Vijay Eswaran is an ordinary person born in Penang, Malaysia, who rose into fame and fortune through his education, business acumen and personal talent and skills.
After graduating with a degree in Socio-Economics from the London School of Economics, Vijay did various odd jobs in Europe – as a construction laborer, a grape farm worker and a taxi cab driver. His efforts and various employments led him to an introduction to binary system marketing. This new interest propelled him into learning more and obtaining more professional qualifications, which he obtained from CIMA in the UK and Southern Illinois University in the US. After this, he started dealing in Multi-Level Marketing (MLM).
But Eswaran did not stop there. Armed with all his knowledge, experience and education, he entered the internet business with the e-commerce QI Group in 1998. This 13-year old multi-business conglomerate quickly expanded to Asia, and opened regional offices in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and other countries. In addition, the QI Group also has subsidiary companies in over 30 countries in the world, not only in Asia.
Being rich and famous did not stop Eswaran in giving back and sharing his blessings to other people. He established a foundation named after his father, the Vijayaratnam Foundation, which is a charitable institution for various community programs.
His philanthropic works were not left unnoticed because in 2011, Forbes Asia included him as one of the “48 Heroes of Philanthropy” in the region. Not only that, in 2012, he received the New Global Indian (NGI) award for philanthropy and business excellence at the Global Indian Business Meet (GIBM) in New York.
Eswaran is not only known for his success in business and his philanthropic work. He is also known for his speaking talent as well as his literary proficiency. He has spoken in various business and management forums, including the World Economic Forum. He has also authored several well-received books, like In the Sphere of Silence, In the Thinking Zone, 18 Stepping Stones, and On the Wings of Thought.
Eswaran is currently holding the position of Executive Chairman of the highly-diversified QI Group. All in all, he has achieved a lifetime of success in life and in business.