A philanthropist at heart, Vijay Eswaran came from a family of educated people and has made his name in establishing an e-commerce business in 1998 that has grown and flowered into the QI Group, which is based in Hong Kong. A Malasian by birth, Vijay got his education in both the UK and the US, with a socio-economic degree he from the London School of Economics followed later with an MBA from the Southern Illinois University in 1986. He worked in the United States for Synaptics performing Multi Level Marketing, but only found his way into the true entrepreneur role when approached by others after his return to Asia. There he started work with the Cosway Group helping them start their business and went from there to become the main figure in his own business.
That business now does trade in a host of areas ranging from travel to corporate investments. Its business includes media, telecommunications and luxury and really accomplishes a broad range of services for its customers. How it occurred to Vijay to branch out into so many areas is anybody’s guess, but may stem from his strong entrepreneurial spirit and solid work ethic. Both had him plucking graqpes in France, working construction in Belgium and driving a cab in England before his career fully took shape.
His parents were Pushpavathy Chinnaiah and Vijayaratnam Saravanamuthu. Because his father worked for the Labour Ministry Vijay travelled with his family to different parts of Malasia while growing up. His mother was a teacher, and because of the high level of education and success between his parents the expectations he had for himself included using his mind as well as his hands in choosing a path in life.
An author and a celebrated speaker, Vijay has presented his own ideas at such notable places as the World Economic Forum. His books includeIn the Sphere of Silence, published in 2005. All his written work is highly personal, and this writing completes a description of his own management beliefs and style. It mentions in detail his habit of starting each day with a period of silence. Along with this is a program he developed called “Thought of the Day” (TOD) which is interactive. One of his books is a compendium of his own work in photography, which is truly artistic. He also has a WeForum profile.
He is probably best renowned for his philanthropy. Named one of the 48 “Heroes of Philanthropy” in Forbes Asia Magazine in 2011, he has established foundations both as an arm of the QI Group and one in honor of his father. The efforts he sponsors focus on mentoring and charitable donations.