Vijay Eswaran is the real face of success in South East Asia. The Malaysian entrepreneur, author, and philanthropist is the executive chairman and the brains behind the Qi Group of Companies. The QI Group is a multinational business that operates in more than 30 countries with headquarters in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur.
His journey to success started when he moved to London to study economics. Eswaran passionately worked his way to graduation by driving a taxi around the UK to pay for his higher education in Accounting Management. Later on, he worked as an Information systems engineer for several companies including IBM. After 13 years of working abroad, Eswaran went back home and started his first business.
His business background is one that saw a rise during a period when Asia was facing an economic crisis, and the internet was slowly gaining popularity. Eswaran teamed up with his friend Joseph Bismark and leveraged on his passion for helping entrepreneurs to start a multinational marketing business in Manila, Philippines. Here he combined the aspect of direct selling and his knowledge in e-commerce. Within 12 months he led the company, later on, known as QNET to be the first in the South-East Asian markets. QNET has not only thrived in the Middle East under his leadership but has also expanded its reach to Africa.
Eswaran went ahead to start the QI Group of companies whose purpose is to oversee a range of investments in the retail, education, hospitality and real estate markets. Eswaran commits 10 percent of the group’s total profit to charity. The company boasts of training and empowering entrepreneurs all over the world.
Eswaran’s strong beliefs and passion for helping entrepreneurs led him to create the RHYTHM Foundation. It is the philanthropic arm of the Qi group with the aim of providing help to the less fortunate people in the society. He also started the Vijayaratnam Foundation that focuses on empowering the lives of children with special needs and transforming the community by creating employment opportunities.
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