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Person.png Rishi Sunak  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(politician, hedge fund manager, banker)
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King Charles III "kissing hands" with Rishi Sunak
Born12 May 1980
Southampton
NationalityUK
Alma materWinchester College, Lincoln College (Oxford), Stanford Graduate School of Business
SpouseAkshata Murty
Founder ofTheleme Partners
InterestsBrexit
Very rich Goldman Sachs bankster installed as UK Prime Minister in 2022.

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In office
25 October 2022 - Present
Preceded byLiz Truss

Employment.png Leader of the Conservative Party Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
24 October 2022 - Present
Preceded byLiz Truss

Employment.png Chancellor of the Exchequer Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
13 February 2020 - 5 July 2022
Appointed byBoris Johnson
Preceded bySajid Javid
Succeeded byNadhim Zahawi

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In office
24 July 2019 - 13 February 2020
Appointed byBoris Johnson
Preceded byLiz Truss
Succeeded byStephen Barclay

Rishi Sunak is a British Conservative Party politician who is Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer from 13 February 2020[1] until he resigned on 5 July 2022.[2]

He was previously Chief Secretary to the Treasury from July 2019 to February 2020, and has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Richmond (Yorks) since the UK/General election/2015.

Background

Rishi Sunak: Inside the Tory leadership candidate's fortune - Channel 4 News

Born in Southampton, Hampshire to an Indian Punjabi family, Rishi Sunak's early education was head boy at Winchester College. Sunak subsequently studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Lincoln College, Oxford, and later gained an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business as a Fulbright scholar in 2006. None of his Stanford professors remembers him ever attending.[3]

Investment banking

After graduating he worked for investment bank Goldman Sachs, and later as a partner at Chris Hohn's hedge fund management firm The Children's Investment Fund Management (TCI). Hohn is he biggest individual donor to Extinction Rebellion.[4]

In 2009, Sunak co-founded Thélème Partners. He worked at Thélème from 2009 until 2013 when he left to enter politics.[5] In what is "perhaps a coincidence, but an intriguing one nonetheless"[6], Thelema is also the occult spiritual philosophy and new religious movement founded in the early 1900s by Aleister Crowley.[7]

Thélème Partners invested $500 million in Moderna. In November 2020, as soon as Moderna announced its Covid jab "could be up to 94.5 per cent effective," the UK immediately did a deal to buy five million doses. Sunak was Chancellor of the Exchequer at the time.[8] As of 2022, the market value of Thélème’s shareholding, at $915 million, made it the 6th top institutional investor in Moderna.[6]

Thélème Partners is owned 75% or more by Theleme Services Ltd, which again is controlled by the Frenchman Patrick Degorce.[9][10] In 2011, Degorce was one of the earliest investors in Moderna, when Moderna only had about ten employees and a market value of around $125 million.[11]

Personal

Rishi Sunak is a Hindu, and took his oath as an MP at the House of Commons on the Bhagavad Gita. In August 2009, he married Akshata Murty, the daughter of the Indian billionaire N. R. Narayana Murthy, the founder of the technology company Infosys. Akshata Murty owns a 0.91% stake—valued at about $900m (£746m) in April 2022—in Infosys, making her one of the wealthiest women in Britain.[12] One of the "Independent Directors" of Infosys is Uri Levine[13], who formerly served in the Israeli technology spook outfit Unit 8200.[14]

Sunak and Murty met while studying at Stanford University; they have two daughters. Murty is a director of her father's investment firm, Catamaran Ventures. They own Kirby Sigston Manor in the village of Kirby Sigston, North Yorkshire, as well as a mews house in Earl's Court in central London, a flat on the Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, and a penthouse apartment on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California. Sunak is a teetotaller, and has stated he is a fan of Coca-Cola. He was previously a governor of the East London Science School. Sunak has a Labrador called Nova and is a cricket, tennis and horse racing enthusiast.[15]

Sunak's brother Sanjay is a psychologist. His sister Raakhi is the Chief of Strategy and Planning at Education Cannot Wait, the United Nations global fund for education. Sunak is close friends with The Spectator's political editor James Forsyth, whom he has known since their school days. Sunak was the best man at Forsyth's wedding to the journalist Allegra Stratton, and they are godparents to each other's children. In April 2022, it was reported that Sunak and Murty had moved out of 11 Downing Street to a newly refurbished West London home. The Sunday Times Rich List 2022 named Sunak and Murty the 222nd wealthiest people in the UK, with an estimated combined wealth of £730 million, making Sunak the "first frontline politician to join the rich list".[16]

