Who is UK first black Chancellor, and why is everyone talking about him.

Liz Truss, who recently assumed the role of prime minister, has been diligently assembling her new government.

On September 6, she made history by appointing Kwasi Kwarteng as the first black person to fill the position of Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Kwasi Kwarteng, whose full name is Akwasi Addo Alfred Kwarteng, was born in Waltham Forest, London, on May 26, 1975.

The couple, who immigrated from Ghana in the 1960s as students, were attorney Charlotte Boaitey-Kwarteng and economist Alfred K. Kwarteng, both of the Commonwealth Secretariat. The 47-year-old is their only child.

He attended Colet Court, an independent preparatory school, where he was awarded the 1988 Harrow History Prize.

Mr. Kwarteng then attended Eton College as a King’s Scholar.

He received firsts in both of his majors while studying classics and history at Trinity College in Cambridge, where he also twice took home the Browne Medal.

When the BBC brought back the classic game program University Challenge in 1995, Mr. Kwarteng was a member of the winning team.

He also participated in University Pitt Club events while in Cambridge.

Mr. Kwarteng received a Kennedy Scholarship to study at Harvard University and afterwards went back to Cambridge to complete his PhD in economic history in the year 2000.

He was a financial analyst at JPMorgan Chase and other investment firms and a columnist for The Daily Telegraph before entering politics.

In addition, he has published many books, beginning with his 2011 debut, Ghosts of Empire, which is a history of the British Empire and its lasting influence.

Mr. Kwarteng tied the knot with attorney Harriet Edwards in December 2019.

In October of 2021, Mr. Kwarteng and Ms. Edwards became the proud parents of a girl they named Ida.

He does not post photos of his wife or kid on social media, preferring to keep his private life out of the spotlight.

Mr. Kwarteng’s political career kicked off in 2005, when he campaigned as a Conservative Party candidate in the Brent East district and came in third.

Once again, he lost out in 2008 when he finished sixth on the Conservative list of London Assembly candidates but was not elected.

When the Conservative Party chose him to represent Spelthorne in 2010, he won his first political office.

Mr. Kwarteng replaced Suella Braverman as minister in charge of Britain’s exit from the European Union when she was removed from her post in that office in 2017. In 2017, he was named Parliamentary Private Secretary to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond.

A member of the Privy Council and Minister of State in the Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, Boris Johnson joined the Cabinet in 2019 after serving as mayor of London.

Source: Wikiasks.com

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