WHO IS RISHI SUNAK?

Rishi Sunak is now UK’s prime minister replacing his once-leadership rival Liz Truss. As the country faces an economic crisis, former UK chancellor Rishi Sunak gained his party’s support to bag the top post on Monday. With this, Rishi Sunak is the first Indian-origin prime minister of the UK.

Here are 8 points on Rishi Sunak- the next UK PM:

  1. Rishi Sunak was born in UK’s Southampton area to an Indian family. He is the son of a pharmacist mother, a National Health Service (NHS) general practitioner, and a father.
  2. Rishi Sunak’s grandparents are from Punjab.
  3. Rishi Sunak is an Oxford University and Stanford graduate married to Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy’s daughter Akshata Murty.
  4. The couple tied the knot in 2009 and has two daughters, Anoushka and Krishna.
  5. Rishi Sunak became a member of Parliament (MP) in 2015 after he got elected from Richmond, Yorkshire.
  6. In February 2020, he was designated as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the most important UK Cabinet post.
  7. Rishi Sunak was widely appreciated for his economic package for employees and businesses during the Covid pandemic.
  8. Rishi Sunak ran for the UK PM post against Liz Truss

Life and Education

Sunak was born in Southampton on May 12, 1980, to Indian parents Yashvir and Usha Sunak in East Africa. His grandparents were born in British India’s Punjab province. They migrated to the UK from East Africa in the 1960s with their children.

Sunak studied at Winchester College and read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) at Lincoln College, Oxford, in 2001. The 42-year-old also did his MBA as a Fulbright Scholar from Standford University in 2006

The Yorkshire MP married Akshata Murty, daughter of Infosys founder NR Narayan Murthy, in 2009 and has two children with her.

Career

Sunak worked for the investment bank Goldman Sachs as an analyst between 2001 and 2004.

He has also worked for the hedge fund management firm The Children’s Investment Fund Management and became a company partner in 2006. He joined Theleme Partners in 2010.

Sunak was also a director of Catamaran Ventures, an investment firm owned by his father-in-law.

He was selected as the Conservative candidate for Richmond (Yorks) in October 2014. He was the head of the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Research Unit of the think tank Policy Exchange in the same year.

In 2015, he became MP from the constituency with a majority of 36.2 percent votes.

From 2015-17, he was a member of the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

Sunak was re-elected from his seat in the 2017 general elections. From 2018 to 2019, he served as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Local Government.

In 2019, he was appointed Chief Secretary to Treasury by Boris Johnson and also became a member of the Privy Council. He was re-elected in the 2019 general election.

Sunak, on July 5, 2022, resigned from his post along with minister Sajid Javid, expressing a lack of confidence in Johnson’s leadership.

Later that week, Sunak announced his prime ministerial bid and topped the first two rounds of the race within the Conservative party. 

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