'Young, Famous & African': A look at South African TV star Khanyi Mbau's net worth
From being an actress to owning her gin brand, Khanyi Mbau is a household name in South Africa
On the prowl for a reality show that doesn't have the same old cast you've seen time and again? Then 'Young, Famous & African' is here to spice things up. Set in Johannesburg, the series offers a glimpse into the lives of South Africa's young and rich celebs as they work hard and party harder!
Who is Khanyi Mbau?
Khanyisile Mbau, popularly known as Khanyi Mbau, is a South African actress, television host, and artist. She was born on October 15, 1985, to Lynette Sisi Mbau and Menzi Mcunu. The two were not married at the time and were still dating. Her mother who worked in the pension fund finance department at Barclays Bank left her daughter in the care of her parents, where she was raised. Mbau thus grew up in Mofolo, Soweto, with her grandparents, with a strict grandmother, Gladys, who expected the rules of the house to be followed.
"Gladys (her grandmother) would cane you if you broke the rules. She ran her household with the decorum and attention to detail of Buckingham Palace," Mbau said. She even refers to her grandmother as the 'Queen of England'.
Concerning her career, she starred in 'Muvhango' back in 2004-2005, which made her a household name. However, her most recent work, 'The Wife', received critical feedback from fans as the series did not grant her character, Zandile, the romance arc they were expecting. In an interview with Drum, Mbau spoke about how preparing for the role, in general, proved to be a challenge.
"It was a very daunting experience for me to get the opportunity to play Zandile, specially to come into a family that is already established and but shout out to the directors the cast and the crew for making it such an easy transition for me. It is like getting into a new school and the class do not know each other and I need to catch up to their frequency, it was not easy but you guys made it very easy."
Her net worth
As reported by Celebrity Net Worth, Mbau is worth $10 million. In addition to her TV acting career, she has also starred in movies, and hosts the series 'Katch It With Khanyi'. She has also published a book titled -- 'Bitch, Please! I'm Khanyi Mbau'. She also has her own brand of gin called -- 'I Am Khanyi - Millennial Shimmer Gin'.
Catch 'Young, Famous & African' on Netflix from March 18, 2022 onwards.