Have you taken a leisurely walk around Kisii Town lately? There is enough to see apart from green banana fields and sparky soapstone mines. Go ahead and witness the gem of socio-economic progress around you. Amid traces of poverty is a long list of top richest people in Kisii, today.
Most of the wealthiest persons in the larger Gusii are businessmen and politicians. These tycoons run empires in major towns across Kenya and beyond. Who they are and what they own is part of the upcoming sections.
Who are top richest people in Kisii 2021?
All Kisii tribe millionaires rank well alongside other nationals. Most importantly, their names and investments are highly sustainable.
1. Simeon Nyachae family – Kisii tycoons
Apart from being one of the most famous Kisii politicians, the famed Nyachae household is among top 10 richest families in Kenya.
The whole wealth story started with Simeon Nyachae’s powerful grandfather Chief Onyancha Oando.
His father, Senior Chief Musa Nyandusi, amassed some more during the colonial era.
Lastly, Nyachae maintained the status que by increasing in political power and property listings.
- Major shareholder in CBA Group before it merged with NIC Group to form NCBA Group
- Simeon Nyachae family is still a lead shareholders in NCBA Group, with shares worth Ksh 300 million
- Top investor in brands such as Sansora Group, Swan, Simbi Roses Ltd, and Kabansora
- Nyachae is a major land owner in Kisii town CBD, between Kisii Central police station and Sansora buildings
- In addition, the land on which Kisii high School, Sports Club, and the celebrated Gusii Stadium sits, are former properties to the Nyachaes
- Nyachaes have considerable shares in Credit Bank Ltd
- The late Simeon Nyachae was a passionate wheat farmer in the Mau Narok fields, under the Sansora Agricultural Group.
- The Nyachaes reportedly own one of the largest ranch in Australia
- Nairobi County real estate records indicate that the former powerful cabinet minister is a stately homeowner in Loresho Estate
In summary, the Nyachae family has already taken deep roots in several sectors of the economy including banking, agriculture, real estate, and manufacturing.
Reputable sources estimate Simeon Nyachae net worth at Ksh. 1 billion. The amount makes Nyachae the richest man in Kisii County.
Nyachae’s 35 children and 6 wives are major beneficiaries of his prosperity.
2. Ouru brothers of Ouru Superstores Ltd
The famed Ouru brothers are among those with deep pockets in Kisii Town.
They represent a section of Kisii tycoons who started from below the poverty line.
Ouru brothers co-own the prestigious Ouru Superstores hardware, Mabati, and household outlet in Bosongo.
The success story of Ouru brothers started upon relocating to the United States.
These determined brothers amassed exceeding wealth within a few years. They have since invested in the following.
- Ouru Super Stores Limited formerly Ouru Discount Center Ltd
- Multi-million real estate properties in the United States of America
- Major land and real estate owner in South-western parts of Kenya such as Kisii, Migori, Nyamira, Bomet, and Homabay
- For instance, Mogambi Mogaka is owner of the property, now rented to La Serena Hotel owners
Ouru Super Stores Ltd incorporated in 2004, with a sales revenue of Ksh. 2 billion.
The company which first opened doors in 1991, with help from Chinese contractors, is now a multibillion project.
Ouru Superstores Limited management include Mr Mogambi as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
On the other hand, Mr Ken N. Mogaka is the Managing Director (MD) of this family business.
Ourusuperstores.com website further indicates that their sister, Irene Mogaka, is the Operations Manager at Ouru Superstores.
Elsewhere, Irene Mogaka biography reveals that she is a graduate from Egerton University, where she majored in Bachelor of Commerce (Bcom) between 2008 and 2011.
3. Senator Sam Ongeri – top richest people in Kisii
Doctor Samson Kegengo Ongeri is a prominent Kisii politician with both fame and wealth on his side.
The former Nyaribari Masaba MP and Minister of Foreign Minister of Affairs has been amassing for over five decades now.
