10月25日，新就任的英国首相里希·苏纳克发表讲话后在伦敦唐宁街10号首相府前挥手致意。 新华社记者李颖 摄
Rishi Sunak became Britain's new prime minister on Tuesday after meeting King Charles III in Buckingham Palace, where he was asked by the monarch to form a government after the resignation of Liz Truss.
Rishi Sunak is many firsts. He is Britain’s first prime minister of color, the first person to lead the U.K. who professes a faith other than Christianity, and the youngest prime minister to take power in modern history.
He is also the richest person to ever occupy the Prime Minister’s residence at No. 10 Downing Street.
Rishi Sunak and his wife, Akshata Murty, have a combined net worth of around £730 million, according to the Sunday Times—making the couple the 222nd-wealthiest people in the U.K.
Sunak became the first frontline politician to be on the list since it began in 1989.
The major source of their wealth is Murty’s 0.9% stake in her father Narayana Murty’s IT company, Infosys. The stake is estimated to be worth around £690 million, and allowed the couple to collect £11.6 million in dividend income last year.
Sunak’s net worth makes him richer than the recently appointed King Charles III, who before his inheritance had a net worth around $440 million, according to an estimate provided by research institute Wealth-X.
《卫报》称，苏纳克成为首相之时，数百万计的英国人正在生活成本危机中备受煎熬（ at a time when millions of Britons are struggling with a cost of living crisis）。然而其本人却坐拥多处豪宅，设施齐全，价值不菲。苏纳克一家人会在周末去乡间豪宅休息。
Soaring energy costs mean it could cost more than £14,000 a year to heat the 12-metre by 5-metre pool – almost six times the average family’s energy bill.
In a podcast with the Telegraph this summer, Sunak, who made his money at investment bank Goldman Sachs and hedge funds TCI and Theleme Partners, said he was not afraid to answer questions about his fortune. However, he has repeatedly refused to answer questions about exactly how much money he has or where it is invested.
《财富》杂志也写道，英国最富有的人之一成为最具权力的人，这一幕有些讽刺（irony），尤其当下英国面临生活成本危机（a cost-of-living crisis）。
Almost half of U.K. adults find it difficult to afford their energy bills, rent, or mortgage payments, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).