Most people across the continent of Asia know Vijay Eswaran as the Executive Chairman for the QI Group of Companies, a multinational conglomerate made up of businesses that includes direct-selling, lifestyle, and education. Yet those who follow this multi-millionaire know that
Eswaran was born in Penang, Malaysia to Indian parents. After graduating from the London School of Economics in 1984, he went on to receive an MBA in Management from Souther Illinois University in Carbondale in 1986. Throughout his early career in the corporate world, Eswaran’s ultimate dream was to own and operate his own company. That goal was finally achieved in 1998 when he co-founded the QI Group of Companies alongside Joseph Bismark. Throughout those seventeen years, QI has since become the largest direct-selling business throughout all of Asia, with some offices located in the Middle East and Africa.
Aside from being an entrepreneur, Eswaran is also a best-selling author. One of his more popular books, “The Sphere of Silence,” which describes what he considers a necessary practice for achieving success in any aspect of life. According to the book, silence should play an integral part in every person’s day-to-day activities; more listening and seeing and less talking.
Throughout all aspects of is life, Eswaran is an incredibly devoted follower of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and the principles of “ahisma,” or the practice of non-violence and ethical deeds. Not only is this reflected in the QI companies, which have afforded many of their employees a stable life, but also in the charity work that he and Bismark have operated for several years. Through the RYTHM organization, Eswaran has offered assistance to many who are struggling all across Asia and other parts of the world. Most recently, a great deal of aid was sent out to the people of Nepal after the massive earthquake.