JJ Titus: From A Watchman To Owning Ksh40 Million Car Collections

JJ Titus, a prominent figure in the Meru community, experienced a sudden surge in fame when a video capturing the moment he surprised his wife with a Jeep Wrangler went viral on the internet. This unexpected fame triggered widespread discussions on social media platforms regarding the source of his wealth.

In this piece, we delve into the captivating journey of JJ Titus, who transitioned from being a humble watchman to emerging as a highly successful entrepreneur at the helm of the Lid Group of Companies. This conglomerate boasts diverse interests spanning manufacturing, events, media, agribusiness, and information technology.

Titus shared his remarkable story during an interview with comedian 2mbili, recounting his humble beginnings and the gradual accumulation of wealth. He disclosed that, contrary to popular belief, he did not inherit his riches but rather built his empire over time. In his earlier days, Titus worked as a watchman, earning a meager Ksh 8,000, out of which only Ksh 4,500 remained after deductions.

During the interview, Titus vividly described his journey, from residing in a cramped room with five people in Mukuru Kwa Njenga to eventually driving a luxurious LX570. He emphasized that his success was not an overnight phenomenon and took pride in his journey from zero to prosperity.

Titus shared a pivotal moment during the pandemic when, facing business closures due to restrictions, he ventured into software development. Connecting with a European contact seeking an IT technician, he quickly acquired the necessary skills and successfully delivered a software program. This endeavor proved lucrative, with Titus earning a substantial income, including a minimum of Sh5 million. This windfall enabled him to acquire a Lexus 570 2020 model for Ksh24 million amid the pandemic.

Aside from his ventures in information technology, Titus is involved in manufacturing cabros blocks. He highlighted winning a tender during former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tenure, securing the opportunity to supply cabros on Nairobi streets.

Titus, now a successful entrepreneur, has curated an impressive car collection. He currently owns a Lexus 570 2020 model and a Toyota Prado TX, the former adorned with a personalized number plate for which he paid Ksh1 million to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA). Additionally, he disclosed annual insurance payments of Ksh980,000 and a duty fee of Ksh8.9 million to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

In September 2022, Titus expanded his vehicle fleet by introducing two Isuzu FRR trucks for use in his company, each costing Ksh5 million. Notably, in 2019, he gifted his wife a lavish BMW X3, and recently, he surprised her with a Ksh12 million Jeep Wrangler on her birthday.

Titus vehemently denied accusations of involvement in money laundering schemes, asserting his dedication to hard work. He emphasized his diverse business portfolio, including companies manufacturing cabros, a cattle enterprise with 300 cattle in Meru, and a firm specializing in IT specialist training. JJ Titus stands as a testament to the transformative power of determination and hard work.