One of Malaysia’s richest businessmen, Vijay Eswaran started from humble beginnings. Born in 1960 in Penang, Eswaran graduated from the London School of Economics only after funding his own education through driving a cab even while learning economics and management. After his graduation, he continued his real-world education through travels in Europe, and gained experience through working for various North American and Asian countries as an information systems engineer, working in the world of marketing as a side job.
In 1998, Vijay Eswaran founded QNet in the Asia, which later grew into the entire QI group of companies, of which he is Executive Chairman. This group takes part in a vast variety of e-commerce, selling such a diverse number of products as coins, jewelry, soaps, and more, and has since spread into the telecommunications field, as well as other fields such as travel, entertainment, and property management. The company currently operates in over 30 countries across the globe, in recent years even beginning its spread onto the African continent.
Eswaran does not simply concentrate on his status as a businessman and entrepreneur. He is a known philanthropist, earmarking 10% of his group’s profits for charitable endeavors. He also helped to establish Quest International University Perak, in order to help future generations of students gain an affordable education. As well as his philanthropic endeavours, Eswaran has written multiple books to lead and inspire others, the first of which was centered around his experience in a Franciscan monastery where he undertook a month-long vow of silence.
Vijay Eswaran has won numerous awards, such as the CEO of the Year award given by the Asean Business Advisory Council Malaysia, and a lifetime achievement award given by the Asian Strategic Leadership Institute for his work in philanthropy. He spends much of his time as a motivational speaker, and hosts the V-Convention networking event. He is currently married to Umayal Eswaran, and the couple lives in both Hong Kong and Kuala Lampur.