Tbo Touch (born 4 April 1981) is a 42-year-old South African Hip Hop DJ, TV personality, rapper, and businessman whose net worth is estimated at R500 million.
Tbo gained notoriety as the host of the Metro FM radio shows Rhyme and Reason and Pimp My Fridays. He holds the record as the first radio and TV personality to host two live TV shows and radio shows in two different studios on the same night on SABC 1.
Tbo Touch was Born and Raised in Sharpeville, South Africa
Tbo Touch, real name Thabo Molefe, was born in Sharpeville, an African township of Vereeniging, south of Johannesburg, on the 4th of April 1981. He is currently 42 years old. He is one of the most respected, highest-paid, and well-known TV and radio personalities in South Africa and the continent at large.
He was raised by his grandparents in Sharpeville. There is no information about his biological parents, and it’s not clear if they were totally absent in his life while growing up. Tbo Touch hasn’t disclosed if he has siblings or not.
The top DJ attended Sharpeville Elementary School for his primary education before moving on to Thokoza Secondary School for his secondary education. At the age of 15, he relocated to the United States, namely Syracuse, New York.
He was adopted by Bishop Robert and Majorie Jones into their family, who treated him like their biological child. He always regards them as his parents.
Tbo Touch attended Bishop Grimes High in the United States of America. As he studied, he developed an interest in entrepreneurship and went ahead to establish an Entrepreneurs Club, which earned him the Business Skills Award.
A Look at Tbo Touch’s Mixed Career
Thabo Molefe has demonstrated considerable talent in a variety of pursuits within the media sector. He is an entrepreneur, rapper, TV and radio personality, and hip-hop DJ. Working in the media has always been his passion.
At the age of 19, he interned at Def Jam Records, where he met many well-known figures in the music business, including Def Jam President American rapper Jay-Z and Kelvin Liles.
He linked with Lesly Ntloko in Manhattan in 2004, which led to the start of his radio career. The station manager at Metro FM at that time was Ntloko. Touch took use of their extraordinary connection to land a job as the host of Metro FM Live from New York City and refine his abilities as a burgeoning disc jockey.
Later, Touch moved to South Africa, where he hosted the Touch Down 326 Drive at the Johannesburg branch station. He presided over the program for 11 years as well as the yearly Metro FM Awards.
He also appeared in a three-hour program called Rhyme and Reason in 2005. The celebrity, who was born in Sharpeville, made radio and television history when he was the first to host two live broadcasts in two distinct studios on the same evening on SABC 1’s Metro FM and Touch Central.
Tbo Touch also made history in 2009 by becoming the first person to present the Metro FM Awards twice. In 2019, Touch was appointed as Soweto TV’s acting CEO; however, he resigned soon after when devastating claims regarding his suspected misuse of office supplies and failure to pay employees arose.
After spending decades of his life working in the radio industry, Touch revealed during a press conference in 2016 that he had co-founded Touch Central FM with fellow radio pioneer Gareth Cliff.
The first black-owned digital radio station and podcast platform was later established by him, Touch HD. International celebrities like Floyd Joy Mayweather Jr. are known to have visited him.
After six years away, Touch recently made a comeback to Metro FM. He once remarked in an interview that he left the station in a discrete and cordial manner so that he may return at a later time.
Tbo Touch’s TV Roles
- 10 Over 10 – Season 2 as Commentator
- Flash! – Season 2 as Host
- Live AMP – Season 7 as Host
- Live AMP – Season 10 as Host
- Live AMP – Season 8 as Host
- Live AMP – Season 9 as Host
- Rockville – Season 1 as Celebrity Guest
- The Bantu Hour – Season 1 as Cast Member (as Thabo “Tbo Touch” Molefe)
- The Comedy Central Roast – Season 5 as Roaster
- The Metro FM Music Awards – Season 9 as Host
- The Metro FM Music Awards – Season 11 as Host
The exact amount Molefe makes from his multiple income streams respectively is not public knowledge.
Tbo Touch’s Salary
Tbo Touch has kept his pay a secret from the general population. According to current rumors, the SABC will pay him a staggering R480,000 upon his return to Metro FM, the radio station of the media establishment. Even though Touch hasn’t yet responded to the viral report, SABC has subsequently refuted it.
Tbo Touch Net Worth
Tbo Touch has an estimated net worth of R500 million. He built up his money through his work in the media sector and many enterprises. He is reportedly the wealthiest radio and television personality in South Africa.
Here is a breakdown of his income sources.
- Online Radio Station
Molefe’s Touch HD Online is currently the biggest and best metropolitan and urban digital platform in the nation. Online radio stations, content creation, broadcasting, current events, and current news are the areas of expertise for the Johannesburg-based broadcast media production and distribution platform. His earnings from the platform haven’t been made public.
- The Courvoisier Touch!
According to reports, Touch was given the chance to have a trademark drink created by the opulent cognac brand Courvoisier. The beverage is called the Courvoisier Touch! The brand’s financial history is not widely known.
- TouchWarwick Wines
Tbo Touch co-wons the Touch Warwick wines with his friend. The name of his friend is not public knowledge, but the DJ mentioned that the two of them come from vastly diverse backgrounds.
Further information about his wine business, such as the year they began operation and their financial records, is not open to public scrutiny.
Tbo Touch has a couple of film roles under his belt. He dabbled into acting in 2020 with the movie Blessers. Since then, he has gone ahead to make a handful of on-screen appearances. However, he posted in December 2022 that he still prefers live production to acting.