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Manoj Badale (born 31 December 1967) was born in Dhule, Maharashtra, India and later moved to the UK. Badale is a graduate of the University of Cambridge. He is the Chairman of Rajasthan Royals, an Indian Premier League Team representing Jaipur, Rajasthan. Manoj is the co-founder and managing partner of Blenheim Chalcot, the Chairman of Emerging Media. He is also 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.
Manoj was formerly a partner at Monitor Company, a co-founder of the netdecisions group, co-founded Fluency (sold to venture capitalists in 2003), Eviivo, and Steeltrace (sold to Compuware in 2004), the Rights Company (sold to Warner Music in 2005).
IPL Investment and Controversy
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 ‘Rajasthan Royals’. Badale, along with Ranjit Barthakur, soon became the source of controversy when inappropriate and fictitious bids were made, violating BCCI norms. Ranjit Barthakur and Fraser Castellino were the only two shareholders of the Jaipur IPL, completely unknown to the BCCI at the time . An out of court settlement between the two later ensued.
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