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Rajesh Agrawal

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Residence  London, England
Occupation  Founder of RationalFX
Name  Rajesh Agrawal

Born  9 June 1977 (age 38) (1977-06-09) Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Alma mater  Prestige Institute of Management and Research, Indore

Rajesh Agrawal CEO RationalFX

Rajesh Agrawal (born 9 June 1977) is a British Indian entrepreneur and philanthropist who, since June 2016 has served as Deputy Mayor of London for Business. He is best known as the founder, chairman & former CEO of London-based commercial foreign exchange company RationalFX.


Agrawal was born and educated in India and earned £65 a month until a job opportunity brought him to London in 2001.

He was featured in the Sunday Times Rich List 2012 with a £90m fortune.

Rajesh agrawal ceo rationalfx on bbc news 24

Early life

Agrawal was born in Indore, India. He attended St. Paul Higher Secondary School, Indore before completing a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration at the Prestige Institute of Management and Research, Indore, affiliated to Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya. Agrawal left Indore to work in Chandigarh at the age of 22 to work for 5,000 Indian rupees per month.


Agrawal founded RationalFX along with Paresh Davdra in 2005, initially operating from a small office in Brighton and providing foreign exchange and wire transfer services. In its first year RationalFX launched the UK's first online currency exchange system for private individuals at realtime prices. The company grew very fast and Agrawal had relocated the firm to offices in the City of London by the end of its first year.

In 2015 Rational FX reported a turnover of £1.3 billion and moved its headquarters to Canary Wharf.

RationalFX were the principal shirt sponsors of Birmingham City F.C. for season 2011-2012 and featured on Marussia F1 cars at the 2012 Indian Grand Prix held at the Buddh International Circuit


In September 2011 RationalFX launched a new online money transfer platform, Xendpay, with a stated aim to cut down the cost of money transfer and bring more transparency in the market. In May 2012, Xendpay was founded as an independent company and opened to wider market in August 2012.

Agrawal revealed in October 2015 that, one year on, the model was working, with 70% choosing to pay the optional fee and six percent paying more than the recommended amount.

The Xendpay relaunch was made as a Clinton Global Initiative pledge, with a commitment to save users £60 million over five years. The company has been recognised by the United Nations and in the UK parliament for its work to reduce remittance costs.

Charitable work

Agrawal is a supporter of a number of charities, particularly those focused on young people, enterprise and women empowerment.

He is a patron and an enterprise fellow of The Prince's Trust, a charity founded by Charles, Prince of Wales to help young people start a business.

He is a patron of Cherie Blair's charity for women empowerment, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Agrawal is also a supporter of The Loomba Foundation, founded by Raj Loomba, Baron Loomba which supports widows around the world.

He is chair of the Enterprise Development Programme, run by Oxfam, which provides loans for local businesses in the poorest parts of the world.


On 29 June 2016 Agrawal was appointed as Deputy Mayor of London for Business by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. This appointment followed his role as an economic adviser to Khan during the London Mayoral Election, 2016. As Deputy Mayor Agrawal is tasked with supporting London's business community during the UK's Brexit negotiations. He also serves as chair of London and Partners, promoting London overseas.

Prior to this appointment Agrawal had been a prominent supporter of the UK Labour Party. He was among the first businessmen to defend Labour against accusations that the party was “anti-business” during the 2015 UK General Election, though he was later critical of Ed Miliband for allowing the Conservative Party to define Labour’s economic record unchallenged, for pursuing policies with too narrow an appeal, and for losing touch with Labour’s traditional ethnic minority supporters.

Agrawal supported Andy Burnham, serving as a business adviser during the 2015 Labour Leadership election.

Agrawal is pro-European and has frequently spoken about the importance of the UK remaining in the EU.

Honours and awards

In July 2008, Agrawal was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. In the same year Agrawal was a finalist at the Lloyds TSB KPMG Jewel Awards 2008 for Excellence in Business & Commerce category.

In 2011 Agrawal was honoured by Asian Who's Who for Asian Leadership As Young Entrepreneur. The event was covered live by BBC News 24. In the same year, Agrawal was presented Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the UK Parliament by Baroness Boothroyd at the Public & Political Life Awards 2011.

Agrawal was named in the list of 42 under 42 Members Midlands. He was also chosen as Director of the Month by the Institute of Directors' official Magazine The Director.

In September 2013 he received an "Outstanding Alumnus Award" by his alma mater, Prestige Institute of Management and Research.


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