Akshata Murty, wife of the newly elected British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has been making it to the headlines for quite a few days now. The reason behind it is her personal wealth – that she is wealthier than the Queen of England. However, there is far more to her than what’s making the headlines.
Here are 5 things that you should know about Akshata Narayana Murty.
1. Family Background
For those who don’t know it already, Akshata Murty is the daughter of N. R. Narayana Murthy, the Co-Founder of Infosys and an Indian billionaire businessman, and Sudha Murty, a prolific author, a dedicated social worker, and an ace orator. She has a brother Rohan Narayana Murthy, who founded the Murty Classical Library of India (MCLI), published by Harvard University Press. MCLI seeks to keep alive the greatest Indian literary works curated across the past two millennia and make them readily available to the global literary audience.
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2. Educational Background
Akshata completed her schooling from Baldwin Girls’ High School, Bengaluru and then moved to California to study Economics and French at Claremont McKenna College. She then pursued a Diploma in Apparel Manufacturing Technology from Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles before getting an MBA degree from the prestigious Stanford Business School in Stanford, California.
3. Business Ownership
As per the financial statements of Rishi Sunak, Akshata is the owner of Catamaran Ventures, a UK-based venture capital firm that also has investments in India. She is also the Director of Digme Fitness and owns shares in Jamie Oliver restaurants and Wendy’s India, apart from being a fashion designer.
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4. Net Worth
As mentioned earlier, Akshata’s net worth surpasses that of the British Crown. While the personal wealth of King Charles III amounts to 350 million pounds, Akshata is the proud owner of a whopping 480 million pounds worth of shares, a significant 130 million more than the British King. Out of this wealth of 480 million pounds, over 430 million pounds is in the form of shares of Infosys, the tech giant owned by her father.
5. Personal Life
It was at Stanford University that Akshata met her future husband Rishi Sunak and the duo tied the knot in an intimate 2-day wedding ceremony in Bengaluru in 2009. The couple has two school-going daughters, Krishna and Anoushka.
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