In 2013, Forbes ranked him 25th on the top 50 list of Malaysia’s Richest; Vijay Eswaran is not only an entrepreneur but also a motivational speaker, writer, and philanthropist. Vijay began his journey as an entrepreneur in 1998 when he founded the Kuala Lumpur based business,
What Is Qi Group?
QI Group. Aside from being the executive chairman of the QI Group of companies, he was instrumental in the expansion of his co-founded business to more than 20 countries around the world. QI Group also diversified and invested in various industries including telecommunications. The business earned around $750 million in terms of revenue just last year. QI Group is an E-commerce giant with other businesses in direct sales, retail, lifestyle and leisure, telecommunications, education, luxury and collectibles, training and conference management, logistics, and property development.
About Vijay Eswaran
Vijay Eswaran is a seasoned motivational speaker who travels the world to give lectures and speeches on different kinds of subjects including business and spirituality. He has been invited to speak to various top universities and business forums including the events at the Commonwealth Business Forums and at the World Economic Forum.
As a philanthropist, Vijay founded the corporate social responsibility arm of the QI Group called RHYTHM Foundation. It is intended to be the company’s hand in various philanthropic activities all over the world. He also founded the local counterpart of the foundation in Malaysia and called it Vijayaratnam Foundation, named after his father. The foundation partners with local NGOs and several other charitable institutions working on different projects. This includes youth development, child mentoring, special education, and women empowerment.
In 2011, Vijay Eswaran was listed as one of Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy. He was also given the Regional Philanthropy’s lifetime achievement award; a recognition for his role in Malaysia’s Asian Strategic Leadership Institute during the 3rd World Chinese Economic Forum. Vijay was also bestowed by the Global Organisation for People of Indian Origin or GOPIO, International Leader in Global Business Strategies award.
Aside from his active philanthropic works, Vijay Eswaran also wrote several books. This includes 18 Stepping Stones, In The Thinking Zone, and On the Wings of Thought. Vijay is also a regular contributor to various newspaper columns in Sri Lanka and Malaysia.