Sudhir Choudhrie’s Life Story
Sudhir Choudhrie has lived a long and difficult life. He has risen above his hardships to become a highly successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is known best for ventures like Professorship in Cardiology at the Columbia University Medical Centre founded in his name. His passion for health and helping people comes from his own struggles in life which have shaped his perspectives on success and giving back. Sudhir Choudhrie was born in Delhi, India in 1949. Though his father passed away early in Sudhir Choudhrie’s life, his mother was a constant presence and inspiration in his life. Early on doctors were able to detect that he had a heart condition that would cause his heart to skip. This was caused by a leaking valve. Although this condition made things difficult, Sudhir Choudhrie never let it stop him from achieving success. He started Magnum Trading Company in 1975 in order to take advantage of India’s growing market in exports. He then transitioned to the tourism industry by joining Taj Hotels and Resorts. This was followed by a short time at Adidas AG. He also put large sums of money into Air Deccan in 2003 and helped turn it into one of India’s most successful budget airlines. Sudhir Choudhrie suffered from two heart attacks during this time linked to premature heart failure. Miraculously, a compatible donor for a new heart was found in 1999 at a time when Choudhrie perhaps had mere hours to live. He credits the generosity of the family of a 20-year-old man from the US with saving his life. Choudhrie has since lived to be one of the longest-lived heart transplant recipients ever. Thanks to his success in the business world as an entrepreneur, Choudhrie has been able to give back and help to encourage others to become organ donors. He founded his family’s charitable organization in 2010 towards this end. Choudhrie later published a book called From My Heart: A Tale of Life, Love, and Destiny in order to inspire others with his story.