Rishi Sunak has dismissed Labour’s personal attacks on his family, saying voters do not care about his wealth.
Labour has launched a relentless series of class war attacks on the Prime Minister, saying that his personal wealth, and that of his heiress wife Akshata Murty, leaves him ‘out of touch’ with normal life.
But Mr Sunak dismissed the campaign, saying that voters have ‘moved beyond judging people by what’s in their bank account’.
Speaking to reporters while travelling in Japan, the PM said: ‘These things generally don’t worry me. I don’t think most people sitting at home actually are much bothered about these things either.
‘What they care about is what am I doing for them to make their lives better?
Rishi Sunak has dismissed Labour’s personal attacks on his family, saying voters do not care about his wealth
‘I think we’ve moved beyond judging people by what’s in their bank account. I think they’re interested in whether I’m going to deliver for them and their families.
‘I’ve set out five priorities that I believe are the priorities that matter to them, and they’ll judge me by whether I deliver for them on those things.
‘I think people can see, as I’m doing the job, what is much more important than things like that are your values. And I believe my values are the same as those of the British people.’
Miss Murty is the daughter of the founder of Indian tech giant Infosys and is reported to be worth more than £700 million. Mr Sunak is a millionaire in his own right after a successful career in finance before entering politics.
Miss Murty faced controversy last year when it emerged she was registered as a non dom. She initially shunned the limelight when her husband became PM at the second time of asking last October.
But in recent weeks she has appeared increasingly confident, carrying out a number of high-profile duties, including hosting Jill Biden during the Coronation.
In a significant step on to the world stage, she has now joined her husband at this week’s G7 summit in Hiroshima.
She has been persistently targeted by Labour over her wealth. One of Labour’s few declared policies is the abolition of non-dom status, which Miss Murty enjoys as an Indian citizen. Last year she agreed voluntarily to pay tax on her UK earnings following the row over the issue.
It came as the Sunday Times Rich List suggested Mr Sunak’s family fortune had plummeted by £200million in the past year.
The annual audit said his wife’s shares in Infosys, the IT firm co-founded by her father, had lost about a fifth of their value.
Meanwhile Labour launched a fresh attack on the PM for being insulated from the cost of living crisis.
Party chairman Anneliese Dodds told Times Radio: ‘I think the big problem with Rishi Sunak is that he doesn’t seem to get it. He doesn’t seem to understand what it’s like at the moment for people who are really struggling, really, just to cover quick basic costs, people struggling to pay their mortgage, struggling to cover their rent, and he’s not done enough for them.
‘And that’s my beef, frankly, with Rishi Sunak. It’s not about his family income or anything like that. It really is about his inability to actually understand the reality of most people’s lives at the moment.’
How the £529million Sunaks fell down UK’s Rish List
by Vanessa Allen
The personal fortune of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty has fallen by more than £200million – losing the equivalent of £500,000 a day – new research suggests.
The couple’s wealth was estimated at £529million this year, down from £730million a year earlier, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
The dramatic loss was blamed on the steep fall in the value of her stake in her father’s IT company, Infosys.
This year’s Rich List found billionaire businessman Gopichand Hinduja, 83, and his family remained the richest people in Britain
Although Mr Sunak had worked in the City before entering politics, his wife’s fortune far exceeds the PM’s earnings.
This year’s Rich List found billionaire businessman Gopichand Hinduja, 83, and his family remained the richest people in Britain, with assets worth £35 billion, the largest fortune recorded in more than three decades of the list.
Mr Hinduja’s brother Srichand died earlier this week, at 87. The duo transformed the Hinduja Group from a family enterprise into an international firm with operations in 38 countries.
Overall, the Sunday Times Rich List registered the first fall in the number of UK-based billionaires for 14 years.
The newspaper found there were 171 billionaires based in Britain and Northern Ireland, down six from 2022. They shared a combined wealth of almost £684billion.
Virgin entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson saw an even larger fall than the Sunaks, due to falling share prices of his space tourism and satellite ventures.
His estimated wealth fell by £1.79 billion since last year, while tech mogul Guillaume Pousaz saw his fortune plunge by £13.3billion due to a lower valuation of his payments firm Checkout.com.
Elsewhere, the list suggests King Charles’ wealth has far surpassed his mother’s fortune when she was Queen.
In a separate list of the richest under-35s, the Duke of Westminster Hugh Grosvenor, 32, came top with his family’s wealth put at £9.878billion
The King’s net worth totals some £600 million compared to the late Queen’s net worth, put at £320 million last year.
The highest climber was Sir Jim Ratcliffe, with a fortune put at £29.688 billion from his INEOS chemicals group.
Sir Elton John, Andrew Lloyd Webber and David and Victoria Beckham all made the list of the top 350 richest people, which had a minimum entry of £350million.
Three women made the top ten – brewing billionaire Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, packaging heiress Kirsten Rausing, and Alannah Weston, whose family owns Primark.
In a separate list of the richest under-35s, the Duke of Westminster Hugh Grosvenor, 32, came top with his family’s wealth put at £9.878billion.
Singer Ed Sheeran was the highest-ranked celebrity under 35, with a net worth of £300million, followed by golfer Rory McIlroy (£200million) and singer Adele (£165million). Harry Styles also made it in with £150million.
Robert Watts, compiler of the Sunday Times Rich list, said the drop in the number of billionaires showed that ‘a golden period for the super rich is over’.
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