Businessman Vijay Eswaran was named to Forbes Asia’s 2011 Heroes of Philanthropy list, and when you take a look at what he has done through his company’s non-profit foundation, it’s not hard to see why. His company is QI Group, a multilevel marketing business he started nearly 20 years ago, and he gives to needy communities through RYTHM Foundation, a charity group that he and several other businessmen run.
People that have benefited from Rhythm foundation include underprivileged children with disabilities who are mentored through its FOOTPRINTS program, and starving communities who’ve received aid through it’s global initiatives. Vijay Eswaran’s goals to help his communities and promote strong ethics and spirituality stem from his admiration of Mahatma Gandhi and his philosophies.
Eswaran is the son of a Malaysian government worker and school teacher. He was raised with strong values and encouraged to work hard, and he became a great student in school and attended the London School of Economics for college. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: http://philanthropies.org/vijay-eswaran-2/
He got his degree in socio-economics, but struggled to find work right away. He performed several odd jobs including construction, working at a vineyard and driving a cab. But he was then able to attend graduate school at Southern Illinois University where he got his MBA and then started looking into multilevel marketing.
He returned to Asia when he had a chance to become part of a direct selling business then called The Cosway Group. But he then decided to build an even bigger company in 1998 when he and Joseph Bismarck started QI Group Ltd.
Today the company owns several subsidiaries including QNet, Quex Courier, Quest International University Perak (QIUP) and QI Asset Management. QNet sells most of QI Group’s products through e-commerce, and they’re distributed through independent sales representatives.
Quex Courier is a logistics arm of the company that runs several large warehouses and shipping centers.
Eswaran has spoken at several summits and business leader gatherings including Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and the World Economic Forum. He’s also a member of the Global India Business Meet where he won the NGI award in 2012.