Is Rishi Sunak richer than the King? How much is Sunak worth?

Rishi Sunak is the UK’s richest prime minister and the only prime minister in history to be wealthier than the ruling monarch, King Charles III.

New UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak Takes Office
(Image credit: Pool / Pool)

When you consider who the richest person in the world is, names such as Bill Gates or Warren Buffett come to mind- not a Prime Minister. 

Yet, Sunak and his wife, Akshata Murty, are worth at least £630m (and some estimates peg the figure at more than £700m). Although much of this wealth is tied up in Murty’s stake in Indian tech giant Infosys.

How did Rishi Sunak make his money?

Murty is the daughter of the Indian entrepreneur N. R. Narayana Murthy (she spells her last name differently from her father) who founded Infosys in 1981. The tech founder has been called the Steve Jobs of India and today the group has a market value of $78bn. According to Forbes, Murthy is worth around $4.5bn. Murty owns 0.93% of the company, which is worth around $725m or £630m, at the time of writing.

Subscribe to MoneyWeek

Subscribe to MoneyWeek today and get your first six magazine issues absolutely FREE

Get 6 issues free

Sign up to Money Morning

Don't miss the latest investment and personal finances news, market analysis, plus money-saving tips with our free twice-daily newsletter

Don't miss the latest investment and personal finances news, market analysis, plus money-saving tips with our free twice-daily newsletter

Sign up

On top of this investment, Murty and Sunak both own a sprawling property portfolio. They have homes in London and California as well as a Georgian mansion in Sunak’s Yorkshire constituency that has 12 acres of land. The value of the couple’s property has been pegged at £16m.

Then there’s Murty’s stake in Catamaran Ventures UK. This is the British arm of her father’s venture capital and private equity firm. It manages around $1bn in assets across India. According to an investigation by the Guardian, Akshata Murty also has a stake in International Market Management, a company that owns 100% of Mauritius-based Immassociates Mauritius. Immassociates Mauritius holds investments in fast-food restaurants and franchises across India.

As most of Murty’s investments are privately held, it is challenging to estimate how much she and her husband could be worth, but the stake in Infosys gives us some idea.

On this basis, it seems as if Sunak and Murty are worth at least £630m, and that makes them richer than King Charles III.

Or does it?

Is Rishi Sunak richer than King Charles III?  

Trying to figure out how much King Charles is worth is even more challenging. Queen Elizabeth II’s personal will is not going to be made public until 2112, so most of us will be dead by the time it’s unveiled. Still, if we assume Charles is inheriting the late queen’s direct wealth, he could be worth as much as £400m according to David McClure, author of The Queen’s True Worth. This includes her personal stamp collection of £100m.

However, as the ruling monarch Charles III has access to assets held in trust for the sovereign or “in right of the Crown.” These include seven royal palaces (including Buckingham Palace) and 11 castles worth a total of £22bn according to Forbes. Then there are the Crown Jewels (worth around £3.5bn) and the Crown’s art collection (another £7.5bn). Sunak’s portfolio starts to look rather small, in comparison.

Finally, as the monarch, King Charles III is also the ultimate owner of the Crown Estate. This vast property portfolio is worth £15.6bn and also generated £312.7m for the public purse in its last fiscal year. Around 25% of its profits are returned to the monarch.

So, while King Charles’s direct net worth might only be somewhere in the region of £400m, his assets as monarch total somewhere in the region of £49bn.

Even Rishi Sunak and Akshata Murty can’t compete with that kind of wealth.

Rupert Hargreaves

Rupert was the former Deputy Digital Editor of MoneyWeek. He's an active investor and has always been fascinated by the world of business and investing. 

His style has been heavily influenced by US investors Warren Buffett and Philip Carret. He is always looking for high-quality growth opportunities trading at a reasonable price, preferring cash generative businesses with strong balance sheets over blue-sky growth stocks. 

Rupert has freelanced as a financial journalist for 10 years, writing for several UK and international publications aimed at a range of readers, from the first timer to experienced high net wealth individuals and fund managers. During this time he had developed a deep understanding of the financial markets and the factors that influence them. 

He has written for the Motley Fool, Gurufocus and ValueWalk among others. Rupert has also founded and managed several businesses, including New York-based hedge fund newsletter, Hidden Value Stocks, written over 20 ebooks and appeared as an expert commentator on the BBC World Service. 

He has achieved the CFA UK Certificate in Investment Management, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment Investment Advice Diploma and Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment Private Client Investment Advice & Management (PCIAM) qualification. 


With contributions from