7 children of politicians who run multi-million businesses

Growing up as the child of a politician not only puts you in the limelight, but also comes with massive expectations from the public.

Many expect children to follow in their parents’ footsteps or to excel more.

A number of children spoke out against the pressure of growing up under public scrutiny and the stereotypes that come with it.

However, some have managed to step out of the shadow of their parents and family to make a name for themselves by setting up multi-million businesses that have marked Kenyan society.

Ngina Kenyatta with her siblings.

1. Brad Osumo

His father is the former Suna West constituency immediate MP, Joseph Obiero Ndiege. Osumo launched his hotel, Big Fish, in August 2018 with his siblings and they’ve since unveiled two more locations.

Big Fish has a branch in Garden Estate, which started with an initial investment of Kshs 30,000.

On December 21, 2019, Osumo, while working on the premises of a small business, tweeted a joke that gained traction.

Initially, their target clientele was the informal sector “Jua-Kali” working in the area who had lunch during work breaks.

So far, they have three outlets, the latest being at Churchroad, Westlands launched in July 2021. Its sister is also famous for blending juice.

Nelson Havi (L) and Osumo Brad (R)

Nelson Havi(L) and Osumo Brad(R) at Westlands BigFish restaurant. :Twitter.

2. Ngina Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s daughter, Ngina Kenyatta, has managed to keep her life out of the spotlight. However, she prefers to honor private and public events on a few occasions.

Ngina wears many hats as a mother, wife and director of the Kenyatta Trust, which provides scholarships to disadvantaged young people.

Ngina expresses her desire to see Kenyan children receive a quality education after completing primary school.

She also runs a high-end restaurant in Lari, Kiambu County, which launched on May 5, 2018.

The business is called Green Experience, located in the family’s tea estate in Lari. It was believed to be the residence of President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 1980s.

3. Rodgers Kipembe

Kipembe is the son of East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Member of Parliament, Mpuru Aburi. Kipembe is one of the most famous personalities on social networks.

Mpuru shares his lifestyle on social media and he reportedly owns at least 18 high-end cars including a Porsche Cayenne, Land Rover Discovery, Toyota V8, 3 Range Rovers and 6 Mercedes Benzes among others.

His first business was a car wash he started in South B after graduating. Kipembe also has a salvage yard called Rodgers Place along Bunyala Road.

The yard sits on a one-acre lot and accommodates more than 200 damaged vehicles.

Kipembe also owns a microfinance company known as Wema Tosha which provides loans to local farmers and agribusinesses. The microfinance company has more than 10 branches spread across the country.

4. Jaoko Oburu Odinga

He comes from one of Kenya’s most prominent political families, the Odingas, but keeps a low profile. Jaoko studied in Canada where he took odd jobs to make ends meet.

After a long stay in Canada, he graduated with honors in 1997 and brought to life a business idea he had been thinking about for years: the trade in cultural artifacts and materials.

Initially, he started importing his wares from Zimbabwe. As the business grew, he got more artifacts from Kenya and Tanzania.

His outfit – AfrikBatik based in eastern Canada, the province of Nova Scotia and the city of Halifax – was the only black-owned boutique of its kind in the region.

5. James David Kimoi Me

He is the eldest son of Senator Baringo Gideon Moi. Kimoi graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Exeter, UK.

Before that, he studied at the exclusive Harrow School in London.

Kimoi gave up civil engineering to devote himself to potato cultivation. He is the current director of Agrico East Africa Company – hailed as one of the most prestigious seed potato companies in the country.

The engineer by training is also the director of Kongoy Farm, a family business that practices large-scale agriculture in the Rift Valley. The company, based in Nakuru, imports an average of 200 to 300 tonnes of seed potatoes from the Netherlands every year. The seeds are then propagated on the farm locally and then sold at higher rates.

A side-by-side image of James David Kimoi Moi and the farm owned by Agrico East Africa Company in Nakuru County

A side-by-side image of James David Kimoi Moi and the farm owned by Agrico East Africa Company in Nakuru County

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6. Raila Junior

He is the son of ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Raila Jr is the founder and CEO of Creative Hub Limited, a media production company in business since 2012.

He was introduced to the business by music producer Tedd Josiah, who taught him what production work and music entail.

7. Ronald Kidero

Ronald is the son of the former governor of Nairobi, Evans Kidero. The shrewd businessman is interested in petroleum products.

His LinkedIn profile indicates that he is a senior financial analyst at East Africa Capital Partners. Ronald attended the prestigious Babson College in the United States, where he studied business administration (finance option).

He also worked for renowned audit firm Deloitte, before joining East Africa Capital Partners where he worked as a senior financial analyst.

Ronald works as Treasurer at the Evans Kidero Foundation. It also owns and operates a number of gas stations across the country.

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