Akshata Murthy found herself in the limelight after her husband Rishi Sunaki became the new Prime Minister of Great Britain. The arrival of Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister of Great Britain attracted a lot of attention all over the world, including in his native India, and not only because he is the first British Asian Prime Minister.
Additional attention was also attracted by his wife Akshata Murthy, known as the daughter of Indian billionaire Narayana Murthy, one of the most famous entrepreneurs in the country who has even been called India's Bill Gates.
As the heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, Akshata was already in the spotlight when it was revealed earlier this year that she didn't have to pay any tax on her earnings outside the UK but later agreed to pay UK tax on her worldwide income.
Today, her fortune is estimated at 500 million pounds, and together with her husband, it weighs as much as 750 million. Despite her family's enormous wealth, Akshata hasn't always lived on the high ground. In a letter to his daughter, published in a compilation in 2013, her father recalled how he heard the news of her birth in Hubli in April 1980 from a colleague because the family could not afford a telephone then.
When she was just a few months old, Akshata's parents sent her to live with her paternal grandparents as her mother Sudha and father were working hard in Mumbai. Just a year later, Narayane co-founded Infosys, an IT services company that would make him one of the richest individuals in India.
Her parents also instilled ambition in her, and Murthy once revealed that there was no TV in their house in order to spare enough time for things like studying, reading, discussing, and hanging out with friends. Akshata studied economics and French at Claremont McKenna, a private liberal arts college in California, before earning a BA in fashion working at Deloitte and Unilever and studying for an MBA at Stanford University.
She met her current husband there, and everything else is history. The couple got married in 2009 and had two daughters, and today they are happily married. The 42-year-old began her career in the world of finance, before launching her own fashion label, Akshata Designs, which launched its first collection in 2011.
She told Vogue India that she worked with artists in remote Indian villages to create her designer pieces based on authenticity, craftsmanship, and protecting a rich heritage. However, according to the Guardian, her business failed within three years.
One of her main business interests is the London branch of Catamaran Ventures, which she started with her husband in 2013 and which invests in start-up companies.
She is listed at Companies House as a director of Digme Fitness, a gym chain, and her LinkedIn profile also reveals that she is a director of New & Lingwood, which sells high-end menswear.
Akshata also owns a 0.9% stake in Infosys, according to the company's latest annual report, which is valued at around £700m. Her shares in the company became the subject of controversy after Russia's invasion of Ukraine when the company came under pressure to shut down its Moscow operations, and in April it was confirmed to the BBC that they were closing their office in Russia.
In addition, she lived away from the public and the media, however, her husband's political ascension to a leading position in Great Britain has already ensured heightened interest, and we're sure it will grow even greater over time.