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Meet the 106-year old Kenyan Billionaire who Started Out as a Fresh Vegetable Hawker

Photo Courtesy/ The Standard.

The story of 106-year old kenyan man who is now a proud billionaire identified as Edward Gikonyo is one that easily inspires everyone who harbours ambitions to succeed financially in life.

Mr Gikonyo is an astute business mogul who has literally made his billions from scratch as he started out his dream by working as a fresh vegetables hawker in the streets of the capital city, Nairobi.

The now elderly Gikonyo recalls how he used to hang two big baskets on his shoulders and move round the city selling the fresh produce which came with its own fair share of challenges.

For example, he says that when it was raining, he would be forced to continue working so that he reaches all his clients as any slight delay would give room for the clients to buy the produce elsewhere.

"Selling vegetables was tough because if it was raining, you would have to work in the rain. And you had to rush so that you did not find the families had already cooked," he narrates in an interview with The Standard.

However, and luckily for him, he went on to expand his business to a point that right now he owns a chain of assets in the city. Among them are the Alfa hotel on Ronald Ngala street which he directly manages up to now. 

He also owns Magomano hotel, New Kinangop Hotel and Timboroa hotels which are being managed by his sons. Besides that, he also owns Rwathia distributors plus interest in the real estate sector.

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