Vinod Rai (Head of BCCI) Age, Biography, Wife & More

Vinod Rai

Real NameVinod Rai
NicknameSecond Sakthan Thampuran
ProfessionCivil Servant
Major Designations• Passed out Indian Administrative Service (IAS) from Kerala Cadre in 1972.
• In 1972, became the sub-collector of Thrissur District, Kerala.
• Served 8 years as Collector of Thrissur District, Kerala.
• From 1977 to 1980, served as the MD of Kerala State Co-operative Marketing Federation.
• Served as the Principal Secretary (Finance) in the State Government of Kerala.
• Served in the Ministries of Commerce and Defence, Government of India.
• Served as Secretary, Financial Services and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
• In December 2011, chosen as the chief of UN external audit panel.
• Served as the 11th Comptroller and Auditor General of India from 7 January 2008 to 22 May 2013.
• In February 2016, became the chairman of Banks Board Bureau (BBB).
• On 30 January 2017, appointed as the Interim President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by the Supreme Court of India.
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 8”
Weight (approx.)in Kilograms- 66 kg
in Pounds- 146 lbs
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of Birth23 May 1948
Age (as in 2016)68 Years
Birth PlaceGhazipur, Uttar Pradesh
Zodiac sign/Sun signGemini
HometownGhazipur, Uttar Pradesh
SchoolVidya Niketan — Birla Public School, BPS Pilani, Rajasthan, India
CollegeHindu College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Educational QualificationsMasters of Economics (University of Delhi),
Masters of Public Administration (Harvard University)
FamilyFather- Name Not Known (Army Personnel)
Mother- Name Not Known
Brother- Not Known
Sister- Not Known
HobbiesPlaying Lawn Tennis, Playing Cricket, Mountaineering, Gardening, Reading, Writing
Favorite Things
Favorite SportsLawn Tennis
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot Known
Wife1. Name Not Known (Died of Asthma Complications in 1990)
2. Geeta (a widow of his colleague)
Money Factor
SalaryNot Known


Some Lesser Known Facts About Vinod Rai

  • Does Vinod Rai smoke:? Not Known
  • Does Vinod Rai drink alcohol:? Not Known
  • He was born into an Army Family.
  • At the age of 14, he was sent to a boarding school after his father was posted in Sikkim.
  • Former Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, taught him Economics at the Delhi School of Economics.
  • After completing his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, he started preparing for the prestigious Civil Services and cleared it in 1972 with Kerala Cadre.
  • When Rai was still a trainee IAS, he retrieved the body of his district collector single-handedly who had been killed by terrorists. Nobody was willing to retrieve the body for fear of their lives as it was dumped at an isolated place. Considering the risk involved, it was considered an act of extreme courage.
  • For his pragmatic approach, he is considered a symbol of the anti-corruption movement in India.
  • He is credited with the most powerful CAG so far who turned the CAG office into an accountable and transparent office in contemporary India.
  • Forbes described him one of the rare breeds of Civil Servants who know how to handle the government projects and government officials.
  • After his appointment as the 11th CAG of India, he consistently hit the headlines for his fierce, poised and unforgiving audits ranging from 2G-Spectrum to Commonwealth Games.
  • He recommended that all the government funded Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs), societies and Panchayati Raj Institutions should come withing the ambit of the CAG.
  • On 30 January 2017, the Supreme Court of India formed a panel headed by Vinod Rai to run BCCI including Diana Edulji (Former Indian Cricketer),  Vikram Limaye (IDFC Managing Director) and Ramachandra Guha (Historian), a few weeks after the BCCI’s president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke were removed by the Supreme Court because of their inability to implement the Justice Lodha Panel recommendations.
  • He is a passionate Lawn Tennis player. vinod-rai-playing-lawn-tennis
  • He has a German Shepherd pet dog. vinod-rai-pet-dog
  • He is also an environmentalist and loves gardening. vinod-rai-gardening