Rishi Sunak: Rapid rise of UK's new finance minister
Who is Rishi Sunak?
Sunak entered parliament in 2015 and got his foot on the most junior rung of government in January 2018 -- and was still there just over six months ago.
In pic: Newly appointed Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street in London, Britain.
He was therefore the obvious person to turn to after Sajid Javid sensationally walked out as finance minister during Johnson's government reshuffle on Thursday in a row over advisors.
In pic: A combination picture shows newly appointed Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak at the Treasury in London and Sajid Javid at Downing Street in London, Britain.
Better-known in India
She is the daughter of Indian business magnate Narayana Murthy, the billionaire co-founder of Infosys, India's second-largest IT outsourcing firm.
The couple married in Bangalore in 2009. Guests included Wipro chairman Azim Premji and India's former Test cricket captain Anil Kumble.
The Sunaks have two young daughters, Krishna and Anoushka.
In pic: Bride Akshata, daughter of Infosys mentor N R Narayana Murthy with bridegroom Rishi Sunak during their wedding function held at Leela Palace in Bangalore.
In his first
He is also the first person born in the 1980s to hold one of the so-called four great offices of state: prime minister, finance minister, foreign secretary and interior minister.
He misses out on being the youngest chancellor of the past century by just a single year, as George Osborne was 38 when he took charge of the Treasury in 2010.
Theresa May gave him his first job in government in January 2018, making him a parliamentary under-secretary of state with responsibility for local government, parks and troubled families.
When Johnson replaced May in July last year, he promoted Sunak to be Javid's number two. He went on to stand in for Johnson during the main multi-party television debates in the December 2019 general election.
In pic: Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak arrives at 10 Downing Street in London, England.
A Brexit supporter
Born on May 12, 1980 in Southampton, he studied at Winchester College, one of Britain's leading private boarding schools, before graduating with a first class honours degree from the University of Oxford in philosophy, politics and economics.
Sunak then gained a business administration master's degree from Stanford University in California on a Fulbright scholarship.
He met his wife Akshata at Stanford and they lived in California before returning to Britain.
He was an analyst for investment bank Goldman Sachs before going on to work in hedge and investment fund management.
Sunak lists his spare time interests as keeping fit, cricket, football and movies.