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William Ruto biography, age, wife, family background, children, house, UDA Party, net worth 2021

DP William Ruto biography, political journey in the new UDA Party Kenya

DP William Ruto is a popular Kenyan politician needing no introduction. He is an admiral with a touching life story beyond political controversies. Dr William Ruto biography reveals more about his beautiful wife Rachael, daughters, family, and new party UDA.

Ruto is a man of tact in politics and never without a surprise in his leadership style. Did you know that Ruto served as the president of Kenya for three days? Yes indeed –between October 6 and October 8, 2014, when President Uhuru was answering to The Hague charges.

William Samoei Ruto profile summary

  • Real name: William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto 
  • Popularly: William Samoei Ruto
  • Nickaname: Hustler, Tanga Tanga
  • Date of birth: December 21, 1966
  • Birth sign: Sagittarius
  • Place of birth:  Sambut Village, Kamagut,
  • William Samoei Ruto age:  54 years
  • County: Uasin Gishu
  • Nationality: Kenyan
  • William Ruto Instagram: @williamsamoeiruto
  • William Ruto Twitter: @WilliamSRuto
  • DP William Ruto Facebook: @williamsamoei
  • William Ruto website:
  • YouTube Channel: WSR TV
  • William Ruto wife: Rachel Chebet (Rael)
  • William Ruto children: 6
  • Occupation: Entrepreneur, politician
  • Sexual orientation: straight
  • Relationship status: Married (1991)

The deputy president William Ruto is famous for rising from the humble beginnings of a hustler to become the 11th vice president of The Republic of Kenya

DP William Ruto biography with photos

Photo: DP William Ruto family background . SRC: @williamsamoeiruto

The high profile man from Rift Valley is a trendsetter with a meteoric rise from a poverty-stricken background.

He would outgrow his humble roots to become a powerful public speaker, academician, and, most importantly, the country’s deputy president.

How old is Ruto?

Dr Ruto celebrated his 54th birthday on the 21st of December 2020. He will be turning 55 years old in December 2021.

William Ruto education profile

Ruto started schooling at Kerotet Primary School from where he excelled in his Certificate of Primary Education in 1982.

He proceeded to Wareng Secondary for ordinary levels and later Kapsabet Boys High School for advanced classes.

William Ruto received admission to the University of Nairobi. In 1990, he received his BSc—degree in Botany and Zoology from the university.

Postgraduate studies

Ruto graduated in 2011 with an MSc in Plant Ecology. Additionally, he is a PhD holder from the University of Nairobi.

Ruto added the precious doctoral title on December 21, 2018.

Influence of human activities on land use changes on environmental quality of riparian ecosystems: A case study of Saiwa Swamp watershed, Western Kenya.

William Ruto | Thesis statement

DP Ruto paper and authorship

The deputy president is one of the most academically qualified Kenyan politicians, having authored several papers, including:

Plant Species Diversity and Composition of Two Wetlands in the Nairobi National Park, Kenya.

William Ruto paper

William Ruto biography confirms that he was a prolific member and chairperson of the Christian union choir during his college years.

DP William Ruto family background

The wheelbarrow movement boss is going straight for the statehouse position. Meanwhile, here is what we know about him.

Dr William Ruto parents

Ruto is the son of Sarah Cheruiyot and Daniel Cheruiyot. His parents were peasant farmers in his childhood and middle years.

Who is the father of William Samoei Ruto?

William Ruto father is Mzee Daniel Cheruiyot. On the other hand, William Ruto mother is Sarah Cheruiyot.

Where does William Ruto come from?

Ruto comes from Sambut Village in Kamagut, Uasin Gishu County. He is of a Kalenjin Tribe from the Rift Valley parts of Kenya.

Is William Ruto a Nandi or Kipsigis?

The hustler nation kingpin is of Kipsigis origin. He comes from the Komosi clan, Sigowet-Soin.

When did Ruto marry?

He married Rachael Ruto in 1991, and the two now have six lovely children together.

William Samoei Ruto brothers and sisters

DP Ruto is a brother to Paul Maritim, Harisson Ruto, and Samuel Ruto. He, however, prefers to keep exclusive details about his siblings and relatives away from the public eye.

DP William Ruto career profile

Photo: Dp William Samoei Ruto and Uhuru Kenyatta . SRC: @williamsamoeiruto

Ruto first met his political godfather and former president, the late Daniel Arap Moi, through his church activities’ activeness.

