The United Kingdom’s former Chancellor in Boris Johnson‘s administration, Rishi Sunak has emerged as the new leader of the British Conservative Party. He was elected on Monday, October 24, 2022.
He will be named the new UK Prime Minister, the party announced in a tweet on Monday.
Here are 18 things to know about Rishi Sunak:
1. Rishi Sunak was Born in Southampton on May 12, 1980
2. He is of Indian descent.
3. In the 1960s, his Indian parents immigrated to the United Kingdom from East Africa.
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4. He is a Conservative Party member and has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond (Yorks) since 2015.
5. From 2020 to 2022, he was Chancellor of the Exchequer, and from 2019 to 2020, he was Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Rishi Sunak, Boris Johnson
6. Sunak went to Winchester College.
7. He went on to study philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) at Lincoln College, Oxford, and later earned an MBA as a Fulbright Scholar from Stanford University in California.
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8. While studying at Stanford, He met his wife Akshata Murty, the daughter of N. R. Narayana Murthy, the Indian billionaire businessman who founded Infosys.
9. Sunak and his wife are the 222nd richest people in Britain with a combined fortune of £730m as of 2022.
10. Sunak was elected to the House of Commons for Richmond in North Yorkshire at the 2015 general election, succeeding William Hague.
11. Sunak supported Brexit in the 2016 referendum on EU membership.
12. He was appointed to Theresa May‘s second government as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Local Government in the 2018 reshuffle.
13. He supported May’s Brexit withdrawal agreement three times.
14. Sunak supported Boris Johnson’s campaign for Conservative leader after May resigned.
15. Sunak was appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury by Johnson after he was elected and appointed Prime Minister.
16. Sunak replaced Sajid Javid as Chancellor of the Exchequer after his resignation in the February 2020 cabinet reshuffle.
17. He resigned as chancellor on July 5, 2022, citing differences in economic policy with Johnson in his resignation letter.
18. Sunak’s resignation, combined with Javid’s resignation as Health Secretary, resulted in Johnson’s resignation amid a government crisis.