Vijay Eswaran: Entrepreneur, Writer and More
Vijay Eswaran is a highly successful entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. He is best known for being the executive chairman of QI Group, a developer of Quest Internatinal University Perak and for his motivational writings and speeches.
Life and career
Eswaran was born in 1960 in Perang, Malaysia. His father worked for the Malaysian government Ministry of labor, which required the family to move around the country quite a bit when Eswaran was a child. His mother was a teacher.
He went abroad for college, earning a degree at the London School of Economics and then later earning an MBA from Southern Illinois University in the United States in 1986.
In his twenties, Eswaran worked at a variety of jobs such as construction laborer and taxi driver.
Eswaran co-founded QI Group in 1998. The company is based in Hong Kong and sells products in a number of countries. QI Group uses an e-commerce business model and sells various products ranging from luxury goods to health and wellness training programs. The business has been very successful and Eswaran’s name appears frequently on lists of the richest business people in Asia.
Quest International University Perak
Eswaran has been key to developing Quest International University Perak in Malaysia. This is a joint venture between QI Group and the Malaysian Government founded in 2011 and is located in Eswaran’s native state of Perak.
The university is thriving and has an enrollment of around 1,000 students.
Philosophy, Writing and Philantrhopy
Eswaran has founded several charitable groups – one named after his father – and has given away a great deal of money to various charitable causes. Forbes magazine in Asia has recognized his philanthropic work.
He has written widely on his positive philosophies regarding business and life. His first book was published in 2005 and is titled In the Sphere of Silence. Vijay Eswaran starts each day with an hour of silence and believes in the power of positive thinking in daily life. He has sold many books and is highly sought after as a motivational speaker.
Eswaran has spoken on the importance of Malaysian students mastering English so that they are more employable abroad. He has worked to make education in English speaking and writing more available to students living in rural and undeveloped areas in Malaysia.