Vijay Eswaran has been successful in the direct selling industry for about 18 years as the co-founder of QI Group and it’s subsidiary companies. QI Group is based in Asia with offices in Eswaran’s home country of Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Singapore. The products QI Group sells range from health and wellness solutions, jewelry and watches, cosmetics, and technology accessories. QI Group also has holdings in Asian real estate properties including vacation homes and resorts, and also is owner of Quex Courier, a logistics and warehousing division. As a multilevel marketing business, Eswaran’s company offers other people an opportunity to start their own business and earn commission-based income.
Vijay Eswaran has made his millions in the direct selling industry, but he didn’t always live wealthy. He was born in Malaysia to a family that had to travel around due to his father’s government job, and later in life he attended the London School of Economics. Eswaran had little money when he graduated the university and spent time working odd jobs as a cab driver and working in a French vineyard. He did eventually make enough money to attend graduate school at CIMA in the UK, and then Southern Illinois University where he got his MBA. He also worked for IBM and Synaptics during this time.
In the 1990s, he decided he wanted to start up his own company back in Malaysia, and soon he partnered up with the Cosway Group to launch a side business in the Philippines. In 1998, he and Joseph Bismarck began the QI Group, and soon the company began growing its business model and expanding its portfolio into not only Asia, but many other countries around the world. In 2004 and 2008, QI Group even distributed commemorative coins for the Olympic Games those years, as well as the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Vijay Eswaran is also a philanthropist who helped start RHYTHM Foundation, a foundation that helps impoverished communities, educational institutions, and young children with disabilities. Eswaran has also spoken at universities and business forums around the world and was named to Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy in 2011. He also authored the 2005 book In The Sphere Of Silence, a book about the importance of spirituality in business.