Kirubi’s brothers and sisters each got half a billion shillings but his mpango in Dubai got nothing!
By Shifa Mwihaki
The contents of the late business magnate Chris Kirubi’s Sh20 billion Will, can now be revealed: His ex-wife and mother of his two children got nothing. The two were only married long enough to have two children. But his daughter from his mpango wa kando, walked away with Sh1.8 billion. But the mpango, like the ex-wife, also got nothing. Kirubi’s brothers and sisters, on the other hand, each got half a billion shillings!
The broom of Kirubi’s estate sweeps across large-scale agriculture, real estate, healthcare, finance, insurance, manufacturing, logistics, media, IT, property, shares in private companies valued at Sh12 billion. His holding in firms listed at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) are worth Sh3.4 billion and land in Nairobi’s Loresho area where he lived, worth the same amount. Listed as part of his wealth are six high end rides, four of them the Mercedes brand, valued at over Sh100 million.
From that bonanza, his two children Mary-Anne and prodigal son Robert Kirubi got Sh18 billion or 80 percent of his wealth. Kirubi’s four siblings including the well-known Prof Michael Kirubi whom Kirubi educated to PhD level, got Sh2 billion or 20 percent of the pie “to be shared equally,” reads the Will filed in court in October last year, five months after his death from cancer at 74. That means each sibling will pocket Sh500 million each!
The tearful tribute Fiona Kirubi gave her father was such that Mary-Anne promised the family would take care of her. She kept her word: “Robert and Mary-Anne agree to relinquish a total of 9.95 % of the 80 % of the estate equally to Fiona Wambui Kirubi,” reads part of the Will. Fiona’s inheritance comes to Sh1.8 billion plus the Sh4 million bringing the tiakif you do the math.
Mary-Anne probably did not want the Kirubi family to be dragged in endless inheritance dispute. Like the one pitting the Popat family, the billionaire owners of Simba Colt Motors, 20th Century Plaza and the upscale hotel, Vila Rosa Kempinki in Nairobi. Patriarch Abdul Karim Popat so hated his eldest son, Alnashir Popat, he left him out of his Will. Alnashir has since sued his siblings and the court ruled in his favour!
Life, most times, revolves around luck which we don’t give the credit it deserves
Indeed, life, most times, revolves around luck which we don’t give the credit it deserves: When Kirubi impregnated his mpango in Dubai, he bequeathed Fiona Sh4 million “as a gift” reads the Will. That was in 1996 when he amended the Will written 16 years earlier to include Fiona.
But from Sh4 million, Fiona now sits pretty atop a Sh1.8 billion inheritance that includes shares in International House, Centum Investments, commercial papers in Two Rivers Mall, and land in Muthaiga, Mtwapa, Diani beach, Vipingo Ridge and Murang’a County. There is also the 500-acre Bendor Estate worth 5 billion where Kirubi ran Kenya’s largest banana plantation.
As is the case with the wealthy, Chris Kirubi’s accounts held Sh27 million in cash only.