Billionaire philanthropist Richard Branson has paid tribute to Charlie Simpson, the founder of Film Studio Kenya after he passed on this month.
The Briton who owns Virgin Group, wrote a tribute, to the legend who passed in July, giving his last respect. Simpson founded Film Studios Kenya in 1982 which has gone on to win 11 Academy Awards.
“He’d just want us to rejoice in laughter at his magnificent life and the delightful children and grandchildren that he has left in this world. ‘Don’t run out of birthdays,’ he’d tell us with a twinkle in his eye.” said Branson in his letter.
Simpson, who is originally from Glasgow, is behind such films as romantic epic Out Of Africa. Branson said he was lucky to enjoy quality time with him while in Kenya.
“He fell in love with the country and its people, choosing to bring his family up there. I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with Uncle Charlie in Kenya, and we have had a memorable time exploring the countryside.”
“As a great-grandfather himself, Uncle Charlie has given me lots of advice since I became a proud grand-dude. Uncle Charlie knew and taught us the value of storytelling, of connecting with other people and the world around us.”
On social media, Film Studios Kenya thanked him for his creativity and support that he brought to the country.