Vijay Eswaran is the founder and Executive Chairman of the QI Group of Companies, headquartered in Hong Kong. QI Group operates across the globe with offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and has subsidiary companies in almost 30 countries overall. The company operates in several business sectors including lifestyle & leisure, luxuries, telecommunications, property development, e-commerce, training, and more. It has also recently founded a university in Malaysia as its first foray into the field of education.
Eswaran earned his Master’s degree in Management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale in 1986. He soon founded QI Group of Companies in 1988. The company is a multilevel marketing company that sells its services and products through independent agents.
Among his career accolades, Vijay Eswaran was awarded the New Global Indian award for his business excellence as well as his philanthropy. This award is given by the New York-based Global Indian Business Meet. He was also recognized by Forbes Asia as the 25th richest person from Malaysia. Additionally, Forbes Asia recognized him as one of their “Heroes of Philanthropy”.
Vijay Eswaran is a sought-out speaker who has spoken about his management and business philosophies at such places as the World Economic Forum and the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas which is annually held in India. He has also authored a series of books including “In the Sphere of Silence” where he writes about his philosophy of starting each day with an hour of silence. Another book he authored was “In the Thinking Zone” where he details his beliefs and reflections on living.
As part of his corporate social responsibility program at Qi Group of Companies, Vijay Eswaran founded the RYTHM Foundation which funds charitable giving around the world. He also founded the Vijayaratnam Foundation, named after his father, that focuses on providing support to children in Malaysia. As part of this foundation, he founded a school called Footprints that helps children with special needs, and a program called Maharani which provides camps for underprivileged girls 13-16 that is meant to inspire and empower them.