It’s been said before that great leaders often learn to become great listeners, and Malaysian businessman Vijay Eswaran has certainly taken that to heart. Eswaran certainly has a lot to talk about having built a company worth billions at QI Group, and he’s won several business awards and accolades. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: https://twitter.com/vjayeswaran?lang=en
But one man he’s found a lot of inspiration from is Mahatma Gandhi, the man who led civil rights and independence to India through non-violent means. Eswaran embraces Gandhi’s teachings of listening rather than speaking and placing principles and ethics in front of doing anything to make a profit. He’s spoken at the World Economic Forum and is a member of Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.
Vijay Eswaran grew up in Malaysia and traveled the country frequently as a young man due to his father’s government job. Eswaran was a great student in his schools and was afforded a chance to attend college at the London School of Economics.
He completed his degree in 1984 but spent some time performing manual labor in order to make a living. He did finally make it to grad school at Southern Illinois University where he got his MBA, and he started out working for several IT companies.
Eswaran developed a keen interest in multilevel marketing and direct selling, the business model that became the cornerstone for his company. He spent several years with The Cosway Group upon returning to Malaysia, and then started QI Group Ltd. in 1998.
Under QI Group he helped establish QNet, a direct selling company that distributes organic foods, health supplies, personal beauty products, jewelry and vacation packages. He also founded Quex Courier, a logistics operation branch, QI Asset Management, and Quest International University Perak in association with QI Group’s The V program.
Awards and recognitions that Vijay Eswaran has won include Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy in 2011, and the New Global Indian business and philanthropy award in 2012.
He’s also the founder of QI Group’s philanthropy branch, RHYTHM Foundation and his own charity at Vijayratnam Foundation. He’s the author of the 2005 bestseller In The Sphere of Silence and 2008’s In The Thinking Zone.