Manoj Rajapaksa (Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s son) Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Wife: Sewandhi Liyanarachchi
Age: 39 Years
Hometown: Palatuwa, Matara, Sri Lanka

Manoj Rajapaksa at his wedding ceremony

Full nameDaminda Manoj Rajapaksa [1]Manoj Rajapaksa’s LinkedIn profile
ProfessionNASA engineer
Known forBeing the son of the 8th President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 177 cm
in meters- 1.77 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 10”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 65 kg
in pounds- 143 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth16 December 1982 (Thursday)
Age (as of 2021)39 Years
BirthplaceSri Lanka
Zodiac signSagittarius
Nationality• Sri Lankan (1982-2003)
• Sri Lankan American (2003-present)
HometownPalatuwa, Matara, Sri Lanka
School• Traweek Middle School
• Covina High School
College/University• Duke University
• University of Southern California
Educational Qualification(s)• Double Major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
• Master of Systems Engineering [2]The Lanka Leader
AddressHouse number 1866, Houston Ave, Clovis, CA 93611, United States of America
ControversyQuestioned about his properties: In July 2022, after Gotabaya and Ioma escaped from Sri Lanka amidst the economic crisis, several Sri Lankan Americans protested outside Manoj's house, where they asked Manoj questions about his income and how did he manage to buy several pricy properties in the US. [3]ThePrint
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date30 June 2011
Wife/SpouseSewandhi Liyanarachchi
Manoj Rajapaksa with his wife
ChildrenDaughter- Dulanya Rajapaksa
Manoj Rajapaksa holding his newborn daughter Dulanya
ParentsFather- Gotabaya Rajapaksa (former President of Sri Lanka, retired Sri Lankan Army officer)
Mother- Ioma Rajapaksa (former first lady of Sri Lanka)
Ioma and Gotabaya, parents of Manoj
Manoj Rajapaksa with his mother, father, and grandmother
SiblingsManoj Rajapaksa has no siblings

Gotabaya Rajapaksa with his son

Some Lesser Known Facts About Manoj Rajapaksa

  • Manoj Rajapaksa is a Sri Lankan-born American citizen who works with NASA. He is the son of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the 8th President of Sri Lanka, who fled the country in July 2022 when the country was undergoing an economic crisis.
  • After finishing his higher education, Manoj Rajapaksa started working with Celcom, a Malaysia-based telecommunication company, as an engineering consultant from 2013 to 2014.
  • Soon after leaving Celcom, Manoj Rajapaksa began working as a principal investigator and systems engineer in the Jet Propulsion Lab of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • Apart from working with NASA, Manoj Rajapaksa has also served as a member of the advisory board of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area municipality.
  • On 17 July 2022, after his parents fled Sri Lanka in early July 2022, the Sri Lankan Americans protested outside Manoj Rajapaksa’s residence in California, United States of America (USA). According to several sources, during the protests, the agitators demanded that Gotabaya Rajapaksa should return the money that he stole from the Sri Lankans while serving as the President of Sri Lanka. They also questioned Manoj on how he purchased several costly properties across the United States in such a short period. While talking about it, a protestor said,

    We are in the Los Angeles Sunland neighborhood. We are in front of the house of Gotabaya Rakapaksa’s son, Manoj Rajapaksa. He has stolen money from the people of Sri Lanka and bought this luxury property. This is our money. This is our property. There are only a few of us here today but if your father will not leave his office, we will come here in the thousands. Manoj Rajapaksa had no place to stay when he first arrived in the United States of America, but now he owns several big houses within the US itself, how is it possible to buy such properties that value so much within a very small time period? This is a very peaceful protest and the son has to tell the father to step down as soon as possible.” [4]ThePrint

  • After the protests, many Sri Lankan citizens supported the demands made by the protestors; however, some criticised the protests and came in support of Manoj and his wife and claimed that the couple were non-political and had never interfered in the political affairs of Sri Lanka. They further claimed that Manoj’s life in the US was not linked with his father’s Presidency in any sense. [5]ThePrint