Vijay Eswaran has certainly been a bold individual that has been willing to pursue business ventures in markets where it’s been difficult to establish them, but he’s also a kind and compassionate person who makes sure all his businesses have an element of philanthropy in them. He’s the cofounder of QI Group Ltd. and several subsidiary direct selling enterprises and also chairs RYTHM Foundation and the Vijayratnam Foundation.

He’s been inspired to serve others needs both by his father and by his hero Mahatma Gandhi and his philanthropy has included work with special needs people, cleanup of areas affected by disasters and local affordable services for remote villages in Asia.


Vijay Eswaran was born in Malaysia and was educated at one of the nation’s finest schools. He later went to study at the London School of Economics where he got his bachelor’s degree. He would later get his master’s at Southern Illinois University but he also spent a year working in odd jobs from harvesting grapes to cab driving across Europe.

After completing his master’s he was a consultant for several major IT companies for a couple years, but he found himself becoming interested in the multilevel marketing business model before too long. He returned to Malaysia in 1998 and together with several other Malaysian entrepreneurs launched QI Group Ltd.

Eswaran has given many people around the world a chance to start their own business selling his company’s products and referring others to the associate program as well as providing a rewards program.

But he’s also a man who embraces spiritualism as a daily practice and encourages other company employees to follow it. Such practices include dieting, yoga, meditation and other moments of silence.

Vijay Eswaran has written about these rituals and about how they can shape great leaders in his books including the 2005 bestseller In The Sphere of Silence. He’s also the author of 18 Stepping Stones and On The Wings Of Thought. According to QBuzz, Vijay Eswaran has been a keynote speaker at the World Economic Forum and has also won the New Global Indian Award.