Vinod Gupta saw a growing gap between the world’s people and their ability to fully participate in society. He first became concerned about it while traveling through Africa. Then, his family’s fortune was destroyed in the 1980s when his business went bankrupt, forcing him to start over in the U.S.
But, even after a successful start, he felt a strong need to give back. So, after several years he started C.A.T.E. for Excellence in Education, a nonprofit that provides free education in San Antonio, Texas. C.A.T.E. for Excellence still exists today, though with a new focus on helping homeless children and their families. Today, Vinod Gupta is a prolific philanthropist and investor. It is his priority to donate to various causes.
Vinod Gupta, 75, is a philanthropist, investor, and entrepreneur who attended medical school but didn’t complete his residency. He went to America in order to obtain an M.B.A. and was a finance executive at McKinsey & Company before starting his venture capital firm, INK as an investing company that funds and incubates disruptive technology companies.
In 2013, he co-founded the nonprofit initiative Enterprise for Good (E4G), and in the same year, founded the non-profit TEDXU to increase social impact through business. In 2016, he was selected as an US-Asia Young Leader for the World Economic Forum.
Vinod has built up the largest group of colleges in India and he is also the co-founder of the Education Unlimited Foundation. To commemorate his 65th birthday, it was decided that one campus of the schools will be named the “Vinod Gupta College of Engineering” and another the “Vinod Gupta School of Management”. The youngest of Vinod’s three sons, Atul Gupta, has followed in his father’s footsteps and will work with his Foundation to make education available to young people in the regions that need it most.
What’s especially admirable about the work Vinod has done is that he doesn’t mind being closely associated with the root of the problem. He has worked extensively in rehabilitation programs for the poor in India and is a strong proponent of education being a right.