BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA
Jake Millar, a New Zealand entrepreneur, who founded an Kshs. 1.2 billion company while still a teenager in high school, has died in Kenya.
Mr. Millar, 26, was found dead on the balcony of his house in Nairobi’s upmarket Karen area in what police say could be a suicide case.
The body was found on Sunday and transferred to the City Mortuary for autopsy after identification by relatives.
“The body was found hanging on a rope at his balcony. He was alone then in his cottage,” said an official aware of the probe. New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was providing consular assistance to his family.
It was not immediately clear what led the man to kill himself.
“The ministry is aware of the tragic death of Jake Millar and is providing consular assistance to his family,” read a statement. Nairobi police boss Augustine Nthumbi said they are investigating the incident.
“We were informed of a body of the young man at his house and we are now pursuing the matter. We were told it was suicide but investigators are on it,” he said.
Millar was the brains behind Unfiltered and Oompher companies which he founded while still in High School.
In March, the former Forbes 30 under 30 lister and teenage millionaire had sold his business-education start-up Unfiltered – a move which displeased his cashed up investors and earned him a lot of criticism from New Zealand media