The Rise of Sudhir Choudhrie: An UK-Indian Business Tycoon

Sudhir was born in Punjab, India, on 14 August 1950. His father, G.K. Choudhrie, founded Choudhrie & Sons, which is one of India’s largest diversified conglomerates, encompassing pharmaceuticals, among other businesses. In 1981, Sudhir Choudhrie founded the Indian specialist medical support organization Medical Control, now known as the Choudhrie Group. The group operates a large international healthcare company, which delivers healthcare to nearly two million people, largely in the developing world.

The group is also a major investor in the National Health Service and is involved in healthcare provision in the UK, the US, and India. Choudhrie’s companies have also made an unbroken string of successful investments in Britain in the past 40 years, such as BT Group, WH Smith, and London City Airport. Sudhir Choudhrie was born to S.K. Birla in a royal family of Marwari Jain ancestry. Despite not owning any of India’s rich conglomerates, SK. Birla’s financial holdings earned him the title of “The Last Maharaja.” However, he took to philanthropy as his business interests began to expand to the Middle East.

Sudhir Choudhrie had a formative experience that inspired him to apply his business acumen to good causes. His friend, Mahesh Patel, had a relative in a Nigerian refugee camp who died of Aids. The Indian government paid for burial rites in India but denied those of the deceased in other countries. Sudhir, therefore, set up a foundation in Nigeria to help AIDS orphans in Africa. Sudhir Choudhrie is the founder of the Omnicare Group, which he founded in 1993, and Fortis Healthcare and Indiabulls. Not to confuse the Mumbai-based Hinduja Brothers, his family (his father, Vamanbhai Choudhrie, was from Kutch, Gujarat) migrated to England during the British Raj.

Sudhir was educated in England at Abingdon School and was classed as a social diver. In the mid-1970s, he established Surya group, a distribution company selling pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and other sundries to over 8,000 pharmacies, drug stores, and hospitals.

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