Philanthropist and QI Group CEO Vijay Eswaran is living proof of what can be achieved through desire and hard work. His QI Group e-commerce business offers a wide range of services including luxury products, health and wellness, corporate investments, media, and travel.
Born in Penang, Malaysia, Eswaran grew up in a modest yet highly-educated family. His family always instilled in him the importance of hard work and maintaining strong family ties.
Eswaran funded his college education by driving a cab during the day. After graduating from the London School of Economics in 1984, he performed a number of odd jobs around Europe. Eswaran finally made it to the shores of the U.S. in 1986. During his time in the U.S., he learned more about MLM (multi-level-marketing) and graduated with an MBA from the University of Southern Illinois.
In 1998, Eswaran moved back to the Philippines and established QI Group. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the multinational corporation currently has operations in 30 countries. Eswaran used his expertise in multilevel marketing to grow a network of entrepreneurs. It didn’t take long for QI Group to become one of the largest and successful direct selling group in Asia and the Middle East.
Over the years, Eswaran has worked to diversify his businesses. Some of his other investments include real estate, hospitality, and education. A portion of the company proceeds is also set aside for philanthropic efforts.
Eswaran established Quest International University Perak in 2011. The university, with over 1,600 students, ensures that all enrollees receive an affordable education.
In 2005, Eswaran founded the RYTHM Foundation to help special needs children in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Thousands of learning disabled children have been the beneficiaries of the foundation’s services.
Eswaran has also established a number of programs to empower women. Women should be the number one economic priority, according to Eswaran.
“Statistics show the enormous pay gap between men and women. It also shows how businesses doom themselves in areas of profitability and competitiveness when the contributions of women are non-existent,” says Eswaran.
Eswaran has authored six award-winning books: In the Sphere of Silence (2005), In the Thinking Zone (2010), 18 Stepping Stones (2011), On the Wings of Thought (2011), Two Minutes From the Abyss (2013).
When not lecturing and promoting his products globally, Eswaran lives in Hong Kong with his wife of 28 years, Umayal.