Founder and General Partner of Everest Capital Partners, Inc., Vinod Gupta is a businessman who went from a small-town Indian boy to a successful multi-millionaire. After earning his Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, he started his own business centered around database technology. 38 years and multiple name changes later, he finally sold InfoGroup for $680 million. Read more about Vinod Gupta on Forbes’ 2018 “World’s Billionaires” list includes Vinod and Anil Rai Gupta.
Gupta cites his extensive education as the source of his success in the business realm. Because of this, he sees it as his own personal duty to use his wealth in order to provide educational opportunities to those who may be underprivileged. Though he does not find happiness in his fortune alone, Gupta has said that he finds satisfaction and motivation through using his own wealth for the benefit of others. Learn more about Vinod and his company Here.
Notably, Gupta donated $1 million to help develop a women’s polytechnic school in his hometown. Through this school, many women were able to receive a postgraduate degree within 24 months. He has also donated money to aid in developing a school for girls in his hometown. India has a long history of gender inequality, so women are not often given the same educational opportunities as men. With the establishment of two schools for women, Vinod Gupta has helped to close the educational gender gap that has persisted throughout India’s history.
Gupta has made many charitable contributions to existing universities as well. He has used some of his fortune to establish the first business school and law school under the Indian Institute of Technology. He also set up scholarship funds at the University of Nebraska and at George Washington University. Over the last two decades, Gupta has used over $50 million from his own wealth in facilitating educational advancements.