Vinod Gupta knows the value of a good education. As a native from a village that had no electricity, roads, running water or other modern amenities he did not receive a steady, stable education as he was growing up. It wasn’t until he went into the Indian Air Force that he got a real chance for a higher education.
Vinod received a B.Tech in Agricultural Engineering from I.I.T. in Kharagpur before coming to America. He went to Nebraska on travel money his family borrowed and got a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He got a job in marketing at Commodore Corporation and was tasked with evaluating his competitors’ sales.
While he was working on this he found out how difficult it was to find accurate, up-to-date information. With no internet yet most of this information was transferred by mail, making it difficult to assemble in a timely fashion. Seeing the need for a central database, Vinod Gupta and his boss began working in their off-time to assemble this information from as many sources as possible. They ended up with an accurate and valuable list, which Commodore declined to buy. Marketing the list to the rest of their industry the two began making money. As the decades went by they expanded their industry focus and eventually built a company worth $680,000,000, which they sold for that amount in 2010.
Taking his money and reinvesting it in charitable education, Vinod has pledged his entire fortune to providing education to the under privileged, particularly women. He has donated millions through charities named after himself and his son to improving the quality and access to education in American and India. He specifically started a school in his home town, covering the costs of everything from classrooms to textbooks to transportation. See This Article for more information.