Vinod Gupta is the definitive example of a self-made man. As an immigrant, he started his own import-export company in a garage in Mumbai. He took the risk of starting a business and creating an empire. Now he has an estimated worth of billions. Vinod Gupta advanced from being a businessman to becoming the head of Reliance Industries Limited, one of India’s largest conglomerates.

Vinod Gupta, a managing general partner and chairman at Everest Group Venture Capital is a chairman of the board at Reliance Industries Ltd., a company in which he holds a percent of the shares and is one of the largest shareholders. He was also chairman at Reliance Petroleum Ltd., where he owns a percentage of the stock, and he is on the board of directors at Zee Telefilms Ltd., where he owns a percentage of the shares. In addition, Gupta is the owner of The Indian Post, India’s oldest newspaper in continuous publication and one of the largest circulated newspapers in India.

Gupta is an active philanthropist and a member of The Giving Pledge, an initiative started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to encourage billionaires to donate at least half of their wealth to philanthropic causes. He is also the co-founder and chairman of The India School Fund.

Vinod Gupta has always taken calculated risks. In high school, he moved from bicycle mechanic to bicycle salesman, started his motorcycle sales and repair shop in a garage in Mumbai, and then went into the import-export business. This was not a risk-free venture, which is evident because it took years of hard work to build his company. After successfully establishing himself as a businessman, Gupta entered the political arena by becoming involved in public life.

Gupta successfully contested a seat in the Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha elections and was elected to the Rajya Sabha. He became president of the Bhartiya Janata Party. He served in that post until he resigned a year later to support important party policies. Once again, Gupta took a calculated risk.

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