Vijay Eswaran is a Malaysian businessman. Vijay Eswaran was born in Penang, Malaysia on October 7, 1960 and is currently Executive Chairman of the QI Group, a e-commerce based conglomerate. The QI Group has businesses in the areas of travel, luxury products, travel, training, wellness, media, telecommunications, and corporate investments and has regional offices located in Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. Eswaran was born to parents Pushpavathy Chinnaiah who was a teacher and Vijayaratnam Saravanamuthu who worked with the Malaysian Ministry of Labor.
Vijay Eswaran attended The London School of Economics graduating with a degree in socio-economics in 1984. He later obtained a professional qualification from CIMA in the UK and in 1986 he received his MBA from Southern Illinois University. While pursuing his MBA Eswaran was also doing (MLM) multilevel marketing while working for Synaptics in the US. In 1998 Eswaran started a company that would eventually evolve into the QI Group. In addition to being a successful businessman, Eswaran is also an author, speaker and philanthropist.
Vijay Eswaran has written several books. In 2005 he published his first book called the Sphere of Silence, his second book, In the Thinking Zone was released in 2008, and Eswaran’s third book 18 Stepping Stones was released in 2010. Other publications include, On the Wings of Thought. Eswaran also established a Charitable organization that was named after his father called the Vijayaratnam Foundation, and the RYTHM Foundation. Eswaran has continued to give back to the community, making donations to individuals and charities.
Eswaran has been the recipient of a number of awards and accolades during his highly successful career in business. In 2011 Vijay Eswaran was named in Forbes magazine as one of 48 Hero’s of philanthropy and in 2013 Forbes magazine named Eswaran as one of the 50 richest men in Malaysia landing at number 25. He was also given the New Global Indian Award in 2012 for philanthrophy and excellence in business at the GIBM in New York, and has been a speaker at the World Economic Form and the sixth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in India.