Manoj Badale is a British businessman of Indian origin, an angel investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He owns stakes in various sports teams.
Manoj Kumar Badale was born on Sunday, 31 December 1967 (age 54 years; as of 2022) in Dhule, Maharashtra, India. His zodiac sign is Capricorn. He studied at Jai Hind High School, Dhule. Later, he moved to the United Kingdom and pursued an MA in economics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.
Height (approx.): 5′ 8″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Not much is known about his parents and siblings.
Wife & Children
He is married to Katie Yirrell of Bristol, United Kingdom. The couple has 3 children named Hari Badale, Asha Badale, and Ravi Badale.
He is a British citizen.
Manoj Badale has co-founded over 15 businesses since 1998. Most of his businesses are technology-related, and he has co-founded them with his partner Charles Mindenhall and is controlled through their management company Blenheim Chalcot. As of December 2022, he is the director of Cricket Rights Limited, Contentive Groups Limited, Fosjento Holdings Limited, Barmar Finance Limited, Accelerate Technology Limited, SF Capital 1 Limited, Salary Finance International Limited, BCCW Mortgages Limited, Intercedemb 2018 Limited, Intercedemkb Holdings Limited, BC Englishscore Limited, Agilisys Group Holdings Limited, BCHP Holdings Limited, HEME Health Holdings Limited, Fastfutures Limited, Avado Apprenticeships Limited, Oakbrook Holdings Limited, Intercemb Holdings Limited, BCI Finance Limited, and Oakbrook Loans Limited. He is a former director of Accelerate Business Networking Limited, Accelerate People Limited, Mortgage Power Limited, Mojo Finance Limited, Dynamo Mortgages Limited, and Mo Advisory Services Limited. He acquired the UK’s largest online vocational training provider, Home Learning College.
IPL Team Rajasthan Royals
Manoj Badale owns IPL Team Rajasthan Royals and has a 50% stake in the franchise. He is instrumental in making decisions about the players, support staff, and bidding processes.
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 11, 2018
Badale is associated with many charity organisations. He is the director of the British Asian Trust. He is a former chairman of Operation Smile UK for over 10 years, and a former partner of Monitor Company, where he spent time in Germany, India, and the UK. He also established the Late Eighties Fund at Cambridge University to help students who need financial aid for their studies. In this fund, voluntary monthly contributions are made by people who matriculated between 1984 and 1990 from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University.
Tax Evasion while purchasing Rajasthan Royals
Manoj Badale was accused of evading tax when he purchased the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals through his company Emerging Media Limited. It was alleged that he had business ties with Lalit Modi, the then-chairman of the Indian Premier League (IPL). His name was registered in FIR initially; however, it was later removed after an investigation, and he was acquitted of all the charges.
- In August 2021, Manoj Badale acquired a majority stake in the Caribbean Premier League team Barbados Tridents.
- His company Emerging Media ran a talent hunt show in 2008 for budding cricketers named Cricket Star. Manoj also owned a cricket academy in Jaipur.
- He joined the cycling event ‘Palaces on Wheels’ in 2021 to raise funds for the treatment of Covid-19 in South Asia.
- He won the Order of British Empire (OBE) in 2018 for his contribution to the economy and charity work.
- He is an associate director of the Wealdstone Football Club.
- He keeps a very low profile, and when he came for the first IPL auction, the majority of the audience thought he was from the press.
- Manoj Badale wanted to purchase a player during the IPL 2008 auction; however, Australian spin legend Shane Warne told him that he would quit Rajasthan Royals if Manoj purchased that player. So, Manoj did not bid for the player.