Popular comedian turned radio presenter Jalang’o has set the record straight on his net worth after claims that he is worth Sh10 million.
Speaking during a recent interview on Ayo TV, the media personality stated that the estimated Sh10 million was nothing close to his real value, but the price of one of his cars.
“Sh10 million? That is just the price of one of my cars; V8, yeah? There is V8, Mercedes V-Class, there is Overfinch (Range Rover), Mercedes SLK, Discovery…. But I thank God for everything,” he said.
Apart from his luxurious car collection, Jalang’o revealed that he owned a number of apartments in Nairobi that he has turned into airbnb’s.
“I cannot really count but I have apartments, then there is the house I live in… I use most of them for airbnb because it is the big business now in Nairobi,” he said.
Unlike many, the renowned comedian did not come from a wealthy family and had to work his way up to attain his dream of becoming a radio presenter.
Recalling his hustling days in a previous post, Jalang’o revealed that he and his friend, fellow comedian Otoyo ate rats to survive.
“We ate rats together with Otoyo when we were hungry. When you have to eat a rat, you know it means you are desperate and have tried everything in vain. A rat is the last food anyone can think of eating,” he said.
When things started to finally open up for him, Jalang’o, unfortunately, lost his father who he thought he would care for after toiling to see him through school.
“The saddest part is that when my father was sick, I did not have the money to take care of him. It is not like it was too serious a disease that could not be cured, but even if it was a common cold, I would not have had enough money to take care of him,” he said.
He added, “When I got home for his burial, I found a letter he had written saying that things were not looking good on his side, and if he never got well, it would be my duty to build my mother a home and ensure my brothers go to school.”
After fulfilling his father’s dying wish, Jalang’o went back to school to pursue a degree.
"When my brothers graduated and my sister married, and everybody was settled down, I decided to go to school because I could now afford it,” said Jalang’o.