Chris Kirubi is one of the few billionaires that is eccentric, accessible and has no problem sharing nuggets of truth and inspiration using his life as a model.
During an interview on a series that airs on his station, he explained how he had been able to get a start in his huge property empire. Kirubi said that International House which is located in the Nairobi Business District was the beginning of his burgeoning wealth.
(Success) was a combination but the property business was where I began. I started on a good footing. 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 property was always the foundation.
The famous magnate is also a DJ at one of his companies, which makes him stand out in the Kenyan landscape of vanilla billionaires.
Kirubi revealed that the reason why he became a DJ was that he came into the media industry when he was very raw. He said he needed the experience to make better decisions for his station. He said;
When I first got into media, I faced numerous challenges in trying to understand the market, its needs, the skills required and the peculiarities of the industry. I had to do my research and practically submerge myself in the industry by becoming a DJ in order to understand the market. Only then could I make proper and effective decisions.
He also explained that he bought the station so he could advertise his products instead of having to part with millions through other media houses.