He was only eight years old, but Sudhir Choudhrie noticed it when the expression on his doctor’s face made a sudden shift. Sudhir knew it meant something terrible. Sudhir Choudhrie was undergoing a routine physical for insurance purposes. When his doctor listened to his heart with a stethoscope, his reaction was immediate.

It turns out that young Sudhir had a defective heart valve. His doctor told his mother that her son could expect a lifetime of problems associated with a heart condition that no surgery could correct, and no prescription medicine could keep at bay.

Nevertheless, Sudhir Choudhrie grew to manhood, graduated from college and went on to establish a remarkable career in business. In fact, while still in his mid-twenties, he was well on his way to becoming a multimillionaire.

Today, Sudhir Choudhrie’s net worth tops $2 billion — but his amazing journey through life was nearly upended more than 20 years ago. That’s when his heart condition finally caught up with him. In his fifties, Sudhir’s heart valve problem had deteriorated to the point of near death. His only hope for survival was a heart transplant. Sudhir Choudhrie was literally just hours from death when a donor became available. His new heart was installed by the famous TV doctor, Dr. Mehmet Oz. The procedure was a success. Sudhir had been given a new lease on life and more

Today, Sudhir Choudhrie is among the longest surviving heart transplant recipients in the world. He credits a positive attitude, a focus on helping others and a loving wife and family for his new lease on life. A native in India, Choudhrie today makes his home in London and has obtained British citizenship. Surviving heart failure has inspired him to donate millions to health care programs for others, including research in the field of cardiology.