Vijay Eswaran is a renowned Malaysian businessman and author born on 7 October 1960. Vijay is the current executive chairman of the QI Group based in Hong Kong, China. He studied at the London School of Economics and graduated with a socio-economic degree in 1984. Vijay stayed in Europe for about one year doing various jobs in Belgium, France, and the UK. While in the UK, he ventured into binary system marketing and later acquired a professional certification in CIMA.
In 1986, Vijay obtained an MBA from the Southern Illinois University, USA, before venturing into multilevel marketing. Vijay’s career in business started at Synaptics where he worked part-time before returning to Malaysia. He would later join the Cosway Group and fully move into the MLA business.
The Founding of QI Group of Companies
In 1998, Vijay returned to Asia and co-founded the QI-Group of companies. QI Group is an e-commerce based multilevel company that has grown over the years. The company covers business travel, telecommunications, media, wellness, training, luxury products, and corporate investments. The company has established regional offices in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand.
The QI Group serves over 30 countries through subsidiary firms with services ranging from education, direct selling, hospitality, retail, and financial services. The employee base stands at about 1500 people across the 30 nations.
Vijay Eswaran’s Philanthropy
In addition to business establishments, Vijay Eswaran actively participates in humanitarian ventures across the globe. He has founded the RYTHM Foundation, a corporate social responsibility branch of the QI group. Vijay has also formed the Vijayaratnam Foundation, a charitable organization named after his father. The foundation initiates community programs that focus on mentorship, charity, and individual donations.
In July 2011, Forbes Asia magazine named Vijay as one of the top 48 heroes of philanthropy around the Asian region. In February 2015, Forbes Asia again ranked him position 25 among the Malaysian top 50 richest personalities. The Global Indian Business Meeting (GIBM) also recognized Vijay for his excellence in business and philanthropy.