Vijay Eswaran founded the e-commerce multilevel marketing company the QI Group in the Philippines in 1998. He had first become aware of multilevel marketing while studying socioeconomics at the London School of Economics in the mid-1980s. He continued learning about the industry as he was working on his MBA at Southern Illinois University in the United States. When he returned to Malaysia he was offered the opportunity to start his own multilevel marketing company by the Cosway Group. That company grew to become the internationally known QI Group.
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With his innovative marketing strategies he was able to expand the companies marketing network to almost two dozen countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He also diversified the company’s product line. The QI Group has been wildly successful. The company generated over $750 million last year. But the company wasn’t the only entity that benefitted. Their more than one million independent marketing agents have benefitted as well. Many of them were living in poverty prior to getting the opportunity to work with the QI Group. Now they and their families enjoy a better quality of life.
Eswaran has worked in other ways to improve life for the people in the communities in which the company does business. He has provided support through his charitable organizations the RYTHM Foundation and an organization named in honor of his father, the Vijayaratnam Foundation. He also wrote a series of inspirational books including In the Sphere of Silence, In the Thinking Zone and 18 Stepping Stones. Plus Eswaran created The Thought of the Day, an interactive program. Eswaran is also famous for his powerful, moving motivational speeches to his sales staff.
The work Vijay Eswaran has done for the less fortunate has led Forbes Asia to name him among their ‘Heroes of Philanthropy’. The Asian Strategic Leadership Institute recently gave him a lifetime achievement award for regional philanthropy and The Global Organization for People of Indian Origin honored him with their International Leader in Global Business Strategies award. But the most meaningful accolade he’s received is the gratitude of the people he has helped.