Wealthy crypto believer and incoming UK PM Rishi Sunak once commissioned a royal NFT
Rishi Sunak is set to become prime minister of the United Kingdom within days. Sunak was defeated for the top government post by Liz Truss on Sept. 5, but she resigned after 45 days in office. Indications so far are that his selection for the office is good news for the crypto industry.
Sunak was chancellor of the exchequer, or head of the treasury, from early 2020 to July 5, when he that shook Boris Johnson’s government. In that time, Sunak repeatedly voiced his support for crypto. Speaking in April related to stablecoins, Sunak said:
“It’s my ambition to make the U.K. a global hub for crypto-asset technology, and the measures we’ve outlined […] will help to ensure firms can invest, innovate and scale up in this country. This is part of our plan to ensure the U.K. financial services industry is always at the forefront of technology and innovation.”
Sunak of central bank digital currency, or CBDC. In April, he to issue a nonfungible token (NFT) by the end of the year “as an emblem of the forward-looking approach the UK is determined to take.”
He also oversaw the drafting of the , which is now making its way through Parliament and promises to provide a regulatory framework for stablecoins and crypto assets.
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Sunak has made history for several reasons. At 42, he is the youngest prime minister in modern U.K. history. David Cameron and Tony Blair were 43 when they assumed office. Sunak and his wife have a combined fortune worth $828 million (£730 million), British prime minister to take office, as well as the wealthiest leader in the democratic world.