The list of richest Luos in Kenya today is decorated with astute businessmen, musicians, and politicians. We look at the wealthiest individuals and their sources of wealth.
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As we speak, there are about six million Luos in Kenya with some more in the diaspora. While some of these tribesmen are slum dwellers, others belong to the middle and upper classes.
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The 2019 population and housing census conducted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics affirms the scarce distribution of financial resources in the Nyanza region.
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Amid the evidence of poverty are notorious tycoons and powerful men such as former US President Barack Obama. Who are the wealthiest Luos in Kenya?
1. ODM leader Raila Amolo Odinga
Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, is a long-serving opposition leader with huge stakes in politics and business.
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Multi-billion brands associated with Raila include East African Spectre, Kisumu Molasses Factory, and Pan African Petroleum Ltd.
On top of that, he owns palatial homes and at least 2,000 acres of land in vibrant parts of the country.
Reliable sources estimate Raila Odinga’s net worth at Ksh. 2 billion.
2. Obama’s Sister Auma Obama
Renowned author, philanthropist, and journalist Auma Obama is a half-sister to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama.
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The former occupied the White House between 2009 and 2017, all the time in close connection with Mrs Auma.
Obama’s sister Auma with a net worth of Ksh. 1 billion is the chairlady of the Kenyan-based Sauti Kuu Foundation and a member of the World Future Council.
3. Real estate boss Sammy Wakiaga
The philanthropic Sammy is the son of Senior Chief Semekia Wakiaga. He previously served on the Agricultural Development Corporation Board.
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He enjoys close ties with President Ruto having served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Geneva, Switzerland.
Multi-billionaire Sammy Wakiaga is a real estate investor in major towns such as Kisumu, Nairobi, Mombasa, and Homa Bay including The Rusinga Lodge.
4. Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o
An Academy Award-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o was born in Mexico to Kenyan parents, Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o and Dorothy Nyong’o.
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For that reason, she is of the Luo ethnic group settling at the shores of Lake Victoria. Her wealth base from Hollywood and other stakes is over Ksh. 1 billion.
5. Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o
Kisumu Governor and ODM Party marshal, Prof Anyang Nyong’o, is among the richest Kenyans from the lakeside.
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He brags about being the most learned Kenyan with multiple degrees and a high-volume investment portfolio.
6. Legal counsel James Orengo
Kenyan lawyer and human rights activist James Orengo is a deep pocket big wig.
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He rarely speaks about money but insider sources indicate immense fortune in multi-million Kenyan shillings.
List of all richest Kenyans from Luo Nyanza
- Evans Gor Semelang’o
- James Rege
- Edwin Ochieng Yinda
- Babu Owino
- Jared Otieno
- Jalango Felix Odiwour Akodhe
- Akothee, Esther Akoth
- Oburu Odinga
- Prophet Owuor
- Joshua Adebe
- Dalmas Otieno
There are even more little-known moneyed Luos within and outside the country.
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The richest Luos in Kenya comprises a majority of tycoons in the larger Nyanza province.