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I’m Not Yet Successful- Kenya’s Billionaire Chris Kirubi Speaks

Billionaire businessman Chris Kirubi has said that he doesn’t consider himself successful since he’s yet to achieve his dreams.

In an interview with Business Daily, DJ CK, as he’s popularly known, said that despite being sick, he has not slowed down and holds around six meetings in a day at his home.

“…I’m not yet successful. I have a dream. I work more now in my home than I worked in the office. Many people come to see me because I’m sick. My people want to come and consult with me. I still run my companies. I’ve never switched off.”

Citing achievement and not money as his main motivation, Kirubi further said that he doesn’t know how much he is worth, but considers himself a billionaire.

“I don’t know (my worth). I never count. Counting means looking back and I don’t look back,” said the Capital Group Ltd Chairman

Getting closer to God

The magnate also said that lying sick in bed for months, his faith grew and he became closer to God.

“It took me many months lying in bed sick to believe that God is most powerful. And it’s a shame we always go to God when we need Him, but God will never turn you away because you came to Him later rather than earlier. God is merciful and forgiving,” the Friends School Kamusinga alumni said.

Speaking on his battle with cancer, Kirubi said that he’s come to realise that in the end, he had to personally deal with the disease.

One thing I’ve come to discover is that in the end, you’re alone. Your friends may love you, but eventually, you have to deal with your sickness personally.

“You think about the past, the things that you could have done, the things that you have not done, and what you can do to compensate for things you ignored. It is a time of reflection. And prayers from friends do help, a lot,” he said, adding that he’s been wondering how all Kenyans can access quality medical attention.

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Chris Kirubi 

Weak immune system

In a message to investors four months ago, Kirubi came out to explain why he was unable to meet crowds of people.

“I am not coming to the meeting this morning because my immune system is weak and it is easy for me to pick up germs from a huge crowd.”

Kirubi further urged his investors to go for cancer check-up since early detection is key in the treatment of the scourge.

“Cancer is not devastating if it’s early discovered. We need to make sure that if you have cancer, it is discovered in the first or second stage by that time, it is possible to cure cancer,” he said.

Living life to the fullest

Aside from his business ventures, CK is also known for spoiling himself once in a while.

After spending millions to purchase Kenya’s first Mercedes Benz Maybach three years ago, Kirubi purchased a customised Bentley Bentyga which cost an estimated Sh30 million in 2018.

The purchase came months after he was personally flown by French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation to try-out a Dassault Falcon 2000LXS business jet worth over Sh2 billion.

The entrepreneur, who once said the only thing he’s good at is making money has in the past boasted that he’s the most expensively dressed Kenyan.

Kirubi’s handmade woollen suits from Italy cost an average of Sh900,000. The suits from Italian fashion house Brioni are also worn by President Donald Trump, former US president George W Bush, and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Kirubi once told Going Out Guide magazine that the challenge of wearing such pricey suits is the lack of suitable local dry cleaners, so his only option was to accumulate them for dry cleaning services when he flies abroad.

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