Dr Chris Kirubi passed away on Monday after a long battle with cancer.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Christopher J. Kirubi who passed away today at 1 pm at his home after a long battle with cancer fought with fortitude, grace and courage,” his family said in a statement, adding, “he was surrounded by his family.”
Kirubi, famously known as DJ CK, was in the year 2011 Kirubi the second richest Kenyan by Forbes magazine.
CK was ranked position 31 in the top 40 ranking of African richest list with an estimated net worth of $300 million.
Dr Kirubi was chairman of Capital FM, Haco Industries Limited, Kiruma International Limited, International House Limited, Nairobi Bottlers Limited, Sandvik East Africa Limited and DHL Kenya.
The industrialist was also director at Centum Investment.
He established a number of initiatives including a mentorship program through which he visited a number of schools in the country to encourage young people to pursue academic excellence.
Dr Kirubi always challenged young people to take requisite steps in preparation for the country’s leadership adding that they must became better leaders than those they succeed.
“We’re preparing you to take over from all of us and as we hand over the mantle to you, we’d like to know that you’ll run faster in this relay than we did in making a nation a better place.”
He was very passionate about the youth and often urged young people to believe in themselves regardless of their family backgrounds saying he too had to rise above life challenges, having lost his parents at a tender age.
“It doesn’t matter where you came from. Whether you live in a shanty. Your future is in your own hands,” he said.
According to Dr Kirubi, the secret to achieving the best in life is having a resilient spirit which propels one to keep thirsting for success despite the numerous hurdles in pursuit of success.
Tweeting to the youth, he often challenged young people to keep off friends likely to derail them from achieving their dreams and aspirations saying a person is measured for who they are when alone and not the appearance they fake when in the eyes of the public.
“There’re people with a split image. They’re something else in school but you meet them outside school they’re behaving in a manner contrary to what you see when they’re in school.”