Rising star of British politics, UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, after only two years in office, is seen as a serious candidate, if necessary, to replace Boris Johnson, weakened by several scandals, as prime minister.
With an eternal smile, as if drawn on his lips, with the air of being the first in the class, this 41-year-old man with a slender silhouette was appointed Chancellor of the Treasury on February 13, 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic, context in which he quickly gained popularity by generously opening the state wallet.
Sunak injected tens of billions of pounds to revitalize an ailing economy.
The successful strategy to preserve jobs, thanks to a part-time work device, and the unprecedented scope of a set of measures implemented placed him at the top of popular esteem, while Johnson was riddled with criticism for his management of the pandemic.
Should he become his successor, he would be the first Hindu-born Briton to head the UK government.
In 2015, upon entering the House of Commons, the elected representative for Yorkshire (north of England), took an oath on the Bhagavad Gita, the sacred book of Hinduism, written in Sanskrit.
return to orthodoxy
Following the pandemic largesse, the Conservative began his return to his much-expensive budgetary orthodoxy, notably announcing a tax hike that was widely criticized even by his own camp and denounced as a blow to the pocketbooks of the most modest.
“For me, being conservative means being responsible for money, both for people and for public finances” and paying off the debt assumed during the pandemic “is doing the right thing, taking the responsible option,” he justifies.
Although his image has suffered a blow with this, the minister, known for his abstemiousness and his taste for detail, continues to be preferred among conservative parliamentarians and voters with respect to the current head of government, buffeted by endless revelations about very well-watered in Downing Street during successive lockdowns.
Five years in politics were enough for Sunak to reach, at the age of 39, the highly coveted position of finance minister after the resignation of his predecessor, Sajid Javid. Previously he had only been secretary in chief of the Treasury and also of State in charge of local communities.
Sunak is the second youngest finance minister in history, behind only George Osborne, appointed in 2010 when he was 38 years old.
His style is reminiscent of former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair. And he is building a real “Rishi Sunak” brand on Instagram and Twitter. He can be seen working on his house dressed in a hoodie or boots and a fluorescent vest at a construction site.
Exposure on social media sometimes takes its toll. In the summer of 2020 he was criticized for a photo showing a very expensive ‘smart mug’ on his desk, which the press used to point out his luxurious tastes.
This Brexit supporter is married to the daughter of one of the co-founders of the Indian IT services company Infosys, the wealthy NR Narayana Murthy. He owns a Georgian mansion in Kirby Sigston, a Yorkshire town.
He met his wife Akshata in California, where the couple lived before moving to the UK. They have two daughters.
Born on May 12, 1980 in Southampton, on the south coast of England, he is the eldest of three children of a general public health practitioner and a pharmacist.
Originally from India, her grandparents emigrated to British East Africa in the 1960s.
Sunak, who claims to have been the victim of racism in a fast-food restaurant as a teenager, studied at Winchester College, a posh boarding school for boys, and studied politics, philosophy and economics at the prestigious British Oxford and American Stanford universities.
Before devoting himself to politics, he had already worked in finance, such as at Goldman Sachs, and at his own investment company.
In addition, he is a fan of cricket and football, as well as the film saga “Star Wars”, and is considered one of the richest British MPs. A fortune that could also take its toll on him in a country where the poorest suffer when their cost of living skyrockets.
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