Kenyatta is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's founding father and first president (1964–1978). Uhuru attended St Mary's School in Nairobi. Between 1979 and 1980, he also briefly worked as a teller at the Kenya Commercial Bank.
After St. Mary's, Uhuru went on to study political science at Amherst College in the United States. Little is known of his time in the United States, and the paucity of information has been fertile ground for rumour and speculation.