Rishi Sunak height

How tall is Rishi Sunak?

Rishi Sunak is 170cm, or 5ft 6 inches, tall.

According to the Office of National Statistics, Sunak is 5cm shorter than the average man in the United Kingdom who is said to be 5 ft 9 inches tall.

Former chancellor Rishi Sunak is slightly taller than his wife Akshata Murthy, daughter of the Indian billionaire Nr Narayana Murthy, who is said to be 5ft 4 inches tall.

At 5ft 6 inches, Rishi Sunak is 4 inches shorter than prime minister Boris Johnson who is 5ft 10 inches. Mr Sunak is 3 inches shorter than deputy prime minister, Dominic Raab who is 5ft 9 inches.

The former UK Chancellor is 2.5 inches shorter than Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who is 5 ft 8.5 inches tall.

Sunak is 2 inches shorter than his predecessor, Sajid Javid, who is 5ft 8 inches tall.

Rishi Sunak height – Is it an issue for his political career?

Should Mr Sunak ever move next door to Number 10, he would become the shortest male prime minister since Churchill.

For centuries, politicians have aimed to demonstrate their power, competence and strength. Height is often said to be an indicator of these qualities, given its links to health and wealth.

A study by physiologists from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, suggests that a lack of height hinders a politician’s prospects on election day.  In a study of US presidential elections, they found that taller candidates received more votes two thirds of the time.

The power of tall politicians appears to be similar on this side of the Atlantic.  Despite fleeing to the UK during World War II, former French president Charles De Gaulle was a French national hero, ranking above Napoleon according to a 1990 poll. De Gaulle was regarded not just as a leader but as a saviour. It is widely suggested that his 6 ft 5 inch stature contributed to this legendary status.

Nonetheless, not all world leaders are tall. Russian President Vladimir Putin is an identical height to Rishis Sunak. Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban is just once inch taller. Both though have been keen over the years to demonstrate their power through topless images and sporting prowess.

Does Rishi Sunaks height help Boris Johnson?

Having Rishi Sunak alongside him may somehow help Mr Johnson convince the public, peers and rivals that he is tall and thus powerful, competent and electable. Of course, this will not be the only thing that the electorate take into account….

There were previously reports that 6 ft 5 Conservative MP Simon Clarke was appointed by Johnson as Chief Secretary to the Treasury as part of a ploy to play on Sunak’s height insecurity. Another Treasury minister at the time, Jesse Norman MP, was also 6ft 5 inches tall.

It was speculated that the potential for these two extremely tall colleagues to appear standing next to Mr Sunak in the annual budget photograph was an attempt to belittle the UK finance minister. As it happened, Simon Clarke excused himself from the 2021 photograph given his phobia of open spaces.

Boris cuts Sunak down to size