Biography of Riaad Moosa & Net Worth 2024

Biography of Riaad Moosa & Net Worth 2024.

Riaad Moosa (born 18 June 1977) is a South African comedian, actor, and doctor.

Early life and Education

Moosa grew up in Grassy Park and has three siblings. He attended South Peninsula High School until 1994. His sister is a doctor, his Indian-born father is an orthopedic surgeon, his Cape Town-born Malay mother is a GP. Since he was a child, he wanted to do medicine.

Moosa spent three years training in magic and became a silver medallion graduate of the College of Magic in Cape Town. He started his comedy career as a comedy magician and he was presented with the Comedy Magic award at the Center for the Magical Arts in Cape Town. His future in magic was terminated when somebody doing flash photography illuminated the wire across the stage where his magic orb was floating.

Moosa then spent six years training in medicine at the University of Cape Town Medical School and did his internship in hospitals near Thokoza in Gauteng, at Groote Schuur and Khayelitsha in Cape Town. In 2001, he graduated from UCT Medical School. He is a qualified medical doctor and GP. He then worked for three years as a doctor.

Comedy style

Moosa uses comedy to tackle sensitive issues like Islamic stereotypes, Islamophobia, racism and prolapsed hemorrhoids. His other subjects range from Bollywood to current politics to apartheid. Moosa chooses not to use profanity and explicit vocabulary.

Personal life

On 12 January 2003, Moosa married businesswoman Farzanah Bemat. They live in Johannesburg, Gauteng with their two children, Zameer (born in 2007) and Hanaa (born in 2009). Some of Moosa’s comic material is inspired by his family.


In March 2011, Moosa was awarded the Comics Choice Award at the first annual South African Comic’s Choice Awards. In 2012, he was nominated for the Comic’s Choice Awards. He won best actor at The South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA’s) in 2013 for his role in Material which also won best picture.

Riaad Moosa Net Worth

Riaad Moosa’s net worth is estimated at around $17 million as of 2021 which is approximately R593,316.15 million South African Rands. His main source of income is from his primary career as a comedian. He is one of the richest comedians in South Africa.