Rwandan businessman Barry Ndegeyingoma popularly known to his friends as ‘Ndegeye’ is arguably one of the wealthiest people in the country. The tycoon is the owner of the famous B-Club located in Kilimani, Nairobi.
The club shot to the limelight in January 2020 when Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino shot DJ Evolve at the popular upmarket nightclub.
However, Barry is not your average Joe. He is famed for his love for the finer things in life, especially cars. The businessman boasts a car collection worth hundreds of millions.
He is no stranger to controversies either and has had multiple run-ins with the law. In this article, WoK takes a look at how the multi-millionaire established his businesses, his family, and controversies.
Barry was born in Rwanda and grew up in the East African country till the genocide that saw him move to Kenya in 1994.
Career & Businesses
In Kigali, he worked as a fashion designer. He lived and worked in Kenya for three years before moving to Belgium where he struck gold.
“I started as a teenager making a few coins as a fashion retailer buying, customizing and selling second-hand clothes. I was also an artistes’ designer,” he told Pulse in 2016.
While in Belgium, he ventured into the entertainment business, hiring out sound and public address systems. After some time, ventured into the petroleum and gold businesses.
“While in Belgium, my wife and I expanded our businesses to other countries like Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Dubai,” he said.
File image of B-Club owner Barry Ndegeyingoma. |Courtesy| Facebook|
Together, they opened nightclubs in multiple cities in Europe and Africa alongside other businesses.
“We managed to open high-end clubs such as Billion Club in Belgium that has a capacity of 3,000 people, Afrodiziac Club (also in Belgium) that accommodates 1,000 people, B-Club, Kigali and B-Club DRC among others, which are currently doing well,” Barry told Pulse.
Barry and Samia have an expensive taste when it comes to cars. The couple moves around in locomotives one can only dream about.
Some of the vehicles in the collection include a Lamborghini, Hummer, Rolls Royce, a Ferrari, Maserati, Range Rover and a futuristic Tron bike.
Barry met his wife Samia in Belgium. She was a private banker at the time and helped facilitate high-powered business deals for the couple. She is now the director of B Concepts Limited which owns B-Club Nairobi.
Barry has in the past been accused of defrauding his business partners including in 2017 when two Kenyan event organisers claimed to have lost millions in a botched business deal with him.
On March 11, 2022, High Court Justice Loice Komingoi directed OCS Kilimani to arrest Barry for operating B-Club despite being given an order to close the club two years ago.