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Who Are The Richest People In Kenya?

Updated on March 5, 2012

Are the richest people in Kenya and the amount of wealth they own known? Regrettably no one can today tell the exact amount of money that the richest people in Kenya own because the rich are not ready to reveal what they possess. But if we may ask why do they have to conceal the exact quantity of their wealth? Is there a hidden motive that accompanies the way they have acquired their fortune? Perhaps may be but for now let us try as much as possible answer this question that many Kenyans deserve to know.

In this hub I will be listing what I strongly believe to be the Kenyan rich list but without giving the amount of their wealth.

Richest Kenyan politicians

It’s my thinking that politicians make up majority of this blessed list. Many of them are in this list due to the fact that they looted and continue to loot the taxpayers money. In independence Kenya, right from the time of jomo Kenyatta, moi and the current coalition government headed by president kibaki and prime minister raila odinga public funds are continuosly misappropriated and the only beneficiaries are none other than the politicians.

We have witnessed a lot of grand corruption scandals like anglo-leasing, Goldenberg, triton petroleum saga, the maize saga, the grand regency (now laico regency) scandal among many others and it seems this issue of politicians looting public money and going scot free will go on unless our new look judiciary headed by chief justice willy mutunga does something.

Whichever way they have acquired their massive wealth let me list the top richest Kenyan politicians in no particular order.

  • Former president moi and his family
  • The Kenyatta family
  • Nicholas biwott
  • President mwai kibaki
  • Prime minister raila odinga
  • William ruto
  • Musalia mudavadi
  • John michuki
  • Njenga karume
  • Charles njonjo
  • Najib balala
  • Joshua kulei
  • Kamlesh patni
  • Prof. George saitoti
  • Moody awori
  • Simeon nyachae
  • Stanley githunguri
  • Ephraim maina
  • Johnstone muthama
  • Henry koskey
  • Keneth matiba
  • John harun mwau
  • William kabogo
  • Mulu mutisya family


Although there are some in this list who have acquired their wealth through dubious means, the majority of men and women in the kenyan business rich list have acquired their money through hard work. Here are some of them.

  • Cris kirubi (owns capital fm among many other businesses)
  • Manu chandaria
  • Naushad merali
  • Jimnah mbaru
  • James mwangi (equity bank chief executive)
  • Aden mohammad (Barclays bank ceo)
  • S.k macharia (owner of royal media services)
  • Mohammed zubedi

Sportsmen and women

Indeed there are also some rich sports people in Kenya. They include our top footballers who plie their trade in European leagues, our athletes who bring glory to Kenya by winning medals in athletics events like the Olympics, commonwealth games e.t.c. without much ado here below are some of top richest sports personalities in Kenya

  • Pamela jelimo
  • Ezakiel kemboi
  • Paul tergat
  • Dennis oliech (plays for AJ Auxere in French league 1)
  • Macdonald mariga (plays for italy’s inter Milan. Currently on loan at Spanish club real sociad)
  • David rudisha
  • Vivian cheruyot
  • Paul tanui
  • Kipchoge keino


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      Daniel Long 3 years ago from All Over

      This is a fascinating and useful hub. Thanks!

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      Bmk 5 years ago

      I think sk & chris hv also benefited from this saga