Rishi Sunak Wiki, Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak is an Indian-origin British Conservative Party Politician and son-in-law of N. R. Narayana Murthy (Indian billionaire businessman and co-founder of Infosys). He is a Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond (Yorks) since the 2015 UK general election and assumed the office as the “Chancellor of the Exchequer” (Finance Minister) on 13 February 2020.

Wiki/Biography

Rishi Sunak was born on born 12 May 1980 (aged 39 years; as in 2020) in Southampton, Hampshire. His zodiac sign is Taurus. He completed his schooling from Winchester College (a boarding school for boys in Winchester, Hampshire), where he was a head boy. He then finished his undergraduate course of education with a degree in PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) from at Lincoln College, Oxford University. He also acquired a degree in MBA from Stanford University, where he attended as a Fulbright scholar. Before stepping into politics he worked in with several top-class large investment firms.

Physical Appearance

Height: 5′ 7″

Eye Colour: Black

Hair Colour: Black
Rishi Sunak

Family & Ethnicity

Rishi Sunak was born into a Punjab originated Hindu family who emigrated to the UK from East Africa. [1]news18

Parents & Siblings

His father, Yashvir Sunak was an NHS General Practitioner, while his mother Usha Sunak looked after a Medical shop. His parents always prioritised his education and made him study in some of the most elite universities including Stanford & Oxford, though they had to sacrifice a lot to make it happen. He met his wife Akshata Murthy, the daughter of Indian billionaire and co-founder of Infosys, N. R. Narayana Murthy in California, during his MBA course at Stanford University. They Later got married in August 2009 in the city of Bangalore.

Rishi with in-laws

A picture of Rishi Sunak and his wife with his in-laws – N. R. Narayana Murthy (father-in-law) and Sudha Murthy (mother-in-law)

They together have two daughters Anoushka Sunak, Krishna Sunak.

 

Rishi Sunak with wife Akshata Murthy and children

Rishi Sunak with wife and children

Akshata runs her own fashion designing company “Akshata Designs” and is also the director of her father’s Large investment firm “Catamaran Ventures UK Ltd.”

Career

Business

Rishi Sunak started his first job as an analyst in 2001 for an American multinational investment bank, “Goldman Sachs” in California; before leaving it in 2004. He later worked for The Children’s Investment Fund Management (a London-based hedge fund management firm), before he was made a partner of the same organisation on 15 September 2006. [2]FinancialConductAuthority He pulled out of the firm in November 2009, to join former colleagues to launch an investment partnership firm “Theleme Partners” in October 2010 with an initial investment of $536 million. In 2013, he and his wife were appointed as the directors of a major investment firm “Catamaran Ventures UK Ltd” owned by his father-in-law and Indian businessman N. R. Narayana Murthy. He later resigned from the firm on 30 April 2015 but his wife is still continuing as the director of the organisation. [3]CompaniesHouse He has enjoyed a triumphant and prosperous business career.

Politics

Rishi Sunak set foot in the UK Parliament for the first time in October 2014, when he was selected as a Conservative MP candidate for Richmond; following the announcement of former MP William Hague to not to contest the next general election. In the following year, i.e., 2015, Sunak contested the UK general election from Richmond and won with a majority of 36.5% votes [4]GeneralElectionsOnline. As a member of parliament, Sunak worked as a member of the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Select Committees from the year 2015 to 2017. In the year 2016, Sunak campaigned and also held many Public Q&A sessions for Brexit referendum, he supported the exit of UK from the European Union. In the 2017 General elections, Sunak was re-elected as the MP of Richmond (Yorks) with an even bigger majority of 19,550 votes (36.2%). [5]GOV.UK He held the office of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State from 9 January 2018 to 24 July 2019. [6] After his stint as the “Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State” at the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government, he was appointed as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury by Prime Minister Borris Johnson on 24 July 2019. [6]GOV.UK In the 2019 General elections, he was again comfortably elected as the MP for Richmond (Yorks); marking his third consecutive victory as the Member of Parliament with an increased majority of 27,210 votes (47.2%). [7]timesofindia Rishi Sunak’s booming political career witnessed yet another promotion when the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, dramatically stepped down from his post, and Sunak was appointed for the second-most powerful political job in Britain as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) on 13 February 2020.

Books Written by Rishi Sunak

Sunak is a versatile person. Apart from being an established businessman and politician, he has also tried his hand in writing books. In May 2014, he collaborated with Saratha Rajeswaran on his debut book “A Portrait of Modern Britain,” published by Policy Exchange. [8]rishisunak.com This book discusses Demography, Social Change, and Ethnic Groups in the UK. On 14 November 2016, amid his campaigning in the favour of BREXIT, Sunak released his second book “The Free Ports Opportunity: How Brexit Could Boost Trade, Manufacturing and the North.” This book discusses how BREXIT will lead to the creation of new ports and will further enhance new trade opportunities for Britain. The following year, He published his “A New Era for Retail Bonds: How Our Savings Could Help SMEs Grow.” This book demands the government to back and lift up the SMEs in the UK by the creation of a new exchange for SME bonds.

Facts/Trivia

  • Sunak is the UK’s first Indian origin Chancellor of the Exchequer.
  • Sunak volunteered for the election campaign of the Conservative party in 2014 before entering politics.
  • Sunak took his oath at the House of Commons by the Bhagavad Gita. [9]HindustanTimes
  • Sunak is enthusiastic about sports. He is a fan of Southampton football club and England cricket team. He even went to Edgbaston cricket stadium to watch a game of 2019 cricket world cup played between India vs England.

  • Sunak is obsessed with Coca-Cola. While talking about this obsession, he says,

    I’m a total Coke addict, Coca-Cola addict to be totally clear, I have seven fillings to show for it.” [10]TheTimes

  • In an interview, when asked about his favourite subjects, he told:

    economics, absolutely my major academic love, I love economics, I still read lots of economics.”

  • Sunak is locally labelled ‘Maharaja of the Dales.’
  • Sunak is a skilled and eloquent public speaker, which was the reason he was chosen to represent the Conservative party in airwaves and debates.

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