Prime News, International, Finance, London, February 13:- Indian-origin politician Rishi Sunak was appointed as the United Kingdom’s new Finance Minister on Thursday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a Cabinet reshuffle.
Sunak, the son-in-law of Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy, will join Home Secretary Priti Patel on the top government bench as the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Earlier, Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid resigned as Chancellor in a shock move in one of the biggest shakeups since Johnson won a thumping majority in the December 2019 general elections. He is replaced by Sunak, who was until now Javid’s junior as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and seen as a rising star within the Cabinet.
The 39-year-old is set to move into No 11 Downing Street, next door to the Prime Minister’s Office as he takes charge of the second most important government position as the finance minister. “The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the appointment of Rt Hon Rishi Sunak as Chancellor of the Exchequer,” Downing Street said in the official announcement.
Sunak has arrived at No 11 Downing Street via public school, Oxford and Goldman Sachs – not an unusual route to one of the highest offices of state but a long way from his family’s roots in India.
Rishi Sunak’s grandparents had come from the Punjab and emigrated to Britain from east Africa in the 1960s.
Sunak was born in 1980 in Southampton to a father who was a family GP and a mother who ran a “tiny” chemist’s shop, where he occasionally worked. He has spoken in interviews of his awareness of three identities: British, Indian and Hindu.
He was educated – and head boy – at Winchester College (motto: manners makyth man), one of the UK’s seven top public schools, and went on to study philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, a well-trodden path into government.
He later earned an MBA from Stanford University in California, where he was a Fulbright scholar.
While at Stanford, Sunak met his wife, Akshata, the daughter of NR Narayana Murthy. An Indian billionaire, Murthy made his fortune as the co-founder of Infosys, a vast international technology firm that employs more than 240,000 staff. Sunak and Akshata Murty have two daughters. (MR, NGB, Inputs: Agencies)
(MR, Inputs: Agencies)