Born and raised in the tiny hamlet of Rampur Manhyaran in India, Vinod Gupta lived without the comforts known to most people in the world. He grew up without running water, electricity, a toilet, or a TV, in a town where asphalt roads and cars were unknown to most. From those humble beginnings, though, Gupta grew to great wealth and high prominence.
Vinod Gupta went through the village school in Rampur Manhyaran until he graduated in 1962. There his education had just begun. He continued into college at Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and graduated after a few more years with a B.Tech. degree in agricultural engineering. Seeking to continue his education, in 1967 he traveled to the United States, where he was admitted to the University of Nebraska at Lincoln under scholarship, where he earned master’s degrees in agricultural engineering and business. See This Page for related information.
He began work in 1971 at Commodore Corp, where he served as marketing research analyst. Through his own ingenuity, Gupta developed a list of US mobile home dealers which he first offered to sell to Commodore for $9,000, but when that offer was declined, he allowed Commodore free use of the list, but also sold it to competitors. In that way, Gupta turned a $100 investment into his first substantial profit of $25,000. His business brilliance continued from there.
After founding Business Research Services and American Business List in 1972 with just two part-time employees, over the next twenty years ABL grew until it became a public company in 1993. Gupta then formed infoUSA, which now covers the US and Canada. Gupta was already a very wealthy man.
Gupta stepped down from active management of ABL and infoUSA in 1997 and turned his attentions to his philanthropic efforts. Among those, he donated $1,000,000 to Rampur Manhyaran in India where he grew up for the Development of a Women’ University. He also gave $2,000,000 to his Indian alma mater IIT for the development of the IIT Intellectual Property Law School. The law school has become highly rated among law schools throughout India.
Gupta continues to live in Omaha Nebraska, and continues his devotion to philanthropic and charitable causes. For his involvement in education worldwide, he was recognized by President Bill Clinton.
Vinod Gupta granted an interview to Gazette Day, a digital publication known for its high-profile, top-quality interviews, in late May 2018 – he included Effective Business Lessons for business that wanted to succeed in business like himself.
Check out his video on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e-UzAJFxHU