The name Vijay Eswaran is rapidly becoming a household name across the global village. Eswaran, a Malayasian citizen, shot to fame some years ago after he founded the Qi Group of companies in 1998. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the start-up company was originally called GoldQuest, an entity that invested in the trading of gold coin collectibles. Today, it has diversified its operations, expanding into such areas as consumer goods, the vegetarian grocery business and telecommunications. The Qi Group has 25 offices, spanning Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, in countries like Taiwan, Vietnam, Rwanda, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, among others.
Vijay Eswaran knew early he would not be content to be someone’s paid employee. He had a fire, a desire, a drive to carve out a niche for himself. He had to be somebody, a leader, a trailblazer, one of the movers and shakers in the marketplace. Armed with an MBA from the University of Southern Illinois, and a socio-economic degree from London School of Economics, he set out to change the way the world does business. The Qi Group which started as primarily an e-commerce company has surpassed expectations. With Eswaran at the helm, it has outdone several of its Asian competitors, growing exponentially to become one of the most successful businesses on the continent.
Eswaran’s interests and involvement have transcended the boundaries of the commercial world, and now extend to such things as philanthropy, education, sports, leadership and motivational missions. He is also a published author, motivating the hopeless masses to aspire to great and limitless things. At the 18th Malaysian Education Summit, he received the Special Award for Education, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. This was in recognition of his company’s partnership with Quest International University Perak (QIUP) and helping to propel it to rapid growth over the past three years. He serves as Chairman of the University Council, and has provided solid leadership during his tenure. Currently, the institution offers 20 programs, including post graduate studies and medicine.
Under the leadership of this highly-driven and ambitious CEO, the Qi Group has made several forays into the world of international sports. In August 2014 they partnered with Manchester City, the Barclay’s Premiere League championships. They are now the Club’s official direct sales partner, and have sponsored several other sports teams and sporting events across the globe.
Eswaran’s philosophy of positive thinking, service to others and a strong spiritual life has paid off. Currently, he is considered one of Malaysia’s wealthiest people, with an estimated net worth of $500 million. His rags-to-riches story is phenomenal, showing how much one can achieve with a clear plan of action, and the drive and determination to execute this.