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Business News/ News / World/  UK PM Rishi Sunak, wife Akshata Murty lose over 2000 cr in a year; 11 NRIs among Britain's 100 richest people
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UK PM Rishi Sunak, wife Akshata Murty lose over ₹2000 cr in a year; 11 NRIs among Britain's 100 richest people

The billionaire couple's most valuable asset has long been a shareholding in Infosys
  • As Britain's prime minister, Rishi Sunak is entitled to an annual salary of about 165,000 pounds ( ₹1.72 crore)
  • Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty deplane ahead of the G-7 Summit. (AP)Premium
    Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty deplane ahead of the G-7 Summit. (AP)

    The wealth of British Priem Minister Rishi Sunka and his wife Akshata Murty has taken a massive hit this time. The ultra-super-rich couple has lost GBP 201 million ( 2072 crore approx) in the past one year. The power couple, having family ties with Indian business tycoon Narayana Murthy and philanthropist Sudha Murty, has lost billions of wealth due to a fall in shares of Infosys.

    Narayana Murthy is the founder of Infosys and Akshata Murty is his daughter and Sunak is his son-in-law. The billionaire couple's most valuable asset has long been a shareholding in Infosys.

    UK PM Sunak and his wife Murty ranked in the 222nd position last year in The Sunday Times Rich List. However, as Infosys shares plummeted by about 20% in the last 12 months, the rank of this wealth couple has plunged to 227 this year.

    Last year, Sunak and Murty made a debut on The Sunday Times Rich List. At that time their stake was worth about GBP 690 million. This year, the couple's wealth nosedived to GBP 529 million, largely attributed to the IT firm Infosys.

    Notably, Sunak is the richest ever occupant of 10 Downing Street, and his fortune has opened him up to regular attacks from opposition politicians who say he is out of touch with ordinary people at a time of a cost-of-living crisis making many Britons poorer.

    As Britain's prime minister, he is entitled to an annual salary of about 165,000 pounds ($208,246). According to Rich List estimates, his wealth was put at around 730 million pounds last year, before it dropped to 529 million in 2023.

    Rich NRIs in Britain:

    On The Sunday Times Rich List 2023, Britain’s wealthiest families are once again topped by the Indian-origin Hinduja family, who saw their wealth increase over the past year to hit GBP 35 billion – the largest fortune ever recorded by the newspaper.

    It comes just days after the family patriarch, Srichand P. Hinduja, passed away in London aged 87.

    The top 10 of the 2023 "Sunday Times Rich List" includes another set of India-born brothers, David and Simon Reuben, ranked fourth with a fortune estimated at around GBP 24.399 billion.

    At No. 6 is NRI tycoon of ArcelorMittal steelworks Lakshmi N. Mittal with GBP 16 billion, down GBP 1 billion from last year, followed by Vedanta Resources’ industrialist Anil Agarwal at No. 22 with an estimated GBP 8 billion.

    Other Indian-origin billionaires on the 2023 list include textiles entrepreneur Prakash Lohia at No. 33 with an estimated GBP 5.846 billion; retail majors Mohsin and Zuber Issa at No. 40 with GBP 5.05 billion; and pharma chiefs Navin and Varsha Engineer at 61 with GBP 2.8 billion.

    Also in the top 100 are leading NRI industrialists, Lord Swraj Paul and family, ranked 68th with an estimated GBP 2.6 billion, and Simon, Bobby, and Robin Arora at 71 with GBP 2.532 billion.

    A new British Indian entry to this year’s Rich List is fashion industrialist Sunder Genomal, ranked 78th with a fortune estimated at GBP 2.276 billion, with hoteliers Jasminder Singh and family – regulars on the tally – coming in at 89 with GBP 1.904 billion.

    King Charles III makes his entry to the list as the new British monarch, with an estimated fortune of GBP 600 million – which surpasses the wealth of his late mother Queen Elizabeth II, who had an estimated GBP 370 million at the time of her death in 2022.

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    Published: 20 May 2023, 07:20 AM IST
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