Trevor Noah, a famous South African comedian, TV host, and political commentator, was born on February 20, 1984, in Johannesburg. His mother, Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, is of Xhosa descent, while his father, Robert Noah, has Swiss-German ancestry. Trevor’s birth was considered illegal during apartheid due to his parents’ interracial relationship.
Growing up in Soweto, a township marked by poverty and racial tensions, Trevor witnessed the harsh realities of apartheid firsthand. Despite these challenges, his mother played a crucial role in shaping his upbringing, fostering a love for literature and language.
Trevor’s fluency in multiple languages, including English, Xhosa, Zulu, Tswana, Sotho, and German, significantly influenced his future career. He attended Maryvale College, facing racial prejudice, but his wit and humor helped him bridge gaps with his classmates.
Although he later enrolled at the University of Johannesburg, Trevor dropped out to pursue comedy. His career gained momentum in South Africa during the early 2000s, with appearances on TV shows like “Isidingo” and “The Real Goboza” and stand-up performances in local clubs.
In 2011, Trevor made his mark on the global comedy scene by becoming the first South African comedian to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in the US. He also featured on other late-night shows such as “The Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
Trevor’s breakthrough arrived in 2015 when he succeeded Jon Stewart as the host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” His incisive political commentary and satirical humor resonated with audiences worldwide, offering a fresh South African perspective to American late-night television.
Beyond “The Daily Show,” Trevor Noah authored several books, including his autobiography “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,” a bestseller. He embarked on successful comedy tours, entertaining sold-out crowds across the globe.
Trevor Noah’s net worth is estimated at $100 million, earned through his multifaceted career spanning comedy and television hosting. His contributions have earned him various accolades, including a NAACP Image Award for his book “Born a Crime” and Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his work on “The Daily Show.”
In his personal life, Trevor is in a relationship with actress Minka Kelly, and the couple has been together for several years.