Sam Ongeri wealth include real estates and agricultural businesses. He is also a major shareholder in the National Bank.
The senator has four wealthy children including Nyagaka Ongeri who is now a New York tycoon-banker.
The other three comprise an Engineer, Doctor, and Chemical scientist.
4. Amin Shamsudin Jiwa Shamji owner
Jiwa Shamji Kisii sits along the busy Mashauri-Daraja Mbili drive (Moi highway), opposite the new KPLC offices.
The AJS Company has offices in leading Kenyan towns such as Sotik, Kericho, and Nairobi.
The family owned business specialises in this two main areas;
- Stone crushing quarries and production of paving-blocks
- Motor vehicle dealer with a focus in distributing buses and Isuzu trucks
A. Jiwa Shamji Ltd brags being the largest civil engineering construction company in the Western parts of Kenya.
Most importantly, AJS credits good business ties with Sansora Bakers & Confectioners Limited, AAA Growers Limited, and Shamji Communications Limited.
Who is Amin Shamsudin Jiwa Shamji?
The biography of Amin Shamsudin Jiwa Shamji reveals that he is a Bachelor of Science Engineering graduate the American University in Cairo (1986).
In 1988, the AJS owner completed his Civil engineering degree from Kansas State University.
Amin Shamsudin Jiwa Shamji is currently a director at Associated Auto Centre Ltd.
Jiwa Shamji boss is also an executive official at the Kisii National Polytechnic (KNP).
5. James Omariba Ongwae – Kisii County Governor
The first Governor of Kisii County is your no ordinary rich fellow. The 69 year old James Elvis Omariba Ongwae is owner of profitable businesses.
HE James Ongwae has previously featured in the list of governors who will remain rich forever. His tokens of wealth stems on the following;
- A posh residential home in Rioma Village, Kisii
- Real estate properties and investments within major cities
The fact that James Ongwae is a right hand man to the former Prime Minister Raila Amollo Odinga speaks volumes about his stinking wealth.
It is, however, interesting how he has managed to keep all his money away from the cameras.
Governor Ongwae is an alumni of Kisii High School. He has a postgraduate degree from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in Netherlands.
He started off as a District Officer before becoming an Immigration Officer and lecturer at Maseno, UoN, JKUAT, and Egerton.
It is in 2013 that Ongwae left the Ministry of Education (KNEC) for politics.
Notably, his fortune has ballooned the more while in the governor’s office.
A monthly salary of at least Ksh. 1 million, says no less about his affluence.
6. Hon Stephen Kengere Manoti – former Bobasi MP
Manoti is a trained Banker and accountant with years of experience in politics.
The young man from Nyabite Primary School and Sameta Boys School is now a multi-millionaire.
More specifically, he is owner of several real estate properties and business across major Kenyan towns.
7. Hon Christopher Obure – richest people in Kisii
Former MP Christopher Mogere Obure from Boigesa Village is a wealthy Kisii leader of our age.
Mogere has accumulated much of his wealth while in positions of power. The current net worth of Obure is at least Ksh. 100 million.
MP Mogere was previously mentioned in an Anglo Leasing case worth Ksh. 928 million.
8. Dr Fred Okeng’o Matiangi – famous richest people in Kisii
The notorious Interior CS Fred Matiangi is a rich man preferring to keep personal life private.
Fred Matiangi is indeed one of the high net worth persons with lion share in the national treasury.
Estimations project Matiangi’s wealth and investments at about Ksh. 100 million as of 2021.
His brother John Matiangi, now working in the Ministry of Education as Deputy Director of Education, is equally a high income earner.
9. Hon Ben Momanyi – Borabu Constituency MP
Ben George Orori Momanyi is a member of parliament on Borabu Constituency.
He has accumulated immense wealth through business dealings and capital investments.
Firstly, Ben Momanyi is owner of BOM Hotels and BOM properties.
Secondly, he is a capitalist in both Windrose towers and Mercedes Benz Nairobi motors.
