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Bal Thackeray Biography, Age, Death, Wife, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : September 7, 2020

Short Biography

Bal Thackeray was born on 23-01-1926 in Pune in the state of Maharashtra, India. He was an Indian Politician, Journalist, Visual Artist, Activist, Cartoonist, Writer, Spokesperson & Founder of Shiv Sena (a Marathi regional rightwing & Hindu Nationalist political party).

Other Name: Bal Keshav Thackeray, Balasaheb Thackeray, Balasaheb
Other Professions: Journalist Visual Artist Activist Cartoonist Writer Spokesperson Founder
Appearance: Marathi

Bal Thackeray Complete Bio & Career

Balasaheb Keshav Thackeray, Indian Journalist, Activist, Cartoonist, Writer, and Seasoned Politician, was the founder of very popular party Shiv Sena(Army of Shiva) in Maharashtra, which was given in the name after 17th Century famous local Marathi king. He belonged to Marathi Chandraseniya Kayastha Prabha (CKP) community. He began his career in the early 1950s, being a Cartoonist for the Free Press Journal in Mumbai, His cartoons were highly appraised and appeared in International Newspapers as well. Later in the 1960s, he actively participated in Politics and focused more on developing a strong regional following through his work for Weekly Marathi-language journal “Marmik”.
Despite not holding any strong position in politics or run for elective office, he was considered as the most powerful personality of Maharashtra. His devout followers often referred to him as the “Godfather of Maharashtra”. Some people called Donal Trump as the Videshi version of this Mumbai’s Famous Tiger. He was also referred to as the “Hindu HridaySamrat” by his followers. He came into controversy for praising Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, but later he changed his sentence.
Bal Thackeray was also the founder of Marathi regional Newspaper Saamana. He was banned from Politics for six years on the recommendation of the Election Commission, being involved in seeking votes in the name of religion. His Political Party, Shiv Sena was not just a party but was an army of Shivaji, whose motto was to work for the rights of Marathi people. He said local native people should be given preference in private and public-sector jobs as they faced competition from South India, Marwaris, and Gujarati people.

Health Issues, Illness and Death Info

Bal Thackeray died on 17-11-2012 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India at age of 86. He died of a cardiac arrest.

DEATHDAY 17 November,2012 (Sunday)
DEATH PLACE Mumbai, Maharashtra

Bal Thackeray Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born to Prabodhankar Thackery and Rama Bai Thackery. He had 2 brothers named Shrikant Prabhodankar Thackeray and Ramesh Thackeray and five sisters named Sudha Sule, Sanjeevani Karandikar, Pampa Tipnis, Susheela Gupte, and Sarla Gadkari among others. He was married to Meena Thackeray, who was his immense source of strength. Together the couple had 3 sons named Bindumadhav Thackeray, Jaidev Thackery, and Uddhav Thackery. He also had a grandson named Aditya Thackeray.

Life's Important Dates Of Bal Thackeray

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour Black

Personal Info

Home Town Pune
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
School N/A
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Writing and Painting
Marital Status Married
Salary N/A
Net Worth INR 50 Crore (approximate)
Official Website N/A


Car Collections Audi and Mercedes SUV


Favorite Color Orange
Favorite Player Sachin Tendulkar , Sunil Gavaskar
Favorite Sport Cricket
Favorite Politician Mahatma Gandhi , Atal Bihari Vajpayee , Adolf Hitler
Favorite Actress Meena Kumari , Madhubala
Favorite Actor Amitabh Bachchan , Nana Patekar , Rajinikanth , Dilip Kumar
Favorite Singer Lata Mangeshkar , Kishore Kumar , Mohammed Rafi
Favorite Dress Dhoti Kurta

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Bal Thackeray

  • Bal Thackeray once criticized the proposal to have a 22-crore throne for Shirdi Sai Baba. He suggested the amount be used for charity instead.
  • Although anti-congress later in his life, he applauded Indira Gandhi on her effort to free Bangladesh and considers her the best Prime Minister.
  • He was also a cartoonist and writer besides being a politician.
  • He was instrumental in making Mumbai as the capital of Maharashtra.
  • The title character of Ram Gopal Varma's film Sarkar is based on Bal Thackeray.
  • A film named "Thackeray" is a biopic of Bal Keshav Thackeray which is directed by Abhijit Panse & writer by Sanjay Raut (a Political leader of Shiv Sena). The film will be released in 25-01-2019.

Bal Thackeray Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

Bal Thackeray was 86 years 9 months & 25 days old age.