Rishi Sunak, the son-in-law of Infosys NR founder Narayana Murthy, wants to be the UK’s next prime minister.
Sunak was born in Southampton, England to Indian-born parents in 1980 and married Akshata Murthy in 2009. Murthy is Indian national and IT services giant Infosys is the family business: her father is CEO as well as founder . She owns just under one percent of the org, which makes her a paper billionaire.
Sunak has also performed well as an investment banker and hedge fund expert. The couple, with a net worth of £ 730 million ($ 825 million), was ranked by the Sunday Times Rich List as Britain’s 222nd richest person.
That wealth became a problem earlier this year when it was revealed that Murthy used legal but cynical tax minimization practices even though Sunak was running the UK economy as Chancellor of the Exchequer, a gig that involves a strong attention to ensure that all taxes due are collected.
Murthy reorganized his business to pay more UK taxes and a nascent scandal was deflated.
The couple’s combined fortune has now been celebrated, at least by the fictional cat residing in the UK Prime Minister’s official home at 10 Downing Street.
Rishi Sunak becomes Prime Minister. His family is loaded with caviar and lobster on the menu for me tomorrow.
– Larry the cat (@ Number10cat) October 24, 2022
Cat jokes aside, Sunak’s comment led to enthusiastic expressions of support from India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi went a little beyond the usual serene congratulations to a national leader by linking Sunak to the Hindu festival of Diwali.
Warm congratulations @Rishi Sunak! When you become UK PM, I look forward to working closely on global issues and implementing the Roadmap 2030. The Diwali special wishes the UK Indian “living bridge” as we transform our historical ties into one. modern partnership.
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 24, 2022
Former Infosys Chief Finance Officer V Balakrishnan reportedly called the event “a historic moment” and the appointment of a “migrant” to the role of a sign of “a mature democracy”. (Although Sunak was actually born in the UK and is not a migrant.)
A local newspaper even gave Sunak the nickname “Bengaluru’s son-in-law”.
Sunak becomes the first British Prime Minister of South Asian origin, as well as the first non-white person to hold the office, after the former leader, Liz Truss, survives a head of lettuce. Fear not, Truss’s legacy lives on within The Reg’s online standards, where her tenure has inspired a new unit of measure.
Although Akshata Murthy is no longer involved in Infosys operations, the company has contracts across the UK, including a £ 22 million concert to replace SAP R / 3 systems with Oracle Fusion for East Sussex County Council. Infosys has also, for years, entered into a major core technology contract with UCAS, the UK’s higher education admissions service.
the reg imagine that soon, right or wrong, such contracts will attract more scrutiny. ®