Sudhir Choudhrie continues to invest in new ventures while also creating more than 400 jobs for the British economy. One of his latest projects is the Harts Hotel in Brighton, which features luxury rooms with balconies overlooking the sea. Mr. Choudhrie was born in India and studied at the prestigious LSE before moving to London in 1979 to start his first company. He says he owes his success to “hard work, determination and perseverance.” His entrepreneurial spirit shines through on every project he undertakes.
Philanthropy and Politics
Choudhrie has donated several hundred million dollars to various public institutions. His contributions are spread across India and the rest of the world. Choudhrie and his wife Dina established the Dina and Sudhir Choudhrie Foundation (DCF) in 1994. The Foundation has made significant contributions to various foundations and organizations including The Maitreyi Medical Foundation, The Prince of Wales Foundation, the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, The Deccan College, and The Sindh Cultural Academy. In 2012, Choudhrie and his wife Dina Choudhrie donated $125 million to the University of Oxford, creating the Choudhrie Graduate School of Business, Oxford.
Career and Achievements
In 2000 he founded The Pendragon Group, which owns car dealerships across Europe. In 2002 he became a non-executive director of the Burberry Group, before becoming the company’s chairman in 2005, a position he held until 2010. In 2014 he was named as the first Chairman of the Department for International Trade, an independent UK government body set up to provide a leading international business voice and promote global free trade.
Choudhrie advised a number of London-based manufacturers and financial institutions on real estate, construction, technology and transport. He was also president of the Indian chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales from 1979 to 1981, and then chairman of the council of governors of Eltham College in south-east London from 1981 to 1984. Sudhir Choudhrie is the chairman of Frontier Hospitality, owner of the Flying Fox, a luxury boutique hotel in Doha. He has interests in the property development and education sectors in the UK and Qatar. Sudhir Choudhrie is also a founder of the Newham Basketball Club and in 2003 he was made an honorary life member of the National Basketball Association’s Washington Wizards.