Rishi Sunak: rapid rise of UK's new finance minister

Rishi Sunak: rapid rise of UK's new finance minister

Rishi Sunak, a 39-year-old high-flying business investor who only entered politics five years ago, has enjoyed a rapid rise to become Britain's new finance minister, RFI reports.

Sunak entered parliament in 2015 and got his foot on the most junior rung of government in January 2018 -- and was still there just over six months ago.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after taking office in July last year, promoted Sunak to chief secretary to the Treasury, number two in the finance ministry.

He was therefore the obvious person to turn to after Sajid Javid sensationally walked out as finance minister during Johnson's government reshuffle on Thursday in a row over advisors.

Sunak is privately wealthy through his business career and is probably better-known in India than in Britain through his wife Akshata.

She is the daughter of Indian business magnate Narayana Murthy, the billionaire co-founder of Infosys, India's second-largest IT outsourcing firm.

Sunak is Britain's first Hindu chancellor of the exchequer, and swore his oath of allegiance in parliament on the Bhagavad Gita.

He is also the first person born in the 1980s to hold one of the so-called four great offices of state: prime minister, finance minister, foreign secretary and interior minister.

He misses out