Everything you need to know about Rishi Sunak’s family

Rishi Sunak is the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after winning the support of the vast majority of the Conservative parliamentary party after the disastrous reign of Liz Truss.

Mr Sunak is a familiar face having served as Chancellor to Boris Johnson throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, when he led the £69bn furlough scheme to keep people in work and the Eat campaign Out to Help Out to encourage economic growth.

He was also criticized during this period after being caught up in the Partygate fury, for which he received a fixed penalty notice, for revelations about his wealthy wife’s tax strategies and for his unpopular spring declaration earlier this year, which appeared not to go far enough to protect the public from a worsening cost of living crisis.

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Mr Sunak has also not been forgiven by many Tories for ‘turning’ on Mr Johnson, as well as Health Secretary Sajid Javid, after the couple resigned in early July following the Chris scandal. Pincher, who sparked the deluge that eventually led to the departure of over 60 ministers and eventually forced the Prime Minister to resign.

That sentiment is believed to have been behind his defeat in this summer’s long leadership race to replace Mr Johnson, which was ultimately won by Ms Truss, much to the chagrin of almost everyone.

More positively for Mr Sunak, the disastrous nature of his six-week term as Prime Minister proved that all his criticisms of his “fairy tale” economic policies were right on the mark, giving him the legitimacy to win favor on the second request and hopefully appease global financial markets which have lost so much faith in Britain under Mrs Truss.

Here is everything we know about the family of the new British Prime Minister, the first Hindu to lead the country:

Who are his parents and grandparents?

Mr Sunak was born in Southampton on May 12, 1980, to parents Yashvir and Usha Sunak respectively GP and NHS pharmacist.

The couple were originally from Kenya and Tanzania, before emigrating to the UK in the 1960s, both having roots in Punjab, India.

Mr Sunak’s paternal grandfather, Ramdas Sunak, is said to have arrived in Nairobi to work as a clerk in 1935 from Gujranwala, which was then in British India but is now in Pakistan, giving that nation a claim on the legacy of the new prime minister.

The latter’s wife, Suhag Rani Sunak, Mr Sunak’s paternal grandmother, is said to have spent two years in Delhi before being reunited with her husband in Kenya in 1937.

Who are Rishi Sunak’s siblings?

Mr Sunak is the eldest of their three children: his brother Sanjay works as a psychologist and his sister Raakhi is head of strategy and planning at Education Cannot Wait, the UN’s global fund for education.

Who is he married to?

He is married to the daughter of Indian billionaire Akshata Murthy, whom he met while studying for a master’s degree in business administration at Stanford University, California.

Her father NR Narayana Murthy is commonly referred to as ‘India’s Steve Jobs’ and Ms Murthy is believed to hold a 0.91% stake in his company Infosys, which is believed to be worth £700million.

Her other professional interests include Akshata Designs, her own fashion brand, and she is listed on LinkedIn as a director of private equity and capital firm Catamaran Ventures, gym chain Digme Fitness and New & Lingwood, a men’s outfitter.

How many children do they have?

The couple have two daughters, Krishna and Anushka, whom they have largely been keen to keep out of the media spotlight, despite appearing alongside their father in the campaign this summer when he clashed with Ms Truss in roundups across the country.

They also have a Labrador named Nova.

The Sunaks are believed to own four properties, including a Grade II listed mansion at Kirby Sigston near Northallerton in his Richmond constituency in Yorkshire, a five-bedroom townhouse in South Kensington, London, another nearby apartment and a penthouse apartment in Santa Monica, California, overlooking the Pacific.

The Sunday Times Rich List assessed their combined wealth at £730million in May 2022, making them one of the richest couples in Britain and certainly Westminster.

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