Rishi Sunak is one of the youngest MPs to serve as the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
But who is he and where did he go to school? Here’s everything you need to know…
Who is Rishi Sunak?
Rishi Sunak, Member of Parliament for Richmond in Yorkshire since 2015, is the son of Yashveer, an NHS GP, and Usha, a pharmacist who moved to the UK from Punjab, India, in the 1960s.
He was born in 1980 in Southampton, Hampshire.
In 2009, he married Akshata Murthy, daughter of Indian billionaire Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy, who co-founded the business consultancy firm Infosys.
The couple now has two daughters. Before entering politics, he worked for investment bank Goldman Sachs and a hedge fund, then co-founded an investment firm.
Considered a rising star in the Conservative Party, he was introduced for the first time since arriving in parliament five years ago.
The cabinet minister, who grew up in Southampton, lists his hobbies as keeping fit, playing cricket and football, and watching movies.
At one point, he was featured in going to the movies to watch Star Wars – none other than former chancellor Sajid Javid.
As a Hindu, he takes oath in the Commons on the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Sanskrit text.
Where did Rishi Sunak go to school?
He attended the prestigious Winchester College before studying politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University.
He also did an MBA from Stanford University in the United States and became a Fulbright scholar.
How tall is Rishi Sunak?
Rishi Sunak is 1.7 meters or 5 feet 6 inches tall. He is just five feet taller than Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron is more than 1.85 meters tall. Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon is 1.63 meters tall.
Where does Rishi Sunak live?
The Chancellor’s official residence is 11 Downing Street, next to the Prime Minister at 10 o’clock.
Sunak, his wife and two children live in a family home in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.
He also has an estate in Kensington which is estimated to be £7 million.
The family also owns an apartment in Santa Monica, California.
When did Rishi Sunak become the British Chancellor?
After Sajid Javid resigned as chancellor in February 2020, Boris Johnson appointed Sunak to replace him – just four weeks ahead of the budget.
On his website, the stunned Richmond MP wrote: “When I was elected your MP in 2015, I did not know that one day I would write my usual column behind the Chancellor’s Office at the Treasury.
“I am honored to play this role at this historic moment in the history of our country.”
He paid tribute to his predecessor as “a good friend… I have learned a lot from him and am committed to building on the great work he did during his tenure as chancellor”.
However, at 39, he is a year short of being the youngest chancellor of the last century – George Osborne was 38 when he took over as head of the Treasury in 2010.
Before his rise as head of the Treasury, Tory officials considered him the “right fit” for Johnson’s new cabinet.
One of them told the Financial Times: “Rishi is a superstar, he stays true to the line and has proven to be a calm and capable debater. “
This was especially shown when he began to replace Johnson in election debates on television.
During the Brexit campaign, she voted to leave the European Union, but kept a relatively low profile in the 2016 referendum and voted three times for Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
In July 2019, Sunak was elected by the Prime Minister as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, after serving as Parliamentary Under Secretary in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government from January 2018 to July 2019.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Rishi Sunak has been present at several daily government press briefings, with his holiday schedule coming as a relief to many Britons.
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