20 Interesting Facts about Rishi Sunak
Former United Kingdom Finance Minister, Rishi Sunak has reportedly emerged to be among the top contender to be the country’s next Prime Minister. Let’s know about interesting facts former prime minister of Britain Rishi Sunak.
Rishi Sunak has become the new Finance Minister of Britain. His introduction to us Indians is that he is the son-in-law of Narayana Murthy. Rishi Sunak’s family members are of Indian origin and came to Britain from East Africa in 1960. Sunak was born on 12 May 1980 in Southampton, Hampshire, England.
Rishi Sunak’s father was a doctor and worked in the National Health Service of Britain. At the same time, Rishi’s mother used to run a pharmacy. Rishi Sunak’s grandparents were related to Punjab but they had shifted to East Africa. Rishi Sunak’s grandparents moved to Britain from East Africa in 1960.
Rishi Sunak’s early education took place at Winchester College, after which he went to Oxford University and Stanford University for higher education. Rishi Sunak earned an MBA degree and also won the famous Full Bright Scholarship on the basis of his talent. After this Rishi Sunak worked as an investment banker in various companies including Goldman Sachs. In 2009, Rishi Sunak married Akshata Murthy, daughter of Narayana Murthy, a famous Indian industrialist and founder member of tech company Infosys.
The ancestors of Rishi Sunak were of Indian origin who came to Britain from East Africa. His father was a doctor and mother was a pharmacist. Rishi married Narayana Murthy’s daughter Akshata Murthy in 2009.
Before entering British politics, he worked at the investment bank ‘Goldman Sachs’ from 2001 to 2004 and also founded an investment firm. After this, he also set up a hedge fund firm in October 2010 with the help of $700 million.
Sunak was selected as the Conservative candidate for Richmond (York) in October 2014. Sunak was elected as the MP for the constituency in the 2015 general election with a majority of 19,550 (36.2%).
He supported Britain’s exit from the European Union in the June 2016 referendum, and Sunak was re-elected as an MP in the 2017 general election.
Sunak was promoted to Chancellor of the Exchange on 13 February 2020 as part of a cabinet reshuffle, following the resignation of former UK Finance Minister Sajid Javid. Javid tendered his resignation to Prime Minister Johnson.
Rishi Sunak was the Chief Treasury Secretary in 2019-2020, while from 2020 to 2022 he has been the Chancellor of the UK National Fund. During his tenure, not only did the income tax increase in Britain, insurance tax and corporate tax also increased. He had announced that the corporate tax would be increased from 19 per cent to 25 per cent from April 2023. He became the first chancellor in the history of Britain to make the biggest increase in corporate tax since 1974.
Britain’s Finance Minister Sajid Javid resigned from the post of Finance Minister of Britain on 13 February, so Rishi Sunak had been made the new Finance Minister of Britain.
Rishi Sunak entered politics for the first time in 2015 and was elected MP from Richmond, Yorkshire. He became a rising star in the party for supporting Brexit. Theresa May made him junior housing minister in which he did a great job. Big leaders of the party started praising him. In a very short span of time in the party, his stature became very big. Due to these qualities, Boris Johnson gave him the responsibility of an important post like Finance Minister.
A leading British bookie had also predicted that Boris Johnson might resign soon and Rishi Sunak could become the new prime minister in his place. Rishi Sunak has become very popular due to the excellent work done during the Corona period. He made plans for billions of dollars for workers and businesses.
Rishi, popularly known as Dishee, has recently rid himself of the backfoot in the case of the immense wealth of wife and daughter of veteran businessman N Narayana Murthy, Akshata Murthy.
Rishi Sunak is extremely talented. He studied Political Science from Winchester College, UK. After this he studied Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. After this he was a Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University in the US, from where he did his MBA. That is, he has mastery in politics and economics.
Rishi Sunak is considered a star leader in the Conservative Party. Lord Hague, a former Conservative Party leader from Richmond, described Sunak as an “extraordinary person”. Many big leaders have praised him.
Rishi Sunak also came into controversy when it was discussed that Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murthy is not a citizen of Britain and because of this she does not pay tax in Britain. The opposition party made it a big issue. However, seeing the controversy escalating, Rishi Sunak made it clear that his wife would now pay tax in the UK as well.
There was also a lot of discussion in the British media that Akshata Murthy is richer than Queen Elizabeth of Britain. Actually, the total income of Queen Elizabeth is about 3400 crores. At the same time, Akshata Murthy has shares of about Rs 4200 crore in Infosys, the company of her father Narayan Murthy.
Rishi Sunak also had to face criticism for the partygate scandal due to which Boris Johnson had to resign. In fact, when the strict lockdown was in force in the whole of Britain, at that time many government officials and ministers attended the birthday party of the then PM Boris Johnson. Rishi Sunak was also one of them. Sunak also had to pay the fine for this.
8 contenders are in the fray for the post of Prime Minister, including the names of two people of Indian origin. The first name is Rishi Sunak and the second name is Suella Braverman. In the race for the post of PM, the name of Rishi Sunak is being told at the top.
Rishi Sunak’s opponents have been continuously attacking him for keeping his distance from the working class. The opposition has been saying time and again that Rishi Sunak is not aware of the problems of the working class of the country. After his claim for the post of PM, these attacks, which were limited to rhetoric, have now intensified. Opponents are also sharing a video clip of him, in which Rishi can be heard saying,
Sunak Said “I have friends who are aristocrats, I have friends who are upper class, I have friends, who are, you know, working class, but …well, not working class.”
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