Sajid Javid stormed into Downing Street yesterday to meet Boris Johnson to be appointed the new Chancellor.
The senior politician, who was elected as the Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove in 2010, lost in the 2019 Conservative Party leadership contest, finishing in fourth place.
Here are six crazy facts you did not know about him:
1) He is the UK’s first chancellor from a ethnic minority background. Javid was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, one of five sons of parents of Pakistani descent. His father worked as a bus driver. His family moved from Lancashire to Stapleton Road, Bristol, as his parents took over a shop there, and the family lived in a two-bedroom flat above it.
2) He has a portrait of the “Iron Lady” in his office.
3) Javid was a banker in a previous life. He became a vice president at Chase Manhattan Bank at age 25. He later joined Deutsche Bank in London. When he left Deutsche Bank in 2009, he was a senior Managing Director.
4) At school it was recommended that he should be a TV repairman.
5) Javid’s children are privately educated, something that Javid attributed to their desire to “do what’s best for them”. The family owns properties in Fulham, Chelsea, Bristol and Bromsgrove.
6) Javid has four siblings. His eldest brother Tariq, died in July 2018 in “an unnatural death” and a full inquest was held in which the coroner ruled Tariq had intentionally killed himself after drinking alcohol and taking codeine at the luxury South Lodge Hotel, which was near his home in Horsham. In a letter left to Sylvia — his partner of 15 years — Tariq suggested he would not “last long” due to ill health. Tariq was a successful businessman and managed a supermarket chain.