He was awarded the prestigious city keys by the president.
Gikonyo is from Rwathia village in Murang'a county's Kangema constituency.
He is the last surviving founder of the multibillion-shilling Rwathia Investment Group, which employs over 100,000 Kenyans across the region a company they started in 1930.
Kanyuira, who is 106 years old, was the first man to proudly drive an Austin, which he purchased with a friend. He paid KSh 300 for the vehicle. Given Kanyuira's low monthly salary of KSh 4, this was a huge stroke of luck. KSh 4 was a large sum of money in his day. In 2021, it's the equivalent of a six-figure wage.
He worked as a casual laborer at the Mathari catholic coffee plantation before moving on to better places.
He had purchased goats to supplement his income by that time, he got a job with Kenya Co-operative Union, earning KSh 20 per month, which was now a better wage.
At the time, an Austin Martin was the smartest car, with 106 horsepower. Kanyuira is a well-known businessman with real estate and business interests. He has 23 children and a smattering of grandchildren spread across Kenya.
He has been married to four wives, three of whom have died. Gikonyo is a proud man and a well-known tycoon.
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