- Rishi Sunak's parents have a reason to smile as their son climbs to the highest political level in the United Kingdom
- British media outlets described Sunak as a fairly rich man of colour who has initially displayed levels of generosity
- Sunak was unable to get a scholarship to one of the prestigious colleges, prompting his father to take an extra job to finance the academics of his son
The man poised to be the United Kingdom Prime Minister has Kenyan roots after his father migrated to Kenya in the 1960s.
Even though he was born in Southampton in 1980, Rishi Sunak's parents were raised in Kenya during the British colonial era.
His father, Yashvir Sunak, was born in Kenya, while his mother, Usha Sunak, was born in Tanzania, referred to as Tanganyika in the colonial era.
The origin of his family can be traced back to populated Punjab in India.
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Fulbright scholarship beneficiary
The Fulbright scholarship enables students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States.
Sunak is a beneficiary of the detailed scholarship that sponsored his studies at Oxford and Stanford universities. He is regarded as a wealthy philanthropist.
Sunak's parents wanted him to study at the prestigious Winchester College in England but did not have the financial muscle to take him through the elite learning institution.
His father, Yashvir, was forced to take an extra job, extra working hours and extra pay to enable his son to study in college after they were unable to secure a scholarship.
Yshavir managed to enrol his son Sunak at Winchester and, then, at Lincoln College, Oxford, then at Goldman Sachs and then did his Master of Business Administration at Stanford after working as an analyst.
Sunak wins conservative party majority
After winning Conservative party leadership, he is poised to be the next United Kingdom Prime Minister.
Britain's leadership started flip-flopping when former prime minister Boris Johnson resigned, followed by Liz Truss's resignation at downing street.
The election of Sunak has hit a milestone in Britain's evolution as a multicultural and multifaith society.
Speaking after being declared the new Conservative leader, Sunak, 42, said he was “honoured and humbled” to become the next prime minister.
“It is the greatest privilege of my life to be able to serve the party I love, and to be able to give back to the country I owe so much to,” Sunak said told Forbes.
As he assumes office, he will be faced with the hardest task, including the cost of living, tax cuts, and environmental issues.
Rishi Sunak: Fortunes, net worth of UK's new prime minister with roots in Kenya
Rishi Sunak received tremendous support after clinching the Conservative Party leadership.
Sunak was elected as the next United Kingdom prime minister on Monday, October 24, after Liz Truss' resignation.
The former exchequer minister is said to be the first frontline politician to be listed among UK's richest people.