Usual names on the list of top 10 richest governors in Kenya today include Mike Sonko Mbuvi, Ali Hassan Joho, Anne Waiguru, Ferdinand Waititu, Anyang Nyon’go, and, of course, Dr. Alfred Mutua. Let’s dive deeper and learn more about their net worth.
10 Richest Governors in Kenya
Government officials as well enjoy large sums of salaries, bonuses, party affiliations, investments, side businesses, as well as family wealth. Most of the governors below have most or all these revenue streams which land on the list of the richest governors and richest politicians in Kenya. Some of whom rank among in top 100 richest in Kenya.
1. Ali Hassan Joho
The estimated net worth of Ali Hassan Joho is $87 million.
Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho has for the longest time been a wealthy man, even before his political career. He has heavily invested in real estate, owning several apartments which he lets for some rental income.
Besides that, he owns several hospitality joints like hotels which many enjoy during their stay in Mombasa. He also has investments in the health sector and with shipping and logistics companies, now that he plays a leading role in cargo maintenance at the harbor.
Even without a real estimate of his wealth, his financial reach is seen to have spread even to his political field as he allegedly financed Honorable Raila Odinga’s campaign.
2. Mike Sonko
Mike Sonko’s net worth is estimated to be $120 million. According to Business Today, “Mike Sonko has claimed his net worth is more than his county’s Ksh32 billion annual budget.”
Nairobi Governor, Mike Mbuvi also boasts his wealth with various revenue sources including his current position in the government. With a five-year term, he is said to accumulate over Ksh 200 million as his earnings and allowances.
Besides his day-to-day job, he also owns various real estate investments in Nairobi. Stock exchange and other multiple shareholdings will allow earning some good income. His matatu businesses are also a great financial backbone for him.
3. Alfred Mutua
Alfred Mutua’s net worth is estimated to be over $48.25 million.
Wavinya Ndeti’s rival against the Machakos county gubernatorial seat, Honorable Mutua also classify as one of the richest political figures in the country. Being in the political field for years, he enjoys lumpsum earnings from the government.
He was the government spokesman under President Kenyatta for over eight years. He is a businessman, lecturer, and full-time county executive. His wealth is seen with the lavish home he owns in Limuru and two residential quarters in Machakos.
The investments in the government, media, real estate, and other sources have earned him his prestigious look.
4. Charity Kaluki Ngilu
Charity Ngilu’s net worth is estimated to be US$35 million.
A strong contestant for the Kitui gubernatorial seat, Honorable Kaluki also prides herself as one of the richest lady figures in the country. Her substantial wealth was seen throughout her court contests against her rival, which saw her as a winner earning even more compensation.
Part of her wealth can also be attributed to her late husband who bequeathed her with millions. She has continuously presented herself with class and style in all her appearances. Besides her inheritance, she has also invested massively in other areas such as stock.
5. Wycliffe Oparanya
Wycliffe Oparanya’s net worth is estimated to be over $12.54 million.
Kakamega county has never been so lucky with one learned, Honorable Oparanya. Earning heavily with his gubernatorial seat, he has been a wealthy citizen from way back before the 2002 elections that had him joining politics.
He has over two decades of experience in both local and international finance, auditing, and business management. He was the chief controller at Kenya Aerotec Limited. After 2002, he had been enjoying the fruits of working for the government. He also has deep investments in real estate and the stock market.
6. Sospeter Ojaamong
A few sources claim that Sospeter Ojaamong’s net worth is above $1 million.
After two decades in active politics, real estate investments, family ties with Honorable Raila, this Busia governor also boasts a wealthy status. Mr. Odeke has assets of huge amounts which help him maintain his dignified reputation.
Without a precise value of his net worth, specific sources see him as a great financial aide for his political party.
7. Anyang’ Nyong’o
Anyang’ Nyong’o’s net worth is not known in public, but it is estimated to be way above $1 million.
A teacher by profession, a governor by-election; the Kisumu executive has had a wealthy status even before he ventured into politics.
Back before 1987, he was a lecturer at the University of Nairobi where he progressed to a professor of political science.
Over the years, he visited Mexico and Addis as a professor, which also added his recognition besides wealth. After 87′, he entered into politics till now, when he enjoys the fruits of his labor. As the head of programs in the Africa Academy of Sciences then the governor, he has accumulated enough riches for his offspring.
8. Anne Waiguru
Kirinyaga’s governor Anne Waiguru us a force to reckon with. He has worked in numerous areas, which have gained her enough wealth and experience.
Before her recent election into office, she was a leading figure at the National Youth Service and previously the vice president at Citi Group. She has work affiliations with the World Bank and other financial institutions. Her wealth can be attributed to her investments and professional earnings.
9. John Nyagarama
Another great businessman, entrepreneur and Nyamira governor, Mr. Nyagarama has earned his rich title. Before politics, he worked in the tea sector as the director of multiple tea farms including Nyansiongo Tea Factory and Chai Trading Company Limited.
He also played a role as Nyamira representative in the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA). Years later, he was the director and chairperson of KETEPA.
10. Ferdinand Waititu
Ferdinand Waititu’s estimated net worth is $67.6 million.
Lastly, Kiambu county governor earns his spot on the richest governors in Kenya due to his vast revenue channels. He has been in the government for a while as the assistant minister for water and irrigation, the former MP for Kabete constituency, and former deputy mayor.
He also has various real estate investments such as his new residential apartments in Eastlands. His wealth can all be attributed to his hard work over the years.