Vijay Eswaran, the current Executive Chairman of QI Group, was born in Malaysia in 1960. Throughout his childhood, Vjay’s family moved throughout the country much during his childhood. After high school, he moved to the U.K. where he worked as a cab driver to pay for his university education. He graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in socioeconomics in 1984, immediately taking a break for a full year to tour Europe. During this time he spent an entire month in a Franciscan monastery taking a vow of silence.
After finally returning to the U.K., he spent time learning binary system marketing and obtained his professional qualification from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. In 1986 he moved to the U.S. and earned an MBA from the Southern Illinois University. During this same time, he became involved in multilevel marketing for the first time. In 1998 he returned home to Malaysia and founded Qi Group. The Qi Group of Companies includes businesses in education, hospitality, direct selling, financial services, and retail.
Qi Group is currently based in Hong Kong and maintains offices in Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. In addition, they maintain some sort of presence in ten countries. Today, Qi has a revenue of more than $1 billion every year. During his years in this role, he has also founded the RYTHM Foundation and the Vijayaratnam Foundation. He serves as Chairman of the Council of the Quest International University. This is a university which Qi Group started in 2008. Today it remains owned and run by the State Government of Perak and Qi Group.
He has also written and published a number of books. Eswaran is an active philanthropist, frequently giving money and time to projects involving private and public medical services. He occasionally gives to other philanthropic projects.