In Loving Memory

In loving memory of Chris Kirubi

Who He Was

Dr. Chris Kirubi (h. c.), CBS, was a prominent businessman, investor and entrepreneur with interests in Kenya and the East Africa region. Until his death, he was the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Mauritius in Kenya, having been appointed in November 2016.

He was an alumnus of Insead Institute in France, Handles University in Sweden and Harvard Business School (Owner President Management Program – OPM 29). Much later in life, in acknowledgement of his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship in Kenya, Dr. Kirubi was conferred with an Honorary Philosophical Doctorate in Entrepreneurship by the Swiss Management Graduate School in 2005.

Dr. Kirubi had invested in the Manufacturing, Media, Real Estate, Insurance and Investment Sectors of our economy. He was the Chairman of Haco Industries, and was recognised as one of Kenya’s first indigenous manufacturers having entered the manufacturing sector in the 70’s and for his many years of service formerly as Chairman of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers.

He was also Chairman of Coca-Cola Nairobi Bottlers, DHL Worldwide Express, Capital FM, International House Limited, and Smart Applications International among others. He was Deputy Chairman of Bayer East Africa Limited.

Dr. Kirubi was also a Director and majority Shareholder in the Centum Investment Group, East Africa’s leading Investment Company.

Aside from his personal work, Dr. Kirubi has 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 also 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).

He was a passionate Ambassador for the Kenya Country Brand and served as Chairperson of Brand Kenya Board from March 2016 – December 2017 when he resigned due to his illness

Dr. Kirubi was passionate about making a difference in the lives of disenfranchised groups and was involved in a number of social causes. Until his death, 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.

Chris Kirubi died on 14 June 2021 after a long battle with cancer.


Friends and family are meeting at his Loresho residence every day from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

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Chris Kirubi's Eulogy

A Memorial service will be held at Faith Evangelistic Church, Karen, on Friday 18th June 2021 at 11:00 am.

He will be laid to rest at his Bendor Farm, Thika, on Saturday 19th June 2021 at 11:00 am. (Parking will be available at Don Bosco Church or The Waterfront, Karen)

Due to Covid protocols, all the above events will be streamed on this platform.

Let us fight cancer together:

Please donate to the Aga Khan Cancer Research Unit and Nairobi Hospice who provide Palliative Care Services.

  • - Aga Khan Hospital: MPESA PayBill Number 694038, Account: Chris Kirubi
  • - Nairobi Hospice: PayBill Number: 982650 Account: Chris Kirubi

May his Soul rest in eternal peace.

“I have fought the good fight I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” - 2 Timothy 4:7


Dr. James Mwangi, CBS Group Managing Director & CEO EQUITY 21st June 2021 at 9:02am

On behalf of the Board and management of Equity Group Holdings, we join other Kenyans in sending you our deep condolences following on the passing on of Dr. Chris Kirubi. Dr. Kirubi will many years for the legacy he has left behind. He distinguished himself from an early age as a determined person, an industrialist who believes that everything is possible for those who believe in the power of their dreams. 

Dr. Kirubi was highly accomplished and demonstrated his commitment for touching the lives of others by offering them opportunities to accomplish their own dreams. He was renowned for his passion for motivational encouragement and mentorship for young people and entrepreneurs to focus on positive attitude, resilience, optimism and most importantly, the culture of hard work. 

These attributes will remain his greatest legacy for society. He openly spoke about his humble beginnings and how he lifted himself out of poverty to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the region. 

The cruel hand of death has robbed Kenya and the word an iconic leader, businessman and role model for hard work, resilience, focus and determination. We thank God for the time he gave Dr. Kirubi to contribute to the welfare of mankind, and to leave behind a legacy for many to emulate. 

We know that this is a difficult time for his family, relatives and friends. To his children Robert and Maryann and his grandchildren we pray that the almighty God gives you the strength to go through this period, and the grace to celebrate the time that God gave you to share with your beloved father and grandfather. 

May almighty God rest his soul in eternal peace.

Yours sincerely, 

Dr. James Mwangi, CBS Group Managing Director & CEO 

Republic of Cameroon, Consulate in Nairobi 21st June 2021 at 8:47am

The Consulate of the Republic of Cameroon in Nairobi presents its compliments to the Consulate of the Republic of Mauritius in Nairobi and has the honour to acknowledge receipt of its Diplomatic Note dated 15th June 2021, pertaining to the sad demise of Dr. Chris J. Kirubi, Honorary Consul of Mauritius in Kenya on 14th June 2021. 

On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, The Consulate wishes to convey the deepest and sincere condolences of the Government and people of the Republic of Cameroon to the Governments and peoples of Mauritius and Kenya; and to the bereaved family. May his soul Rest In Eternal Peace.

Governor The Dreamer 20th June 2021 at 9:38pm

RIP Kirubi ...can we keep his daily motivational alive #AskKirubi ?

Kelvin Keter 20th June 2021 at 8:55pm

Rest in Peace Mentor. You have done a great job.

Martin Matovu 20th June 2021 at 11:47am

Chris, I and all who know the passion you had for positively impacting lives, especially of youth and aspiring entrepreneurs, acknowledge you and your successes in these endevours.

We shall miss you immensely always.

May you rest in the eternal peace you deserve so much and may God shine perpetual light upon you.

Go well gallant soldier of enterprise and human development.

Gichuki Kenneth / 20th June 2021 at 10:16am

Rest in peace, you lived a good life and inspired many young and old kenyans. RIP CK 🕊️

Mubarak Muyika, Zagace Inc, President. 20th June 2021 at 1:44am

Chairman Kirubi was a towering figure in my career. The impact of his influence in strides made in my life and that of others over the last couple of years is immeasurable. May he rest in peace.

Sheila Tett 19th June 2021 at 7:55pm

With a heavy heat, I have tried to find the words, to write for a legend like you Chris, and it has been so difficult.

Thank you for all the support you honoured us with, in all the great production work we did for you and your companies.

I will hold the support in my heart forever.

You were so interested in how a production works, and what goes on behind the scenes, and we would sit for hours on shoots, just discussing why and how things need to be done like they are. Those discussions, so precious to me.

You encouraged me to continue with my counselling young people in addiction, and mental health studies, which I have done, and my third degree will be in honour of you Dr Chris Kirubi. Till we meet again, God be with you, with so much love xxx

Cyndia Kipchumba - Nguli 19th June 2021 at 6:02pm

May he rest in peace and may God comfort his family during this difficult period.

Albert omondi ochieng 19th June 2021 at 1:54pm

Chris Kirubi was a school in himself,I had a chance to listen to him at United stated international university and I am sure a good number of the youths who were in that auditorium changed their perception on matters lifeskills ,entrerpreneurship,unemployment and many others that touched on youths.......Rest well Mentor