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Chris Kirubi Biography: The life and business profile of the billionaire

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Chris Kirubi Biography: Dr. Chris Kirubi or DJ CK as he is commonly referred to as is an exemplary Kenyan entrepreneur. He is a self-made capitalist, who rose from insufficiency to create a multi-million dollar empire worth of investment, property, manufacturing and media companies. Today, he is well-known both internationally and in Kenya. Kirubi was the chairman and shareholder of Haco Tiger Brands (a joint venture with Tiger Brands SA, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange) which he sold off in 2019.

Chris Kirubi Biography: Background

Date of Birth: 1941

Place of Birth: Murang’a district

Ethnicity:        Kikuyu

Residence:      Nairobi, Kenya

Nationality:    Kenyan

Citizenship:     Kenya

(Available Education history is on higher institutions)

University:        

  • INSEAD
  • Handles University
  • Harvard Business School
  • Swiss Management academy
  • Professional Courses

Chris Kirubi Biography: Family: Little is known about his family therefore little is said

Career/ Occupation: Businessman, Industrialist, Entrepreneur

Chris Kirubi Biography: Early Life:

Kirubi, who is a man of modest origins, is remarkably reserved about his past. “There is not much history. I was born a poor boy – an ordinary peasant, I would say. My parents passed on when I was young. But I was lucky to have well-wishers who educated me though I never had a chance to meet them and appreciate,” he says. True to his words, Kirubi was raised in hopeless poverty and he even slept on the streets. Kirubi adds that he would attend school without shoes. In his view, shoes were a luxury that he could not afford. He is quoted saying that “while I was growing up, I feared for ‘tomorrow but I never had a doubt that I would succeed.”

His first jobs helped him develop a sense of self-reliance. “When I was in school I worked during holidays to help myself and my brothers as well. My work experience therefore started many years ago. It builds confidence. It gives you experience as well. It teaches you at a very early stage how to take care of yourself. You learn a lot of discipline – how to manage your time, how to be transparent – and this was a good base for doing my own business. I apply this to whatever I do.”

After high school, Kirubi took up his first formal job with Shell as a sales rep. He moved swiftly through his graduate studies and positions in the pharmaceutical industry, the automotive industry and government before deciding to begin a new journey.

Chris Kirubi Biography: Building a Property Foundation

That journey began with property development. Kirubi possesses one of Kenya’s most iconic buildings, the International House in Nairobi – namesake and headquarters of International House Limited, his property investment firm. “Property was one of the easiest things to try to get into,” Kirubi explains. “Properties were not expensive as they are now. Today in Kenya it is almost impossible to buy. Back then, if you had a friend in the bank to support you it was easy to buy these assets. I used to buy neglected properties, do them up and flog them in the market. It was an area that there were not many people involved in, and it was a very profitable venture.”

Kirubi does not strictly believe that property was the backbone of his success. “It was a combination but the property was where I began. I started on a good footing,” he says. “I was asked by a company to partner with them in manufacturing writing implements and was also trading with a Dutch company. But I got involved with the Dutch company because the MD stayed in one of my properties. We got to know each other and became good friends. With International House, I worked for [the insurance company that was headquartered there]. I used to sell policies and when they decided to close down their offices in Kenya, they offered me the opportunity to buy the building and supported me in talking to the banks, and off we went. So the property was always the foundation.

Chris Kirubi Biography: Entrepreneurial Flair

“Yes, I engage with many aspiring entrepreneurs. In fact, I have always advocated for self-employment as a means to limit the skyrocketing unemployment levels in Kenya. Young people shouldn’t just wait to get absorbed into the formal employment sector but must look at alternative ways of generating income,” Kirubi says.

According to Kirubi, the issues that keep young entrepreneurs awake at night include cash flow, access to financing, competition in the market, and the market’s relative demand for their offerings. At least, those are the issues they frequently ask him about. “What I always assure them is that for the most part, there is nothing new under the sun. Your proposition is not a ‘eureka’ one. It is more likely an offshoot of an old solution adapted to evolving challenges. As such, many other people have gone before you and encountered the same problems. One of the best ways to counter these problems is to get a business mentor and if possible, allow yourself to be incubated until you feel you can stand on your own two feet.”

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A$AP Rocky Agrees Travis Scott ‘Stole’ His Whole Style

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A$AP Rocky is seemingly agreeing that fellow rapper Travis Scott, or so it seems, in a new interview teaser reel.

