Vijay Eswaran co-founded QI Group Ltd. nearly 20 years ago, but along with founding this company he established RYTHM Foundation. RYTHM Foundation has been serving the Asian community through projects targeted at children with special needs, impoverished and underdeveloped communities, and environmental safety reforms.
RYTHM has sponsored programs such as holiday giving and food drives, as well as building schools and libraries for remote areas of Asia. Eswaran’s philanthropy has been inspired by his father who named his own Vijayratnam Foundation after, and Mahatma Gandhi who practiced achieving peace through peaceful means. Eswaran was even named to Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy list in 2011.
QBuzz told us that Vijay Eswaran is the son of a former Malaysian Ministry of Labor official and a school teacher. He saw much of an underdeveloped Asia growing up and had the drive to do something for his community. He decided to study socio-economics at the London School of Economics, and completed his bachelor’s degree there.
He spent a year working odd jobs harvesting in vineyards in France and driving cabs in London, but soon had enough money saved up to attend grad school at Southern Illinois University where he got his MBA. He worked for a few IT companies and then moved back to Malaysia to become part of the Cosway Group.
At this juncture of his career, Eswaran had become proficient in multilevel marketing and decided to pursue it full time. He co-founded a multilevel marketing company of his own, QI Group Ltd. that became worth billions in a fairly short period.
QI Group sells a variety of household and personal health products as well as jewelry and vacation deals through QNet, and they have real estate holdings and finance small to midsized businesses through QI Asset Management. QI Group is also the founder of Quest International University Perak.
Eswaran has spoken at business seminars and gatherings including the renowned World Economic Forum hosted in Switzerland. He’s also written many books on leadership and how ethics and spirituality can shape the workplace. Some of his bestsellers include In The Sphere of Silence and 18 Stepping Stones.