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Vinod Gupta’s Humble Beginnings And Giving Back

January 8, 2019


Vinod Gupta grew up in the humble village of Rampur Maniharan just a hundred miles outside New Delhi. It would be a long journey from there to the US where he got his start in the world of marketing. With a small loan and a long-shot of an idea, Vinod Gupta eventually built his way up from a small entrepreneur to the founder of American Business Information (InfoUSA) in 1972. Decades later InfoUSA was sold for $680 million, solidifying Gupta’s business ambition as a success.

Now as a Managing General Partner for the Everest Group, Gupta has put decades of business acumen to rescue failing companies through venture capital, but he hasn’t forgotten his humble roots. Gupta credits access to a proper formal education as the foundation to his career. Using his personal wealth, Gupta has turned to philanthropy to assist in bolstering education for young women in his hometown.

Vinod Gupta has been a huge supporter of “Women’s Education” and started the Ram Rati Gupta Polytechnic for Women in Rampur Maniharan. Gupta has donated $1 million to Ram Rati Gupta Polytechnic, a women’s school dedicated to helping them achieve post-graduate degrees in technology. This includes a girl’s school, and he has provided these institutions with buses and textbooks.

The inspiration behind this charitable attitude comes from Gupta’s father, a physician who extolled the value of education on his son. It is from giving others the opportunity to learn and grow is where Gupta derives a sense of purpose, not his wealth. With a karmic understanding of his good fortune to learn, grow, and succeed in his desired field of business, Gupta has a desire to pay it forward by using his resources to make sure many have the opportunity to do the same.

Over the last 20 years Gupta has donated over $50 million in support of charities and institutions, in his home of India and his adopted home in the US. Read This Article for related information.


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