At the age of 58, Vijay Eswaran has created a name for himself as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world today. He wears many hats not only as a dedicated entrepreneur, but also as a philanthropist, speaker, and author. For the seasoned leader, it has been a long journey, at one point working as a taxi driver. Today, he heads QNET and QI Group, a multinational conglomerate based in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong with a presence on over 30 countries around the world.
QI Group’s subsidiaries focus majorly on education, hospitality, logistics, property development and management, telecommunications and direct selling. QNET today has a global presence owing to its approach of combining aspects of direct sales and e-commerce. The strategy propelled the company to top three position in the list of worldwide distributors, just two years after its inception in 1998.
To demonstrate his passion and focus on matters education, Vijay Eswaran established the Quest International University (QIU), an institution that seeks to impart knowledge and skills on students while preparing them for entrepreneurship. He mentors students and also acts as the chairman of the university.
Besides his duties as an executive, Vijay supports charitable organizations and community service. For instance, he established the RYTHM Foundation which helps children with special needs. His philanthropic efforts won him a place in the Forbes Asia heroes list in 2011.
Vijay Eswaran is also a talented motivational speaker and a best-selling author. His articles regularly feature in newspaper columns in Malaysia and Sri Lanka. He gets invitations to numerous leadership forums both locally and internationally. He has an MBA from Southern Illinois University and a socio-economics degree from the London School of Economics.
The business icon cites lack of business connections and inadequate funding as some of the challenges he faced at the initial stages of establishing the now-successful QNET. He embraces challenges as they come and believes both success and failure are essential for progress.