|Celebrated Name:||Riggy G (Coined by Ivy Chelimo)|
|Real Name/Full Name:||Rigathi Gachagua|
|Age:||58 years old|
|Birth Date:||28th February 1965|
|Birth Place:||Hiriga Village, Mathira Constituency, Nyeri County|
|Wife/Spouse (Name):||Dorcas Wanjiku Rigathi|
|Children/Kids (Son and Daughter):||Yes (Kevin and Keith)|
|Profession:||Politician (Current Deputy President of Kenya)|
|Net Worth in 2023:||Ksh 800 million|
|Last Updated:||September 2023|
Who is Rigathi Gachagua
Rigathi Gachagua is a renowned Kenyan politician who is the Deputy President after their victory with President Dr William Ruto through which he was the running mate in 2020 Kenya’s General Elections in August 2022. Previously, he was the Member of Parliament [MP] of Mathira Constituency.
Keep reading this to know more about Rigathi Gachagua in 2023.
Early Life & Biography
Rigathi Gachagua was born in 1965 in Hiriga Village of Mathira Constituency in Nyeri County. He was born the eighth by his parents Nashashon Gachagua Reriani his father and Martha Kirigo his mother. He is a brother to the late Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua. His father and mother were freedom fighters in Mt Kenya forest where his father was building and servicing guns for the freedom fighters.
When he was of age he enrolled at Kabiruini Primary School year 1971-1977. After completing the primary level, he joined Kianyaga High School for his o-levels and A-levels. He later joined the University of Nairobi in 1985 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree; in Political Science and Literature in 1988. Gachagua again at the University of Kabyanga, he was the Nyeri District University Students Association [Ndusa] leader. Also, he was the chairman of The Association of Literature Students.
Concerning his personal life, Gachagua is a married man to Dorcas Wanjiku Rigathi who is a pastor based in Mathira. Together, they have been blessed with two sons namely Kevin and Keith. Gachagua and his wife live a happy marriage together and has no plans of separating any day soon.
After his education from the university, he was employed at the Kenya Ministry of Home Affairs & National Heritage for a short time before joining Administration Police Institute. His graduation at the Administration Police Institute succeed and he was posted at the Office of the then president Daniel Arap Moi, as the District Officer Cadet. He later went on to serve as a District Officer in Kakamega, Laikipia districts, and Ng’arua.
He later in 1999 and 2000 joined the Kenya School of Government and graduated with a Diploma in Advanced Public Administration. Going back to school helped him work as the Personal Assistant to Uhuru Kenyatta on 2001 and 2006 who is the current President of the Republic of Kenya. All through Gachagua remained behind the scenes running his businesses from 2007 to 2017. In 2017 during the general election, he was elected as a Kenyan Member of Parliament for Mathira Constituency.
On 15th May 2022, Rigathi Gchagua was nominated as the running mate to the UDA presidential candidate William Ruto under Kenya Kwanza political coalition. He had some others who were eyeing for the same position like; National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, Tharaka Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki and Kandara MP Alice Wahome. Despite being the running mate of Ruto, he is known to be a mobilizer.
Awards & Achievements
As for now, Gachagua has not won any award but he is believed to have had leeway in influencing the tender awards. However, his determination in politics can tell that he will win a lot of awards in years to come.
Net Worth & Salary of Rigathi Gachagua in 2023
Rigathi Gachagua has an estimated net worth of over Ksh800 million. He earns a monthly salary of around Ksh 1,227,000 as the Deputy President. His source of wealth is by working in the political field and currently his position as the politician. From his net worth, he also revealed that much of his net worth came from the companies he ran even before his brother, Gachagua came into county leadership in the year 2013.
Gachagua is a well-known Kenyan politician who has worked in different positions in the government of Kenya. He once worked as an assistant of the current President of Kenya but later became the MP of Mathira Constituency. He is currently the Deputy President of Kenya after their victory from the elections were against him and President William Ruto against all odds.