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Raila Odinga

Former Prime Minister of Kenya
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Net worth 2018: $250 Million
Residence: Maseno
Country: Kenyan
BirthDay: 7 January 1945
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Education: Leipzig University, 1970 - Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg

Raila Odinga was bornon 7 January 1945 in Maseno, Kenyan, is Former Prime Minister of Kenya. Raila Odinga is a Kenyan businessman and politician often regarded as the father of democracy in the country. Raila was born into a politically active family; his father served as Kenya's first Vice President. After completing his education in Germany, he returned to Kenya, where he began a teaching career, while at the same time participating in various business ventures related to his field of mechanical engineering. Later he would become involved in politics himself. He was one of the most prominent supporters of the movement for political reform in Kenya, particularly for multi-party democracy, rather than the traditional single-party politics in the country. He would serve time in prison for these activities on several different occasions, including one stint lasting six years, and would receive numerous threats of death. After his last imprisonment he would go on to work his way up the Kenyan political ladder, forming and combining numerous political parties, and running for president multiple times. Although he lost each of the presidential elections he ran in, he would eventually become the country’s second-ever Prime Minister, and was able to effect political change in his country through this position.


$250 Million


The Flame of Freedom', an autobiography detailing his life and struggles, was launched in October 2013


He worked closely with President Kibaki in 2010, to pass a new constitution for Kenya, which moved some of the power of the presidency back to the local government level


As a result of the violence following the 2007 election, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan stepped in and helped reach an agreement between Odinga and the President to form a coalition government, with Odinga being sworn in on April 17, 2008 as Prime Minister


'In 2007, Raila ran for president again, narrowly losing


In 2005, following a political controversy the President dismissed his entire cabinet and reassembled it, without Odinga and his allies, leading him to form a new coalition, the 'Orange Democratic Movement


In 2002, in opposition of President Moi's choice of presidential candidate, Raila left 'KANU' to form the 'Liberal Democratic Party


From June 2001 to 2002, he served on the Cabinet of President Moi as Energy Minister


He ran for President in the 1997 General Election, finishing third but keeping his seat in Parliament


In 1992, 'FORD' split into two factions, 'FORD-Kenya' led by Raila's father, and 'FORD-Asili' led by Kenneth Matiba


He was released from prison on June 21, 1991, and in October left Kenya for Norway


He was released from prison on June 12, 1989, but a year later was arrested again


Shortly after his release, he was rearrested for involvement with activists pushing for multi-party democracy in Kenya, in September 1988


'In 1982, he was accused of collaborating with the plotters of a failed coup attempt against the President


In 1974 he left the 'University of Nairobi' and began working at the 'Kenya Bureau of Standards' as a group standards manager


He exchanged wedding vows with Ida in 1973 and the family resides in Karen, Nairobi


'In 1971, while still teaching at the 'University of Nairobi' he established what would become 'East African Spectre Ltd


After completing his graduate studies in 1970, Raila returned to Kenya, where he became a lecturer at the 'University of Nairobi


Starting in 1962, he spent two years at the 'Herder Institut', part of the 'University of Leipzig' in East Germany


Raila Amolo Odinga was born January 7, 1945 in Maseno, Kenya to Mary Ajuma Odinga and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga

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