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Khanyi Mbau is a South African Actress and TV personality who has a net worth of $10 Million. She is best known for her outstanding performance on the television soap opera “Muvhango”. The show ran from 2004 to 2005 during which she had the role of Doobsie.

Khanyi starred in several hit TV series and as well as in films. From 2014 to 2020 she served as a host for the show called “Katch It With Khanyi”. In the meantime, she was appearing in other projects including “After 9” and “Isithembiso” among others.

What is Khanyi Mbau’s Net Worth?

Net Worth$10 Million
BornOctober 15, 1985
CountrySouth Africa
Salary (Annual)$1 Million +
Last Updated2023

Early Life

Khanyisile Mbau was born on 16 October 1985, in Soweto, South Africa. She was born in a working-class family including her mother Lynette Sisi Mbau, who served at Barclays Bank’s finance branch of the pension budget.

When Mbau was born, her parents were not married and they were only dating. Her father Menzi Mcunu was not much present in her life even her mom Lynette left Mbau to her grandmother when she was just a baby. Since then she was raised by her grandparents.


Mbau developed an interest in showbiz from a young age and she began her acting career in the early 2000s. The turning point of her career came in 2004 when she got the role of Doobsie on the South African television opera “Muvhango” after replacing actress Lindiwe Chibi.

Her performance as Doobsie earned her a lot of fame and led her to become a household name in the industry. However, she was fired from her character the following year due to her outdoor activities.

In 2006, she was selected for the SABC 1 popular drama series “Mzansi”. She got the role of Mbali in its second season. Next year, Mbau was appearing as Zee in “After 9”, a mini-series. From that point on she had guest roles on different TV shows including “Ekasi: Our Stories”, “I Am”, “Like Father Like Son”, and “Reality Check”.

Khanyi Mbau as seen in a post (Khanyi Mbau / Instagram)
Khanyi Mbau as seen in a post (Khanyi Mbau / Instagram)


Mbau had a big break when she began hosting her own talk show called “Katch It With Khanyi”. The show began airing on the eKasi+ and it wound up reaching number 1 in audience share for talk shows.

The first season of the show was enough success, amassing over 1.6 million views in its first week. Later the show’s second season began which received a 2015 South African Film and Television Award nomination.

Later in 2015, Mbau was announced to play the supporting role of “Pinky” in the telenovela titled “Ashes to Ashes”. She came to the spotlight once again in March 2016 after landing the role of Palesa Simelane in “Umlilo”, a hit series.

In early 2018 Mbau earned the lead role of Tshidi in Mzansi Magic’s hit drama series “Abomama”. The show became such a massive success becoming the 3rd most-watched show on DSTV after debuting with more than 1 million watchers. Khanyi Mbau has a net worth of a whopping $10 million.

Other Ventures

In the summer of 2016, Mbau teamed up with a television host Phat Joe to launch the TV show “The Weekend” on SABC 3. This show was filmed in Cape Town. In the following year, SABC 3 started their new entertainment show “The Scoop” in which she appeared.

Mbau hosted the famous reality series “The Big Secret” which began airing in late 2017. She followed this up by joining the cast of SABC 1’s TV show “Uzalo” in March 2018. Her appearance allowed her to receive some major projects in the industry.

Despite her acting roles, Khanyi Mbau made a name for herself as a television presenter and a host. She began hosting the radio show on Metro FM in 2016. On this show, she worked alongside other media personalities Ntombi Ngcobo and Somizi Mhlongo.

Mbau starred in films including “Hear Me Move” (2015) and “Happiness is a Four-letter Word” (2016). She also tried her hand at music, releasing a self-titled debut album in 2010. Two years later, her first book “Bi*ch, Please! I’m Khanyi Mbau” was published.

Career Highlights

  • Muvhango (Soap opera, 2004-2005)
  • Abomama (Drama series, 2018)
  • Katch It With Khanyi (Talk show, 2014-2020)
  • 2009 Audience Award, Best Villain _ Nomination
  • 2015 Channel24 Online Award, “Best Instagram Account” _ Nomination
  • 2019 South African International Film Academy Award, Best Actress _ Won

Khanyi Mbau Net Worth

Khanyi Mbau is one of the most recognized celebrities in the South African entertainment industry. She established herself as an actress, musician, socialite, and television presenter.

Khanyi rose to fame after appearing in the hit drama series “Muvhango” in 2004. From there she continued to host some of the hit shows. As of 2023, Khanyi Mbau’s net worth is estimated to be $10 Million.

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