The Malaysian businessman, Vijay Eswaran, is the Executive Chairman of the Hong Kong-based Qi Group. He is the son of Pushpavathy Chinnaiah, the teacher of Vijayaratnam Saravanamuthu who founded of the Malaysian Hindu Youth Organization. After high school, he moved to London for his college education, which he completely funded while working as a taxi driver. In 1984 he graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Socioeconomics.
After graduation, he spent some time traveling in Europe, during which he spent an entire month in a Franciscan monastery under a vow of silence. In 1985 he returned to London to get an education in binary systems marketing and to earn a professional qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. In 1986 he moved to the U.S. during which time he both earned an MBA from the Southern Illinois University and entered the world of multilevel marketing for the first time.
He eventually moved back home to Malaysia. Shortly after returning there a business named Cosway Group approached him about starting an affiliate company for them. This business, which Eswaran started in 1998, was Qi Group and would become much more successful than anticipated. Today, while it is headquartered in Hong Kong, Qi Group maintains offices in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia and has subsidiary companies in 10 countries.
In 2017 Eswaran partnered with Green Venture Capital to develop QI City, a massive $1.2 billion commercial and residential project. It is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Besides his amazing business leadership, he is also a very respected philanthropist. In fact, in 2018 Forbes listed him as one of the Top 50 philanthropists in Asia.
Eswaran is also a published author of several books: In the Thinking Zone (2010), 18 Stepping Stones (2011), On the Wings of Thought (2011), and Two Minutes from the Abyss (2016).