After his much-awaited return to music, A$AP Rocky recently just dropped his comeback single, ‘D.M.B,’ and he is well on a press run to promote his comeback.

A$AP Rocky says that Travis Scott stole his style during an upcoming interview on the Drink Champs podcast.

That question came up again in a teaser for an upcoming episode of rap’s in-house mess factory, Drink Champs with NORE.

“Travis Scott stole his whole style from A$AP Rocky,” N.O.R.E tells the New York rapper.“Yeah,” Rocky agrees.

It isn’t the first time Rocky has discussed the similarities between himself and Travis Scott. Back in 2016, Rocky said during an interview on Hot 97’s Ebro In the Morning that people need to “let shorty rock.”

“You’re hearing it from me, let shorty rock,” he stated at the time. “And let the people decide if he a biter or if he authentic. I’m not saying everybody should be allowed to just take [from] whoever got going on. I’m not implying that. I feel like that whole situation sound petty.”

Despite their superficial physical resemblance, ASAP Rocky and Travis Scott haven’t had the warmest relationship.

In fact, you almost never see the two of them together which, come to think of it, probably contributed to them being mistaken for each other all those times.

However, despite some rumors and speculation, Rocky has insisted that there’s no beef between the two men.

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However, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t agree with certain comparisons between them — namely, the one that Travis jacked ASAP Rocky’s style.

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Dua Lipa Quits Smoking After Throat Infection

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Dua Lipa recently revealed that she has put in a lot of effort to treat fans with her best vocals.

The ‘Levitating’ hitmaker is currently on her ‘Future Nostalgia Tour’ and before hitting the road she made the decision to stub out the cigarettes to keep her singing voice in the best condition possible.

During her conversation with The Sun, the Don’t Start Now singer spilt the beans on quitting smoking after suffering a bout of laryngitis.”I had laryngitis in December and that kind of kickstarted me quitting smoking a month earlier than I was supposed to. But I did it and I have stuck to it,” the New Rules singer said.

“I have this habit tracker on my phone where every night I tick off all the good things I have done for my body and things I have done for myself,” she added.

Dua who began the tour in Miami in February and will finish the mammoth run of gigs in November this year in Perth in Australia.

“It is a really, really demanding and relentless show. When you’re in rehearsals and I’m like, ‘Yeah, lets do this dance routine here, and let’s do this and let’s do that.’

According to her ,the current tour is the most physically demanding show she has ever performed, and as well as ditching the cigarettes.

Nothing ever quite prepares you for the real thing, especially when the adrenaline hits and you’re on stage and you feel the energy from the crowd.

That definitely helps you get in the zone and you don’t really think about the toll it can take on your body because the adrenaline is so high.”

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The singer expressed feeling ‘invincible’ onstage thanks to her some changes in her health and fitness practices.

“I feel like when I get up on stage there is a different kind of confidence and, you know, I feel very invincible at times when I am performing,” she said during the latest episode of her At Your Service podcast.

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky throw ‘rave-themed’ baby shower

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky threw a “rave-themed” baby shower.

According to HipHollywood, the Diamonds hitmaker and the rapper – who are expecting their first child together – invited some of their famous pals to the super private bash in Hollywood on Friday.

The outlet claims the pair had guests leave their phones at the door with no filming or photography permitted.

Attendees are said to have worn neon for the rave theme and they left with some personalised gifts, including a T-shirt that read: “I Went To Rih & Rocky’s Rave Shower And All I Got Was This Amazing Shirt.”

The baby shower comes after Rocky was released on $550,000 bail after he was arrested in connection with a shooting in LA.

The 33-year-old rapper – whose real name is Rakim Mayers – was detained by police when his private plane flew into Los Angeles International Airport on April 20 in relation to an alleged incident that took place around 10.20pm on November 6, 2021.

She recently revealed she wasn’t planning a traditional baby shower and that she wanted everyone to “be plastered and crawling out”.

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“I mean it’s lit for a lot of people – I’ve even planned a couple of baby showers like that myself—it’s just not right for me. Personally, I want a party.

I want everyone to be plastered and crawling out. And it’s got to be co-ed! Don’t put me on no wicker chair somewhere with gifts at my feet where everyone is staring at me.”

She also confirmed to not want to hold a gender reveal party, and that she will wait until the couple are ready to share the sex of their little bundle.

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