Kenya’s media industry has witnessed exponential growth in recent years with the creation of more newspapers, magazines, radio stations and TV channels.
Here are the men who can truly lay claim to being media moguls in Kenya
Samuel Kamau Macharia is the Kenyan Founder and Chairman of Royal Media Services, the largest private radio and television network in Eastern Africa.
Royal Media Services has also carved a niche in vernacular programming with the group now owning nine local language radio stations namely, Inooro (Kikuyu), Ramogi (Luo), Mulembe (Luhya), Musyi (Kamba), Muuga (Meru), Chamgei (Kalenjin), Egesa (Kisii), Wimwaro (Embu) and Bahari FM (Swahili and Mijikenda).
Aga Khan IV
Nation Media Group was founded by Aga Khan IV in 1959 and is the largest private media house in East and Central Africa with offices in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. One of the largest companies on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (N.S.E)
He also became Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims in 1957 at the age of 20, succeeding his grandfather.
Patrick Quarcoo, popularly known as PQ, is a Ghanaian Kenya based serial entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Radio Africa Group, which is an umbrella of among Kenya’s leading media channels on print, digital, TV and radio.
The group owns six Kenyan radio stations: Kiss 100, Classic 105, Radio Jambo, X FM, East FM and Relax FM. The group also runs the TV station, Kiss Television, which began with broadcasting in Nairobi but this year spread its wings countrywide and has grown its popularity.
Chris Kirubi is the owner of Capital FM, a Kenyan urban music radio station, which plays a mixture of hip-hop, RnB, rock, neo soul, new jack swing, jazz, techno, dance and Kenyan music. Capital FM is popular among the upper and middle classes of Kenyan society. Kirubi, who is also referred to as DJ CK, bought the station in 1998.
Uhuru KenyattaHis Excellency Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta has been linked with Kameme Fm, Meru Fm and Milele Fm,
Media Max Network, a group which last year took over The People Daily, a newspaper previously owned by veteran politician Kenneth Matiba.
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