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Billionaire Behind Hemingways Nairobi Honoured By King Charles

Billionaire Behind Hemingways Nairobi Honoured By King Charles

Richard ‘Dicky’ Evans, the billionaire who owns the luxury Hemingways Nairobi hotel, received a knighthood in the New Year Honours on Sunday.

Information suggests that the entrepreneur was acknowledged for his contributions to business, sports, and philanthropy, both within the United Kingdom and Kenya.

Because of this, he was awarded the title of Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George.

The distinction is given to individuals, regardless of gender, who hold esteemed positions or have demonstrated exceptional dedication to the United Kingdom while abroad, along with a commitment to Commonwealth matters.

A photo of the knighthood awarded to Hemingways owner Richard “Dicky” Evans on December 31, 2023.

“I couldn’t have been more surprised or more honored,” Richard stated on his website following the announcement of his knighthood.

“It is impossible to thank everyone individually for the help that they have given me over the years, in life, business, sport, and charity. This honor is simply a recognition of everyone’s efforts over decades, without which none of my ventures would have succeeded.”


Hailing from the United Kingdom, the ex-rugby athlete arrived in the 1970s to join the Kenyan rugby squad while also taking pleasure in a holiday experience.

During his time in Watamu, he persuaded a British war hero to part with 22 acres of land, the site where Seafarers Hotel was located.

Ten years later, Richard decided to change the hotel’s name to Hemingways, honoring the renowned American writer and adventurer.

Throughout time, Richard has increased the hotel’s portfolio to an approximate value of Ksh6 billion by enhancing its array of opulent 21 apartments, which include one, two, and four-bedroom accommodations.

Apart from his pioneering work in Hemingways, he gained recognition for his contribution to the ascent of the UK rugby team Cornish Pirates to the Championship tier.

During the 1980s, Richard ventured into the field of horticulture by founding a company in Naivasha. Nevertheless, he later sold the business to James Finlay in 2007.

A photo of Hemingways owner Richard Evans in March 2022.

Billionaire Behind Hemingways Nairobi Honoured By King Charles