Sudhir Choudhrie: A Man of Many Talents
Sudhir Choudhrie is an Indian businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and billionaire. He was born in 1949 and raised in Delhi by one of his greatest role models: his mother. In his early years, he was diagnosed with a heart condition; but he was not deterred. Sudhir Choudhrie earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, before joining his grandfather’s real estate business based in Delhi. Soon after, his entrepreneurial skills became noticeable, as he launched his own business that involved the resale of UK television equipment in India.
Choudhrie did not hesitate to expand his exporting business to include a range of consumer goods, including farm equipment. Since then, Choudhrie has launched and led successful businesses that have a net worth of over $2 billion.
Sudhir Choudhrie now devotes much of his time to philanthropic efforts, one of the most significant includes Green Templeton College and the University of Oxford – where a library now bears the family name. His biggest client was the Indian government, which was in the process of growing India’s burgeoning network of television stations in the 60s and 70s.
Sudhir Choudhrie became a benefactor of the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, after his heart transplant 22 years ago. He now spends much of his time working with charities from around the globe and is currently the longest-living heart transplant patient at the age of 71. He’s received a number of accolades, including that awarded by Theresa May – the Asian Business Lifetime Achievement award. He is a lover of Indian art, and the collecting of rare vintage cars, which he restores in his spare time. Sudhir Choudhrie’s collection is often considered to be the greatest in all of India and features vehicles that span over a century, multiple nations, brands, and manufacturing lines.