Vijay Eswaran is a name that’s become famous in Malaysia and much of the Indian and Singapore business markets. He’s both a business founder and a philanthropist who has helped people grow businesses through direct selling and referral programs at QI Group’s QNet company, and also has helped special needs people through RYTHM Foundation.
His business achievements and philanthropy have earned him several awards including the New Global Indian award he received at the 2012 Global Indian Meet, and several entrepreneur of the year awards from other organizations. He’s also spoken at business conferences and summits including the World Economic Forum.
Vijay Eswaran was born in Malaysia in the 1950s to a man who worked in the Malaysian Ministry of Labor, and a woman who taught young children at local schools.
They afforded Eswaran a high education at the London School of Economics where he achieved a bachelor’s degree in socioeconomics, and then an MBA at Southern Illinois University. Eswaran went into multilevel marketing several years later when he picked up from several friends who were interested in building a company in East Asia. Read more: Vijay Eswaran in Forbes Philanthropy Heroes list
Eswaran decided to take it upon himself to try direct selling in 1998 when he and Joseph Bismarck cofounded QI Group. He had to overcome difficulties including financing operations and false stories circulating about the business to build it into the company it is today.
QNet is the main direct selling source for QI Group, a company that distributes all products through ecommerce and independent sales representatives. QI Asset Management is the company that owns luxurious properties and vacation villas and also offers small businesses and individuals credit and financing options.
Eswaran has also launched a university with several courses that have training in direct selling in partnership with the Malaysian government. Several years ago QI Group also acquired Down To Earth in Hawaii which sells pure organic foods across the globe.
Vijay Eswaran regularly practices spiritual rituals including dieting, moments of silence, various exercises and meditation. He believes learning how to listen to others around you and just taking time to listen to the world can help your focus and can instill values of serving others. His bestselling books on the topic include In The Sphere Of Silence and 18 Stepping Stones.