Vijay Eswaran holds the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi very dear, and has embraced them throughout his business career. Eswaran is the co-founder and current CEO of QI Group Ltd., a Malaysian based multilevel marketing company. Vijay Eswaran’s also a philanthropist that has given to impoverished communities and special needs children through RYTHM Foundation. Eswaran believes in success through helping others succeed, and just as Gandhi promoted strength and protest through peace, Eswaran believes in bringing similar ethics into the business world. He also believes in Gandhi’s stance on listening before speaking and embracing spiritual concepts of having moments of silence and meditation.
Eswaran got into multilevel marketing after taking part in several other jobs. He was born in Malaysia to a father who worked with the Ministry of Labor, and a mother who was a school teacher. His parents afforded him higher education at the London School of Economics where he got his bachelor’s degree in socio-economics on weforum.org. He performed several odd jobs in the year following graduation, but he eventually attended grad school at Southern Illinois University where he got his MBA in 1986. After serving as a consultant at various IT companies, he returned to Malaysia where he decided to pursue multilevel marketing full time and in 1998 he co-founded QI Group.
QI Group is the parent company to several direct selling, logistics and investment companies. QNet sells household tools, health and beauty products, water purifiers, jewelry, and vacation packages to independent sales representatives who then resell them to various customers at philanthropies.org/vijay-eswaran-2/. QI Asset Management is a real estate and financial services company that offers credit, loans and other services to small businesses and has holdings in real estate properties.
Eswaran is also a member of several non-profit organizations on qbuzz.qnet.net including the World Economic Forum, Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and an attendee at the 2012 Global Indian Business Meet where he won the New Global Indian Award. Eswaran also was mentioned in Forbes Asia’s 2011 Heroes of Philanthropy and the 2013 Top 50 Richest People. He’s the author of several books on business and leadership including In The Spirit Of Silence and 18 Stepping Stones.