Sudhir Choudhrie: Indian-born and London-based businessman

Sudhir Choudhrie is an Indian-born and London-based businessman interested in healthcare, aviation, and hospitality. He graduated from London Business School with a degree in finance and banking. Sudhir is the founder of Minerva Health, known for its NeuroFacets platform that incorporates neuroplasticity to rehabilitate physical functions such as motor skills. He is also the chairman and co-owner of TUI Group, which operates Thomson Cruises, Thomson Hotels, and other hospitality brands. In April 2017, Choudhrie was awarded an honorary doctorate at Coventry University in recognition of his achievements in business and his philanthropic work with cancer foundations worldwide. Sudhir Choudhrie has been named among “The Top 250 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy magazine’s Decanter 100 list since 2011. He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian award, in 2005.

An avid traveler and a member of the Opera Club of London, Sudhir Choudhrie is married to Madhurima Choudhrie, and they have two children. He is a practicing Catholic and is also an active philanthropist. He headed the UK leg of the Global Fund for Children, which raised funds for HIV/AIDS orphans in Zambia; he also chaired the UK chapter of Stand Any Chance Africa, which helps educate people about financial literacy. In 2015, he was appointed as a patron for VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), an international development charity that works with communities overseas through volunteer opportunities. He is a trustee of the London Oratory School and a patron of the Alzheimer’s Society. He is also on the board of trustees of the International Cricket Council.

Sudhir Choudhrie was born in 1961 in Kolkata (then Calcutta) to Shri Ajitha Choudhary, a lawyer, and Shri Gunwant Choudhury, a building contractor. Both were first-generation Indians from West Bengal sharecroppers from Hoogly district who migrated to British-ruled India following the partition in 1947. They settled in Calcutta and owned a trading company, which supplied building materials for new construction.