who I am
Kenyan businessman, entrepreneur, industrialist and philanthropist
Dr. Chris Kirubi (h. c.) is a leading Kenyan entrepreneur with investments in the Media, Manufacturing, Property Management, Insurance and Investment Sectors of our economy. He is an alumnus of INSEAD Institute in France, Handles University in Sweden and Harvard Business School, USA. In acknowledgement of his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship, he was conferred with an Honorary Philosophical Doctorate in Entrepreneurship by the SMA University, Switzerland.
Dr. Kirubi is Chairman of Haco Tiger Brands Kenya Limited, Capital Media Group, International House Limited, DHL Worldwide Express Limited, Nairobi Bottlers, and Smart Applications International Limited among others. He is Deputy Chairman of Bayer East Africa Limited and is a director and shareholder at the Centum Investment Group.
Dr. Kirubi is also passionate about making a difference in the lives of disenfranchised groups and is involved in a number of social causes.
portfolio value (Millions)
He currently serves on the Harvard Global Advisory Council (Massachusetts, USA), on the Board of Friends of Africa (Global Fund) and on the Advisory Board of the Global Business Coalition on Health matters (GBC Health).
Also serves on the Africa Advisory Board at Havard University Center for African Studies
Dr. Kirubi was appointed to serve as a council member of the Africa Union Foundation which was formally launched in January 2015 and elected by his fellow Council members to serve as Treasurer of the Board.
Dr. Kirubi has been featured in several local and international publications, most notably in Forbes Africa Magazine (Tallying Africa’s Wealthiest: Forbes Inaugural List of 40 Richest People In Africa), Forbes Africa Blog (20 Most Powerful People in African Business), News African Magazine (100 Most Influential Africans – Business and Finance Category), and in Life Journeys: Scaling Heights, High Achieving Men in Kenya (Footprints Press).
He was recognized as “2015 Africa CEO of the Year” by the Africa CEO Forum based in Geneva.
Recipient: Elder of the Burning Spear (Kenya, 1999).
Recipient: Insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (French Government 2015).
Recipient: The Honour of the Grand Medal by The Ghanian Government (December 2015).
Ask Kirubi – Capital Business
Banking Industry Report Sets Roadmap Towards Inclusive Financial Services For Persons With Disabilities
NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3 – The Kenya banking sector has reaffirmed its commitment to enhance service delivery for Persons living With Disabilities (PWDs) as part of its longterm strategic objective to entrench financial services across the country. This follows the official release of the Persons With Disabilities (PWD) Pilot Project Report by the Central Bank […]
Finding Opportunity in the midst of the pandemic: AskKirubi
The truth is, every crisis while totally disconcerting, also has seeds of opportunity. As an entrepreneur, are you pivoting your business through some kind of repurposing and redirection?
COVID-19: Lessons Learned and Future Direction for Entrepreneurs
It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the whole world by surprise. Although its full impact is yet to be determined, it has certainly taken a toll on our economy, businesses and our day to day lives. The global health crisis has had a disruptive impact on the way people, cities […]
Kirubi set to acquire half of Centum Plc following nod by CMA
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi is set to own half of Centum Investment Company PLC, following a go-ahead by the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) to acquire more shares. In a statement, CMA says it has allowed Kirubi to acquire up to 49.99 percent shares of Centum Investment Company PLC, […]
Kirubi warns investors against fake cryptocurrency platform using his name
NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi has urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution when making any investments after a cryptocurrency platform illegally used his name as an endorsement. The automatic trading software dubbed ‘Bitcoin Profit’ had cited Dr. Kirubi as one of their investors to catch the […]
Sticking to Your New Year Resolutions: AskKirubi
A resolution is a promise you willingly make to yourself and this is why you must set achievable resolutions and make sure you see them through. Start by reflecting on your past behaviour and resolve that you will make positive changes that will spur growth in all aspects of your life this year. Making resolutions […]
5 Things to Leave Behind in 2019: AskKirubi
As another year draws to a close, we will all gather with family and friends to celebrate Christmas and the Festive Season. It is a great opportunity for us to reflect on the blessings of the year gone by while looking forward to a more prosperous year ahead. I know the year has been tough […]
Meeting Eliud Kipchoge
Tuesday 4th December 2019, the legendary Eliud Kipchoge paid me a visit at my home. I was honoured to not only host him but also interact with him. We had a candid conversation on an issue that we are both passionate about; THE YOUTH. We discussed work, life and societal pressures that young people in […]
Youth Mental Health Should be our Priority: AskKirubi
For the last few years, countries around the globe, Kenya included have shown keen interest in the rise of mental health issues of its citizens. Mental health is slowly becoming a global problem that needs a global response. As a youth ambassador, I feel it’s high time we took the mental well-being of our youth […]
AskKirubi: Preparing the Youth for Kenya’s Future Economy
Every day, more and more young people enter the job market with optimism, energy and great aspirations ready to put their knowledge into practice. They soon encounter challenges and find themselves at a disadvantage as they are not all able to secure jobs that can support themselves and their families. With the youth making the […]