Born in 1960, Vijay Eswaran is among the most respected Malaysian business people and multi-level marketers in the world. He is the Executive Chairman and Founder of the QI Group that has its headquarters in Hong Kong. He went to Malaysian schools for his primary education and proceeded to the London School of Economics for his socio-economics degree in 1984. Typical with many students and especially international ones, he had to do several manual jobs for his survival that included working on a construction site, picking grapes as well as being a cab driver in the streets of London.
When living in the United Kingdom, that is when he came across the binary marketing system. It intrigued him and made him feel the need to obtain a CIMA professional qualification that was followed closely by a Southern Illinois University MBA just two years after his graduation. At the time, he was doing part-time multi-level marketing though it never dawned on him that it would end up being his career were it not for the Cosway Group that requested him to start its Philippines business when he returned to Malaysia.
When he returned to Asia in 1998, he went ahead and started a multi-level marketing business that grew and expanded very fast to where the QI Group is today. It is among the leading internet-commerce based businesses with diverse interests in luxury products, telecommunications, travel, media, training, wellness as well as corporate investments. The QI Group has offices in regions like Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Malaysia and it is present in not less than ten countries through its wide range of subsidiary companies.
He is also a renown speaker in business forum and conferences. He published In The Sphere of Silence,in 2005. The book expounds about how he starts every day with an hour of silence guided by his life management philosophy. In his second book called In The Thinking Zone that was released in 2008, he writes about a collection of reflections and thoughts about life. His third book, 18 Stepping Stones talks about his pathway to creating a global brand and was released in 2010. In 2011, he proceeded to release On The Wings Of Thought, a collection of his photography.
Vijay has also started the RHYTHM Foundation, a branch that deals with all matters related to corporate social responsibility. In Malaysia, he is also involved in charitable activities and has started a foundation named after his father. Through the foundation, he has been able to raise money for donations that he has given to other charities and individuals. He has been awarded for being one of the most philanthropic people in Asia.