Think you know Britain's chancellor of the exchequer? Think again.
1. Cool mill Phil
2. His middle name
He’s not the most exciting of men, so it’s no surprise that his middle name is not something particularly jazzy.
3. His alma mater
Hammond, like many other politicians before and after him, graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in PPE (politics, philosophy, and economics), as reported by the New Statesman. An interesting side-note, just four universities have produced British prime ministers. According to BlanchFlower, the bulk of them attended Cambridge and Oxford, two attended Edinburgh (Earl Russell and Gordon Brown), and one attended Birmingham, Neville Chamberlain. Eleven did not attend a university.
4. Same-sex marriage
As part of Cameron’s modernising agenda, the coalition passed legislation to legalise same-sex marriage, however, Philip Hammond did not vote for or against the law, and even said that the coalition was spending too much time on the issue, according to the BBC.
5. Malawi government
Before getting elected in 1997, Hammond spent some time advising the Malawi government, as reported by the FT.
6. His disco days
According to the Times, decades before his time as a government adviser, Hammond set up discos and made hefty profits from them. Is there an alternative universe where Hammond is still running discos? Let's hope so.