Manoj Badale, (born 31 December 1967) was born in Dhule, Maharashtra, India and later on moved to the UK. Manoj is a graduate of the University of Cambridge. He is the Chairman of Rajasthan Royals, an Indian Premier League Team representing Jaipur, Rajasthan. He is also the co-founder and managing partner of Blenheim Chalcot, an early stage investment group that actively manages a portfolio of fast growth ventures in technology, financial services or media. And the Chairman of Emerging Media, a company that develops and acquires media rights with a focus on the Indian sub-continent. Manoj is also involved in various charitable activities. He is chairman of the British Asian Trust (part of the Prince of Wales' Charities organisation) and of the Prince’s Charities Events Ltd., as well as chairman of Operation Smile UK, a children's charity treating facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates all around the world.
Manoj was formerly a partner at Monitor Company, where he spent significant time in the UK, Europe and India. Manoj was a co-founder of the netdecisions group, originally an internet services business, but now a broader based IT services and outsourcing business, which trades as Agilisys having business in UK and India. He also co-founded Fluency (sold to venture capitalists in 2003), Eviivo, and Steeltrace (sold to Compuware in 2004), and the Rights Company (sold to Warner Music in 2005). In 2006, his media company, Emerging Media, launched India’s first cricket based reality show ‘Cricket Star’. This programme is an interactive multimedia cricket talent hunt to unearth the best cricket talent. In 2008, he along with a consortium of investors, Lachlan Murdoch, Illyria Pty Ltd; and Suresh Chellaram, an independent investor acquired the Jaipur IPL team and created the winning team of the inaugural IPL tournament ‘Rajasthan Royals’.