British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty, whose father NR Narayana Murthy co-founded Indian IT major Infosys have made their debut on the UK’s ‘Asian Rich List 2022’.
He is ranked 17th on the list, with an estimated wealth of 790 million pounds, news agency PTI reported.
Sunak, 42, took oath as the prime minister on October 25. He is the first Indian-origin person to lead the UK, the first non-white, person of color to become the UK’s PM, at the age of 42, he is also the youngest person to take the office in more than 200 years, as well as the first PM to take the oath under the new King Charles III.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Guest Oliver Dowden, MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said: “Every year, we see the British Asian Community continue to grow in stature which comes as no surprise to me personally.”
“Throughout my life, I have seen first hand the hard work, determination and entrepreneurship of the British Asian community. And, of course, in my latest job, I have a British Asian Boss, my very good friend Mr Rishi Sunak, the United Kingdom’s first-ever British Asian Prime Minister,” Dowden said.
The Hinduja family tops the list for the eighth time in a row, with an estimated worth of 30.5 billion pounds, up three billion pounds from the previous year. Hinduja Group is an Indian transnational conglomerate. The group is present in eleven sectors.
London mayor Sadiq Khan presented a copy of the ‘Asian Rich List 2022’ to Ritu Chhabria, daughter of Gopichand Hinduja, Co-Chairman of the Hinduja Group at the 24th annual Asian Business Awards at the Westminster Park Plaza hotel on Wednesday night.
This year’s Asian Rich list boasts of 16 billionaires from the UK, one more than last year with most of the billionaires seeing their wealth increase or stay the same as last year.
Sri Prakash Lohia and family have seen the biggest increase in wealth on this year’s list, a rise of 4 billion pounds to 8.8 billion pounds.
Lakshmi Mittal and his son Aditya (12.8 billion pounds) and Prakash Lohia and family (8.8 billion pounds) and Nirmal Sethia (6.5 billion pounds) are other richest on the list.