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Who is Akshata Murty? The mega rich wife of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

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Akshata Murty is an Indian-born businesswoman who is believed to be worth over $2 billion

When Akshata Murty was studying at Stanford University, she met Rishi Sunak, who was studying as part of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

The pair became close friends, and eventually began dating. Within four years, they got married.

At the time, Murty’s father says he found Sunak “to be all that you described him to be—brilliant, handsome and, most importantly, honest”.

Akshata is the daughter of Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy, who has been dubbed the ‘Bill Gates of India’.

Today, his daughter has a stake in the company, which makes her an heiress to a fortune worth billions.

This makes her widely regarded as one of the most successful businesswomen in India.

Akshata Murty has a fortune worth more than King Charles III.

Infosys is a technology company, which prides itself on digital services and consulting services.

Akshata is widely believed to hold a 0.9 per cent stake in the company, which has led her to a fortune of £730 million.

This makes the Indian billionaire richer than Queen Elizabeth II, whose fortune was placed at £370 million before her death.

However, she has previously come under fire for not paying her fair share of tax.

In fact, she claimed non-domiciled status, which meant she did not pay local tax on her overseas income.

But she gave up this status when her husband became UK Chancellor in 2020.

“I understand and appreciate the British sense of fairness and I do not wish my tax status to be a distraction for my husband or to affect my family,” she said.

Her husband, Rishi Sunak becomes the youngest UK Prime Minister in two centuries.

He said he comes to the job at a time when the UK is facing “a profound economic challenge”.

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Daylight reveals full extent of destruction in Turkey

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A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has shaken the country

 
Daylight is revealing the full scale of destruction following a powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in central Turkey.

The massive quake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres, near heavily populated areas.

The death toll has now surpassed 100 and authorities warn this number will only rise.

As snow fell, residents were forced to find shelter on the streets.

The tremor was so significant it was felt felt in Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria.

The governor of Turkey’s southeastern province has taken to Twitter, saying his region has a number of destroyed buildings – urging people to move to safe locations.

This footage shows a survivor being pulled from the rubble. #trending #featured

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Beyoncé reins supreme at 65th Grammy Awards

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Beyoncé has broken the record for most wins ever

 
Beyoncé has reminded us all once again why she truly is the Queen Bee – breaking the record for the most Grammy Award wins of all time.

Trying not to be emotional, the singer thanked her family, including her late uncle Jonny.

Jonny helped make her stage outfits before she rose to fame while also introducing her to much of the sonic influences we hear on Renaissance.

Know as “music’s biggest night”, the Grammys are the industry’s most prestigious awards.

Adele, Harry Styles, Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Shania Twain and Stevie Wonder were just some of the stars in attendance.

Speaking of Harry, he won best pop album for Harry’s House.

Dressed in a white tux, Styles received his award with a kiss from Jennifer Lopez. #trending #featured

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TikTok could be banned in the United States

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TikTok in the firing line after Chinese balloon was shot down

 
China has hit back at the U.S. after officials shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina.

Washington says it was being used to monitor strategic sites.

But Beijing rejects this – claiming the balloon was a civilian airship used to monitor the weather.

The incident is just the latest in a long line of diplomatic disputes between the two countries.

Now, TikTok could be banned in the U.S. in the wake of the incident.

Republicans are now pushing for Washington to distance itself from the Beijing-based app. #trending #featured

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