Akshata Murty, the Indian wife of British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, is astonishingly rich thanks to her billionaire father, a fortune that is attracting controversy as ordinary people struggle with the financial crisis. cost of living.
Sunak’s father-in-law, 76-year-old NR Narayana Murthy, co-founded tech giant Infosys in 1981. His outsourcing fortune is now worth around $75 billion, which has helped propel India into the “office” of India. world support”.
One of only two non-Americans on Fortune’s 2012 list of “12 Greatest Entrepreneurs of Our Time,” the Infosys chief’s life-changing moment came in 1974 when he was locked up for four nights in communist Eastern Europe.
Later, Narayana said: “That helped me go from a confused leftist to a benevolent capitalist.
Meanwhile, Sunak’s mother-in-law Sudha was Tata Motors’ first female engineer after famously complaining via a postcard to the president about the company’s regulations that “women candidates do not need to apply “.
Regarded as “India’s most beloved granny”, she is an experienced author and social worker, founding 60,000 libraries and building 16,000 toilets – and is said to be modest despite possessing a huge fortune.
Sudha ensures an austere upbringing for her two children, Akshata and Rohan, who don’t have a television at home and insists they go to school by autorickshaw like their classmates.
Normally for class-conscious India, where arranged marriages are still common, the couple is fine with Murty’s relatively modest choice of husband, the son of a doctor from Southampton named Rishi Sunak.
In one letter, Murty’s father – who spells his last name differently from his daughter’s – said that Sunak was “all that you have described him – smart, handsome and most importantly honest.” .
The couple met at Stanford University, USA while Murty was studying for an MBA. The future prime minister was a Fulbright scholar with a first class degree from Oxford.
Their 2009 wedding was a relatively modest event by good Indian standards, but the reception was attended by around 1,000 guests including politicians, industrialists and cricketers.
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Murty’s stake in Infosys is worth about $700 million, making her richer than the late Queen Elizabeth II, whose personal fortune is estimated at $460 million according to the 2021 Sunday Times Rich List .
The 42-year-old has also earned tens of millions of dong in dividends in recent years, but her “non-immigrant” status in the UK has caused some of this income to be affected by corporate taxes. Older brother.
To assuage some of the public anger that has damaged her husband politically, Murty said in April that she would pay British taxes on all her worldwide income.
“I’m doing this because I want to, not because the rules require me to,” she tweeted. “My decision … will not change the fact that India is still the country where I was born, my nationality, my homeland and where I live. But I also love the UK.”
This couple – with two daughters and a photogenic dog – are still extremely wealthy and their lavish lifestyle has gone unnoticed by the British media at a time when ordinary people are struggling. .
In August it was reported that they had spent £400,000 on a beach swimming pool in their home country. In July, Sunak wore Prada loafers during a campaign visit to a dotted construction site.
Murty and Sunak own at least four properties, including a £7million five-bedroom house in Kensington, London. They also own an apartment in Santa Monica, California.
She studied finance and marketing before founding her own fashion label, Akshata Designs, in 2010.
According to a 2011 Vogue profile, Murty works with artists in remote villages to create fusion of Indian and Western clothing that is “a vehicle for exploring Indian culture”.
“I believe we live in a materialistic society,” she told the magazine. “People are becoming more and more conscious of the world they live in. Doing good is fashionable.”
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