William Ruto is a Kenyan Politician who is commonly associated with the ” Hustler Nation”. His quest for power has had him fight all odds till he rose to the position of Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya since 2013. He has also served as the acting President of Kenya in the period between 6th and 8th October 2014.
Here is the biography of the Deputy President, William Ruto
- Family background.
On 21st December 1966, William Ruto was born in Uasin Gishu county, Kamagut, Sambut village. His parents are called Daniel and Sarah Cheruiyot.
As of year 2020, William Ruto will be celebrating his 54th birthday.
William Ruto joined Kerotet Primary school and Kamagut Primary school for primary level education. He later enrolled for his ‘O’-level examination in 1984 at Wareng Secondary School then enrolled for his ‘A’-level examination at Kapsabet boys high school in 1986. Ruto then joined the University of Nairobi to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Botany and Zoology where he graduated in 1990.
During his campus life, William Ruto was very active in the Christian Union. He got the chance to serve the University of Nairobi choir as the chairman. Ruto enrolled for a Master’s degree in Botany where he graduated in 2011. He further pursued a Ph.D. in the same field and school and graduated on 21st December 2018 earning him the title Dr. William Ruto.
His thesis title reads ” Influence of human activities on land-use changes on the environmental quality of riparian ecosystems: A case study of Saiwa Swamp watershed, Western Kenya’’.
William Ruto has also authored a number of papers. One of his papers reads “Plant Species Diversity and Composition of Two Wetlands in the Nairobi National Park, Kenya.”
4. Career and Politics
William Ruto is defined as a “hustler” who has tirelessly risen to power. Before joining politics, Ruto used to sell chicken at the kambi Kuku market, located along Eldoret-Malaba Highway.
William Ruto began his political career after meeting his mentor President Daniel Arap Moi. Ruto began vying for KANU branch party positions since KANU was the ruling party by then.
After the 1992 elections, Ruto was first appointed as the Assistant Minister for provincial Administration then Minister for home affairs. Ruto stood by President Moi’s decision of backing Uhuru as the flag bearer in the 2002 General election under KANU’s umbrella but lost to President Mwai Kibaki. Ruto joined Raila Odinga in 2005 to run up for a constitutional referendum in an ODM ticket and in the 2007 general elections lost to president Mwai Kibaki.
In April 2008, after the formation of the grand coalition government between President Mwai Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga, Ruto was appointed Minister for Agriculture. He served up to April 2010. This saw farmers get a stable market for their produce and a sufficient supply of fertilizer.
Ruto joined the Jubilee Alliance party led by President Uhuru Kenyatta, and on March 4, 2013, they won the General elections, and up to date, he is the Deputy President.
5. Ruto’s Family
Ruto is married to Rachael Chebet and they are blessed with 6 children.
6. Ruto’s Net Worth
Weston Hotel valued over Kshs. 2.5 billion
Sentrim Hotel valued at Kshs. 3 billion
Uasin Gishu Mansion valued at Kshs. 1.2 billion
Poultry Business in Turbo valued at Kshs. 750 million
K24 TV station bought from President Uhuru Kenyatta
A chopper worth Kshs. 300 million
The Oseng property limited valued at Kshs. 1 billion
He has shares at AMACO Insurance valued at Kshs. 1 billion
Orterter Enterprises valued at Kshs 2.5 billion
This is just to mention a few of all Ruto’s properties. He is the “Hustler” who has made his way through and taught many Kenyans that anything is possible and can be done.