Rishi Sunak hasn't always been a millionaire, these are the jobs he did before entering politics

Although Rishi Sunak is one of the wealthiest prime ministers in the history of Britain, he too had to do some odd jobs for relatively small money in the past. Here is how he earned extra cash before going to University.

Rishi Sunak hasn't always been a millionaire, these are the jobs he did before entering politics
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Rishi Sunak hasn't always been a millionaire, these are the jobs he did before entering politics

Rishi Sunak and his wife, Akshata Murty, are sitting on a combined fortune of about £730m – roughly double the estimated of King Charles III and Queen Camilla's wealth.

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The PM became the first frontline politician to ever be included in the Sunday Times Rich List of the UK’s wealthiest people and owns a portfolio of four properties spread across the world and valued at more than £15m.

But despite his extraordinary wealth, Rishi Sunak too has experience in doing odd jobs and working for relatively small amounts of money.

It was revealed that he used to wait tables in a local Indian restaurant before going to a University, here are the details.

Rishi Sunak used to wait tables in the past

Rishi Sunak’s privileged background and extreme wealth have been scrutinised by the national media ever since he became a high-flying politician, and the opinions seem to be divided on whether he is too well-off and detached from the majority of Brits to be a prime minister.

But it has been recently revealed that the Oxford and Stanford graduate used to wait tables before pursuing his studies.

In fact, his first job was in a celebrated local Indian restaurant in Southampton when he was a teenager. Kuti’s Brasserie, which was owned by Kuti Miah, a friend of Rishi Sunak’s parents, stood on the town’s waterfront and was a popular place amongst the locals.

It was reported earlier this year that the restaurant closed down, with the company owning it having gone into liquidation.

According to the British PM’s first employer, he was ‘a people person’ who loved ‘talking to customers’ and an ‘expert’ at calculating their bills.

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What other jobs did Rishi Sunak have?

According to Rishi Sunak, the job of a waiter was a significant step in his life.

He said to podcaster Harry Stebbings on The Twenty Minute VC:

What it has taught me is having a job, whatever it be, is important. I was setting up tables, I was clearing them away, cleaning, doing linen at the end of the night and setting up for the next day. It was not glamorous work, it was hard work, but it was amazing to have a job.

The future politician went to Oxford University to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics where he participated in an internship scheme at the Conservative Party HQ.

He graduated in 2001 and worked at the investment bank Goldman Sachs until 2004. He then studied for a Master's in Business Administration at Stanford University where he met his wife, Akshata Murthy.

Rishi Sunak joined the Children's Investment Fund Management in 2006, later becoming a junior partner. He worked in another hedge fund in 2009, Theleme Partners, and also directed Catamaran Ventures, a company owned by his father in Law.

Sunak began working with the Conservative Party again in 2010 and, by 2014, had been selected to represent the parliamentary seat of Richmond in North Yorkshire which kickstarted his political career.

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Sources used:

- Firstpost: 'New UK PM of Indian origin Rishi Sunak waited tables at local eatery before going to Oxford, Stanford University'

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