Thirdly, Ben Momanyi is the owner of the executive Nyakoe Hotel.
Finally, the MP is a smart investor in Diani resorts, BOM Agri equipment limited, Runda Main St La apartments, and Amazons hotel Mombasa.
Interesting enough, Ben Momanyi is owner of a city law firm.
10. Evans Nyagaka Anyona – Ena Coach Owner
Born in 1968, Anyona Evans started schooling at Riabigutu Primary School. He later joined Masimba Secondary School.
The form four leaver started small scale farming in 1992. He later engaged as a middleman between farmers and the Pyrethrum Board of Kenya.
In 2002, Evans Nyagaka ventured into the matatu businesses. He rose speedily to own a fleet of “EXPLORER Matatu”.
In 2005, he started Transline alongside a group of friends. Anyona left Transline in 2010 to form his own company, Transline Classic.
Yet again, the wealthy Anyona left Transline Classic in 2017 to start ENA Coach.
Evans Anyona has over time increased his earnings to become a respected Gusii multi-millionaire.
11. Jason Mosinga – Jm Lavington holdings owner
Another rich man from Nyamira County is Jason Mosinga who mainly work as a business dealer.
Mosinga owns several firms among them Jm Lavington holdings and Deepack petroleum fuels.
Jason Mosinga also runs the Embakasi based Halogen Group of Companies as well as Slums Africa.
It is evident that Jason Mosinga is one of the richest people in Kisii land based on the ownership of businesses.
12. Haron Kamau – Kamel Park Hotel owner
The financially blessed Haron Kamau is the owner of Kamel Park Hotel, which stands tall at the Kiogoro area, within the vicinity of Kisii Town.
Kamau is also a majority shareholder within the yellow-colour branded Transline Classic Company, mainly plying the Kisii – Nairobi route.
Ena Coach Owner, Evans Nyagaka Anyona, and Haron Kamau of Kamel Park Hotel are the founding investors and major shareholders within Transline Classic Limited.
13. Mogeni Ongenyo – Mogeni Tea Factory owner
The populous Mogeni Tea Factory owner, Mogeni Ongenyo, is a man to watch on the charts of business shareholdings.
Mogeni Ongenyo from Nyamira County has considerable shares at the American Export Limited Company.
On top of that, Mogeni is owner of Silicon Company operating in Mombasa, Kenya.
14. Patrick Lumumba family – Ufanisi Resort co-owners
Who is the owner of Ufanisi Hotel? Kisii County Secretary Patrick Lumumba and his wife Isabella Lumumba are co-owners of the prestigious and leafy Ufanisi hotel.
Ufanisi Resort within Kisii Town is a modern hospitality centre for all first class and presidential events.
15. Dr. Ezekiel Orwenyo – Nyangena Hospitals owner
The confident looking doctor Ezekiel Orwenyo is owner of Nyangena hospitals.
Adding to his treasures is the Nairobi based mediaeval Mall at Hurlingham.
Back home, Dr. Ezekiel owns Pangani Limited Properties, and Nyakongo towers.
16. Joash Maangi – richest people in Kisii County
Kisii County deputy governor Joash Maangi is owner of a classy mansion worth Ksh. 50 million.
The crib sits in his home village at Tendere, meters away from Ogembo Town.
Maangi owns yet another state of the art home in the United State.
All these are just examples of his big budget properties, businesses, and out of the public investments.
All top richest people in Kisii ranked
17. Dr Manduku – former KPA Managing Director
18. Don Bosco Gichana – investor and businessman
19. Pavel Oimeke – MP Bonchari
20. James Omingo Magara – former MP South Mugirango
The number of wealthy Kisii men and women is increasing faster than any other time in history. Many credit the ongoing heat of devolution for the boom.
A full list of 20 richest people in Kisii is not complete without Nyachae and Ouru brothers on top. A review of their investment strategies and net worth is bound to inspire the upcoming generation of investors.