Prominent businessman and philanthropist Christopher John Kirubi is dead.
According to the family, Kirubi passed away today afternoon after a protracted cancer ailment.
“It is with deep sorrow that we regret to inform you of the passing away today of Dr. Christopher J. Kirubi(1941-2021) who passed away today, Monday the 14th of June, 2021 at 1pm at his home after a long battle with cancer fought with fortitude, grace and courage. He was surrounded by his family,” reads the statement.
Kirubi was a prominent businessman, investor and entrepreneur in Kenya and the East Africa region.
He was a significant shareholder and long-serving director of Centum Investment Company PLC and Chairman of the company’s Board Finance and Investment Committee.
As an investor, Kirubi was invested in the manufacturing, media, Real Estate, Insurance and Investment Sectors of our economy.
He was the Chairman of Haco Industries, and is recognised as one of Kenya’s
first indigenous manufacturers having entered the manufacturing sector in the 1970s and for his many years of service and additionally had served as Chairman of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers.
He was also Chairman of Coca-Cola Nairobi Bottlers, DHL Worldwide Express, Capital Media Group, International House Limited, and Smart Applications International among others.
Kirubi was Deputy Chairman of Bayer East Africa Limited.
Aside from his personal work, Kirubi had been involved extensively with several African Governments.
He served on the National Economic and Social Council which was responsible for crafting Kenya’s current blue print for growth, Vision 2030, under President Kibaki’s regime.
He worked with the Government of Ghana as a Board Member of the Investors’ Advisory Council and as Ghanaian Honorary Consul General in Kenya (2000 to 2008) and was the Honorary Counsel to the Republic of Mauritius in Kenya.
He was a passionate Ambassador for the Kenya Country Brand and served as Chairperson of Brand Kenya Board from March 2016 – December 2017.
He was passionate about making a difference in the lives of disenfranchised groups and was involved in a number of social causes.
At the time of his passing, he served on the Harvard Global Advisory Council (Massachusetts, USA) with a view to advising the institution on education matters of Africa.
He also served on the Institution’s Africa Advisory Council honing in on
specific needs of the continent and was a founder Council Member of the AU Foundation.
Kirubi leaves behind two children, Robert Kirubi and Mary-Ann Musangi.
He died at the age of 80.