The meeting inspired Ruto to join the group Youth for KANU ’92, also called YK’92, supporting Moi’s 1992 re-election.

Unfortunately, the group tainted its name for promoting hooliganism, money laundering through expensive campaigns, and sheds of ethnic violence.

Ruto in the YK’92 Group

Sources have confirmed that Ruto’s YK’92 was a brainchild of the Indian National Congress youth wing and the UK Labour Youth leaders.

Ruto must have gained his traction in Kenyan politics while serving as the treasurer of YK’92.

Moi disbanded the group soon after his re-election leaving Ruto without an option but to stage into mainstream politics.

William Ruto in KANU

Ruto won against Reuben Chesire in the 1997 Kenyan General Election. His victory brought Ruto even closer to the government.

As a result, President Moi appointed him the Director of Elections in the KANU party.

In 2002, Ruto rallied behind Uhuru Kenyatta (Moi’s preferred candidate). His unwavering support saw him appointed into the Ministry of Home Affairs.

KANU’s secretary-general

Ruto became KANU’s secretary-general in 2005 while Uhuru served as its chair. In the same year, Kenya held a dividing constitutional referendum for which KANU had no goodwill.

The referendum sprung into a vibrant political party in which Ruto found a new home.

The icon politician Ruto declared his presidential bid in 2006, a year to the 2007 general elections.

Key KANU stakeholders such as Moi were quick to express their displeasure with Ruto’s new political interests.

William Ruto in Orange Democratic Movement

Ruto went on to hunt for a nomination in the ODM party despite opposition. Unfortunately, Ruto lost to Raila Amollo Odinga, who received 2,656 votes.

Musalia Mudavadi came second with 391 votes, while Ruto came third with only 368 votes.

In the process, Ruto resigned from his KANU role as secretary-general on October 6, 2007, to support Raila’s presidential bid.

Ruto’s untimely exit saw the KANU party realigning to support Kibaki’s NARC with Uhuru Kenyatta as chair.

Cabinet Minister of Agriculture

Ruto served as the Minister of Agriculture in the coalition government between President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

In 2008, Ruto became a Member of Parliament for the people of Eldoret North.

The coalition government moved Ruto into the Ministry of Higher Education on April 21, 2010.

Later on, Ruto faced the door from his ministerial roles on August 24, 2011 –retaining only his parliamentary seat.

Dr William Ruto in Jubilee Alliance

The frustrated Ruto of the United Republic Party (URP) joined with Uhuru Kenyatta of The National Alliance Party (TNA) to form the Jubilee Alliance Party.

JAP took part in the 2013 general elections.

Surprisingly, the dual emerged victorious in the controversial 2013 elections amid the ICC charges at The Hague.

The International Criminal Court case

Ruto was among the Kenyans convicted at the ICC for their involvement in the 2007/8 post-election violence. Other top figures mentioned in the case were:

  • Henry Kiprono Kosgey
  • Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta
  • Francis Kirimi Muthaura
  • Major General Mohammed Hussein Ali

Ruto particularly faced charges on crimes against humanity, including murder, persecution, and forcible population transfer.

However, ICC later cleared him and closed his files in April 2016.

William Ruto at Simeon Nyachae funeral in Kisii

The DP was among several other dignitaries who attended Simeon Nyachae’s final prayers at Gusii Stadium, renamed Simeon Nyachae Stadium.

William Ruto companies and businesses

Moving from rags to riches has not been easy for VP William Ruto. Among his dealings in business, including the following.

  • Sentrim 680 Hotel: At Kenyatta Avenue – Muindi Mbingu intersection in Nairobi
  • Weston Hotel: A four-star hotel with 120 rooms opposite Wilson Airport in Nairobi
  • Amaco Insurance: Major shareholder in the company
  • Mediamax: He is a lead shareholder

Hon William Ruto biography reveals that he owns several properties in the country with some family name listings.

Among these are Orterter Enterprises Limited and Oseng Property Limited.

Who owns Mediamax Network Ltd?

William Ruto is the owner, having acquired from initial owner President Uhuru Kenyatta.

10 expensive things owned by Ruto

DP Ruto is a wealthy man with several businesses, properties, and investments under his name.

1. Amaco Insurance owner Ruto

William Ruto biography confirms that he is a significant shareholder in this multi-million Amaco business that attracts millions every month.

