Nadhim Zahawi (born 2 June 1967) is a British politician of Iraqi origin who has served as Chancellor of the Exchequer since 5 July 2022. He has been the Conservative Party’s Member of Parliament (MP) for Stratford-on-Avon since 2010. In the Second Johnson Ministry, he was Secretary of State for Education from 2021 to 2022 and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment from 2020 to 2021.
He was promoted to Johnson’s cabinet as Secretary of State for Education in the 2021 cabinet reshuffle. Following the resignation of Rishi Sunak in July 2022, he was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer. Less than 48 hours later, he demanded Boris Johnson quit, which Johnson promptly did.
Nadhim Zahawi Early Life
Nadhim Zahawi was born on June 2, 1967, in Baghdad, Iraq, to a Kurdish family. During Saddam Hussein’s early years in power, he and his family escaped to the United Kingdom at the age of eleven. Zahawi attended Holland Park School before moving on to Ibstock Place School and then King’s College School, an independent school in Wimbledon, London, before attending University College London and getting a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
Is Nadhim Zahawi Muslim?
Nadhim Zahawi, born in Iraq, is said to be a Muslim. He is a conservative party member who has stated that he does not discriminate. During his presidency, Trump stated regarding the travel ban, “I don’t think I’ve felt discriminated against since elementary school when I was a lad from Iraq with Kurdish ancestry and kids were really mean.”
Conservative MP Nusrat Ghani once stated that she was fired as a minister because she was Muslim. “Islamophobia or any other sort of bigotry has no place in our Conservative party,” Zahawi said on Twitter. Nus Ghani is a colleague, a friend, and a very intelligent member of parliament. This must be thoroughly investigated, and racism must be eradicated.”
|Real Name||Nadhim Zahawi|
|Girlfriend/Wife Name||Lana Zahawi|
|Age||55 Years Old|
|Height (approx)||In Feet- 6’0″
In Centimeters- 183 cm
|Weight||In Kilograms – 70 kg
In Pounds – 154 lbs
|Date of Birth||2 June 1967|
|Birth Place||Baghdad, Iraq|
|School/College Name||Ibstock Place School, University College London, Holland Park School, and King’s College School|
|Father Name||Not Known|
|Mother Name||Not Known|
|Sibling’s Name||Not Known|
- Zahawi co-founded YouGov with Stephan Shakespeare, a former spokesman for Jeffrey Archer, after working as European Marketing Director for Smith & Brooks Ltd. From 2005 through 2010, Zahawi was the CEO of YouGov.
Business and financial interests
- Zahawi joined SThree, a specialized staffing firm, as a non-executive director in 2008. In 2014, he was paid £2,917 per month. He left the position in October 2017 but kept more than £70,000 in business shares until April 2021.
- He began working as a part-time chief strategy officer at Gulf Keystone Petroleum, an oil and gas exploration and production business, in 2015.
- The company paid him £1.3 million from 2015 to 2018.
- As a result of his multiple jobs, Zahawi is said to be the UK’s second-highest-paid MP in 2017.
- In early 2017, The Guardian claimed that Zahawi had spent £25 million on property in London for both personal and commercial usage.
- By 2021, Zahawi or his wife were said to own £100 million in property, including an industrial estate, three London residences, a rural house with stables in Warwickshire, and a property in Dubai.
- The Birmingham Mail newspaper reported in November 2013 that in May 2011 (one year after becoming an MP), Nadhim Zahawi used Berkford Investments Limited, based in the low-tax British overseas territory of Gibraltar, as a mortgage lender to finance the purchase of his constituency home ‘Oakland’ riding stables estate (worth at the time £875,000) in Upper Tysoe, near Stratford-upon-Avon, in Warwickshire.
- In 1991, Zahawi and fellow British-Kurd Broosk Saib worked as aides to Jeffrey Archer during Archer’s disputed “Simple Truth” campaign to rescue Kurdish Gulf War victims. Archer named Zahawi and Saib “Lemon Kurd” and “Bean Kurd,” respectively.
- Archer supported Zahawi’s campaign for a Wandsworth council seat in 1994. In 1998, Zahawi managed Archer’s unsuccessful campaign for Mayor of London.
- Zahawi served three terms as a Conservative councilor in Putney, Wandsworth, from 1994 to 2006, and ran as a parliamentary candidate in Erith and Thamesmead in 1997, finishing second to Labour.
