Vinod Gupta remembers his upbringing in a small backwater village in rural India. It was an experience that taught him the valuable lessons that have led to his status as a self-made millionaire. His life story has taken from the countryside to studying in New Dehli to moving from his home country to pursue a higher education and better employment opportunities in the United States. After graduating from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln worked as a marketing analyst for Commodore Corporation. Realizing the value of the selling lists of mobile home dealers, he quickly founded the company American Business Information. American Business Information provided costumers with databases of valuable business research to clients that helped. Eventually, he sold for $680 million under the name InfoUSA.
Now working as the Managing General Partner for Everest Group, Vinod Gupta has never forgotten his humble beginnings. It is with this burning image of the past that Vinod Gupta strives to share his wealth with the less fortunate. As a lifelong believer in the value of education, Gupta’s philanthropy focuses on making higher education available for women around the world. His standout achievement is the founding of the Ram Rati Gupta Polytechnic, a women’s polytechnic school that enables women to earn their postgraduate degrees in 24 months. Examples of possible areas of study the women can pursue include the fields of textile design, computer applications, information technology, and web design. Additionally, Vinod Gupta has used his wealth to develop a girl’s school in his home village. Gupta believes by providing educational opportunities to the less fortunate and particularly women he can lower educational gender gap.