Larry Madowo

Larry Madowo Biography, education, career, girlfriend, journalism, family, net worth

Real name: Larry Madowo
Occupation: Journalist, Speaker
Birthday: 14 July 1987
Nationality: Kenyan
Star sign: Cancer
Birth place: Siaya County
Height: 5’9 or 175.26 cm
Children: N/A
Net Worth: $8.5 million

Larry Madowo is a Kenyan journalist and a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University in New York. He was born on 14 July 1987. He has worked as the BBC Africa Business Editor and served as news anchor in technology, current affairs, political interviews, and popular culture. On TV, Larry Madowo has worked for major networks including Kenya Television Network and CNBC Africa. He resigned NTV in March 2018 to join the BBC. He also used to host his show on Nation FM from August 2014 The Larry Madowo Show until the station was shut down. He has also written columns on the Daily Nation every week #FrontRow. He also hosted a popular and very successful Friday night show called #theTrend on NTV until 30 June 2017.

Larry Madowo Education Information

He attended Usingo and Karapul primary schools for primary education and St Gabriel’s Seminary for secondary education. He studied broadcast journalism in college


At just 7 years old, Larry Madowo lost his dad in 1994.  His mother, Treazer Anyango Madowo, was a primary school teacher and a divisional Knut official. She passed away in 2001 leaving Larry Madowo and his only sister and sibling Liz Madowo to fend for themselves. His sister Liz Madowo is currently working as a stylist as well as a fashion blogger, having graduated from university.

Religion views

Madowo self identifies as a Christian, although he is quoted as saying that there is probably no God, suggesting that he holds agnostic views.

Larry Madowo Girlfriend

Larry Madowo is not married and he insists he does not have a girlfriend. Sometimes ago it was rumored that he and NTV colleague Victoria Rubadiri were an item but they both downplayed the rumors.

Larry Madowo successful career in journalism

In 2006, Madowo enrolled for a communications degree at Daystar University in Nairobi. In 2007, Madowo interned for a vernacular radio station Bahasha FM reading news in English. Madowo eventually dropped out of college a year and a half down his degree to take up a job at Kenya Television Network, one of Africa’s oldest private television networks

He became one of the household names in Kenya and after 3 years, he left KTN for NTV, where he was a business anchor and reporter. In May 2012, he joined the South African-based CNBC Africa as one of the main anchors and pioneered the show “Eye on Kenya” which aired on prime time. His stay at CNBC Africa only lasted a few months and in December 2012, he went back to NTV as the technology editor and news anchor.

Madowo returned to college and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication degree from Daystar University in June 2014.

During his second time at NTV Kenya, he also freelanced for various global news outlets including CNN International, France 24 English, the BBC, and Public Radio International. When Daily Nation declined to publish a column critical of the Kenyan government’s shutdown of four major private TV stations in early 2018, the opinion piece was published on the CNN website. He terminated his column and became a Contributing Columnist for the Washington Post’s Global Opinions page.

On 11 April 2018, it was announced that Madowo was joining BBC News Africa as Business Editor. He led a team of business journalists based in Nairobi, London, Lagos, Dakar, and Johannesburg. He has appeared across BBC World TV, BBC World Service Radio, BBC News channel in the UK,, and BBC Radio 4 as a reporter or commentator on African business.

On 9 April 2019, was named among the 2019-2020 Knight-Bagehot Fellows at Columbia University. On 29 July 2019, Madowo said he was taking a sabbatical from the BBC for his fellowship at Columbia Journalism School.

A radio documentary Madowo presented on the Chinese-built railway in Kenya won the Daily Journalism (Single Report) category at the 2019 Association of International Broadcasting Awards on 6 November 2019 in London. ‘Raha: The Joy of the Train’ was part of a series produced by Peter Shevlin of British production company BlokMedia.

Madowo was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in March 2020.