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Africa facts zone presents Africa’s most successful comedian Trevor Noah’s Net Worth and biography. Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central. Under Trevor, “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”.

Noah began his career as an actor, presenter, and comedian in his native South Africa. Let’s take a look at how it all started.

Trevor Noah Biography

Born on (born 20 February 1984) in Johannesburg, South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, Noah began his career as a comedian, television host, and actor in South Africa in 2002.

Early life

Noah was born to a Black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss-German father. Noah’s parent’s union was illegal due to the apartheid system and had to conduct their relationship in secret.

While Noah’s parents lived apart, his mother would sometimes visit his father at his apartment complex in a white neighborhood. Frequently, she would be caught doing so, which would result in her being sent away to prison for weeks at a time.

His parent’s union was illegal under apartheid law, which officially governed South Africa between 1948 and 1994. The Mixed Marriages Act of 1949 banned marriage between white people and black people.

As a result of the apartheid system, Noah’s very existence was criminal, which meant that he spent his early years always in some kind of hiding, whether literal or in plain sight.

“My grandmother kept me locked in the house when I was staying with the family in Soweto,” he told NPR in 2016, “If the police did show up … it was a constant game of hide-and-seek.”

Even out in public, his mother, Patricia, would often pretend to be a stranger, or at least someone other than his mother. This was generally the only way for them to walk outside together without the authorities bothering his mother and arresting her for having a biracial child, he told Parade.

Most of Trevor Noah’s early adulthood was spent on the streets of Alexandra, a place he refers to as “the hood” in his memoir. He didn’t have the money for college tuition, so he hustled for all the cash he could get. He DJ’d for some time and sold counterfeit CDs to get money.

Some of his experiences growing up, including the deep poverty his family endured, would become the subject of Noah’s comedic work, which would often look at the racial dynamics of his native country.


Trevor Noah started is career in early 2002 when he was just 18-year-old.  He started with a small role on an South African soap opera Isidingo and also started his own radio show Noah’s Ark. He later dropped his radio show to focus on comedy.

Noah went on to host an educational TV programme, Run the Adventure (2004–2006), and held several television hosting roles with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (2007-2008). In 2009, he hosted the 3rd Annual South Africa Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) and in 2010, Noah hosted the 16th annual South African Music Awards

From 2010 to 2011, Noah was the creator and host of Tonight with Trevor Noah on M-Net and DStv. 

In 2011, he relocated to the United States.  On 6 January 2012, Noah became the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on The Tonight Show; and, on 17 May 2013, he became the first to appear on Late Show with David Letterman.

The following year Noah had his own comedy special Trevor Noah: African American. And in late 2014, Noah debuted as a correspondent for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah Net Worth and Biography - Africa Facts Zone

In February 2015, Jon Stewart announced that he will be stepping down as the host of The Daily Show.  Following the announcement, Comedy Central On 30 March 2015 announced that Trevor Noah would replace Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah made its debut on September 28, 2015, with fellow comedian Kevin Hart as first guest. The following year, Noah released the autobiography Born a Crime, which became a New York Times best-seller.

Trevor Noah Net Worth

Trevor Noah is the fourth-wealthiest comedian after Kevin Hart and Jerry Seinfeld.

In his first few years of hosting The Daily Show, Trevor’s salary was $5-8 million. Later in September 2017 Trevor signed a lucrative contract extension with Comedy Central worth $16 million as the annual salary.

The South Africa-born comedian has an estimated net worth of US$40 million.


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