Kenya’s Top CEOs and what they studied in University

Many young people dream of becoming CEOs and Managing Directors of big companies. Probably because of the gist, or the money, or the fame among other things. We idolize these people as corporate celebrities. Evidently, most of these leaders possess enviable education backgrounds. If keenly analyzed they can reveal the most relevant courses that produce CEOs in each industry. Let us dig in!

Gideon Muriuki

The CEO of Co-operative bank earned a staggering Ksh 376.4 million in the year 2018, translating to almost Ksh 32 million per month. That’s enough to cover the full course fees for 13 self-sponsored Medicine and Surgery students at UON.

Gideon Muriuki

He is currently the highest-paid CEO in Kenya. With 23 years of experience in the banking industry and having turned around co-op bank from a loss-making bank in 2001 to a profit beast today, the is surely a master in his craft. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Degree and an honorary Ph.D. in Business Leadership.

Mugo Kibati

He was appointed Telkom Kenya’s CEO November 2018 and he is likely the one of the highest-paid CEO in the telecommunication industry (Late Bob Collymore did not attend university). Considering he earned an annual salary of 54 million in his former job and for a man who quit his first job because the management failed to give him a promotion, he probably earns much more now.

Mugo Kibati

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Moi University, Masters in Technology and Policy from MIT, Masters in Business Administration from George Washington University and a certificate in European Union Economics from Oxford University

James Mworia

His annual pay in 2017 was Ksh 375.6 million which however dropped by more than half to Ksh 177 million in 2018. He is the CEO of Centum PLC, one of the best investment companies with a consistent Return on Investment.

James Mworia

Mworia is certified public accountant and a chartered financial analyst. He later studied Bachelor in Law (LL.B) at University of Nairobi.

Polycarp Igathe

An affluent businessman considered a corporate guru due to his many high executive positions he has held including Managing Director at Haco Industries, MD and CEO of Equity Bank and currently the new CEO of Vivo Energy Kenya. He has also held political positions including; Chair of Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Petroleum Institute of East Africa and was appointed as Nairobi County Deputy governor

Polycarp Igathe

Igathe holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Sociology, University of Nairobi and is a graduate of Advanced Management Program, Strathmore University.

Jane Karuku

The former Managing Director of East Africa Breweries LTD pocketed a monthly pay of Ksh. 7.2 Million. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Food Science and Technology from the UoN and an MBA in Marketing from California National University

Jane Karuku

Others Briefly

Rebecca Miano, CEO KenGen earns Ksh. 11.2 Million annually. She holds an LL.B from UoN and a Masters in Comparative Law from the University of Australia.

Rebecca Miano

Muchiri Wahome, CEO Deacons Kenya LTD with an annual salary of Ksh. 22.8 Million. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UoN and an Advanced Diploma in Management from Strathmore University

Patrick Tumbo, immediate former CEO of Jubilee Insurance Limited holds a Bachelor in Commerce and a Masters in Strategic Management from UoN

Daniel Manduku, CEO of Kenya Ports Authority holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Also he acquired Masters and Ph.D. in Business Administration from United States International University.

Ken Tarus

Ken Tarus, acting CEO of Kenya Power holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and an MBA from UoN. He has a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Finance) from Kabarak University. He is also a certified public accountant and member of the Kenya Institute of Management.

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