Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy on Friday expressed happiness in the victory of his son-in-law Rishi Sunak, in the British Parliament election. Rishi Sunak, a 34-year-old Oxford and Stanford graduate won from British Foreign Secretary William Hague’s constituency of Richmond in North Yorkshire.
Sunak, a first-time member of parliament, will represent Richmond, a largely rural constituency. For the last 26 years Richmond had been represented by Conservative leader William Hague.
In an e-mail statement to FE Murthy said, “I am very happy that Rishi has won convincingly in Richmond – Yorks with such a majority. He and Akshata worked very hard, beat the pavement and communicated his merit, integrity and his vision for his constituency. He has big shoes to fill since he is succeeding William Hague. I am positive that he will do well as an MP.”
Sunak was born in Southampton as the son of a doctor with the UK’s National Health Service and a mother who once ran a local chemist shop. He attended the elite Winchester College before going to Oxford to read for a degree in philosophy, politics and economics.The former Fulbright scholar and one-time Goldman Sachs analyst met his wife and Murthy’s daughter Akshata at Stanford. The two were married at a ceremony in Bangalore in 2009. The couple has two daughters, Krishna and Anoushka.
“I grew up watching my parents serve our local community with dedication… 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,” states Sunak on his website.