After the departure of the white settlers, other well connected individuals took up the task to continue building Nakuru to its latest status.
Delamere is one of the first people to invest heavily in Nakuru. He owned Soysambu Conservancy that was sitting on a 48,000-acre piece of land. The land stretched between Lake Nakuru up to lake Elmentaita.
The family also owned banks including the National Bank of India that was renamed Kenya Commercial Bank.
Richard Ingram Crawford
He was a British tycoon on capitalised on the existence of the rich white highlands to create his own wealth through real estate and agriculture.
He established a number of petrol stations and enterprises among the Blue Cross Kennels. His estate in Nakuru was valued at Ksh74 million when he passed away.
Peter Mukuka Kago
He is the founder of Naivas supermarket. He started his business from the outskirts of Nakuru at a place called Rongai. It used to be just a small shop.
Although he died in 2010, he had established a number of businesses including opening several Naivas branches within the city. It is from Nakuru where Naivas launched branches across the country.
She is a celebrated businesswoman and founder of Keroche Breweries. The company is Kenya’s first homegrown large-scale brewery.
It accounts for over 20 per cent of the country’s liquor. Keroche has contributed greatly to the growth of Nakuru. Despite earning the county a lot of revenue, it has also created thousands of job opportunities.
Eliakim Washington Olweny
The reclusive billionaire contributed greatly to the growth of Nakuru to its current city status. Olweny was a wealthy surveyor and proprietor of Evans Sunrise Hospital, a popular private hospital in Nakuru town.
He passed away on October 10, 2016, leaving behind an estate whose worth is in billions. For over 5 years, his wives have continued to jostle for a share of the wealth.
Emeritus Chief Justice David Maraga can also be credited to the development of the city. In his farewell speech, he described Nakuru as a place having a special place in his heart.
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