Renowned industrialist and one of Africa’s richest investor Dr Chris Kirubi, is dead.
Dr Kirubi who is also the Chairperson of Capital Group Limited that also owns top urban radio station Capital FM passed away on Monday according to the family confirmed.
“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,” his family said in a statement.
He was surrounded by his family during his last breath.
Battling cancer since 2016.
Popularly known on the airwaves as DJ CK, Kirubi was named the second richest Kenyan by Forbes in 2011 in a list topped by Kenyatta family.
He also made it to the top 40 ranking of African richest having listed at position 31 with an estimated net worth of $300 million.
Dr Kirubi also chaired Haco Industries Limited, Kiruma International Limited, International House Limited, Nairobi Bottlers Limited, Sandvik East Africa Limited and DHL Kenya.
The industrialist was also director at Centum Investment: East Africa’s leading investment company listed on the Nairobi and Uganda Securities Exchange.
He established a number of initiatives including a mentorship program through which he visited a number of schools in the country to encourage young people to pursue academic excellence.
Dr Kirubi challenged young people to take vital steps in preparation for the country’s leadership adding that they must become better leaders than those they succeed.
“We’re preparing you to take over from all of us and as we hand over the mantle to you, we’d like to know that you’ll run faster in this relay than we did in making a nation a better place.”
According to Dr Kirubi, the secret to achieving the best in life is having a resilient spirit which propels one to keep thirsting for success despite the numerous hurdles in pursuit of success.
In most of his tweets targeting the younger generation, Kirubi often challenged young people to keep off friends likely to derail them from achieving their dreams and aspirations saying a person is measured for who they are when alone and not the appearance they fake when in the eyes of the public.
Dr Kirubi died aged 80.