Kenya: Business mogul Chris Kirubi succumbs to cancer, dies at 80

Business mogul Chris Kirubi succumbs to cancer. [Image: Courtesy]
NAIROBI, Kenya — Renowned entrepreneur Chris Kirubi has passed on today in the afternoon following a long battle with cancer.

According to his family who shared the news, Kirubi aged 80, is said to have died at his home.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Christopher J. Kirubi who passed away today at 1 pm at his home after a long battle with cancer fought with fortitude, grace and courage. He was surrounded by his family,” his family said in a statement.

The deceased who has left behind two children, was diagnosed with cancer in 2016.

He has since been open with his condition encouraging Kenyans to prioritize their health and undertake regular medical examinations.

Kirubi was one of Kenya’s leading entrepreneurs having invested in different sectors including media, real estate and insurance.

With a net worth of $300 million as at 2011, the business Tycoon had shares in Two Rivers Mall through Centum, Haco Industries and Capital Group Ltd that owns Capital FM.

He served as the chairman of Haco Tiger Brands Kenya, Capital Media Group, International House Limited, DHL Worldwide Express Limited, Nairobi Bottlers, and Smart Applications International Limited among others.

He also served as the Deputy Chair for Bayer Est Africa Limited. He was also the director and the largest shareholder at the Centum Investment Group.

In 2016 he was the chairperson of Brand Kenya Board until December 2017. Until his death, he served on the Harvard Global Advisory Council in Massachusetts, USA. He was also a founder Council member of the AU foundation.

In 2011, Forbes annual rankings of Africa’s richest people in Kenya ranked Kirubi as the second richest man in Kenya and 31st richest in Africa.

Details of his burial will be communicated later.