Vijay Eswaran is a businessman, author, and the co-founder of QI Group. Eswaran was born in Penang, Malaysia in 1960. His mother was a teacher, and his father was the founder of the Malaysian Hindu Youth Organization. Eswaran spent his youth in Malaysia, before traveling abroad.
Eswaran moved to the United Kingdom to pursue a higher education, and in 1984 he graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in socio-economics. The next year, he acquired a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. The year after that, Eswaran went to the United States of America, where he earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University.
In 1998, Eswaran returned to Asia and co-founded QNet, which would later become QI Group. QI Group, which started as an MLM, or multi-level marketing company, has grown to include businesses such as travel, telecommunications, wellness, media, and investments. With its headquarters in Hong Kong, QI Group also has offices in Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, as well as a presence in almost 30 other countries. QI Group has expanded to nearly all of Asia.
In 2017, Eswaran joined with Green Venture Capital to develop QI City. This project, slated to be finished in 2020, will include commercial and residential structures, as well as a teaching hospital and other medical services.
QI Group has sponsored a variety of sports endeavors, including partnerships with the Asian Football Confederation, Virgin Racing, and the Manchester City football club. QI Group also sponsored QNet Open, a women’s tennis tournament.
Besides being a prolific businessman, Vijay Eswaran is also an accomplished author. He has published five books, including In the Sphere of Silence and Two Minutes from the Abyss. Vijay is married to Umayal Eswaran, who works as a chairperson for the Vijayaratnam Foundation.
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