2. Expensive Gold Wrist Watch

The DP owns a fancy Hublot Big Bang Rose Gold wristwatch worth Ksh 2.6 million. What is money after all if you do not spend it?

3. Nairobi CBD Sixeighty Hotel worth Ksh 3 Billion

The vice president recently acquired a first-class 10-storey hotel within the Nairobi Central Business District.

The glare-some 680 Hotel became his property at a whopping Ksh 3 billion.

4. 3 powerful Eurocopter Helicopters

The hustler rolls with the clouds in three Eurocopter Helicopters. He mainly uses these powerful airspace guzzlers for convenience in his regular tours.

Sources reveal that each costs about Ksh. 300 million.

 5. A stately mansion in a 10-acre compound within Karen

DP Ruto and Rachael may appear simple but are stinking rich in their banks. The dual own a lavish home in prestigious Karen Estate worth Ksh. 453 million.

6. Another crib in Uasin Gishu worth Ksh. 1.2 billion

Ruto’s home houses a private airstrip and sits on a 20-acre plot. The compound is part of his 700-acre property in the vicinity of Eldoret Town.

8. The classic Weston Hotel

The hotel along Langata Road costs about Ksh. 2 billion. The hotel is strategic to Wilson Airport.

9. Range rover sports, not your ordinary cruise

The Range rover is the latest in Deputy President William Ruto cars garage. The car is a source of pride in his fleet.

10. Toyota land cruiser v8

Ruto spent Ksh. 15 million on this car which has since broken the charts of celebrities with expensive cars in Kenya.

William Ruto wife and children

Photo: DP William Ruto wife Rachel . SRC: @williamsamoeiruto

Ruto met and lived with the soft-tendered Rachel at Dagoretti South in the early years of their relationship.

Rachel was formerly a teacher before she gave up her dreams for the sake of her marriage.

She is lately notorious for her involvement in religious matters and women empowerment.

William Ruto children

Ruto and Rachael have six children together, including the adopted Nadia. William Ruto daughters and sons include;

  1. Nick Ruto
  2. June Ruto
  3. Stephanie Ruto
  4. George Kimutai Ruto
  5. Charlene Chelagat Ruto
  6. Nadia Ruto (adopted child)

The six are a treasure in the hustler’s empire, with Nick Ruto as the firstborn son.

Is Rachel Ruto a Luhya?

Ruto recently caused a stir among Kakamega residents when he hinted that his wife is a Luhya by origin.

Sources, however, maintain that Rachael Ruto is of a Kalenjin tribe.

When was Rachel Ruto born?

The gorgeous wife of William Ruto was born on December 20, 1968. She is currently 52 years old.

Controversies, corruption, and scandals

The DP’s name has appeared in several records of achievements and failures as well. The following are some of his controversies.

  • ICC case in the Hague following the 2007 post-election violence
  • Maize scandal while he was the Minister for Agriculture
  • The Hustler’s Jet scandal of 2013
  • Land grabbing scandal at Lang’ata Primary School
  • Land scam case at the Kenya Pipeline
  • The Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) scam of Ksh28 billion

The failed assassination attempt of 2017 at his Sugoi home suggests that William Ruto is a man of interest.

William Ruto Salary

The DP receives a monthly salary of about Ksh. 1,487,500 excluding allowances.

How much does the Deputy President of Kenya earn? Insider sources indicate that he takes home about Ksh 16.8 million.

DP William Ruto net worth 2021

Ruto’s wealth volume is approximately Ksh. 40 billion, with most of it flowing from his stakes in lucrative businesses and other investments.

DP William Ruto is currently an active politician seeking the topmost elective position with a statehouse ambition.

William Ruto biography and the 2022 general elections

William Ruto latest news indicates that the Tanga Tanga and Kieleweke supporters are still crushing on who will become the fifth president in Kenya.

Will Ruto become president after the 2022 general elections? Perhaps this is the biggest question running through the minds of most Kenyans right now.

Only we can wait for the political clock to tell us more. Meanwhile, the country is keeping a close eye on the newly launched UDA Party rebrand.

William Ruto personal phone number

  • Phone 1: +254 20 3247000
  • Phone 2: +254 20 3247001
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DP William Ruto biography speaks volumes about a notable political figure in the land with millions of supporters. Apart from being a business strategist, VP Ruto is an aspiring leader in the State House position.