Akshatā Nārāyan Mūrty was born April 1980 is a Britain-based Indian heiress, businesswoman, fashion designer and venture capitalist. She is married to the current British Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Rishi Sunak. Murty and Sunak are the 222nd richest people in Britain, with a combined fortune of £730m ($830 million) as of 2022.
Akshata Murty is the daughter of N. R. Narayana Murthy, a founder of the Indian multi-national IT company Infosys, and Sudha Murty. She holds a 0.93% stake in Infosys, making her one of the wealthiest women in the UK, along with shares in several other businesses in the UK.
Akshata Murthy Education
Murty studied economics and French at Claremont McKenna College in California during the 1990s. She holds a diploma in clothes manufacturing from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.
Career & Businesses
In 2007, Murty joined Dutch cleantech firm Tendris as its marketing director, where she worked for two years, before leaving to start her own fashion firm.
She closed her fashion label in 2012. She became the director of Catamaran Ventures in 2013. With her husband Rishi Sunak, she co-founded the London branch of the Indian firm owned by her father, N. R. Narayana Murthy.
In 2015, Sunak transferred his shares to her shortly before he was elected as the Conservative MP for Richmond. Since 2015, she has owned a 0.91% or 0.93% share of her father’s technology firm Infosys, valued at around £700 million in April 2022, and shares in two of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant businesses, Wendy’s in India, and Koro Kids. As of 2022, Murthy was a director at Digme Fitness, and also Sococo, the digital transformation company that her brother Rohan Murty co-founded.
Assets & Properties
A 12-acre Georgian Manor house in the Yorkshire village of Kirby Sigston worth around £1.5 million. Reportedly, this property is owned by Akshata Murty.
Akshata Murty’s mansion in the Yorkshire village of Kirby Sigston
A penthouse apartment on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California worth £7.5 million. This property is registered under Akshata’s name.
Akshata Murty’s penthouse apartment on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, California
A mews mansion in Kensington, West London worth £6.6 million. This property is owned by Rishi Sunak.
A first-floor flat in Old Brompton Road, Kensington worth $300,000. Rishi Sunak owns this property.
Akshata Murthy Net Worth
As of 2022, her collective net worth along with her husband Rishi Sunak is roughly estimated to be $810 million. As of Sunday Times Rich List 2022, the couple was ranked 222 on the rich list.
Akshata Murthy Family
Murty was born in April 1980 in Hubli, India and raised by her maternal grandparents as her father N. R. Narayana Murthy and her mother Sudha Murty worked to launch their technology company, Infosys. Her mother was the first female engineer to work for India’s then largest car maker (TATA Engineering and Locomotive Company), and is now a philanthropist.
Murthy has one brother, Rohan Murty, and they were brought up in Jayanagar, a suburb of Bangalore. Her maternal grandparents were R. H. Kulkarni, a surgeon, and his wife Vimala Kulkarni, a school teacher. She came from humble beginnings, and has encouraged philanthropic deeds in her children.
Some Interesting Facts About Akshata Murthy
- Akshata Murty is the daughter of Infosys co-founder N. R. Narayana Murthy. Her husband, Rishi Sunak, is the first person of color to become prime minister in British history.
- She was brought up by her grandparents in Hubli; as her parents were struggling with their professional life.
- She spells her surname different from her father and removes ‘h’ from Murthy.
- She completed her schooling in India and pursued her further education from California.
- In 2007, she started working as a marketing director at Tendris, a Dutch cleantech Incubator Fund.
- Akshata and Rishi were MBA classmates, they became good friends and dated for a few years.
|Full Name||Akshata Murty Sunak|
|Other Name||Akshata Murthy|
|Famous For||Being the daughter of Infosys co-founder, N. R. Narayana Murthy and wife of Rishi Sunak, the first person of color to become prime minister in British history|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 163 cm
in meters– 1.63 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 4”
|Date of Birth||Year 1980|
|Age (as of 2022)||42 Years|
|Hometown||Bangalore (now Bengaluru), Karnataka|
|School||Baldwin Girls High School, Bangalore|
|College/University||• Claremont McKenna College, California
• Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, California
• Stanford University Graduate School of Business, California
|Educational Qualification(s)||• Bachelor of Arts in Economics & French
• Diploma in Apparel Manufacturing Technology
• Master of Business Administration
|Controversy||On 7 April 2022, many British neswpapers reported that Akshata Murty claimed a non-domiciled tax status in the UK. Acording to British law, this means that she does not have to pay taxes on dividend benefits received from overseas companies. Moreover, amid the Russia-Ukraine War, the opposition questioned Ms. Murthy’s income from Infosys that was still operating some of its functions in Russia; this was when her husband, Mr. Sunak, himself regularly urged British companies to exit Russia to “inflict maximum economic pain” on the Vladimir Putin administration. Later, it was reported that Infosys had decided to nwithdraw its services from Russia.|
|Relationships & More|
|Affairs/Boyfriends||Rishi Sunak (a British politician of British Conservative Party)|
|Marriage Date||30 August 2009|
|Parents||Father– N. R. Narayana Murthy (Co-Founder of Infosys)
Mother– Sudha Murthy (Co-Founder of Infosys Foundation)
|Siblings||Brother– Rohan Murty (Founder of the Murty Classical Library of India)|
|Net Worth (approx.)||Rs 2,790 crore (2018|