Tony was born on the slopes of Mount Kenya near a small town called Nanyuki. He went to school in the Western Province for his primary and secondary education. He spent 3 years in the Engineers Brigade of the Kenyan Army before going to University in Nairobi..
At university he was awarded a BSc degree in electrical engineering. In his fourth year of 5-year programme, he won a 1-year exchange scholarship in OSAKA University. Whilst in Japan he was given five cars from the Nissan Car Company as a promotional award, which he brought back to Kenya.