The Amazing Story of Vinod Gupta

Vinod Gupta is one of the richest men in India. Interestingly, he comes from a humble background and had to work way to the top. His story began back in India. Gupta was born on the 4th of July in 1946 at Rampur Manhyaran. At the time, the village didn’t have most of the necessities. Gupta grew up at a place that had no electricity or technology.

Despite his humble beginnings, Vinod Gupta finished high school and enrolled at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur, where he studied agricultural engineering. While studying at IIT, Gupta met a visiting professor, Dr. Bill Splinter, from the University of Nebraska. Splinter recommended him for an engineering program at the University of Nebraska.

Gupta’s family did the best that they could and got him a plane ticket. His journey abroad would change his life for the better. Vinod Gupta didn’t waste his opportunity at the University of Nebraska. After finishing undergraduate studies, he enrolled for an MBA.

He was lucky enough to get a job after graduation. He was employed as a market research analyst at the Commodore Corporation. He got his first big break when his boss asked him for a list of all mobile home dealerships in America. Being the hard worker that he is, Vinod Gupta created the list at a time when there was no internet. He gave the boss the option of buying the entire list from him, but the firm turned down the offer.

He sold the list to other manufacturers of mobile homes and got a lot of interested buyers. Thus, InfoUSA, his first company, was born. He later sold the company for $680 million in 2010. After selling his first business, Gupta launched the Everest Group, which deals in venture capital.

Today, Gupta continues being the managing director of Everest Group and donating to numerous charitable causes in India and America. He believes that if you are blessed with something, you have to do your part and help those in need.

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