- Zahawi was chosen as a prospective parliamentary candidate for Stratford-on-Avon by the local Conservative association in 2010, and he was elected.
- He was afterward re-elected in 2015, 2017, and 2019.
- In October 2013, he joined the Number 10 Policy Unit.
- Later that month, Zahawi and another member of the Business, Innovation, and Skills Committee spoke with Lazard, the Government’s independent consultant on the sale of Royal Mail. Following the debut for £3.30, shares immediately jumped to £5, and the Financial Times reported that two investment banks had cautioned that it was underpriced.
- Zahawi is vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, which receives secretarial support from Gulf Keystone Petroleum International, an oil business where Zahawi previously served as Chief Strategy Officer.
- Since its inception in 2008/9, Zahawi has served as co-chair or vice-chair of this APPG, alongside MPs such as Meg Munn and Jason McCartney.
- He was chairman of the covert trans-Atlantic group Le Cercle while on the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, although he did not announce his membership.
- In the Parliamentary Register of Interests in 2019, a member of his staff was named as an administrator of Le Cercle.
- The Labour Party presented an amendment in Parliament in January 2016 that would have forced private landlords to make their dwellings “fit for human habitation.”
- According to the register of interests, Zahawi was one of 72 Conservative MPs who voted against the amendment and earned money from property rentals. The Conservative government responded to the amendment by saying that while they felt houses should be fit for human habitation, they did not want to establish new legislation that would explicitly demand it.
- He supported Britain’s exit from the European Union, believing that the EU will never reform its regulations and that the United Kingdom should regain control over a number of issues.
- Zahawi was named Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education following the 2018 cabinet reshuffle. He was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Industry on July 26, 2019.
- In a debate over extending free school meals during school holidays in October 2020, Zahawi was accused by Labour MP Tulip Siddiq of misleadingly claiming that research from a holiday food and activities club pilot scheme showed parents “actually prefer to pay a modest amount, £1 or £2,” rather than receiving free school meals.
- In November 2020, he was appointed as the first Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment.
- Zahawi stated in December 2020 that around 137,000 people in the UK had gotten a coronavirus vaccine in the first week of the UK’s immunization campaign, calling it as a “very excellent start.”
- On December 8, 2020, a 90-year-old woman from the United Kingdom became the first person in the world to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination. On 14 February 2021, Zahawi said that at least 15 million people in the United Kingdom had received their first COVID-19 vaccine.
- In February 2021, Zahawi stated that there were no intentions to issue vaccine passports for international travel, calling them “discriminatory.” If anyone needed written proof to go, he said they may talk to their doctor.
- The government announced intentions in July 2021 to issue domestic COVID-19 vaccine passports as a requirement for entrance to nightclubs and other places with large audiences beginning in September.
- In a cabinet reshuffle on September 15, 2021, Zahawi was appointed Secretary of State for Education, succeeding Gavin Williamson.
- Zahawi announced a youth award scheme to combat climate change at the COP26 meeting in 2021, similar to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards. Pupils will be encouraged to improve the biodiversity of their schools by installing bird feeders, for example. A new Climate Leader’s Award will be granted to young people for any positive activity on environmental protection, with a nationwide ceremony held each year.
- On 5 July 2022, he was promoted as Chancellor of the Exchequer following the resignation of Rishi Sunak earlier that day.
Nadhim Zahawi Net Worth
Nadhim Zahawi’s net worth may exceed a million dollars by 2022. Despite this, he owned more than £25 million in property in 2017 as a result of his fortune. Nadhim’s mansion in London’s Belgravia neighborhood is now worth more than £25 million. He spent £10 million on it, increasing its value by £13.75 million. According to the Guardian, he and his wife also possess a huge plot of land in Putney.
Zahawi claimed a total of £170,234 in expenses for 2012/13, putting him 130th out of 650 MPs. He clarified in his local newspaper, the Stratford Herald, that the “great proportion” of his expenses were on employee costs.
In November 2013, Zahawi “apologized unequivocally” after The Sunday Mirror reported that he had claimed £5,822 in expenses for electricity for his riding school stables and a yard manager’s mobile home. Zahawi stated that the error occurred because he received a single bill covering both a meter in the stables and one in his house and that he would repay the entire claim, despite the fact that the actual overcharge was £4,000.
Nadhim Zahawi Wife
Nadhim Zahawi is married to his lover Lana Saib, whom he married in 2004. The couple has three children.