Western Kenya is home to some of the wealthiest people in the country and beyond. From successful politicians to business moguls, the region boasts of individuals who have made their mark in different sectors of the economy. We look at the top 20 richest people in Western Kenya, their sources of income and net worth.
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In the Western region are four counties among them Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, and Vihiga. From a cumulative population of about 6 million are top cream millionaires behind reputable business empires.
List of top 25 richest people in Western Kenya
Apart from business, the majority of deep-pocket investors from Western Kenya are dominant in local politics.
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In the list of the wealthiest Luhyas are newcomer and veteran capitalists of our generation.
The US-based Julius Mwale is a prominent businessman who has made a fortune in the real estate industry.
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The 49 years old is the founder and CEO of the iconic Mwale Medical and Technology City.
He stands ous a well-known African businessmen with significant investments in the United States and the rest of the world.
Born in 1974 at Lunza, Butere in Kakamega County, Mwale is a renowned figure in Wall Street with direct links to former US President Donald Trump.
The net worth of Julius Mwale is estimated at Ksh. 250 billion, making him the richest man in Western Kenya
Philip Arungah Kisa is the founding managing director at Urgent Cargo Handling LTD which he launched in 1985.
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Kisa Arungah’s net worth is estimated to be over Ksh. 10 billion, making him one of the most powerful industrialists in western Kenya.
3. Cleophas Shimanyalu net worth Ksh. 5 billion
Initially a tout along Kakamega-Kisumu road, Cleophas Shimanyalu is now CEO of renowned brands such as Western Cross Express Company and Homeboyz Buses.
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The middle-aged Cleophas is worth Ksh. 5 billion as of 2023.
Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi is a long-serving Kenyan politician. Formerly a Deputy Prime Minister of Kenya, he is now a prime cabinet secretary in the regime of William Samoei Arap Ruto.
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The net worth of Musalia Mudavadi is Ksh. 4 billion. The big wig is a native of Sabatia Constituency, Vihiga County.
5. Ibrahim Ambwere net worth Ksh. 3 billion
The Kitale-based billionaire Ibrahim Ambwere struck the nation when he offered to pay Ksh. 48 million in delayed salaries to all teachers across the country.
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Legal expert and Speaker of the National Assembly, Moses Wetangula, is a prominent lawyer and politician.
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The FORD-Kenya party leader was formerly a Minister for Foreign Affairs. As we speak, Moses Wetangula net worth is Ksh. 2.4 billion.
7. Francis Atwoli net worth Ksh. 2 billion
Trade Unionist Francis Atwoli is a seasoned Secretary-General of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU). He doubles up as a board member of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
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Mr Atwoli aged 74 years originates in Kwisero, Kakamega County where he was born on June 6, 1949.
Francis Atwoli’s net worth is estimated at over Ksh. 2 billion with a steady income from his position in government, parastatals, and private investments.
Retired Vice President Moody Awori is an economically vibrant Kenyan with vested interests in sports, real estate, and the hospitality industry.
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Born in 1928, the 94 years old Moody Awori brags a net worth of Ksh. 1.5 billion.
Former devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa is a prominent Kenyan politician of all time. He was previously the Cabinet Minister of Water and Irrigation.
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The 54 years old Wamalwa born in 1969 in Saboti at the foot of Mount Elgon, is a career lawyer and serial entrepreneur.
Wamalwa’s net worth is estimated to be over Ksh. 700 million, with most of his wealth coming from his successful political career.
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The former governor of Kakamega County, Wycliffe Oparanya, is a force to reckon with in Western Kenyan economics.
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Born March 25, 1956, Wycliffe Oparanya’s age is 67 years as of 2023 with a net worth exceeding Ksh. 700,000.
Full list of richest people in Western Kenya
- Ababu Namwamba
- Amos Wako
- Bonny Khalwale
- Cleophas Malala
- Cyrus Chirongo
- Didmus Wekesa Barasa
- Edwin Sifuna
- Fernandes Barasa
- John Waluke
- Okiya Omtata
- Otuoma Paul Nyongesa
- Patrick Khaemba
- Sospeter Ojaamong
- Timothy Wanyonyi Wetangula
- Wafula Chebukati
There are even more affluent Luhya individuals still on the low-key.
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The list of richest people in Western Kenya is not complete without Julius Mwale, Francis Atwoli, Moody Awori, Moses Wetangula, and Wycliffe Oparanya on top.