Campaigning

Debating with Labour's Rebecca Long-Bailey

In a televised debate during the UK/2019 General Election campaign, Labour's Rebecca Long-Bailey rubbished Rishi Sunak, representing the Tories, when he said the last Labour government had crashed the economy:

“We suffered a world banking crisis: your Chancellor (Sajid Javid) was working at Deutsche Bank, selling the very derivatives that caused the crash in the first place."[17]

And she rubbished his claims about the impact of Labour’s plans, retorting:

"Secondly, when you talk about reckless spending plans, I think you were referred to recently in the media talking about the figure of £1.2 trillion spends which is a fabricated lie that the Conservative Party have been perpetrating over the last few weeks. We're the only party with a credible and detailed costing plan, to outline our plans and I haven't seen any costings for your party whatsoever."[18]

Leadership election

Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss were the two remaining candidates in the July–September 2022 Conservative Party leadership election. The result was decided by a ballot of Conservative Party members, which ended on 2 September 2022, and was announced on 5 September.[19] Liz Truss was elected Leader of the Conservative Party on 5 September 2022, and became Prime Minister the following day.[20]

On 20 October 2022, Liz Truss announced she would resign as Prime Minister, saying there would be a leadership election within a week.[21] Rishi Sunak was elected Leader of the Conservative Party on 24 October 2022 and appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom by King Charles III upon the resignation of Liz Truss on 25 October 2022.[22]

Little Britain

On 5 July 2023, Giles Wilkes wrote an article entitled "Ashes to Ashes: Is Rishi Sunak taking Britain back to the 1980s?" in The New European, which concluded:

"Rishi Sunak has diminished the UK"
"Britain was once a place that could imagine progress and drive towards it. We knew we could do better, and saw examples of this just across the Channel. Even in the UK, it was normal to expect each generation to be better off than the one before. Both sides of politics still believed this was within reach, if only the right policies could be enacted. The cocktail of difficult reforms put together by the Thatcher government had a point to them – the transformation of Britain into a more entrepreneurial, free-market and outward-looking place. This involved a heap of pain, but it wasn’t pain for its own sake. Of course, much of it was too harsh, and clumsily or even cruelly delivered, but it also contained positive ideas like the European single market and reforms that (under New Labour) did finally help to end the scourge of ever-rising inflation and unemployment. There was something for subsequent governments to build on.
"The pain that 'we' have to take today is of a different kind. Britons are now facing higher inflation and interest rates than in Germany, Italy, France or Spain because we have embarked upon a programme of regression. It will take years to disentangle all the factors, including the recovery from Covid and the Bank of England’s missteps. But I think stubborn inflation partly demonstrates how the motor of progress has been sabotaged. In the years since the Brexit referendum, investment has been weaker, the flow of immigrant labour seriously disrupted, and our supply chains crudely reconfigured. Brexit has led to a weaker economy and less revenue for the Treasury, and consequently under-resourced public services. Higher inflation is one way an economy displays its weakness. The metaphorical engine of the economy is beginning to sputter and smoke, and that squealing is the sound of us having to jam down the interest-rate brake harder than the rest.
"Forty years ago, Britain led the world in economic reforms. Today, as Bidenomics propels the US into a manufacturing boom, we are left fretting about whether we have the funds to be a follower. Under Thatcher, sharply higher rates were part of a policy to drive the country into a better place. Today, they are just a painful acknowledgement that we have fallen into a worse one."[23]


 

