Vinod Gupta is a successful businessman and self-made millionaire who is helping to provide educational opportunities to others. Vinod grew up in the small town of Rampur Maniharan in India north of New Delhi and went to college at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur where he studied agricultural engineering. After graduating, he came to the U.S. to attend graduate school at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln where he continued to study agricultural engineering and business. After graduation, Vinod went to work as a marketing research analyst for the mobile home manufacturer Commodore Corporation.
While at Commodore, Gupta developed his business idea of creating an extensive list of business-to-business resources. Instead of looking through a phone book, a business could go through this list to find the resources they need for their business and find buyers who want their product. In 1972, Vinod founded American Business Information and grew the company to be valued at $500 million by 1992. In 2010, he sold his company for $680 million and is now the General Managing Partner for the venture capital and private equity firm Everest Group.
Vinod Gupta recognizes how education changed his life and wants to help others to receive the benefits a good education. He donated $1 million to Ram Rati Gupta Polytechnic, a technical school for women in his hometown. He has also funded schools for young girls in his hometown. He donated $2 million to the Institute of Technology Kharagpur to establish the Vinod Gupta School of Management, which offers an MBA and Ph.D. degrees to students in India. He even set up a $500,000 scholarship fund with the University of Nebraska to financially help minority students who want to study science or engineering. Vinod’s success as a businessman is helping him to have a lasting impact on others.
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