Vijay Eswaran: Malaysian Businessman And Hero Of Philanthropy

Vijay Eswaran is a Malaysian businessman, author, and philanthropist. The CEO of QNET and Executive Chairman of the QI Group, Eswaran rose from relatively humble beginnings to create one of the most successful multilevel marketing companies in the world. Born in Penang in 1960 to school teacher mother Pushpavathy Chinnaiah, and Vijayaratnam Saravanamuthu who worked for the Ministry of Labour in Malaysia, Eswaran graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in socio-economics. He then stayed in Europe doing a series of odd jobs in Belgium, France, and London.

While in Europe Eswaran became aware of binary system marketing. It intrigued him so much he studied with a company called CIMA to earn his professional qualification. Eswaran continued to study multilevel marketing when he went to the United States to attend Southern Illinois University and earn his MBA. While studying at Southern Illinois, he worked part-time with a multilevel marketing company called Synatics. When he returned to Malaysia after earning his MBA, the Cosway group offered him the opportunity to start a branch of their company in the Philippines. Eswaran took the opportunity and went on to have great success.

The company Eswaran stated grew to become the QI group. This e-commerce based company sells a wide range of products and services. They include telecommunications, media, travel, wellness, training, luxury products, and corporate investments. The key to Eswaran’s success is his ability to recruit motivated independent sales representatives that take products into cities, towns, and villages throughout Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The company has its headquarters in Hong Kong and regional offices in Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore and subsidiaries in about 10 other countries.

Vijay Eswaran now shares the secrets to his success as a much in demand speaker at business and management forums throughout Asia. He has also written a series of books designed to help entrepreneurs get the mindset which leads to success. His first book was published in 2005. It is called In the Sphere of Silence and talks about Eswaran’s habit of beginning each day by spending an hour in silence. In the Thinking Zone was his second book. It is thoughts and reflections on his personal philosophy and life in general. He has also written 18 Stepping Stones and On the Wings of Thought as well as developed Thought of the Day, an interactive program.

Eswaran’s success has earned him many accolades and awards. He has also created a number of philanthropic organizations including the RYTHM Foundation and the Vijayaratnam Foundation. He uses them to donate to individuals, organizations, and an array of community programs. His work led Forbes Asia to name him one of the region’s 48 ‘Heroes of Philanthropy’.

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