Vijay Eswaran: More Than a Businessman
Vijay Eswaran was born October 7, 1960 in Penang, Malaysia. His mom was a teacher and his father was with the Labour Ministry. Due to his father’s occupation, they traveled during his childhood. Vijay Eswaran graduated from the London School of Economics in 1984 with a degree in socio-economics. He had a few odd jobs around the UK such as working in construction and driving a cab while he was living there for the following year. This inspired him to get his M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University in 1986. At the time he was already working part-time in multilevel marketing (MLM.)
He returned to Asia in 1988. While there he co-founded a multilevel marketing company, which is the QI Group today. He is currently executive chairman of this company, an e-commerce business with connections in media, travel, corporate investments and telecommunications. This company has grown from a small team to multi-business and multi-national organization, which reaches overseas.
Eswaran has written several books including a popular book for achieving success. He won an award for education entrepreneurship and leadership. He also wrote a book on time management. He is a best selling author who contributes to newspaper columns in Malaysia and Sri Lanka on a regular basis.
He has created a foundation through his company called RHYTHM, which promotes corporate social responsibility. He also established a charitable organization in his father’s name. He established Quest International University in Perak in 2011.
In 2011 he was named one of the 48 Heroes of Philanthropy in Forbes Asia. In 2012 he was given an award for philanthropy and business excellence. In 2013 he was given the award for Malaysian Business Awards “CEO of the Year” by the Asean Business Advisory Council Malaysia. He has also been recognized for his charities in Malaysia and other countries abroad.
In conclusion, Vijay Eswaran is a well-known and highly respected public speaker and author as well as prominent philanthropist. He is successful and wealthy at an early age but he makes sure to give back to his community as well. When receiving his award, he humbly acknowledged how fortunate he is to have a great team that help his company to grow. This is man that truly realizes his success is not his alone. He makes sure to give to those less fortunate and to continue to help where he can. This is why he is more than a businessman.