Sudhir Choudhrie: The Man Who Changed the Face of Indian Business

Choudhrie was born in 1949 in the small town of Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India. He grew up with his two brothers, two sisters, and his mother. His undergraduate studies were in statistics at St. Stephens College in Delhi. Sudhir Choudhrie married Chabita, with whom he has two children, Bhanu and Dhairya. In 1970, he was appointed to the administrative office of the All India Kisan Sabha, the biggest farmer’s organization in India.

He has subsequently worked for the Confederation of Indian Industry and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. Choudhrie had significant roles in establishing the healthcare sector in south-east Asia, particularly Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. Sudhir Choudhrie joined St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College, where he completed his medical training and Fellowship of Gynecologists (FRCOG) and the Royal College of Obstetricians in 1976. In 1970, Sudhir Choudhrie partnered with his brother-in-law, Akbar Alavi, and two others in setting up a private hospital. Their first venture was the Dubai Pediatric Hospital, which opened in 1971. It was successful enough that it expanded to two hospitals in Dubai and one in Jeddah. Choudhrie took over the day-to-day running of the business in 1972, leaving Alevi to concentrate on his training.

Sudhir Choudhrie grew up in Lucknow, India, and graduated in Medicine from a local university. He undertook further study in England and then returned to India to start a practice. After acquiring a graduate degree, Choudhrie was recruited by a global pharmaceutical company, Makers. This multinational pharmaceutical company was active in South Africa and Northern Nigeria. He worked there for ten years, and then he established his medical practice and hospital in Udaipur, Rajasthan.

Sudhir Choudhrie and his family moved to the UK in the late 1970s after receiving political asylum. Sudhir Choudhrie then established a successful healthcare practice and hospital, which he ran for several years. Choudhrie is one of the leading businessmen in London and one of India’s top five most influential Indian-origin businessmen.

Sudhir is the co-founder of Orascom Construction Industries and the founder of Cinergy Entertainment, one of the world’s largest independent TV production houses. He is also among the most prominent individual supporters of the Conservative Party and the owner of the London Lions, an established basketball club in the UK.