Vijay Eswaran is a reputable entrepreneur, philanthropist, author, and motivational speaker. He serves as the chair of the QI Group of Companies that specialize in an array of fields ranging from real estate to education and direct selling. Eswaran has written and published numerous top-selling books such as In the Sphere of Silence, 18 Stepping Stones, and Two Minutes from the Abyss.
Although Vijay Eswaran was born in Penang, Malaysia, he went to college in the UK and attained a degree in social-economics in the London School of Economics. He worked as a taxi driver and other odd jobs to finance his higher education. Later, he relocated to the US, attended Southern Illinois University and obtained an MBA.
After 13 years of staying abroad, Eswaran returned to Asia in 1998. He co-founded a multilevel marketing firm that grew to become the QI Group of Companies. From humble beginnings, the company developed to become a multinational corporation with operations in approximately 30 nations worldwide. The company’s success emanates from Eswaran’s policy of service before self that his father taught him. Even though he is the head of a global company, he upholds “the soul of a small company” to serve people at all times.
Apart from his contributions to the business world, Vijay Eswaran is also a philanthropist who purposes to have a positive impact on society. In the QI Group, Eswaran commits to corporate social responsibility as a way of giving back to the community. He created the RHYTHM Foundation to this effect. Additionally, he established the Vijayaratnam Foundation, a charitable agency aimed at offering help in disasters, public health, and education. As a philanthropist, Eswaran has received numerous awards including Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy in 2011. In his successful career, Eswaran has learned that success and challenges are interlinked and one should embrace the two willingly.