Vinod Gupta is a self-made millionaire who came from the humblest of beginnings. He was born and raised in a remote part of India that lacked many basic necessities. For example, there wasn’t running water or electricity, there wasn’t a modern form of transportation, and, among others, there wasn’t modern infrastructure. Despite these humble beginnings, Gupta thrived.
After completing high school in his village, Gupta went on to the Indian Institutes of Technology where he earned his B. Tech degree. Vinod Gupta then migrated to the United States to continue his education at the University of Nebraska where he earned a master’s degree in business and agricultural engineering. Upon finishing his education, Gupta took a position with Commodore Corporation where he was responsible for comprising a complete list of all mobile home dealers in the United States. This was no easy feat; it required Gupta to order every phone book he could and, painstakingly, went through the yellow pages of each book to compose his list. Once his list was complete, he borrowed just $100 from the bank. He spent this loan on the creation of marketing mailers which were sent out to anyone who would potentially benefit from his list. It didn’t take long for Gupta to start receiving orders for his compilation. With that, Gupta’s business, American Business Information, was created. He later sold the company for roughly $680 million.
While he currently works as a managing partner at Everest Group, Vinod Gupta also dedicates a vast amount of time and resources to philanthropy work, particularly in education. One of his goals is to provide access to education to people who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. In the late 1990s, Gupta donated $1 million to Ram Rati Gupta Polytechnic in Rampur Maniharan, the town in which he grew up. This school is dedicated to offering women the rare opportunity to earn a postgraduate degree. But, Gupta’s dedication to education and providing females the chance to receive it didn’t stop there. He also donated money that was dedicated to schools specifically for girls in his home village; he donated buses to ensure transportation wasn’t an issue for students and textbooks to ensure quality learning was possible.
Vinod Gupta holds education to be of utmost importance. He has experienced first-hand how one’s life can be changed by it. He also knows and understands that it is a privilege that many are denied, often times to females. However, through his philanthropy work, he has worked and will continue to work on closing the gender gap in education.
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