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|Real Name/Full Name||Jimmy Richard Wanjigi|
|Nick Name/Celebrated Name:||Jimmy Wanjigi|
|Birth Place:||Nyeri County|
|Date Of Birth/Birthday:||1 September 1962|
|Age/How Old:||60 years old|
|Height/How Tall:||In Centimetres – 172 cm |
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 6″
|Weight:||In Kilograms – 70 Kg|
In Pounds – 154 lbs
|Parents Name:||Father – James Maina Wanjigi |
Mother – Mary Wambui Wanjigi
|School:||St. Mary’s School|
|Wife/Spouse Name:||Irene Nzisa|
|Kids/Children Name:||Maina and Wambui Wanjigi|
|Profession:||Businessman and political strategist|
|Net Worth:||$1-$5 million|
|Last Updated:||March 2023|
Jimmy Richard Wanjigi is one of the Kenyan tycoons who are said to be controlling the country secretly. He has amassed a huge amount of wealth which makes him very popular. He is also popular for being a successful businessman and a political strategist. His father also was a great politician who served in the first two cabinets. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Kwacha Group of Companies.
Biography and Early Life
Jimmy Wanjigi was born on 1 September 1962 in Nyeri County. He is the son of James Maina Wanjigi and Mary Wambui Wanjigi. His parents originated from the Mathioya constituency, so that is the place he calls his original home. He has four siblings and is the second born.
He was raised a Christian and still is a follower of the catholic faith.
Having come from a well to do family, Wanjigi received one of the best education. Although he loved fun and adventure, he was very bright in school. Starting from when he was a toddler, he attended Woodley Nursery School. There are no details concerning his primary and high school level, but he graduated from St. Mary’s college. Here, he studied together with Uhuru Kenyatta and Gideon Moi. He is also a graduate from York University to study Enterprise from 1982 to 1986. He later returned to Kenya and joined Daystar University, where he pursued professional enterprise.
Personal Life: Wife, Kids, Children, etc.
Wanjigi is married to his lovely wife, Irene Nzisa. The couple is blessed with two children, Maina and Wambui Wanjigi. Both their children study at the Institute of Le Rosey located in Switzerland.
Jimmy grew up surrounded by politics as his father was a Member of Parliament and cupboard minister in the first two cabinets. He got into politics in 1992 after the first multi-party elections when he was still relatively young. He helped Kenneth Matiba in the elections and thereafter remained active in politics. He was a close associate to the former Kenyan Vice President, George Saitoti, until his death in 2012. After the death of his ally, he moved his support to President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, for the 2013 general elections.
Jimmy played a major role in joining the United Republican Party (URP) and The National Alliance (TNA) in 2012 to one party, which Jubilee Party. After the 2013 general elections, he was between Raila Odinga of the Orange Democratic Party (ODM) and Uhuru Kenyatta.
He shifted his support to Raila Odinga in 2017, and this caused a public fall between him and President Uhuru Kenyatta. Also, there was a severe backlash against him, which were state-linked such as travel blockade, dramatic 3 day assault by the police in his Muthaiga home and also politically motivated charges against him and his father. However, the charges were eventually withdrawn by the court. A fake obituary of him was printed in the Daily Nation in February 2018, which was viewed as a politically motivated death threat. After he sued the media house, he was paid a sum of $8 million for the damages.
Besides his political career, he is also a business tycoon CEO of Kwacha Group of Companies, a private owned office that his father started. His father was a Cabinet Minister and Kamukunji MP during Moi’s administration. He also has an association with Tyl Limited, which deals with cash transfers and transactions that is making millions of dollars.
However, very little is known about the company. The company was incorporated as a Shell Company. He also works with Mann Island. The company is tax-related, and banks offer private banking as well as international banking. It also deals with investment services and wealth management. He also adds his wealth as a commission agent who represents an array of companies.
Recently, Jimmy announced his intentions to vie for the 2022 presidential seat. This was after he was interviewed by KTH and has since been an interest to various politicians, including the deputy president.
Awards and Achievements
Jimmy has not disclosed any awards he has received in his career journey. He is, however, a very successful man who has greatly contributed to the Kenyan economy.
Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Jimmy Wanjigi in 2023
Jimmy’s wealth is reported to be billions. He has accumulated this huge amount of net worth from his business dealings as well as politics. He has accessed multi-billion government tenders and is among the few tycoons who own Kenya quietly.
He owns a lot of properties in different parts of the country, including a grand mansion located on Muthaiga road, which is on five acres. He also owns a flat in Park Lane, London, and homes in Zurich. Also, he owns a fleet of top-range vehicles and aircraft.
Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know
- He is one of the richest persons in Kenya.
- Having grown in a political environment, his dream was to be a prominent person and he always said that he would be successful in changing the world.
Jimmy Wanjigi has not only been successful in business but also in the political arena. He has also taken huge government tenders, and this has resulted him being a multi-millionaire. His contribution to the Kenyan economy will not be forgotten in a hurry.