Appointments by Rishi Sunak

AppointeeJobAppointedEnd
Kemi BadenochUK/International Trade Secretary6 September 20227 February 2023
Kemi BadenochUK/Business and Trade Secretary7 February 2023
Stephen BarclayUK/Environment Secretary13 November 2023
Stephen BarclaySecretary of State for Health25 October 202213 November 2023
Suella BravermanHome Secretary25 October 202213 November 2023
David CameronUK/Foreign Secretary13 November 2023
James CleverlyHome Secretary13 November 2023
James CleverlyUK/Foreign Secretary6 September 202213 November 2023
Thérèse CoffeyUK/Minister/Environment25 October 202213 November 2023
Claire CoutinhoSecretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero31 August 2023
Oliver DowdenUnited Kingdom/Deputy Prime Minister21 April 2023
Zac GoldsmithMinister of State for Asia Energy Climate and Environment25 October 202230 June 2023
Michael GoveMinister for Intergovernmental Relations25 October 2022
Michael GoveSecretary of State for Communities and Local Government25 October 2022
Damian HindsUK/Minister/Prisons27 October 2022
Gillian KeeganUK/Minister/Education25 October 2022
Johnny MercerMinister of State for Veterans' Affairs25 October 2022
Andrew MitchellMinister of State for Development25 October 2022
Jesse NormanMinister of State for Decarbonisation and Technology26 October 2022
Neil O'BrienParliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Primary Care and Public Health8 September 2022
Grant ShappsUK/Defence Secretary31 August 2023
Grant ShappsSecretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy25 October 202231 August 2023
Gavin WilliamsonMinister without Portfolio25 October 20228 November 2022
Nadhim ZahawiChairman of the Conservative Party25 October 2022
Nadhim ZahawiMinister without Portfolio25 October 2022

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Brexit is the villain in accidental death of the economyArticle6 August 2023William KeeganThe Brexit miscreants who conned the nation just carry on shamelessly, while their replacements, Rishi Sunak and co, take up the banner and Keir Starmer, once a noble remainer, offends his natural followers by ruling out rejoining the EU or even the single market.
Document:Nadine Dorries resignation letterLetter27 August 2023Nadine DorriesNadine Dorries has resigned from her Commons seat with a scathing attack on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. The Mid Bedfordshire MP's full resignation letter is below in full...
Document:On Gaza, Sunak's Tories and Starmer's Labour have merged into a single pro-war partyArticle22 January 2024Peter OborneIf the ICJ rules in South Africa’s favour then Rishi Sunak, as well as US President Joe Biden, will be wide open to the charge that they are aiding and abetting genocide. And so will Labour’s Keir Starmer.
Document:Parody Britain and the Death of the Fourth EstateArticle9 December 2021Mike SmallThis is a ruling elite, a governing class that comes from the same strata, shares the same education and is literally inter-married. In this context the idea that such a media can hold the powerful to account is of course laughable. The British media is incestuous and dysfunctional.
Document:Sunak likes the single market. So why doesn't Labour?Article5 March 2023William Keegan"I had many criticisms of Thatcherism and its impact on unemployment and social harmony, but one thing Margaret Thatcher got right was the importance of the EU single market and attracting Japanese, German and other firms to the UK. All this is now up for grabs by Starmer and his team."
Document:The conspiracy of lies about Corbyn that unites Sunak and StarmerArticle8 November 2022Peter ObornePrime Minister Rishi Sunak's abuse of his high office to smear Corbyn proves that he means to employ the same deceitful methods as his disgraced predecessor, Boris Johnson.
Document:Up to King Charles whether he wishes to attend COP27Article28 October 2022Geneva AbdulKing Charles will not attend the COP27 summit, Downing Street has said, as it is not the “right occasion” for him to do so. The former Prime Minister Liz Truss had asked the king not to attend the summit, and her successor, Rishi Sunak, has left it in place, No 10 confirmed in the afternoon of 28 October 2022. Sunak had already decided not to attend COP27.
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References

  1. "Sajid Javid resigns as chancellor in Boris Johnson reshuffle"
  2. "Ex-Chancellor Rishi Sunak launches bid to be Conservative leader"
  3. https://www.indy100.com/politics/rishi-sunak-university-professors-stanford
  4. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/03/25/extinction-rebellion-backing-hedge-fund-chief-hits-greenwashing/
  5. https://www.history.co.uk/articles/little-known-facts-about-rishi-sunak
  6. a b https://expose-news.com/2022/10/28/rishi-sunak-theleme-and-moderna/
  7. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thelema
  8. https://www.gov.uk/government/people/rishi-sunak
  9. https://whalewisdom.com/filer/theleme-partners-llp#tabadv_ownership_tab_link
  10. https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/06978736/persons-with-significant-control
  11. https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-millionaire-who-gave-moderna-a-shot-11601650821
  12. "Next UK PM Rishi Sunak on being British, Indian and Hindu at the same time"
  13. https://www.infosys.com/newsroom/press-releases/2020/independent-director-appointment-20april2020.html
  14. https://www.aaespeakers.com/keynote-speakers/uri-levine
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