Billionaire investor Chris Kirubi has died at his dwelling on Monday afternoon on the age of 80.
Kirubi had been combating most cancers since 2016.
“It’s with nice unhappiness that we announce the passing of Dr Christopher J. Kirubi, who handed away right now at 1pm at his dwelling after an extended battle with most cancers fought with fortitude, grace and braveness,” introduced Capital FM, which he owned, quoting his household.
Kirubi had investments in lots of publicly traded and personal firms, together with Centum #ticker:CTUM the place he was the single-largest shareholder, Worldwide Home and agrochemical agency Bayer East Africa.
A prolific businessman and industrialist, Kirubi held management positions in at the very least 10 firms and organisations.
President Uhuru Kenyatta eulogised him as an approachable and accessible company chief who beloved individuals and interacted with all Kenyans.
“I’ve acquired the surprising information of the passing away of my pal Chris Kirubi with numerous unhappiness. The merciless hand of demise has robbed our nation of a patriot whose entrepreneurial spirit, exhausting work and dedication noticed him create a few of our nation’s largest enterprises which supply employment to hundreds of our individuals,” the President mourned.
“Chris was some of the accessible company leaders Kenya has ever produced. He interacted with everyone and would present up in locations the place he was least anticipated. He interacted with Kenyans, particularly the youth, on his radio exhibits, public appearances and writings, by which he shared his experiences in enterprise and life,” Mr Kenyatta recalled.
In an unique interview with BDLife in January 2020, Kirubi shared about his battle with most cancers and his ideas on demise.
“One factor I’ve come to find is that in the long run, you’re alone. Your pals might love you, however ultimately, it’s a must to cope with your illness personally. You consider the previous, the issues that you would have finished, the issues that you haven’t finished, and what you are able to do to compensate for stuff you ignored. It’s a time of reflection. And prayers from buddies do assist, rather a lot,” he advised Jackson Biko.
“Demise is relaxation. A relaxation from each day hustles. That is one thing that’s irreversible. You’re born, you develop, you die. In the long run, it doesn’t matter who you’re. It doesn’t matter the age or what you do to attempt to elongate your life.”
His various enterprise pursuits ranged from broadcasting, Capital Media Group to manufacturing, Haco Tiger Manufacturers.
He as soon as mentioned that property was the muse of his enterprise empire and Worldwide Home in Nairobi’s Central Enterprise District is one in all his most iconic investments.
Via Centum Investments, he owned East Africa’s most bold property developments together with Two Rivers in Gigiri and the Pearl Marina Mission in Uganda.
He leaves behind two kids, Robert Kirubi and Mary-Ann Musangi.
Centum mentioned particulars of his funeral could be introduced later.