Max Mqadi (born April 6, 1971; Age: 52 years old) is a South African businessman with a net worth of $5 million. He is the founder and owner of the popular Umlazi, Durban-based restaurant called Max’s Lifestyle Village.
Max was raised in a low-income family and had to drop out of school at some point due to financial challenges. Today, he owns one of the best restaurants in Durban and has also met and worked with prominent individuals in society, including those from the highest political class.
How Old is Max Mqadi and Where was He Born?
Max was born in a township in Durban called Umlazi on April 6, 1971. He is currently 52 years old. He is a South African of Zulu descent. He hasn’t publicly revealed the names of his parents and their whereabouts currently.
It’s unclear if Max is an only child. The accomplished businessman comes from a humble beginning. He was raised in a poor family, and he spent most part of his life in his hometown, Ulmazi.
Mqadi is a high school dropout. He stopped schooling in grade 11 as his parents could no longer afford to train him in school. He started selling fruits in trains to make ends meet and also support his family.
After trying his hands on so many businesses, Mqadi, in 2000, started Max’s Lifestyle Village as just a butchery and “shisa nyama” place (a Zulu term used to describe the cooking and serving of charred cooked meat at ‘buy-and-braai’ chillout areas that are typically found in South African townships).
The restaurant was just a one-room shack near a stream when he started the business. It was located in front of a taxi rank then. The taxi ranks were later moved to a new location by the municipality, and Max saw the move as an opportunity to expand his business.
He made use of the vacant space as a parking lot for his customers and also built a small liquor store next to the eatery following an increase in demand for liquor. Mqadi eventually started upgrading and revamping the restaurant in 2009 with the aim of turning it into one of the best hospitality brands in the country.
Who are Max Mqadi’s Wife and Kids?
For years, Max Mqadi has successfully concealed details about his private life. The businessman has been outspoken about his professional background and political opinions and connections but has been tight-lipped about his personal life.
It’s my dads 50th birthday today 😍 so blessed❤️ pic.twitter.com/XqsWacs4FV
— Zinhle Mqadi (@ZinhleMqadi1) April 5, 2020
The self-made tycoon is believed to be married, but he has never mentioned it. Not only that, he has never been seen together with any woman at any public gathering, which makes it more difficult to ascertain if he is married.
The Umlazi-born businessman is not in any known relationship with any lady either. However, he is said to have given birth to 12 children. It’s not known if he had all of the with one woman or if they came from various relationships.
Only three of his daughters are publicly known, and they include Zinhle Mqadi, Khetha Bliss Mqadi, and Thapie Mqadi. Zinhle is the most famous of them all. Unfortunately, their birth details haven’t been disclosed publicly.
Zinhle Recently took Over from her Father as CEO of Max’s Lifestyle Village
Zinhle Mqadi announced on her Twitter page on October 12, 2022, that she had been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the globally renowned lifestyle chilling venue.
Like her famous father, who entered the field of entrepreneurship with vigor at an early age, Zinhle manages many firms of her own and has established herself as a formidable force.
And so it begins… The time has come to take the baton for the first generation. 🦅 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/fKP26DdyjE
— Zinhle Mqadi (@ZinhleMqadi1) October 12, 2022
Zinhle first sold swimwear online through a company called the Wild Rose Boutique which she co-founded with her friend and business partner Thando Tsekiso. The company quickly expanded beyond only website clicks and Instagram advertising, eventually opening a “brick-and-mortar” store in Glenwood.
She quickly started the Musgrave store, which featured designer clothing, accessories, shoes, and bags. One of the innovations Zinhle recently made at Max’s Lifestyle Village is establishing a children’s corner at the luxurious chill spot.
Mqadi’s daughter graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College with a degree in Bachelor of Social Science. She specifically majored in business management, marketing, human resources, and media studies.
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— MantsoePout-Nomzamo (@MantsoePout) December 7, 2022
Zinhle, who admitted that she really has a big shoe to fill, said she was nervous and excited at the same time. However, she intends to work on a bigger scale by assisting and developing the community where the restaurant is situated and building things that benefit them.
Max Mqadi’s Net Worth
Max Mqadi’s net worth is estimated at $5 million. As a serial entrepreneur, it is believed that Max makes his money from multiple income streams. However, his only known source of wealth is Max’s Lifestyle Village.
Mqadi makes reasonable revenue from the traditional establishment. Apart from the warm hospitality visitors receive, the facility also has a 250-capacity conference hall, Bar, Butchery, offices, salon, a VIP Lounge, and a state-of-the-art venue for year-end functions, birthday parties, bridal showers, staff parties, weddings, business conferences/meetings, baby showers, and product launches.
It has hosted big post-event parties such as the annual All White Day Party, the annual Vodacom Durban July horse race party, the annual All Black Winter Shutdown party, and post-Metro FM Awards.
Mqadi’s Max’ Lifestyle Village was selected as one of the top 207 restaurants in the world by Condè Nast Traveller magazine in 2016.
What Happened To Max Mqadi?
Max Mqadi was shot with a 9mm firearm by unidentified gunmen at close range on October 15, 2021, and only just managed to survive. Max’s attackers reportedly approached him from both sides and started shooting at him as he was turning onto Sibusiso Madekane Road after getting into his Mercedes, according to a police report.
He was lucky to escape with many injuries to his arms and legs. He then drove to Florida Road, where he flagged down police and was taken to the Netcare Umhlanga Hospital for treatment.
Images of Mqadi’s bloodied Mercedes interior and the bullet hole in his iPhone 12 went viral on social media after the incident occurred. The assassination attempt was widely condemned by well-meaning citizens, who also called on the police to investigate and arrest the offenders.
Some people are of the opinion that the entrepreneur’s ties with the ruling party (ANC) could have made him a political target.