Akshata Murty is the daughter of Infosys co-founder N. R. Narayana Murthy.
Akshata Murty was born in 1980 (age 42 years; as of 2022) in Hubli, Karnataka. She did her schooling from Baldwin Girls High School, Bangalore. She attended Claremont McKenna College, California to complete her graduation in Economics & French. She did a diploma in Apparel Manufacturing Technology from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, California. Later, she completed her MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, California. Linkedin
Height (approx.): 5′ 4″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
She was born in a Hindu-Brahmin Family.
Parents & Siblings
Her father, N. R. Narayana Murthy, is a co-founder of Infosys, and her mother, Sudha Murthy, is one of the founders of ‘Infosys Foundation.’ Akshata has a younger brother, Rohan Murty, and he is the founder of the ‘Murty Classical Library of India.’
Husband & Children
When Akshata was pursuing her post-graduation, she met Rishi Sunak. Soon, they became good friends and started dating each other. On 30 August 2009, they got married in a simple wedding held at ‘The Ballroom, Leela Palace Hotel, Old Airport Road, Bangalore.’ The wedding was attended by some of the renowned people of India like Azim Premji, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Anil Kumble, Nandan M Nilekani, Captain G.R. Gopinath, Prakash Padukone, Syed Kirmani, and Girish Karnad.
On 24 July 2019, Rishi Sunak was appointed as the ‘Chief Secretary to the Treasury’ by the Prime Minister of UK, Boris Johnson. Akshata and Rishi have two daughters, Krishna and Anoushka.
After completing her MBA, Akshata joined Tendris, a Dutch cleantech Incubator Fund as a marketing director in the year 2007. She launched her own clothing line in 2009. On starting her own business, she said,
I understand that there may be some curiosity around what I’m doing given my parents’ achievements, but I hope that one day this business is able to stand on its own feet and I’m able to speak on its merit rather than anything else. “This is my passion and I couldn’t imagine being engaged in anything else but the business of this venture.”
She became the director of Catamaran Ventures in 2013. She started working as a member of the Board of Claremont McKenna College and the San Francisco Exploratorium in 2017.
In April 2022, Akshata Murthy was questioned over her income tax status in Britain. According to some media reports, she claimed a non-domiciled tax status in the UK that exempted her to pay taxes on dividend benefits received from overseas companies. Following this, her husband, Rishi Sunak, faced allegations over his wife’s income from Russia, where Murthy’s company Infosys was operating even during the Russia-Ukraine War. Later, in a statement, Infosys announced the withdrawal of its services from Russia. The Hindu
- She was brought up by her grandparents in Hubli; as her parents were struggling in their professional lives.
- In Sudha Menon’s “Legacy: Letters from eminent parents to their daughters,” there is a letter for Akshata, written by her father. Few lines of the letter are,
Becoming a father transformed me in ways that I could never have thought possible. I could never go back to being the person I used to be before. Your arrival in my life brought unimaginable joy and a larger responsibility. I was no more just a husband, a son, or a promising employee of a fast-growing company. I was a father, who had to measure up to the expectations his daughter would have of him at every stage of her life.”