Sudhir Choudhrie is the founder of one of India’s largest and most successful private-sector companies. Sudhir Choudhrie has been at the helm of a diversified conglomerate for over four decades, overseeing a remarkable period of sustained growth and change that has transformed his Group into one of India’s largest family-owned private sector corporations. As Chairman, Sudhir is responsible for directing the Group’s strategic development while also overseeing its investment in organic and inorganic growth opportunities. The company currently operates across five areas – Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction; Information Technology Services; Power Generation through Joint Ventures; Investments; and Stone Quarrying plus Sand Mining.
Sudhir is often credited with bringing the concept of corporate social responsibility to India. Sudhir Choudhrie committed to contributing a minimum of 25 percent of the profits to panchayats and NGOs across the country in an effort he calls his “Trinity: Family, business and society.” The company’s CSR activities have brought tangible results wherever it invests.
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Choudhrie was born on 19 April 1936 at Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, India. His father, Mirza Ismail Chaudhry, was also a prominent industrialist and philanthropist. Sudhir Choudhrie was educated in Bhopal, Dehradun and the University of Cambridge. He is the second son among four brothers, the eldest being Salim Chaudhry, who founded Scooters India Limited. Choudhrie is married to Rumi Choudhrie and has two children – Sushma Srinivasan and Navneet Singh Dhanjal.
In 1960, Sudhir began to work for Scooters India as an industrialist and promoter of Powerhouse Projects. In 1967, he became Executive Chairman of Scooters India Limited. In the wake of multiple strategic moves, the Choudhry consolidated a business empire that spans wide-ranging industrial and service sectors. At present, Choudhrie holds one of the most powerful positions in the family-controlled Indian business world. The Group’s operations are now spread across 13 companies in service, construction and engineering activities as well as manufacturing sectors that make shellac, furniture and steel pipes, among others.