Monte Ahuja who came from Chandigarh to Clevelan with $12 in his pocket has donated an unprecedented $30 million to University Hospitals, Cleveland, for the construction of a medical complex.
Ahuja said that he wanted to give back to a community where he found success after coming to the U.S. from India for graduate studies. Ahuja is a major benefactor of Cleveland State University, which named its college of business administration after him. But his gift to UH is his largest yet and the largest in the hospital’s 140-year history.
“I did not know a soul here, and it was cold, drab and snowing when I arrived. I felt very lonely, especially after just leaving a large family of seven sisters and a brother who all catered to me,” he later recalled in an interview. “I vowed never to ask my family for another dime and I would make my own way, and so I did with jobs around the university and working for a furnace making company south of Columbus.”
Ahuja adds: “One only has to be in another country, as I have, to know the greatness of America and the opportunity to get ahead,” says Ahuja.