Vijay Eswaran was born on October 7, 1960, in Penang to a school teacher. In 1984, he graduated from the London School of Economics with a socio-economic degree. Soon after graduating college, he did odd jobs which included being a London taxi driver.
It was in London that Eswaran was introduced to the binary market. He was so enthralled with the market that he obtained a CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) certification while in the United Kingdom. He then went to the United States to earn his MBA at Southern Illinois University.
When he graduated in 1986, he became involved with multilevel marketing or MLM at Synaptics in the United States. Once Eswaran had his degree, he returned to Malaysia where he got a job at Cosway’s to expand their operations. It was the beginning of an incredible career that would include helping hundreds of individuals in Malaysia.
In 1998, Eswaran decided it was time to start his own business. He joined with Joseph Bismark to create the QI Group. The QI Group was based in Hong Kong during an economic crisis in Asia. The company survived the crisis and even established regional offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore. Eventually, the company would expand to over 30 countries with a multitude of subsidiaries.
The company is a direct-selling business that covers a variety of areas. These areas include property development, training, education, luxury lifestyle, logistics, and telecommunications. The company makes over $750 million in revenue each year.
The QI Group isn’t Eswaran’s only passion. He also is a motivational speaker who talks about everything from spirituality to building a company from the ground up. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum, Commonwealth Business Forums at CHOGM, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in India and a variety of other top universities.
Vijay Eswaran’s book, In the Sphere of Silence, is a best-selling book that has been translated into various languages. He has written other novels such as In the Thinking Zone, On the Wings or Thought, and 18 Stepping Stones. He continues to write today for newspapers in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
Eswaran has won an assortment of awards for being a philanthropist. One such award came in 2011 when Forbes Asia named him a Hero of Philanthropy. He was recognized by Forbes Asia once again in 2013 as one of Malaysia’s 50 Richest where he was number 25.
In 2012, the Global Indian Business Meet (GIBM) gave Eswaran the New Global Indian Award for his philanthropy and business excellence. Recently, he received the lifetime achievement award given to him by the Asian Strategic Leadership Institute. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/244124
Eswaran established RHYTHM (Raise Yourself to Help Mankind) Foundation involving his company the QI Group. In 2006, he created the Vijayaratnam Foundation which was named after his father. This foundation focused on four main areas which were education, arts and culture, environment, and community development.
If a person wants to better his or her lifestyle by taking advantage of knowledge, this foundation will provide study loans and grants. The organization has already provided aid to over 25 troubled or disadvantaged students.
The Vijayaratnam Foundation offers communities in need a way to achieve sustainable development. The organization wants to provide the means necessary to help these communities to help themselves in the future.
This goal is accomplished through the Malaysian Hindu Youth Organization founded by Vijay’s father in 1949. Read more: Dr. Vijay Eswaran – Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of the QI Group of Companies
Arts and culture have been continuously supported by the foundation, also. The foundation sponsors programs to education and increase appreciation of the arts. This sponsorship brings the Malaysian culture’s dance, fine arts, and music to the forefront.
In 2010, the foundation joined with PPD Daerah Petaling Utama and Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya to form the 1 Murid, 1 Pokok program. This program initially gave 45 students a tree to plant near their school. The students were required to care for the tree for their entire school tenure. Overall, a total of 6,000 trees were given for the project.
As is evident in all of these things, Vijay Eswaran is a philanthropist at heart with an intelligent business mind. With the combination of the two, Eswaran will continue to conquer the business and charity worlds.