have gained a lot of acclaim over the years.
Some of his popular albums include:
- Y-Len Vol.1 (2004)
- Sound Revival Vol.1 (2011)
- Sound Revival Vol.2 (2012)
- MoFaya (2014)
Some of DJ Sbu’s popular songs include:
- Lengoma ( 2011)
- Remember when it rained (2006)
- Get together (2006)
- Qina (2012)
- Reading your mind (2011)
- Ngiyabonga (2014)
- Way of life (2011)
More so, DJ Sbu is known to have collaborated with some notable names in the music industry which has enhanced his fame. According to the DJ, he believes that African musicians should embrace collaborations in order to expand their reach across the globe. He gave this advice to musicians in Zimbabwe sometime in February 2022 when he attended the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair.
Some of the popular artists he has collaborated with include:
- Portia Monique
- Ali Kiba
- Aubrey Qwana
- Drum Pope among others
3. Concerts and Paid Appearances
Being a Disc Jockey it is only natural to appear at live performances and DJ Sbu is notable for his stage performances and appearances, especially at the Vinyl Experience Competition. More so, he has served as the presenter of Gumbi Fire a talent search on SABC1, and for the reality show Friends Like These.
4. He Runs a Number of Businesses
In collaboration with the South African politician and music producer, Thembinkosi Nciza, DJ Sbu started TS Records. However, due to some financial issues with the government over tax returns, the record label was closed in 2020. Prior to its closure, the label was known to have signed the likes of Thembinkosi’s wife – Nhlanhla, and the singer Zahara.
The enterprising DJ Sbu is also notable as the owner of the MoFaya energy drink brand. His new creation gained a lot of attention not long after it was established and investors (including Coca-Cola) began to troop in. He would later sell off 26% of the production to Coca-Cola. The success of MoFaya led to the creation of the Loko Flame vodka brand in 2016.
The top SA DJ is also known as the owner of Massive Metro radio station and Home Grown Radio network which he uses as a platform to train other aspiring youngsters who want to go into the radio business. More so, the business inclined DJ is the brain behind Hustlers Academy and Leadership 2020 mentorship platform for business owners in Africa.
List of DJ Sbu’s Businesses
- TS Records (now closed)
- MoFaya Energy drink
- Loko Flame Vodka brand
- Massive Metro Radio Station
- Grown Radio Network
- Hustlers Academy
- Leadership 2020
DJ Sbu’s Cars
DJ Sbu is no stranger when it comes to owning top-rated cars. He is known to have had a fleet of high-priced cars that include a Range Rover, Porsche Boxster, Aston Martin Vantage as well as a BMW XI. However, his financial crisis with the bank led to the repossession of his wheels worth more than R1 million.
Sometime in 2021 as the DJ celebrated his birthday on May 8th, he had to post online that he had not been able to buy a car for over 6 years. His post also had a request for fans to gift him wheels on his birthday which were received with mixed reactions from the public
DJ Sbu’s House
DJ Sbu is among the top celebrities in South Africa who have turned heads because of the homes they live in. The popular DJ who resides in a very elaborate modern home in SA made his den to serve as both a workspace and a place of relaxation.
The house has very exquisite interior decor and it comes with an in-built recording studio, a swimming pool, tennis court, and of cause an office space to enable him to work from home with ease.
Although DJ Sbu has not revealed the actual location of his mansion, however, it is believed that it is located in one of the big cities in South Africa. The grand building is also estimated to be worth a whopping R8 million and it has been showcased on SABC’s Top Billing as one of the most luxurious celebrity houses in South Africa.
Is DJ Sbu a Billionaire?
The South African DJ is yet to attain the billionaire status as of now. However, as one of SA’s most enterprising businessmen and entertainers, Sbusiso Leope is working hard to become a billionaire in the nearest future. His luxurious mansion and high-priced cars are all evidence that the DJ is not doing badly at all as he works his way up the ladder of success to becoming a billionaire.
He has gone ahead to pen down a beautiful piece titled “Billionaire$ Under Construction” that provides all the insight into his endeavors. The book recounts all the challenges DJ Sbu had to go through which included a dismissal from 2 high-profile radio stations in South Africa and how he survived such hard times.
A few years ago, he had also gone through a challenging time when he had to close his recording label – TS records, and prior to that, up to R1 million of his fleet of cars were repossessed.