The wealthiest women in Kenya is a hot topic of discussion within the region, as there have been lots of arguments and discussions over the most influential women in Kenya in terms of wealth.
1. Dr. Catherine Nyongesa
Catherine is one of the richest women in Kenya, largely due to her invaluable contributions to Kenyans in the health sector.
Through her profession, she has been able to provide medical services which were once hard to access due to either lack or inadequate supply to cater for everyone who needs quality health care.
She is a radiation oncologist and physician who owns the Texas Cancer center located in the capital of Kenya.
Before the establishment of this center, lots of Kenyans were unable to receive adequate care and quality health service, especially for those who are diagnosed with cancer.
Though the company was established on the back of a $1 million loan, Catherine was able to quickly recoup the loan, and have gone ahead to make a fortune.
2. Lucy Mwiti – $17 million
Lucy is the youngest female on this list of richest women in Kenya. Her achievements till date is something worth an applause and makes you wonder what she will be worth in the next 10 years.
Usually referred to as the beauty and brains, Lucy has got everything to move up this list and become the richest female in Kenya, considering the several years she’s got to increase her earnings and net worth.
3. Mary Okello – $18 million
Being born into a rich family is probably one thing that gave Mary Okello an advantage to become as rich as she is today.
Her family is not just wealthy, but powerful and influential through politics which her father strongly participated in.
One of her siblings once served as the 9th vice president in Kenya. That’s to show you just how influential her family was.
Despite growing up in a family of politicians, Mary chose to be an entrepreneur.
Before fully becoming an entrepreneur, she started her career as an employee at the ministry of foreign affairs after the conclusion of her degree in the university.
She worked in several national and international positions before quitting it all to set up her own business. Today, thanks to her investments and earnings over the years, she is one of the richest women in Kenya.
4. Ngina Kenyatta – $1 Billion
Mama Ngina Kenyatta is President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta’s mother and was wife to the first president of Kenya Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
It goes without saying that this makes her one of the most powerful women in the country, a position that has benefits including loads of money.
5. Tabitha Karanja – $80 million
Tabitha is a self-made Kenyan millionare alongside her husband. She started the joint business with her husband as far back as the late 90s to make fortified wine.
Despite the numerous challenges which her business faced in the Kenyan market, especially after the heavy taxation of locally made wines in Kenya which nearly crippled her business, she was still able to scale through.
She made it by changing products from locally made wine to gin and vodka which is still in the Kenyan market till date.
After achieving so much success in her business, Tabitha moved to scale up her business from producing 60 000 bottles of drinks per day to 600,000 bottles.
Today, her factory has a total net worth of $55 million. She is arguably the most hardworking among the richest women in Kenya.
6. Wacere Marra – $14 million
When speaking of women who got most of their fortune through their marriage, Wacere is one lucky woman.
She is on this list of richest women in Kenya due to her marriage and inheritance from the late mayor of Nairobi, Dick Wathika.
Since claiming the fortune, she proceeded to build on it by investing and acquiring a 21% stake in Sportpesa which is one of the biggest bookmakers in Kenya. This investment proved to be a good move, as it yields millions of Kenyan shillings every month.
Wacere also seems to be a commercial and business guru through a series of successful investments which she has on her portfolio. Definitely, she has earned her place among richest women in Kenya.
7. Jane Wanjiru Michuki
Jane Michuki, the managing partner at Kimani and Michuki Advocates, has shares worth over KSh 5 billion at the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). She is one of the shareholders of Britam Insurance (9.5%), with her stake worth over KSh 4.5 billion. Wanjiru holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi (UoN). She graduated with a master’s degree in law from the University of Warwick, England
8. Margaret Bryson
Margaret Bryson is the wife of the late Charles Njonjo, popularly known as “The Duke of Kabeteshire.”
She has extensive landholding all over the country. In addition to this, it is also rumored that she holds high investments in Large banks and insurance companies operating in Kenya.
Moreover, Margaret married Charles when he was 52 years of age.
Mr. Charles Njonjo was the first post-independence attorney general from 1963-1974.
9. Ann Waiguru
Ann Waiguru is the current Kirinyaga governor. Ms. Ann declared that she owns property worth Sh.160M.
Her properties are sprawled all over the city ranging from Kitsuru, Lukenya, and mlolongo. Ms. Waiguru has been in public service for a long time now.
10. Charity Ngilu
Charity Ngilu is the second governor of Kitui county. She is a veteran politician who has served as a cabinet secretary, Minister, and parliament member.
As a result of this, she has amassed large amounts of salary while still a public service upon the death of his husband, Eng. Michael Mwendwa Ngilu, Ms. Charity, was left to manage a vast business empire.