Michael Haltman

pushing ahead

Sudhir Choudhrie is a businessman best known for philanthropy. His love of helping less fortunate people drives his giving. He has dedicated much of his life to improving healthcare, hospitality, and the aviation sector. But his influence extends into other industries. Sudhir Choudhrie was born in India in 1949. He grew up in Delhi and gained a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Delhi. His career started in his grandfather’s Delhi real estate business. But soon he launched out on his own selling television sets mainly to the Indian government. He later added farm equipment and other consumer items.

Sudhir Choudhrie founded Magnum International Trading Company in 1975. He devoted much of his efforts to grow India’s export trade through global partnerships. These included Taj Hotels and Resorts, and Adidas AG. In 1995, Choudhrie started a branch of Adidas as Adidas Indian Trading. He built it to more than180 stores with Indian manufacturing facilities. He became Non- Executive Director of Ebookers PLC in 1999. Choudhrie invested in Air Deccan in 2003. And nurtured its growth to over 200 daily flights and more

Having launched many global businesses, Sudhir Choudhrie built himself a net worth of more than $2 billion. He is a risk management expert who helps struggling companies overcome financial difficulties. His efforts have saved millions of jobs and communities. He received the Asian Business Lifetime Achievement Award among many for his work.

Sudhir Choudhrie now devotes more time to his philanthropic work. He is a benefactor of New York’s Columbia University Medical Center. With a failing heart and health due to a childhood defect, he had months to live. He received a heart transplant there in 1999. A healthy lifestyle and antirejection medication keep Choudhrie in good health. He now focuses on positive energy to ensure his transplant’s longevity. He is one of the longest surviving heart transplant recipients in 2020.