Akshata Murty, the daughter of Infosys co-founder Narayan Murthy and author Sudha Murty, is notoriously less outgoing than her husband Rishi Sunak, but that’s set to change somewhat as she becomes India’s first First Lady of the first. British Indian Prime Minister. .
The 42-year-old fashion designer and venture capitalist as director of Catamaran Ventures UK met Sunak, also 42, when the duo were studying at Stanford University in the US.
The new Southampton-born prime minister has opened up about how he changed his class schedule to be closer to her and the rest, as they say, is history. The couple married in a two-day ceremony in Bangalore in 2006 and have two school-going daughters, Krishna and Anoushka.
“Rishi has always respected the fact that I am Indian and as proud of my country as he is of his,” Murty wrote on social media earlier this year when his tax cases hit the headlines.
“He never asked me to give up my Indian citizenship, my ties to India or my business, despite the ways such a decision would have made things politically easier for him,” she said. .
It happened when she gave up her legal non-domiciled status to avoid it becoming a ‘distraction’ for her husband’s political career, meaning she now pays tax on all his earnings Indians from Infosys shares also in the UK. At the time of the media maelstrom around her non-dom status, she hit back at the implications that it was somehow indicative of her stronger connection to India than the UK.
“My decision to pay UK tax on all my worldwide income will not change the fact that India remains the country of my birth, my citizenship, my parents’ house and my place of residence. But I love the UK too,” she said.
“During my time here I have invested in British businesses and supported British causes. My daughters are British. They are growing up in the UK. I am so proud to be here,” she added.
As an investor, Murty’s company is focused on the consumer technology sector with a view to investing in fast-growing UK brands that require strategic capital.
“Women’s skills cover a wider portfolio, or perhaps society allows women to express their skills in a broader sense – whether through cooking, acting, banking. investment or the arts,” she explained during an online event for International Women’s Day. Last year.
“Women are now learning to use their skills, passions and interests and to fit into what can traditionally be defined as success,” she said.
Recalling a course on work-life balance at Stanford University, she added: “What was interesting was all this discussion about how women have to juggle work-life balance, in especially in the business world.
“I was kind of puzzled because I grew up in a family of very strong women…so I never thought it was just a woman’s job to have that work-life balance. It was the family’s job to have that balance. Her husband revealed in a recent interview that one of the secrets to their happy marriage was that they were very different people. While he described himself as “incredibly tidy”, he affectionately called his wife “very messy” but also the most spontaneous.
The Sunak family moved out of the flat above 10 Downing Street – the official residence used by the Chancellor of the Exchequer – in April following controversy over Murty’s tax affairs. But Sunak insisted at the time that it had nothing to do with what happened and more with the fact that their eldest daughter, Krishna, was in her last term of primary school and wanted to go. to school on foot every day.
The family are now expected to split their time between their London home in Kensington, the North Yorkshire constituency residence, and homes of grace and favor in Downing Street and Checkers.
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