Vijay Eswaran is a businessman who believes in strong spiritual principles and ethics to guide the workplace and that leaders possess the ability to not only act, but also listen and watch. He embraces Mahatma Gandhi’s principles of not just promoting outer peace in society, but finding inner peace and using silence as part of it.
Eswaran takes joy in philanthropy and was instrumental in starting QI Group’s RYTHM Foundation, a branch of the company that gives back to needy communities and reaches out to children with disabilities, and also includes environmental initiatives.
Vijay Eswaran has admired Gandhi’s work and has spoken about philanthropy and spirituality in various lectures at business leader summits and university campuses.
Eswaran co-founded QI Group back in 1998 when he and a team of Asian entrepreneurs decided to make waves in Asia’s direct selling market. Prior to that, he grew up in Malaysia and attended the famous London School of Economics where he got his degree in socio-economics.
According to QI Group, Vijay Eswaran had a brief period of financial difficulty where he worked various odd jobs to get by, but he soon raised enough money to go to grad school at Southern Illinois University where he got his MBA. He first went into multilevel marketing, QI Group’s model when he started working for the Cosway Group.
QI Group has been the parent company to several businesses including QNet, a wholesale e-commerce and direct seller of jewelry, health and beauty products, automotive tools, water purification systems, and other consumer goods.
QI Group also owns QI Asset Management, a financial company with real estate investments, loan services, and credit. They also have partnered with Quest International University Perak to launch The V program to train individuals in multilevel marketing programs.
Vijay Eswaran has won awards for his work through QI Group and its charity group, RYTHM Foundation. He made Forbes Asia’s list of Heroes of Philanthropy in 2011, and their 50 Richest People list in 2013.
Eswaran’s spirituality and business principles are discussed in his 2005 book, In The Sphere of Silence. He’s also the author of In The Thinking Zone and On the Wings of Thought.