Rishi Sunak, the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, met last Tuesday (25) King Charles III at Buckingham Palace, during a ceremony to formalize the start of the mandate of the politician.
The curious part of the meeting between Charles and Sunak is that, in the room where the two met, the king was the second richest man in that environment, second only to the new Prime Minister.
According to a publication in the Sunday Times Rich List, the 42-year-old politician’s fortune is estimated at 730 million pounds (approximately R$4.45 billion, in value conversion), which places him, together with his wife , Akshata Murty, in the 222nd position of the richest people in the United Kingdom.
The personal fortune of Charles III, according to the same publication, is estimated at 370 million pounds (about R$ 2.2 billion, in value conversion).
Despite the numbers, a study by Forbes estimated that British royalty has a net worth of $28 billion (about 148 billion reais, in values conversion), adding real estate, castles, jewelry and investments.
In fact, much of the fortune of the youngest Prime Minister in modern UK history came after his marriage. Akshata is the daughter of Narayana Murthy, the sixth richest man in India, founder of Infosys, an information technology company.
Sunak’s wife is therefore entitled to a piece of the company pie, since she owns 0.91% of Infosys shares, which are worth around 727 million pounds in value).
In addition to the shares of the Indian company, Sunak and Akshata maintain other investments. Before getting married, the Prime Minister worked in the financial market as a banking analyst, which helped to increase his capital.
Among the couple’s declared assets are a home in Los Angeles, US, a mansion in Yorkshire, northern England, and two other residences in the capital, London, all valued at around 15.5 million pounds (about Rs. 94.5 million reais).
Despite high property investments, the Prime Minister is known to drive a Volkswagen Golf through the streets of London, a relatively cheap vehicle compared to his fortune.
Now Britons are hoping that the experience of Sunak, who also served as Britain’s finance minister under Boris Johnson, can reverse the chaotic economic scenario left behind by his predecessor, Liz Truss.
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