Bob Collymore’s background: early life, career, and marriage

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Bob Collymore, whose real name is Robert William Collymore, was born in 1958 in Guyana, a country in South America.

Collymore attended Selhurst High School in the UK but could not join Warwick university afterwards after failing to raise funds.


 From 1993, Collymore worked in various positions in the telecommunications industry in the UK, including Cellnet, Dixons Retail and Vodafone UK. In 2003 he moved to Japan to manage the integration of J-Phone into the Vodafone Group.

In 2006 he became the governance director for Africa at Vodafone and subsidiary Safaricom. In 2010 he was appointed chief executive officer of Safaricom

In 2012, Collymore was awarded the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS)

In Bob Collymore individual assets declaration 2015, Collymore revealed he earns Sh 10 Million a month, adding up to close to Sh109 million per year.

The Safaricom boss is also worth over Sh200 million in assets and cash both in Kenya and overseas.


Speaking during an interview with Daily Nation, the CEO revealed he married three times and divorced twice.

“Three times!, but divorced twice,” Collymore said while asked if was married before.

“Each time [I marry] it’s got better. Each time the match has been better. There are stuff I couldn’t have done better for sure,” he added.

“The first marriage was a mistake for sure. I was too young — in my 20s. The second one was not a mistake, what was a mistake was how we conducted it.”

Collymore married his third wife, Wambui Kamiru, on 2 April 2016 in an invitation-only wedding at an upmarket residence in Kitisuru, Nairobi.

He met Kamiru in Nairobi during a fundraiser for survivors of the Loreto Convent Msongari school bus crash that occurred in July 2011.

 Wambui was part of the event in her capacity as an alumnus and Collymore was there representing Safaricom Foundation with fundraising.

Collymore had two stepdaughters from his third wife Wambui who was first married to Joseph Kinyua.

Collymore had two other children from his previous wife making a total of four children.

Illness and Death

Bob Collymore traveled to the United Kingdom in October 2017 to receive treatment after being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid leukemia.

He returned to Kenya in July 2018 to resume his duties as CEO of Safaricom while undergoing treatment at various hospitals.

On July 1, 2019, the world woke up to sad news that he had passed on at his residence in Nairobi at 2:30 am after succumbing to the disease.

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