The Chairman

who I am

the chairman

Chris Kirubi

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.

Some facts

Companies Owned
portfolio value (Millions)

My story



  • Education
  • Business
  • Health

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).



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