Vijay Eswaran manages a company called QI Group which is the cornerstone company to several businesses in multilevel marketing and asset management. What’s unique about this company is how it’s helped many freelancers and entrepreneurial-minded people start their own business in direct selling. Eswaran always wanted to help people in his native country of Malaysia both in business and philanthropy, and he also believes spirituality is an important aspect of his work.
He takes moments every day where he meditates or sits in silence and listens, a teaching that the great Indian civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi practiced. Vijay Eswaran has been inspired by Gandhi over the years and has mentioned him while speaking at various business forums.
Vijay Eswaran is the son of a former member of the Malaysian Ministry of Labor and a school teacher. He was given a good education growing up and attended the London School of Economics in the 1980s.
He graduated with a socio-economic degree, but couldn’t find the right business opportunity right away. He did start becoming interested in binary marketing, so he got his certification from CIMA and then went to Southern Illinois University where he got his MBA.
His interest in binary marketing soon turned into interest in multilevel marketing, and in the early 1990s he returned to Malaysia as part of a multilevel marketing company, the Cosway Group.
According to QBuzz, Vijay Eswaran later broke from that company to start his own company in 1998, and that became QI Group. Under that company he also formed QNet, it’s direct sales subsidiary, QStyle, QI Asset Management and Quex Courier.
Eswaran also started several philanthropic foundations as part of QI Group, including RYTHM and the Vijayratnam Foundation. These foundations have helped needy areas of Asia by providing support and education services to disabled children, environmental cleanup projects when there’s been disasters, and supplying food, shelter and resources to needy communities.
Eswaran’s donations to these charities made him famous in Forbes Asia in their 2011 Heroes of Philanthropy edition. Vijay Eswaran also regularly attends the World Economic Forum in Davos where he speaks and shares his visions with other business and political leaders.