Education unlocks doors and is a ticket out of poverty but in many places, it is harder for women to get an adequate education. Businessman Vinod Gupta is from a small village in rural India and he knows about the struggles women face in education.
Vinod Gupta has slowly raised himself up, rung by rung, by founding small companies and working hard to grow them to have a loyal and profitable customer base. He founded a database company called American Business Information all the way back in 1972 and worked hard to get new clients. 20 years later when Vinod Gupta announced he was stepping down from his role as Chief Executive, American Business Information was worth half a billion dollar. Now, Gupta is the Managing General Partner for a company called Everest Group. This company provides venture capital investments and consultation to failing businesses to help them reach their full potential.
However, Gupta wasn’t satisfied with just raising his companies net worth. He used his money to help fund women’s education to impoverished countries like his native India. His philanthropic efforts have included building new schools in poverty stricken communities and providing essentials like school supplies and busses. He has been especially generous to his hometown of Rampur Maniharan, as he donated a whooping one million dollars towards the development of a women’s polytechnic school for the town. The school opened in 2000 and underprivileged women were already earning degrees in less than two years.
Through Vinod Gupta’s efforts, the women of India are one step closer to achieving gender equality.
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