|Real Name/Full Name
|William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto
|Nick Name/Celebrated Name:
|Kamagut, Rift Valley Province, Kenya
|Date Of Birth/Birthday:
|21 December 1966
|57 years old
|Father – Daniel Cheruiyot
Mother – Sarah Cheruiyot
|Kerotet Primary School. Wareng Secondary School, and Kapsabet Boys High School
|University of Nairobi
|Seven including Nick and June Ruto
|Politician (The Current President of Kenya)
William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto is the President for the Republic of Kenya after winning the highly contested Kenya’s General Elections held on 9th August 2022. He got declared Kenya’s President-Elect on 15th August 2022 by Wafula Chebukati even after 4 IEBC commissioners failed to avail themselves claiming that the final stages of tallying were opaque. Dr. William Ruto won with 7,176,141 votes representing 50.49% against his competitor Raila Odinga with 6,942,930 votes representing 48.85% of the total votes
William Ruto has served as a Deputy President under President Uhuru Kenyatta since the year 2013, and his term is expected after he is sworn into presidency. From 6th to 8th October 2014, when President Kenyatta was at the International Criminal Court, he served as the acting president. He has held various other positions in different ministries.
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Here is a short biography and everything you need to know about William Ruto in 2024
Biography and Early Life
William Ruto tracks his origin in Kamagut, Rift Valley Province, where he was born on 21 December 1966. He is the son of Daniel and Sarah Cheruiyot. Like many politicians who trace their political career from their parents, their parents do not have any history of being politicians.
There is less information known about his family background. All that is known about William Ruto’s early life is that he came from a humble background unlike most top individuals in any nation.
Ruto started schooling at Kerotet Primary School before joining Wareng Secondary School for his Ordinary Levels education. He later proceeded to Kapsabet High School in Nandi for his Advanced Levels. He received his BSc in Botany and Zoology from the University of Nairobi.
He graduated in 1990. He graduated in 2011 with MSc in Plant Ecology. He enrolled for a PhD but had several setbacks but eventually, he graduated on 21 December 2018 from the University of Nairobi. His doctorate thesis had the title “Influence of human activities on land-use changes on the environmental quality of riparian ecosystems: A case study of Saiwa Swamp watershed, Western Kenya.”
During his years at the University of Nairobi, he was an active member of the Christian Union. He was also the chairman of the UON choir.
Personal Life: Wife, Kids, Children
Ruto is married to his wife, Rachel Chebet. They got married in 1991. They first lived in Dagoretti South and had their first child, Nick Ruto, there. They are blessed with seven children. His daughter, June Ruto, was recently married to a Nigerian, Dr Alexander Ezanagu, in Karen, Nairobi, which is their residence.
In 2017, he acknowledged the daughter he had with his ex-lover during college years, Prisca Bett.
Below are William Ruto Kids:
- Nick Ruto
- June Ruto
- Charlene Ruto
- Stephanie Ruto
- George Ruto
- Nadia Cherop Ruto
- Abby Ruto
Ruto has been associated with several controversies, which are sometimes used against him in his political career. He has been reported with several cases of land grabbing, such as Weston hotel land. He was one of those accused of 2007/08 post-election violence victim’s land, and in 2013, he was ordered by a court to pay a sum of Kshs. 5 million after having illegally taken his land. He has also been accused of corruption allegations and assassination attempts.
In 2020, he was among the six summoned by the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court over their involvement in the 2007-08 election violence. He was charged with three counts of crimes against humanity, including murder and forcible transfer of population and persecution. His case was dropped in April 2016.
Dr Ruto started his political career by vying for KANU branch party positions which was then the ruling party in the country. He was still involved in various church activities and met his future mentor, the former president, Daniel Arap Moi, who helped him start a group, Youth for Kanu ’92. The intention of forming the group was to drum up in Moi during the 1992 elections. The group was inspired by UK Labour Youth leaders as well as the Youth Wing of the Indian National Congress to mobilize Moi’s re-election. After the elections, Moi disbanded the YK’92.
In 1997, Ruto was one of the aspirants of the Kenyan General Election. He defeated Reuben Chesire, who was the preferred candidate by Moi, who was also the Ausin Gishu KANU branch chairman, as well as an assistant minister. Shortly;y after, he gained favour with Moi and was appointed as a full Cabinet Minister in his government. After KANU lost the elections, Ruto retained his seat. In 2005, Ruto was elected as Secretary-General of KANU as Uhuru Kenyatta became the chairman.
Ruto announced publicly his intention to vie for the presidency in January 2006. However, he was condemned by his Kanu colleagues, including the former president, Moi. He then sought the nomination of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) as president but was defeated by Raila Odinga, who had 2656 votes, followed by Musalia Mudavadi with 391 votes. He agreed to support Raila Odinga while KANU under Uhuru supported Mwai Kibaki. Ruto resigned from his position as KANU Secretary-General on 6 October 2007.
After the 2007 election ended in an impasse, Kibaki was declared the winner by Kenya’s electoral commission, but Raila claimed to be the winner. Kibaki was sworn in, which resulted in disputes. Kibaki and Raila came to an agreement to form a power-sharing government. Ruto was appointed as the minister of agriculture. He served as the Eldoret North Member of Parliament starting 2008 to March 2013.
He swapped his post with Sally Kosgei on 21 April 210 and posted it to the Higher Education Ministry. However, Ruto was relieved from his ministerial duties but remained an MP. He joined with Uhuru Kenyatta to form Jubilee Alliance in the bid for the 2012 presidential elections. He had formed his own party before joining Uhuru, United Republic Party (URP), while Uhuru’s party was The National Alliance (TNA).
He has founded the “Hustlers” movement, a movement that helps common people with an initiative to provide wheelbarrows. He is one of the contestants for the 2022 presidential elections.
Awards and Achievements
DP Ruto has not revealed the awards he has received throughout his political career. However, he is one of the most popular politicians in Kenya. He is known for his generosity and also the way he associates with the common mwananchi.
Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of William Ruto in 2024
The total net worth of the President William Ruto is estimated in terms of billions of Kenyan money. His net worth is not less than $400 million; his wealth is from his political career and other activities like farming.
He and Rachel Ruto own an expensive farm located in Sugoi. He also owns interests from different real estate developments such as Weston Hotel. He receives large interests from one of the insurance companies, AMACO.
Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know
- He is one of the politicians known to have strong faith in God.
- Other than his political career, he has invested in other businesses such as Poultry Business at Turbo home and Oseng properties limited.
- He is active on different social media platforms. You can reach him via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
Despite coming from a humble background, William Ruto has become one of the most successful men in Kenya. He got into politics after graduating from the University of Nairobi. He has given hope to many Kenyans though, at the same time, he is criticized by some.