Vijay Eswaran is a businessman from Malaysia who has received numerous awards for his entrepreneurship and philanthropic activities. His success in the business world and the fact that he founded one of the most successful direct sales companies has made him a source of inspiration for many aspiring entrepreneurs, especially those in Asia.
Eswaran (Twitter) was born in Malaysia in 1960, the son of a teacher and government employee. During his childhood, his family lived in various parts of the country, which has built his desire to travel and see many places in the world. Vijay Eswaran (Facebook) later moved to Europe for his studies, obtaining a degree in socio-economics from the London School of Economics in 1984.
Unlike some other individuals in the business world, Eswaran didn’t get a prestigious job right after graduating university. Instead, he opted to stay in Europe and visit several countries while doing any type of job that he could find, such as being a taxi driver, agricultural worker and doing construction work. While he never considered the entry-level jobs he did to be “beneath him” and he is very proud of his humble beginnings, Vijay Eswaran decided that it would be better to start earning money for himself as opposed to working for someone else.
While pursuing his education and obtaining a professional certification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and proceeding to the United States in 1986 to obtain an MBA from the Southern Illinois University, he became interested in multilevel marketing. He enjoyed the experience of being self-employed and started wondering whether he should start a multilevel marketing company of his own.
He discussed his project with several individuals that were interested in entrepreneurship and finally went on to found the QI Group in 1998 after returning to Asia. The group owns QNet, one of the most successful MLM companies in the region, which started out by selling collectible gold coins, before branching out into other industries, such as health and wellness, plus consumer products.
In addition to his business activities, Eswaran has written several books and regularly gives speeches that serve as an inspiration for those who want to become entrepreneurs. He is also noted for his charitable activities and is the founder of the Vijayaratnam Foundation, which seeks to improve local communities in Malaysia by reducing inequalities, helping to preserve the environment and increasing access to education.