"We are proud of him and we wish him success."
With Rishi Sunak’s new appointment as Prime Minister, he is reported to be the wealthiest politician.
He and his wife Akshata Murthy have a combined net worth of £730 million.
Akshata makes up much of the fortune but what do we know about Rishi Sunak’s billionaire in-laws?
Sunak’s triumph in British politics has garnered large support in India, mainly due to his Indian background and the fact that his father-in-law is NR Narayana Murthy.
Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, is considered one of India’s wealthiest businessmen. He has been the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief mentor of the company.
On his son-in-law’s appointment as PM, Mr Murthy said:
“Congratulations to Rishi. We are proud of him and we wish him success.
“We are confident he will do his best for the people of the United Kingdom.”
Mr Murthy is estimated to be worth around £3.9 billion, but he lives a simple life.
He and his wife Sudha Murthy have lived in the same Bengaluru flat for decades and it does not have any features of extensive opulence.
Mr Murthy has since retired, taking the title of chairman emeritus.
Sudha is an educator, author and philanthropist, who is chairperson of the Infosys Foundation.
She is best known for her contribution to literature in Kannada and English.
Inspired by her husband’s passion to read, released Three Thousand Stitches in 2017.
The book details what her husband is like such as the fact that he drives a modest car and helps with household chores.
Her husband’s humility is frequently referenced throughout the book.
NR Narayana Murthy’s employees at the technology firm have also highlighted the humble nature of the businessman.
Mr Murthy is known for his integrity and passion for giving back. After books, philanthropy is another passion, he has stated:
“The real power of money is in giving it away.”
At the time of Infosys’s beginnings when its financial position did not have the stronghold for technology today, Mr Murthy travelled in economy class.
This rule of Mr Murthy’s only halted when Infosys had accumulated a revenue of $1 billion.
Mr Murthy has received many positive comments about his character throughout his career.
Marketing specialist and Partner at Indian firm Counselage Suhel Seth remarked:
“He was an inspirational, outstanding role model.
“He was unique in showing the average middle-class Indian that you can succeed while being ethical at the same time. He is the epitome of the self-made man and his humility is genuine.”