Ioma Rajapaksa is the former first lady of Sri Lanka and the wife of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the 8th President of Sri Lanka. In July 2022, following the economic turmoil in Sri Lanka, she escaped the country with her husband.
Ioma Rajapaksa was born in November 1957 (age 65 years; as of 2022) in Sri Lanka. She holds a diploma in Business Management from the National Institute of Business Management, Sri Lanka.
Hair Colour: Salt and Pepper
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Parents & Siblings
Not much is known about her father. Her mother’s name was Padma Devi Peiris. She died on 8 March 2022.
Ioma Rajapaksa with her mother
Not much is known about her siblings.
Husband & Children
Her husband, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is a retired Sri Lankan Army officer and the former President of Sri Lanka. The couple got married in 1980.
Ioma Rajapaksa with her husband Gotabaya Rajapaksa
A photo of Ioma Rajapaksa taken during her wedding ceremony
Her son, Manoj Rajapaksa, is an engineer who works in the United States of America (USA).
Manoj Rajapaksa with his wife
Ioma Gotabaya with her daughter-in-law, husband, and son
Ioma Rajapaksa resides at 303 S Cataract Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773, United States of America.
Fled Sri Lanka amid the Sri Lanka crisis
On 12 July 2022, Ioma Rajapaksa, along with her husband Gotabaya Rajapaksa, fled from the country amidst violent protests due to the economic crisis. Many sources claimed that the couple fled the country, to the Maldives, in the Sri Lankan Air Force’s Antonov An-32 aircraft. From the Maldives, the couple went to Singapore, and from there, the couple moved to Thailand. In August 2022, many reports surfaced that claimed that Ioma and Gotabaya might return to Sri Lanka in the first week of September as they were allotted a VISA for Thailand for 90 days only. The media also reported that another reason for their return could be the unsustainable amount of money required to live in a costly place like Thailand with 24/7 VVIP security around them.
Ioma Rajapaksa was fond of swanky cars. According to several news sources, when the mob stormed Gotabaya’s residence in July 2022, they found more than 50 luxurious cars parked in the parking lot.
According to several media sources, Ioma Rajapaksa’s estimated net worth is around $10 million.
- Ioma Rajapaksa has worked as a medical coder in the United States of America (USA).
- Ioma Rajapaksa has also worked with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence as a chairman of the Seva Vanitha Unit.
Ioma Rajapaksa interacting with locals of Sri Lanka as a chairperson of the Seva Vanitha Unit
- In July 2022, when a mob stormed the Presidential Palace, they found cash worth Rs 17.85 million (around $50,000) which belonged to the Ioma and Gotabaya. The cash was handed over to the Sri Lankan police by the protestors. Talking about it, a police spokesperson said,
The cash was taken over by the police and will be produced in court today. The cash found was in mint condition and it mostly contained the new bank notes.”