Vijay Eswaran is the CEO of QNET, a Hong Kong based company that sells various products such as fashion accessories and luxury goods. He has been named as one of the richest individuals in Malaysia by Forbes magazine. Eswaran was born in Malaysia and lived throughout the country during his childhood due to his father’s work with the Labour Ministry. He studied at the London School of Economics and graduated with a socio-economic degree in 1984. After graduating, Eswaran remained in Europe for a year and performed odd jobs such as driving a taxi in London, working construction in Belgium and picking grapes in France.
While in England, he became interested in binary system marketing, which motivated him to get a professional certification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts in the UK. Eswaran followed this certification by earning an MBA at the Southern Illinois University in the United States. During this time, he was also working part-time with Synaptics in the area of multilevel marketing. He eventually returned to Malaysia, where he helped to establish a multilevel marketing business. Over the years, this business grew and expanded into the ecommerce company known today as QNet. The company now has several regional offices throughout Asia as well as a presence in almost ten countries due to the company’s subsidiaries.
He has spoken at multiple business forums, including events such as the World Economic Form and India’s Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Eswaran had his first book published in 2005, In the Sphere of Silence, which detailed his philosophy of managing his personal life and his daily routine of starting each morning with an hour of silence.
His second book was released in 2008, which was a compilation of his reflections and thoughts on life called In the Thinking Zone. Eswaran has also released a collection of his photography titled On the Wings of Thought, as well as an interactive program named the Thought of the Day. Eswaran founded the RHTHM Foundation, which was a corporate responsibility segment of QNET, as well as a charitable organization called the Vijayaratnam Foundation in memory of his father.