Vijay Eswaran is a man who’s working to make multilevel marketing a big game-changer in the struggling economies of Asia, and he’s been helping people start their own businesses through his company, QI Group Ltd. Eswaran certainly has an entrepreneurial spirit when it comes to new sales ideas, but he’s most passionate about helping people, and he loves studying philosophies and even embraces some Vedic teachings himself. Eswaran has written about these philosophies in several books including a bestseller titled “In The Sphere Of Silence.”
One of Eswaran’s beliefs is that no matter where you are in life, you’re never more than two minutes away from the abyss. For Eswaran, this means that what he does now needs to count for many years to come, and in accordance with what his father Vijayratnam taught him, he believes that his work should involve sacrifices for the sake of others. He also says that change is a necessary part of life and that you do better when you embrace and adapt to it instead of resisting it. Eswaran has seen many changes in the world from the time he first founded his company up to today.
Eswaran did some traveling as a youth since his father worked for the Malaysian government. Eswaran was exposed to a lot of religious teachings and meditative practices both from his parents and extended family, and he also adheres to certain diets. Vijay Eswaran received his formal education from the London School of Economics and later getting his master’s degree from Southern Illinois University. His approach to the multilevel marketing industry started in the 1990s with the Cosway Group, and then he and Joseph Bismarck invested in various properties across the South Pacific and started their direct selling company in Hong Kong. Since then, QI Group has changed how businesses have been run across Asia with holdings in the hospitality, logistics, wholesale and energy Industries.
Eswaran’s philanthropy includes serving as Chairman of the RYTHM and Vijayratnam foundations, both of which reach out to special needs children and impoverished villages. He often speaks about the need for political unity to solve Asia’s economic challenges at conferences like the World Economic Forum. He also is mentioned in Forbes Asia’s Top 50 Wealthiest.