Vijay Eswaran is the Executive Chairman of the QI Group, headquartered in Hong Kong. QI Group is a multinational conglomerate that conducts business in a variety of sectors. Eswaran began his successful business venture in Malaysia in 1998 with his flagship subsidiary QNET. The idea of QNET was based on a business model which merged traditional sales practices with the e-commerce model. Their initial success was in the selling of coins and medals online in 2000 and from there the company grew rapidly. Today, QI Group has multiple business lines in a variety of sectors from e-commerce based retail to property development.
Vijay Eswaran is a man of many talents. He is a successful author, business man and philanthropist. Eswaran has written 4 books that give his reflections on business management which explains his success. His philanthropic activities have led to the establishment of the RYTHM Foundation and the Vijayaratnam Foundation. RYTHM is an acronym for ” Raise Yourself to Help Mankind”. The Vijayaratnam Foundation is named after his father S. Vijayaratnam. It focuses on promoting community development, education, environmental awareness and promoting the arts.
Vijay Eswaran attributes his success to having a motto his father instilled in him, “Service above Self”. Despite running a global business, he believes its important to maintain the soul of a small company. He also attributes his success to attracting the right people. The traits he looks for in an individual are determination, loyalty, trust, sincerity and a strong work ethic. To succeed, he believes, it is essential to assemble the right people in order for a company to succeed.
In recent years Vijay Eswaran has established a QI University in Malaysia. They are presently creating a QI city to support their campus. Eswaran’s dream is to have a green campus that is self sustainable through solar power. Vijay Eswaran has been named as Forbes Asia’s top 50 richest men in Malaysia. In 2012 he was awarded the New Global Indian award for philanthropy and business excellence. Eswaran graduated with a socio-economic degree from the London School of Economics in 1984 and a MBA from Southern Illinois University in 1986.