There is life after the operating table is one of Sudhir Choudhrie’s favorite quotes. He believes his family was the reason why his heart has survived all the challenges he has gone through. Having been recorded as one of the longest surviving heart transplant recipients, Sudhir’s life story is truly inspiring.
Sudhir was born in India in 1949. He was raised by his mother after his father died in a car accident. When he was eight years old, Sudhir Choudhrie was diagnosed with a heart defect. His condition of having a heart with a leaking valve was very rare. This led to him constantly battling health problems. However, this did not demotivate Sudhir from becoming an excellent student in his schools and gaining admission to Delhi University. He pursued an undergraduate degree in economics which after completion led him to work at the grandfather’s real estate business.
He left his grandfather’s business to start his entrepreneurial ventures as an importer. His first business was importing TVs from the UK. Sudhir’s dedication enabled him to acquire a lucrative contract with the Indian government to supply it with TVs. This would be important in growing the country’s television network during that time. Following this success, he decided to explore the export markets and found Magnum International Trading Company in 1975.
Sudhir’s business grew successfully and led him to invest in different sectors in India including the hotel industry. His funds and management skills assisted Taj Hotels to flourish and became a popular tourist resort. He also invested in the aviation industry by supporting Air Deccan’s vision of becoming the first budget plane in India.
Aside from being a businessman, Sudhir Choudhrie is a renowned leader who has been selected on various accounts to support international relations. This is between India and the UK. Sudhir received his heart transplant in 1999 after surviving over 40 years with his heart ailment. This has led him to support various ventures that encourage people to become donors.