Rishi Sunak will be the new British Prime Minister: he will succeed Liz Truss in Downing Street and lead the Conservative party.
Rishi Sunak will be the new British Prime Minister, who will succeed Liz Truss. He is the first of Indian family roots and Hindu faith to hold the prestigious position.
Sunak, 42, former Chancellor of the Exchequer under Boris Johnson, had his way wide open at the head of the Conservative party, and consequently also in Downing Street from the last minute announcement of the withdrawal of Minister Penny Mordaunt, the only rival remaining in the race until today after yesterday’s resignation from BoJo.
Sunak is also one of the richest men in the UK. The fortune of him and his wife, a very wealthy heiress daughter of an Indian billionaire, whom he met in college in the United States, is estimated at over 800 million euros, double that of King Charles III. The couple has two children.
The son of Indian immigrants who arrived in Great Britain from East Africa, of bourgeois extraction (father a doctor, mother pharmacist), he attended Winchester College, a school that now costs over 50 thousand euros a year, and then went to Oxford to study PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), the main course of the future ruling class.
Then, there was the entry into politics. First undersecretary, in 2020 he was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer by Boris Johnson. After the latter’s resignation, his name was in the running with that of Liz Truss for the Tory leadership. But in early September, the party chose the latter. Not a very lucky decision, since she resisted in Downing Street for only 44 days before resigning.
After the September “mini-finance” disaster (a catastrophic fiscal policy that caused the pound to plummet in the market), the government lost two big shots in the space of a couple of weeks: Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng and the Interior Minister Suella Braverman, had resigned.