As Rishi Sunak prepares to become Britain’s third prime minister this year, curiosity about his fortune lingers in the public’s mind like a thought bubble filled with crunchy pound bills.
How rich is he?
This year, The Times of London estimates that Mr Sunak and his wife, Akshata Murty, are worth more than $800 million, placing them among the 250 wealthiest people or families in the UK.
Whatever the true numbers (cannot be reached for comment on the Sunaks and it is difficult to say exactly what their fortunes are if they have), questions revolve around whether, with all their fortunes, , millionaire and soon-to-be prime minister can relate to normal or not. Britons are grappling with a crippling cost of living crisis. After all, he is about to oversee tough measures to pull the country out of the financial abyss and avoid a recession.
In August, Mr. Sunak directly faced questions about his personal fortune, saying that while he was lucky to be in his situation, he was not “born like this”. . He added, “I think in our country we judge people not by their bank account; We judge them by their character and actions. “
But judging by the British tabloids called him “Rishi Rich”. His wife, a fashion designer, is the daughter of an Indian tech billionaire. Mr Sunak’s enemies have pointed to his preference for wearing suits costing £3,500, about $4,300, and have noted that he once wore a pair of Prada loafers to a construction site – cost, £490. The couple also have a home in London; his parliamentary constituency in Yorkshire, England; and in Santa Monica, Calif.
He was born in Southampton, England, to a doctor father and a pharmacy mother. He attended Winchester College, one of the most elite schools in England. He graduated from Oxford, attended Stanford and raised his own family as an investment banker at firms like Goldman Sachs before entering Parliament in 2015 and becoming prime minister of the Exchequer in 2020 at the age of 39.
He will now be one of the richest people to ever occupy 10 Downing Street.
This year Mr Sunak appeared to be trying to show his bravery as a regular Brit, using a worn-out political guise by venturing into a shop to pay for items. But it’s clear that a photo opportunity has gone awry.
After turning his small budget to the House of Representatives in March, he showed up at a gas station in New Cross, Lewisham, a mic clipped to a tie, a camera and video camera filming. Footage broadcast by Sky News shows a gas station attendant lifting a device to scan a Coke can for Mr. Sunak. However, the prime minister did not realize the device was not a slot machine, so he awkwardly tried to pay with his bank card through a plastic screen.
Social media users mercilessly mocked him as anything other than a man of the people.