OMAHA, Neb., Jan, 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Vinod Gupta grew up in a family of self-made success stories in his native India, where his elderly father still works as a physician. So it's no surprise a decade after coming to the United States Gupta realized the American Dream by forming his own company, Business Research Services.
The company morphed into American Business Information and launched its initial public offering in 1993. It eventually became branded as InfoUSA. When Gupta retired in 2008 as CEO and chairman of the board, his data processing firm employed 1,800 workers in Omaha alone. By 2010 the company, whose name by then was infogroup, sold for $650 million.
Gupta's enjoyed highprofile peaks and valleys in his globe-hopping career. He regards education as key to opening doors in business and in life. He earned dual master's degrees at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He uses his wealth to give back to educational institutions in India and the States, including UNL.
"Education is the key to the growth of civilization," he says. "In the countries that have invested in education, their people have done very well. People get education, they get smarter, they create more new things. That's the way out of poverty. The reason India is growing the way it is is because they made a huge investment in the educational system—in language, science, math."
He doesn't agree with the contention American education is broken, but does say, "Our problem is we need more educated people, especially in science and math, to fuel our economy." As a high-tech employer, he says he's concerned the need
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