Dr. Chris Kirubi was a prominent businessman, investor and entrepreneur with interests in Kenya and the East Africa region.
The billionaire did not have an easy start in life.
He was born in a poor family. Both of his parents died when he was young. He began work while still in school, working during school holidays to support himself and his siblings.
Upon graduation, his first job was as a salesman, selling and repairing gas cylinders for Shell, the petroleum conglomerate.
During his memorial service at Faith Evangelistic Church, Karen, a family member read his eulogy saying:
"He loved his family, he did everything in his power to take care of his children and his siblings but deep down he never stopped yearning for his mother, Kafura Wambui.
A reporter once asked him, if you could do it all over again, what would you do differently. You have achieved everything possible. What is left for you to do?
His answer, heartbreaking but not surprising was, 'I would give it all up in a heartbeat just to see my mother's smiling face once again."