For Vijay Eswaran, business isn’t just about making a profit or finding the latest idea that supersedes anything found before it. It’s about being guided by strong ethical and spiritual principles that involve finding inner peace, and helping others succeed as much if not more so than yourself. These principles guide the culture at QI Group, the company that Eswaran co-founded and currently manages.
Vijay Eswaran believes in practices such as meditation and moments of silence at various times of the day, and espouses various dieting and healthy eating habits that help him lead a balanced life. The man that he has been heavily influenced by is civil rights leader and peace activist Mahatma Gandhi.
Vijay Eswaran was raised in a family that valued strong work ethics and spirituality. In fact, he’s even named one of his charity groups, the Vijayratnam Foundation in his father’s honor. He grew up with a solid educational background and was able to attend university at the London School of Economics in the UK.
He graduated from there in 1984 and spent the first chapter of his business career doing odd jobs out in vineyards, construction and cab driving. He got his MBA from Southern Illinois University in 1986, and in the early 1990s he moved back to Malaysia to join a multilevel marketing company.
According to QBuzz, Vijay Eswaran was starting to like the model of multilevel marketing and direct selling, and how it could afford others to start their own business reselling products. After working for the Cosway Group, he started QI Group Ltd. in 1998 and built his own direct selling network. Companies he built under QI Group included direct selling and e-commerce merchant QNet, a real estate and financial services company at QI Asset Management, and a logistics operation through Quex Courier.
Eswaran has given back to his community through RYTHM Foundation, the parent foundation to the Vijayratnam Foundation and a leader in Asian and global initiatives.
He’s been listed in Forbes Asia’s 2011 edition of Heroes of Philanthropy and is the honorary recipient of the 2012 New Global Indian award for business excellence and philanthropy. He’s also the author of several books including In The Sphere of Silence.
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