In July this year, Rishi Sunak and his wife of 13 years Akshata Murty – daughter of Indian billionaire Narayana Murthy – placed 222nd on The Sunday Times’ Rich List, which ranks the UK’s 1,000 richest people, and became the first frontline politician to ever make the grade. The former Chancellor of the Exchequer this week became Britain’s third Prime Minister in three months following the resignation of Liz Truss. The Sunaks, who met at university, share multiple lavish properties in the UK and one in California, and will now move into No 10 Downing Street. Their wealth places them far richer than a surprising number of celebrities and famous public figures – including the Monarch, King Charles III.
The couple’s £730million fortune means they have double that of King Charles III and Queen Camilla at their disposal.
It is estimated that the Monarch and his wife have a combined wealth of up to £350million, according to The Guardian.
Although King Charles and the Royal Family have assets – such as the Crown Estate and Buckingham Palace – amounting to more than £17billion, it does not belong to them personally and so they do not obtain revenue from it.
The Royal Family’s net average contribution to the UK economy is £1.9billion each year, according to Forbes’ estimates.
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Lionel Messi, who is largely thought of as the best and one of the richest footballers in the world, has a net worth of £309million — less than half that of the Sunaks’ fortune. In the last year, Forbes estimated that the 35-year-old Paris Saint-Germain player took home £66million.
And Roger Federer, who this year announced he was retiring from tennis, also has a smaller fortune than the Sunaks. The 41-year-old’s total earnings this year were £168million according to Forbes, and he has an estimated net worth of approximately £486million.
While the Sunaks’ wealth has been a source of contention in recent months, Mr Sunak said he does not want to be judged for his money but for his actions.
The 42-year-old, in an interview with BBC Radio 4 in July, said: “I don’t judge people by their bank accounts, I judge them by their character – and I think people can judge me by my actions over the past couple of years. Whenever I have needed to step in to support people I have, and furlough is a fantastic example of that. But what I would say as a Conservative is I believe in hard work and aspiration, and that’s my story.”