Chris Kirubi (born Dr. Christopher John Kirubi) was a rich business mogul who largely invested in Kenya. The businessman and billionaire investor in multiple industries passed away on the afternoon of 14th June, 2021 after battling cancer for several years.
His family confirmed his death in an official statement with leaders, mentees, colleagues and friends pouring in condolence messages to the Kirubi family. In honor of his life, this article looks into his biography and legacy as a Kenyan many looked up to.
Chris Kirubi Age and Place of Birth
Dr. Kirubi was born in 1941 in Kenya in a humble family, not having much financially.
Chris Kirubi Education Background
Chris attended Friends School Kamusinga for his secondary school education before moving on to higher education levels. He attended Harvard Business School, Handel’s University and INSEAD building his academic portfolio.
Chris Kirubi Career Journey
Upon graduation, Kirubi started off his career as a Shell salesperson doing gas cylinder maintenance for clients. He then went into administrative work in a publicly-owned company in the transport industry.
After a few years, he went into Real Estate, purchasing old buildings in the major cities, putting them into renovative work and later sell or rent them out. This progressed to acquiring loans to develop prime land and set up high value developments.
Dr. Kirubi had a knack for Investing, Entrepreneurship and Industrialization; the paths he built on during his lifetime.
Chris Kirubi Personal Life, Wife, Children
Dr. Kirubi divorced his wife in 1999 and was a father of two. After his divorce, he remained single co-parenting his children.
Chris Kirubi Legacy
Dr. Kirubi was invested in the young people setting up a platform named “Ask Kirubi”. He provided mentorship in matters business, career and life. His Twitter presence was dominant with daily uplifting and motivational words for his follows.
His Tweet on Monday 14th June, 2021 read, “Top of the morning to you, my dear friend. It doesn’t have to be a tiring Monday. Instead I bring to you good tidings of favor, success, achievements and happiness in the new week. Give yourself a go towards your success plan. Enjoy today and the rest of your week. #AskKirubi”
Chris Kirubi Total Net Worth and Assets
The late Dr. Kirubi was worth $350 million as revealed by Forbes in 2011, making him rank second in Kenya. Below are some of his assets, investments and businesses that built his influence and reputation around the world:
Properties owned by Chris Kirubi
1. International House Building
This was one of the late Kirubi’s real estate holdings that housed his offices. International House is a high-yield commercial property in Nairobi’s Central Business District renting out offices to companies and firms such as Russet Insurance and Centum Investments.
2. International House Limited
Dr. Kirubi owned International House Limited, a real estate management company that owns and manages an extensive property portfolio.
3. Two Rivers Mall
The Two Rivers Mall is a shopping center located in Nairobi, offering customers wholesome experiences in food and dining, entertainment, leisure and shopping. It is home to Africa’s largest ferris wheel dubbed CK’s Eye of Africa.
Centum is the leading investment company in East Africa listed in Kenya’s and Uganda’s stock exchange markets. It is invested in various industries including Agribusiness, Financial Services, Power and Marketable Securities.
5. Kenya Commercial Bank Group
Dr. Kirubi was a leading shareholder in the KCB group which formed part of his investment portfolio.
6. Tiger Haco Industries
Kirubi owned Dutch trading house’s subsidiary in Kenya producing personal care products lsuch as Amara, Miadi brands, home care products and kids toys.
7. Capital F.M
Capital F.M on 98.4 frequency in Nairobi was fully owned by Dr. Kirubi opening employment opportunities for many Kenyans and an avenue for business.
8. DHL Kenya
DHL is a global logistics company offering shipping services via rail, road, air and sea.
10. Nation Media Group
Kirubi owned shares in Nation Media Group, one of Kenya’s leading providers in the entertainment and general media industry.
Chris Kirubi Car Collection
Dr. Kirubi owned a reputable car collection comprising a Bentley Continental, Mercedes Benz, Luxury 4×4 vehicles, Range Rover and and Ksh 18,000,000 Rolls Royce.
Chris Kirubi Death
The late Dr. Kirubi died after battling cancer for several years on 14th of June 2021 in his home.
|Real Name||Christopher John Kirubi|
|Age||80 years at time of death (2021)|
|Education Level||Bachelo’s Degree|
|Place of Birth||Murang’a|
|Year of Birth||1941|
|Years Active||1971 – 2021|
|Net Worth||Kshs. 350 Million (approx)|