5 Foreign Tycoons Who Married Kenyan Women

5 Foreign Tycoons Who Married Kenyan Women

A collage of former Taita Taveta Woman Rep Joyce Lay and her husband William Lay (left) and Ruth Konchella and her husband Michael Rannerberger. Kenyans.co.ke

It is often the case that Kenyans tend to complain about their country more than they count the many blessings that make it a beautiful land.

For some visitors, however, Kenya is too sweet a place to resist its charm and alluring calmness.

Kenyans.co.ke takes a look at some of the foreign nationals who came and fell in love with the country and its people. The late Chief Executive Officer Bob Collymore.File Bob Collymore Bob Collymore first came to Kenya in 2010 after he was appointed to succeed Michael Joseph as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Safaricom. After keeping his love life in the shadows, the British Tycoon of Guyanese origin tied the knot with Wambui Kamiru on April 2, 2016.

Collymore and Kamiru kept their wedding private, with only close friends and family invited to witness them exchange vows.

Before her marriage to the telco CEO, Wambui led a quiet life, running a commercial gallery: The Art Space in Nairobi .

Collymore died in July 2019 after battling cancer for two years. According to the friends who eulogised him, the corporate executive had deliberately chosen Kenya as the place where he would meet his maker – even declining last-minute appeals to seek medical interventions abroad. Former US Ambassador to Kenya Michael Rannerberger.Michael Rannerberger. Michael Rannerberger

Former US Ambassador Michael Rannerberger reported for duty in Nairobi in August 2006 after being appointed by President George Bush. Among his first tasks as US Ambassador in Kenya was to empower women in the push for gender equity and this saw him visit a women’s group in Trans Mara.

The visit saw him meet up with Ruth Konchella, who spoke passionately about the place of women in an advanced society. It was love at first sight for the diplomat who married Ruth a few months later.

Ten years later in 2016, the couple formalised their legal union with a traditional wedding that became the talk of Kilgoris town where Ruth hails from.

The ambassador paid 20 cows as dowry and the local traders had a boom as they were quoted by the media bragging that they sold each cow at Ksh40,000 instead of the usual rate of Ksh20,000. Although Rannerberger’s tour of duty ended in 2011, […]

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