Born in September 1949, Sudhir Choudhrie was raised by a single mother. He says that his mom is his role model for how she worked and took care of him. After graduating from secondary school he attended the University of Delhi where he studied economics.
He went into business for himself after graduating. Sudhir Choudhrie opened an import/export business, initially focusing on televisions that he could resell to the Indian government. At the time, India was developing its television network across the country. In 1975, he started an export firm, Magnum International Trading Company Ltd.
He is now the vice chairman of C&C Alpha Group, a company he founded in the early 1990s. This is a holding company through which he invests in aviation, hospitality, and healthcare firms. His success as an entrepreneur led to him being awarded the Asian Business Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. The person handing him this award was future British Prime Minister Theresa May. Join Linkedin to see Sudhir Choudhrie’s full profile.
Sudhir Choudhrie collects art and vintage cars. His favorite artist is M.F. Husain who has been called the “Picasso of India”. In 2008, he established the Stellar International Art Foundation along with his wife, Anita. They have over 600 pieces of art and displayed much of it in London in 2015. Other artists’ works he owns include Anish Kapoor, Andy Warhol, and Damian Hirst.
He became interested in vintage cars as a child collecting Matchbox cars. The first one he bought was a 1938 convertible Mercedes for 50,000 rupees. This is the equivalent of £9,000 today. He also owns some of the first cars ever built, including 1900 and 1902 Cadillacs. He also owns a 1906 Rover that he bought from a British tea estate manager.
He loves to restore these cars. Sudhir Choudhrie says a vintage car takes about five to six years to fully restore. Some have taken him 10 years or more. One of the biggest challenges is finding original parts which he has to scour the world for. It takes a lot of patience, and sometimes luck, to find these parts. More information about Sudhir at https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/person/5174074