The number of Kenyan businessmen joining the enviable list of billionaires continues to grow, with the majority making their fortunes in various sectors of the economy.
The list involves a who-is-who across the gap with similar names appearing multiple times. Others, however, may not be easy to spot.
However, unbeknownst to many, some of these billionaires, who fear the limelight, have the same bloodline. Kenyans.co.ke takes a look at these billionaires who are related.
Billionaire Manu Chandaria
Manu Chandaria x Keshav Chandaria
Business tycoon Manu Chandaria is no stranger to success as he has earned billions in his career and built a business empire like no other. The businessman is credited with starting Comcraft Group, which has since grown from a single unit to branches in more than 40 countries.
Unknown to many, Manu’s older brother, Keshav, also established himself in the manufacturing industry. The Indian native has also set up manufacturing plants locally, in Rwanda, Bujumbura, Congo and South Africa.
He is also renowned for his philanthropic nature, working with the Rotary Club of Toronto, Canada to distribute wheelchairs in Africa and India, cancer supplies in South America as well as dental supplies in his native country in mumbai.
Suzanne Gachukia x Eddah Gachukia
Arguably, one of the families that should be placed in the annals of history for their contribution to the education sector, the Gachukias have seemingly done it all.
Professor Eddah Gachukia, alongside her husband, Daniel Gachukia, founded the Riara Group of Schools in 1974, which has since blossomed into a prestigious institution consisting of kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools and universities.
Their daughter, Suzanne, is the CEO of her own music label, Sub-Sahara Limited. After studying music in the United States of America, Suzanne then formed a trio, Zanazziki. She is married to Kenya‘s Ambassador to Ireland, Richard Opembe.
Adil Popat and Shelina Popat
The Popats’ business empire dates back to the 1930s with their patriarch, Charthubhai Popat, opening a hardware store next to Nairobi railway station. Currently, the family is credited with several businesses including the prestigious hotel Villa Rosa Kempinski.
Adil Popat heads Simba Corporation, responsible for assembling the Mahindra Scorpio Single and Double Cabin pickups. His sister, Shelina Popat, also established herself in various industries.
She worked as a model for the iconic French luxury brand, Christian Dior, before joining the Kenyan Embassy in Paris, as a tourist liaison officer. She also has interests in several businesses, including Westlands Bollywood Casino.
William Kabogo and Haron Mwau
Apart from politics, the family of former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo is known for its glitzy lifestyle. In a previous interview on K24, he detailed his source of wealth; linking him to a car import business started in the 1990s and supplying goods to local supermarkets.
“I remember my last shipment of cars from Japan to here was a whole ship with 175 cars. So if you make Ksh 100,000 per car, how much does it cost? A lot of money,” he said. he revealed at the time.
The former governor is the son-in-law of wealthy businessman and politician Harun Mwau. Mwau’s political tenure dates back to the 1990s when he ran for the presidential seat in 1992 in a Party of Independent Candidates of Kenya (PICK).
Prior to entering politics, Mwau was an avid sports athlete, having competed in the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics.
Kenyan billionaire and politician John Harun Mwau.
Uhuru Kenyatta x Peter Kihanya Muiruri
It’s no secret that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family is among the wealthiest in the country – Oxfam International’s recent report ranked them fourth with a net worth of Ksh60 billion ($530 million). .
However, in 2020, it was discovered that the cousin of the Head of State had taken stakes in three companies linked to a multinational betting company.
Peter Kihanya Muiruri lives a reclusive life, away from the glare of the media, with its minor details about his background and upbringing.