Brian McDaniel

Aspire to Inspire

Sudhir Choudhrie is among the top-leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists. He is admirable, having endured a difficult health condition and still emerged at the top. Sudhir has invested in several industries, including the hotel industry. He owns Taj Resorts and Hotels. Choudhrie started Magnum Trading Company in 1975 to publicize India’s export market. Sudhir was the director of Ebookers PLC between 1999 and 2005. In the aviation sector, he invested in Air Deccan in 2003. Air Deccan is an airline for those on a budget.

Sudhir Choudhrie’s early life was not as easy as most children, his father died when he was young, and he was diagnosed with a rare heart condition that caused his heart valve to leak. When he was eight years, his mother took him for a medical exam. Despite all the challenges, he worked hard and was admitted to the University of Delhi, where he earned an economics degree.

Before forming Magnum Trading Company, Sudhir briefly worked at his grandfather’s real estate company. Sudhir suffered two major heart attacks that significantly deteriorated his health condition. He was diagnosed with a titin gene mutation that causes premature heart failure. In 1999 Sudhir got a heart donor from the United States who was 20 years. Doctor Mehmet Oz conducted the surgery at the University of Columbia Medical Center in New York.

After the successful heart transplant surgery, Sudhir Choudhrie got a new perception of life. He vowed to have a positive attitude and assist organ donors and recipients. Sudhir and his family formed a charitable organization in 2010. The foundation encourages more people to be organ donors and promotes health education and medical projects.


Sudhir Choudhrie is a philanthropic man. His family’s foundation formed the Oxford University Library. He has also taken part in education and medical charities. In 2013 Choudhrie got the Asian Business Lifetime Achievement Award. He wrote a book called From My Heart that narrates his heart transplant experience. He hopes more people will become organ donors to improve the world.