Who is Rishi Sunak's father-in-law? Meet billionaire Narayan Murthy

Who is Rishi Sunak's father-in-law? Meet billionaire Narayan Murthy

Rishi Sunak's father-in-law is a household name in India.

Billionaire Narayan Murthy is one of the richest men in the world – and the Chancellor has admitted he can be "intimidating".

Speaking to NDTV, Sunak confessed his father-in-law isn't easily impressed but that he was grateful to have his guidance.

"He has been incredibly supportive," the MP said. "I'm very fortunate to have someone like him as family as I get to benefit from his guidance and advice – and it's quite special to have that and to have his support. I feel very fortunate really – but it's obviously very intimidating, so there's that as well."

So who is Rishi Sunak's father-in-law and how much is he worth exactly? Here's everything you need to know.

Rishi Sunak father-in-law Narayana Murthy (Credit: YouTube) Rishi Sunak father-in-law Narayana Murthy (Credit: YouTube)

Who is Rishi Sunak's father-in-law?

Rishi Sunak's father-in-law Narayan Murthy is worth a staggering $3.2billion and is often referred to as the "Steve Jobs of India". He is the co-founder of Infosys which provides business consulting, information technology and outsourcing services.

Murthy started out his own company using capital of just $250, and a six-person team, back in 1981. As chief executive and chairman of the Indian multinational corporation, Murthy led the company from its conception to 2014. Thereby cementing his reputation as one of the country's greatest entrepreneurs.

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Now, 74-year-old Murthy is now retired but still has a minority stake in Infosys.

Speaking about his relationship with his in-laws, per the Business Standard, Sunak said: "The most important thing to my in-laws is, is their daughter happy?” On family interactions, he added: “We are not competitive, except about cricket. My brother-in-law, Rohan, has more IQ and degrees coming out of his ears than anyone I know (other than my wife’s uncle) and I learn a lot from him."

Pointing out his influence, he continues: "They quite like the United States, have done a lot of business there, but I believe I have shifted them over time to very pro-UK approach."


Who is Rishi Sunak's wife?

Sunak married Murthy's daughter, Akshata, in August of 2009. The pair met while studying at Stanford University, and have two daughters, Krishna and Anoushka.

Akshata is a director of her father's investment firm, Catamaran Ventures. But she also manages her own fashion line, Akshata Designs.

Back in 2011, she told the publication: "I'm about the story behind a particular garment, its authenticity, craftsmanship and protecting a rich heritage."

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The couple lives in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Additionally, they own a house in Kensington, and a flat in Santa Monica, California.

According to the Times, her personal fortune has been estimated to be as high as £300 million. But despite her family's wealth, Akshata's roots are modest, considering she grew up in a small town 250 miles from Bangalore.

Her father has previously spoken about how they didn't have money for a television or non-essential goods growing up. And even when her father's company took off, she's joked about how he made her take a rickshaw to school. Funnily enough, this was so she could learn the "importance of austerity".

RIshi Sunak wife (Credit: Twitter) RIshi Sunak with his heiress wife Akshata (Credit: Twitter)

Who is Rishi Sunak's father?

But enough about Rishi Sunak's in-laws, let's take a look at the chancellor's immediate family. Rishi Sunak's father is GP Yashvir and his mother is chemist Usha.

On his personal website, Sunak speaks about his family background.

"I grew up watching my parents serve our local community with dedication. My dad was an NHS family GP and my mum ran her own local chemist shop. I wanted to make that same positive difference to people as their Member of Parliament and I was first elected to represent this wonderful constituency in 2015 and re-elected in 2017 and 2019. I live in Kirby Sigston, just outside Northallerton," he explains.

Speaking about his sense of identity to the Business Standard, he said: British Indian is what I tick on the census, we have a category for it. I am thoroughly British, this is my home and my country, but my religious and cultural heritage is Indian, my wife is Indian. I am open about being a Hindu."

He continues: "My parents sacrificed a great deal so I could attend good schools. I was lucky to study at Winchester College, Oxford University and Stanford University. That experience changed my life, and as a result I am passionate about ensuring everybody has access to a great education. I have been a school governor, a board member of a large youth club, and have always volunteered my time to education programmes that spread opportunity."

"I have been lucky to live, study and work internationally. And then I met my wife, Akshata, in California where we lived for a number of years before returning home. We have two daughters, Krishna and Anoushka, who keep us busy and entertained," he adds, speaking about his own life.