Vinod Gupta is a prominent business investor in the U.S. He is originally from a small town about a hundred miles north of New Delhi. He has recently invested in several schools, both in the United States and abroad.
His upbringing in India has influenced him to give back after making millions. He previously worked as an entrepreneur and now as a Managing General Partner at the Everest Group. He made several million through the sales of a company he helped found called InfoUSA, previously called American Business Information, where he was the Chief Executive Officer. It was sold in 2010 with a value of $680 million. Gupta’s father was a physician who inspired him to continue his education and to give to education throughout his life. Gupta believes in karma and has stated that his happiness has never depended on his wealth. He derives satisfaction from knowing that his wealth can help other people, and he has given away roughly $50 million in the last two decades.
His donation list is long and impressive and includes the George Washington University School of Business and the Indian Institute of Technology. Perhaps most notably, however, he donated $1 million to Ram Rati Gupta Polytechnic, which is a women’s polytechnic school established in 2000. This school specializes in textile design, information technology, web design, and computer science and has helped several of its students achieve a postgraduate degree in as few as two years. He also donated to the foundation of a girls’ school in his hometown, including funds for everything from buses to textbooks.
Vinod Gupta studied agricultural engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology and both agricultural engineering and business at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
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