Anyone who follows The Daily Show knows that Trevor Noah has mastered the art of mixing witty jokes with current concerns.
But aside from keeping us all informed and entertained on Comedy Central’s longest-running show, the 38-year-old TV host has also written a New York Times bestseller, featured in films, and even dabbled in executive producing.
Plus, the comedian performed a terrific job of hosting the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. But today, Noah is making headlines following his decision to stand away from The Daily Show.
Considering his tremendous run (and the fact that he hosted not one, but two Grammy Awards events), undoubtedly, he must’ve raked in lots of dollars. But what is Trevor Noah’s net worth? Here’s what we know.
History and Development
Trevor Noah entered the world on February 20, 1984, in Johannesburg, South Africa. South African apartheid, had already criminalized interracial marriage by that time.
Trevor was born, which made life difficult for the Noah family because Robert Noah was of Swiss ancestry and Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah was of Xhosa ancestry.
Throughout Trevor’s childhood, his mother faced jail time and fines for her interracial marriage (he wrote about his experiences growing up under apartheid in South Africa in his 2016 book “Born a Crime”).
Acting as a Profession in Comedy
Trevor Noah has been performing professionally since he was a teenager. He made his acting debut in an episode of the hit South African soap opera “Isidingo” in 2002 when he was just 18 years old.
Simultaneously, he began hosting his own youth-focused radio show called “Noah’s Ark,” and then, from 2004 to 2006, he aired an educational television series called “Run The Adventure.”
The following year, in 2008, Noah co-hosted the dating game program “The Amazing Date,” and in 2007, he hosted the gossip TV series “The Real Goboza.” In addition to his profession as a TV host, he also competed on the fourth season of the reality show “Strictly Come Dancing.”
In 2009, he hosted the South African Film and Television Awards; in 2009 and 2010, he served as a co-host of the South African Music Awards; and in 2012, he debuted as the host of his own talk show, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.”
In 2010, he became a consumer advocate and spokesperson for South African cellphone service Cell C through an endorsement arrangement.
He has maintained his reputation as a stand-up comic of note throughout his career, sharing the stage alongside such luminaries as Paul Rodriguez, Gabriel Iglesias, and Russell Peters.
In 2012, Noah made history as the first South African stand-up comedian to ever perform on “The Tonight Show,” and the following year, he made history again as the first South African stand-up comic to ever perform on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
After being profiled in the 2012 documentary “You Laugh But It’s True,” he made his first appearance as a contributor on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” at the end of 2014.
In the same year, he was recognized for his achievements in the music industry with a nomination for the MTV Africa Music Award in the category of Personality of the Year.
In 2022, Trevor is expected to have a fortune of $100 million (£89 million), according to Celebrity Net Worth. In his first two years at The Daily Show, Noah earned between $5 and $8 million per season.
After he signed a contract renewal with Viacom in September 2017, his annual salary jumped to $16 million. He was able to increase his wealth through the years thanks to his “seven-figure book agreements,” podcast, and tours.
His 2016 memoir, Born a Crime, will soon be made into a film with Lupita Nyong’o as his mother.
Including English, Xhosa, Zulu, Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga, Afrikaans, and German, Trevor Noah may be the only big American talk show presenter who can speak a total of eight languages.
He left South Africa for the United States under terrible circumstances: his mother had been murdered by her ex-husband, Ngisaveni Abel Shingange, and Noah claims that Ngisaveni threatened him when he tried to confront him over the phone about the murder.
Since Noah’s mother unexpectedly survived the shooting, Shingange was found guilty of attempted murder in 2011. He has indicated he wished this incident would bring attention to domestic violence and the police’s response (or lack thereof) in South Africa.
“My mom called the police about domestic violence on multiple occasions over the course of several years, but nothing was ever done. Generally speaking, this is how things work in South Africa. Instances were never brought before a judge because dockets disappeared.”