William Ruto Biography
William Ruto is a Kenyan politician who is currently serving as the Deputy President of Kenya. Ruto served as the acting president of Kenya between 5th and 8th October 2014 when president Uhuru Kenyatta was at the Hague.
Moreover, he has held various high position prior his cureent position. For instance, he has worked with the ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of Higher Education Science and Technology.
During the reign of president MOI, Ruto was the secretary General of KANU while serving as the Member of Parliament for Eldoret North Constituency. This was the period between December 1997 and January 2013. This win came after defeating Reuben Chesire.
In 1998, President Moi appointed him as the Assistant Minister in the office of the President. Moreover, he was promoted to be the Minister for Home Affairs in August 2002. Following his performance track, he served as the chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Reforms in the 9th Parliament.
On 4th March 2013, William was announced the Deputy President of Kenya. This was after him and President Uhuru Kenyatta were declared winners of the 2013 Kenyan general elections. The duo won under the Jubilee Alliance ticket, a political party they have majorly sacrificed for.
For clarification, Jubilee Alliance was a coalition of Ruto’s United Republican Party and Kenyatta’s party, The National Alliance.
To the shock of most of his supporters, Ruto was named among the few people to stand for trial at the International Criminal Court. This was a call on allegations of Involvement in Kenya’s 2007-2008 political violence.
However, the Case was withdrawn for lack of sufficient evidence to support the claims. Who knows? Politics is a dirty game as they say.
After their first term was over according to the Kenyan Constitution, the duo went on the ballot once again under the Jubilee Party ticket. In August 2017, Uhuru and Ruto were declared the winners of the election after scooping 54%.
However, the Supreme Court of Kenya nullified the election and fresh elections were done in October 2017. Ironically, the opposition boycotted the election leading to their re-election with 98% of the vote. They were then sworn as the President and Deputy President for their second term. This is the term they are currently serving up to the next election in 2022.
William Ruto Age|Birthday
William was born William Kipchirchir Samoei Arap Ruto (Birth name) on December 21, 1966, in Sambut village, Kamagut, Uasin Gishu County. He is 53 years old as of December 2019.
William Ruto Wife
Ruto is happily married to his humble wife, Rachel Ruto. She was born Rachel Chebet on November 20, 1968, in Kakamega.
Chebet is a very supportive wife as she was very instrumental in her husband’s campaigns. This was evident in previous campaigns something many people have envied. Who would not want such a wife by his side? Furthermore, Rachel currently serves as an advocate for women’s rights and women’s empowerment.
William Ruto Family|Children
William and his wife Rachel Chebet Ruto have been blessed with six children; Nick Ruto, June Ruto, Stephanie Ruto, Nadia Ruto (adopted), Charlene Chelagat Ruto, and George Kimutai Ruto. In addition, his parents are; father, Daniel Cheruiyot, and mother Sarah Cheruiyot. He also has a brother by the name Paulo Martim Ruto.
William Ruto Education
Ruto first attended Kerotet Primary School for his primary school education. Later, he joined Wareng Secondary School for his Ordinary Levels education before joining Kapsabet Boys High School for his Advanced Levels. William then joined the University of Nairobi to do a BSC (Botany and Zoology) later graduating in 1990.
Moreover, he enrolled for MSc in Plant Ecology, later graduating in 2011. Still, in the same institution, William enrolled for a Ph.D. After several setbacks, he was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Nairobi on December 21, 2018.
William Ruto Net Worth
As of 2020, Ruto is estimated at a Net Worth of above Sh 40 billion. In addition, there are a number of properties linked to his name. These include;
- Weston Hotel, estimated at Sh2.5 billion.
- His Uasin Gishu Home estimated at Sh1.2 billion.
- Sentrim 680 Hotel, estimated at Sh3 billion.
- Oseng Property Limited valued at Sh1 billion.
- Orterter Enterprises Limited valued at Sh2.5 billion.
- His Residential Property along Jogoo road Nairobi valued at Sh1.5
- Amaco Insurance, shares around 1 billion.billion.
- Osere flats in Rongai valued at Sh500 million.
- His Karen Home, estimated at Sh500 million.
- His Poultry Business at Turbo home, Uasin Gishu county valued at Sh750 million.
- K24 TV station
- is chopper worth Sh300 million among others.