The dynamic chairman of Qnet and founder of the QI Group, Vijay Eswaran, was born in Malaysia in 1960, and he attended the London School of Business. Instead of returning to his home, he stayed in Europe, and worked odd jobs across the continent. He picked grapes in France, and worked construction in Belgium. It was in London while driving a cab however, that he was introduced to a new form of marketing called binary marketing. He earned a qualification with Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and then he went for his MBA in the states at the University of Illinois. While in the states he worked for marketing firm of Synaptics, but the young Mr. Eswaran had no connections and few options waiting for him on his return home.
When Mr. Eswaran finished his studies and returned to Malaysia, he made use of his experience and knowledge of marketing he gained from his work around the world and founded the QI Group in 1998. The QI Group is an e-commerce marketing firm with direct sales in travel, telecommunications, luxury goods and health and wellness. The QI Group is headquartered in Hong Kong, and it has offices spanning 10 Asian countries. It began life selling watches from a website, and under Mr. Eswaran’s guidance grew into a multinational conglomerate. Mr. Eswaran has a unique philosophy of Service Above Self, which he gained from his father. He passes his hard work ethic to his employees along with the qualities of loyalty, trust and sincerity. He encourages his staff to approach sales like a sports team by training hard, developing winning strategies to face the competition.
For all his entrepreneurial successes Mr. Eswaran has not lost touch with his customers. He keeps his ear open for suggestions and new ideas to offer the consumer what they want. He describes his journey to entrepreneurship as an intense questioning and intuitive experience. Mr. Eswaran begins each day with an hour of silence, which he explains in his first book, the “Sphere of Silence”. He developed a Thought of the Day approach when writing his second book, the “Thinking Zone.” His third and fourth book are a collection of thoughts called “18 Stepping Stones” and a compilation of his photography titled “On the Wings of Thought.” His books sum up his philosophies on life and business with an insightful view into the workings of his sense of values and ethics.
Mr. Eswaran is the winner of the New Global Indian an award given for philanthropy and business successes. Forbes named him the 25th richest man in Asia. He established the Rythm Foundation, which is the charity arm of the QI Group.