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RISHI Sunak was one of the youngest MPs to ever hold the position of Chancellor of the Exchequer until he resigned from his Cabinet post on July 5, 2022.

But who is he and where did he go to school? Here's all you need to know…

Who is Rishi Sunak?

MP for Richmond in Yorkshire since 2015, Rishi Sunak, is the son of Yashvir, an NHS GP, and Usha, a pharmacist, who moved to the UK from Punjab, India, in the 1960s.

He was born on May 12, 1980, in Southampton, Hampshire.

In 2009, he married Akshata Murthy, the daughter of Indian billionaire Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy, who co-founded business consulting firm Infosys.

The couple now have two daughters together, Krishna and Anoushka.

Before entering politics he worked for investment bank Goldman Sachs and a hedge fund, then co-founded an investment firm.

Seen as a rising star in the Conservative Party, he has been touted for the top since first arriving in Parliament five years ago.

The Southampton-raised Cabinet minister lists his hobbies as keeping fit, playing cricket and football, and watching films.

At one stage, he was pictured heading to the cinemas to see Star Wars – with none other but former Chancellor Sajid Javid.

As a Hindu, he takes his Commons oath on the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Sanskrit text.

Where did Rishi Sunak go to school?

He attended the prestigious Winchester College before going on to study politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University.

He also earned an MBA from Stanford University in the US, becoming a Fulbright scholar.

What is Rishi Sunak's height?

Sunak is 1.7m  – or 5ft 5in – tall.

He is just shorter than Prime Minister Boris Johnson who stands at 1.75m, 5ft 7in.

Former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron is taller still at 6ft 1in (1.85m).

But Tory Jacob Rees Mogg towers over them all at 6 ft 2 in or 1.88m.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is 1.63m or 5ft 3in tall.

Where does Rishi Sunak live?

The official residence of the Chancellor is 11 Downing Street, living next door to the Prime Minister at No 10.

Sunak along with his wife and two children live in the family home in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.

They also own a property in Kensington, said to be valued at £7million.

The family also own a flat in Santa Monica, California.

When did Rishi Sunak become UK Chancellor?

After Sajid Javid resigned from his post as Chancellor in February 2020, Boris Johnson appointed Sunak to be his replacement – just four weeks prior to the Budget.

On his website, the stunned MP for Richmond wrote: "When I was elected your MP in 2015, little did I know that one day I would be writing my regular column from behind the Chancellor's desk in Treasury.

"I am humbled to take on the role at this historic moment in our nation's history."

He paid tribute to his predecessor, describing Javid as, "a good friend… I've learned so much from him, and I am committed to building on the great work he did during his time as Chancellor".

However at the age of 39, he misses out on being the youngest chancellor of the past century by just a single year – George Osborne was 38 when he took charge of the Treasury in 2010.

Before his rise to lead the Treasury, Tory officials saw he was the "perfect fit" for Johnson's new Cabinet.

One told the Financial Times: "Rishi is a superstar, he keeps to the line and proved himself to be a calm, able debater."

This was particularly shown as he started to fill in for Johnson in election TV debates.

During the Brexit campaign, he voted to Leave the EU but kept a relatively low profile during the 2016 referendum and voted for Theresa May's Brexit deal on all three occasions.

In July 2019, Sunak was picked by the PM to be the chief secretary to the Treasury, after he had served as parliamentary under-secretary in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government from January 2018 to July 2019.

During the coronavirus pandemic Sunak has been present for many of the daily press briefings run by the government, with his furlough scheme being a relief to many Brits.

However, on July 5, 2022, Sunak resigned from his Cabinet position, citing a perceived drop in ministerial 'standards' as his reason for resigning.

It came after former Tory whip Chris Pincher resigned after sexual misconduct allegations came to light.

Sunak said in his resignation tweet that "the public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously."

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