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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”.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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