NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 18–Havard President Lawrence Bacow has eulogized the late billionaire businessman Dr Chris Kirubi as an individual who had deep interest in education and power to improve lives in the African continent and in his home country as well.
Bacow who was spoke virtually during in the memorial service at Karen said Dr Kirubi, who was also an alumnus of Havard Business School, shaped the university works across the world when he was appointed as a member of Harvard University’s Global Advisory Council in 2012.
“When Havard established its Global Advisory Council in 2012, Chris was asked to serve as one of the group’s inaugural members, together with other distinguished leaders, he offered insight and guidance always with his characteristic energy that helped to shape the university approaches and works across the world,” said Bacow.
Bacow urged the public to maintain working as a team to carry on the legacy of Dr Kirubi whose aim was to transform lives.
“May we all learn something from that moment of curiosity, kindness, and humility and may we all work together to see that Chris’s vision for a better world comes into sharper focus in the years ahead,” Bacow added.
Safaricom board chair Michael Joseph said he will remember the late business mogul Dr. Kirubi as a man who carried a great sense of humility and often challenged him to explore great things in the many interactions, they had mostly on business levels.
“I met Dr. Kirubi in many public events and some other private events and he would always impress me with his great sense of humor, humility and his ability to see the big picture, I always felt that Chris gave you so much energy and if sort of humiliated you to do new things,” said Joseph.
He concluded that he would miss Dr. Kirubi for his humility and his charisma.
“I will miss his laugh, his energy, his sense of humor and most of all I shall miss his humility.
Dr. Kirubi succumbed to cancer on Monday and will be buried at his Bendor farm in Thika on Saturday.
Dr Kirubi who is also the Chairperson of Capital Group Limited under whose banner Capital FM operates, passed away on Monday aged 80.
Popularly known on the airwaves as DJ CK, Kirubi was named the second richest Kenyan by Forbes in 2011 in a list topped by the family of the country’s founding leader, the late President Jomo Kenyatta.
He also made it to the top 40 rankings of African richest having listed at position 31 with an estimated net worth of $300 million.
Dr Kirubi also chaired Haco Industries Limited, Kiruma International Limited, International House Limited, Nairobi Bottlers Limited, Sandvik East Africa Limited and DHL Kenya.
The industrialist was also director at Centum Investment: East Africa’s leading investment company listed on the Nairobi and Uganda Securities Exchange.