Vijay Eswaran is a Malaysian author, philanthropist and entrepreneur, having founded QI Group of Companies, where he also acts as the Executive Chairman. QI Group of Companies is a multinational conglomerate with interests ranging from direct selling to education, retail, direct selling and real estate in over 30 countries.
Eswaran grew up in Malaysia and attended college in England and in the United States. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the London School of Economics and holds an MBA, received from the Southern Illinois University. When he was 28 years old, Eswaran moved to the United States, and spent 7 years working for IBM as an engineer. While working for IBM, he learned about online commerce, which was a new phenomenon at the time. Confident in the power of internet sales, Eswaran wanted to establish his own company that would become a major player in that area. He returned to Asia in the early 1990s and founded QI Group in 1998, a company based in Hong Kong that also has offices in Manila, Singapore, Bangkok and other places in Southeast Asia. In the past 2 decades, his networked has been responsible for training and empowering more than 1 million entrepreneurs around the world and across preeminent emerging markets.
Besides his work with QI, Eswaran also engages in philanthropy, donating to charities, which resulted in him earning the title “Hero of Philanthropy” from Forbes Asia. He also acts as a motivational speaker, traveling across the globe to address audiences and talk about his business as well as his personal principles. He is the author of a number of nonfiction books, where he talked about the importance of mindfulness, managing careers and relationship, and many more topics. He established RHYTHM and Vijayaratnam Foundations, working with the disadvantage communities in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Find out more about Vijay Eswaran: https://www.qbuzz.qnet.net/blog/2011/06/27/vijay-eswaran-in-forbes-philanthropy-heroes-list/