Vinod Gupta is a self- made millionaire who grew up in India. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Everest Group, a firm that offers venture capital to startup and small database technology companies. Gupta is a successful businessman who started out with a $100 loan and developed an international company that he eventually sold at $680 million in 2010. He attended the Indian Institutes of Technology for his agricultural engineering bachelor’s degree and later moved to the United States to pursue a Master’s in agricultural engineering and business from the University of Nebraska.
Philanthropy is one of Vinod Gupta’s values, and he is particularly fond of supporting the less privileged in society to have access to education. He has facilitated the progress of education both in India and Internationally. Gupta points out that giving back to the community motivates him and he considers himself lucky to be able to assist others. Over the past twenty years, the billionaire has donated more than $50 million towards educational endeavors, advancements, and efforts.
Investing in women’s education is one area that Vinod Gupta is particularly keen on. He contributed $1 million towards the development of a women’s polytechnic called the Ram Rati Gupta Polytechnic in his hometown. The technology institution offers postgraduate degrees in various areas of study including textile design and web design and has empowered many women since it was founded in 2002.
Vinod Gupta has also dedicated money to put up a school for girls in the Indian village he grew up in. He also provides buses to ferry the girls to school and resources like textbooks to see to it that the girls excel in their studies. These initiatives are essential steps towards achieving equality in India where young women are not accorded the same opportunities in education as young men.
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