In Pictures, Idols SA judge Somizi Mhlongo’s business empire and net worth 2022 revealed.
South African media personality and choreographer Somizi Mhlongo bounces back on Idols SA panel of judges for its season 18 edition. Having been previously suspended for violent conduct allegations against his husband Mohale Motaung in 2021, Idols SA showrunners were pressured to reinstate Somgaga due to poor viewership of the show in season 17.
The rise of Somizi
Born in a family of superstars, Somizi is the son of legendary actress Mary Twala. His mother succumbed to Covid related illness in 2020 and courted international recognition with American Diva Beyoncé Knowles and her mother mourning the passing away of Marry Twala. In his capacity, Somizi worked his way up to become the face of the South African entertainment industry. The multi-talent Idols SA judge dubs as a cook, presenter, artist, model and actor. Over his colourful career, Somizi bagged multi million rand deals and has become a household brand.
Somizi Mhlongo’s business empire and net worth in 2022
Mzansi favourite Somizi opened his 2022 investment account with a bang; he invested and worked towards launching a kids clothing line named Sompire Kids. Sompire Kids targets middle and high-income earners; with nationwide branches set to open in May, Somizi invested over R42 million in the business.
“It’s been over a year working on this…and I have faith that parents are going to love this #sompirekids launching very soon.” – Somizi
Somizi announces Sompire Kids
After fans outrage, his reinstatement on the Idols SA judges’ panel gave Somizi bargaining power for a higher percentage commission. Sources reveal that Somizi signed a multi-million deal around R5.6 million with Multichoice for Idols SA season 18 feature.
Tourism and Hospitality
Well-travelled Somizi has a tourism and hospitality business in Mauritius, which he co-owns with an Angolan businessman. Together they own a group of self-catering hotels with private beaches and a fleet of boats. In 2022, Somizi is valued at R81 million; he is tipped to make history with the launch of much anticipated Sompire Kids.
Somizi and the Zimbabwe debacle
Somizi encountered rejection across the borders because of his sexuality; in 2021, he was barred from entering Zimbabwe, where he got invited for a restaurant launch. The event organizers turned to songbird Kelly Khumalo, who rejected the offer in solidarity with her friend Somizi.
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