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New UK PM Rishi Sunak and his Wife Akshata Murty are Billionaire Ballers


While most politicians are salt-of-the-earth types (kidding), the United Kingdom’s new Prime Minister is a straight baller. New residents of No.10 Downing Street, Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty, have an estimated net worth of £730 million ($AU1.3 billion), according to The Sunday Times 2022 Rich List. Furthermore, the list placed them as the 222nd wealthiest people in Britain, ahead of the country’s most high-ranking royals.

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Before Sunak became a policymaker, he worked as a hedge fund manager. And while he was pocketing some decent coin in his own right, his wife’s Bachelor’s Can-Bag: Bellroy is Slinging a Luxe Cooler Caddy for Summer are on another level. Ms Murty is the daughter of N.R. Narayana Murthy, the billionaire founder of tech giant Infosys. At the time the Rich List was published, Ms Murty owned a stake worth roughly £690 million ($AU1.2 billion)

For comparison, the same list had placed Queen Elizabeth II’s fortune at £370m ($A660m) before her death. King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort’s wealth is estimated to be between £300m ($A536m) and £350m ($A626m), according to The Guardian.

Ms Murty works in fashion design and invests in start-ups through her private investment firm, Catamaran Ventures U.K. In May, Bloomberg Billionaires Index put her net worth at about USD$1.3 billion (AU$2 billion).

The couple, both 42, met while studying at Stanford University for an MBA and were married in 2009. Now with two young daughters, their family property portfolio consists of four homes worth an estimated £15m ($A26.7m), a penthouse apartment in Santa Monica, California, according to The Guardian.

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Not only will Mr Sunak become one of the wealthiest U.K. prime ministers in history, but he will also become the first prime minister of colour and the youngest person to hold the position in more than 200 years. He takes over from Liz Truss, whom he lost the leadership race to in September but resigned after just 44 days in office.

Addressing the public for the first time after confirming he would become the U.K.’s new leader, Mr Sunak said Britain faced a severe economic battle.

“We now need stability and unity and I will make it my utmost priority to bring our party and our country together,” he said. “Because that is the only way we will overcome the challenges we face and build a better, more prosperous future for our children and our grandchildren.”

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