Vijay Eswaran is a Malaysian entrepreneur, philanthropist and author. He is the founder and Executive Chairman of the QI Group of Companies, a multinational conglomerate headquartered in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur with operations in more than 30 countries.

Eswaran was born in Penang, Malaysia, to a modest, well-educated family of Indian origin. He worked as a taxi driver to fund his higher education in accounting and management in London and Illinois. He then spent several years working as an information systems engineer for various companies in North America and South-East Asia, including IBM.

In 1998, following the Asian financial crisis, Eswaran established a direct selling network in the Philippines, using a revolutionary combination of direct selling and e-commerce, which would eventually become QNET. Within 12 months, the company became a leader in the Philippines and subsequently in several South-East Asian markets, supporting a growing network of entrepreneurs. By the mid-2000s QNET was the dominant direct selling network in the Middle East, and in recent years has led the industry’s expansion into Africa.

Whilst no longer involved in QNET’s operations, Eswaran hosts V-Convention, a motivational, training and networking event with up to 20,000 attending entrepreneurs, and leads QNET’s international partnerships including with Premier League Manchester City FC.


Eswaran diversified his business interests, and established the QI Group of Companies to oversee a wide variety of investments including real estate, education, retail and hospitality. A proponent of value-based leadership, Eswaran has committed 10% of group profits to philanthropy and instituted a company-wide vegetarian policy.

The group today employs 1500 people, and has trained and empowered over one million entrepreneurs across the world’s toughest and most prominent emerging markets.

Eswaran’s passion for mentoring entrepreneurs led him to establish and chair Quest International University Perak (QIUP) in partnership with local government in 2011. Mandated to provide quality, research-based, affordable education, the University is one of the fastest growing in Malaysia, with over 1600 students from 31 different countries as of 2017. QI is currently constructing Qi City, a $300m development which will serve as new headquarters for QIUP and includes a hospital, accommodation and retail space.

Vijay Eswaran wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Vijay Eswaran and his wife Umayal talk to children from Footprints Mentoring Program

Raise Yourself To Help Mankind

In 2005, he founded the RYTHM and Vijayaratnam Foundations, with a focus on community development and children with special needs in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Among its many projects, the Vijayaratnam Foundation established TAARANA, a Malaysian school for children with learning disabilities.

A prolific author, Eswaran has published three bestselling books on leadership and mindfulness, with In the Sphere of Silence selling half a million copies to date. He is a regular speaker at global events including the World Economic Forum, and has received numerous awards, amongst them the ASEAN Business Advisory Council and Lifetime Achievement Award for Global Entrepreneurship in 2016.

Eswaran lives in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong with Umayal, his wife of 28 years, his nephew and five nieces.


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Living in gratitude has the power to change your life. ​#mondaymotivation #selfdevelopment #gratitude #lifechanging ... See MoreSee Less
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If you want something bad enough, you need to go out and find a way to achieve it. No one else can do it for you. ​#SoulfulSunday #motivation #yourdestiny ... See MoreSee Less
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Friendship is something that is rarely found, it has to be almost always made.One doesn’t bump into it, one develops it, one works on it step by step.In this regard I’ve been in many ways blessed to have found a friend and partner in Japa. Our journey together has been one fraught with challenges and also some amazing times, both of which I look back now with great fondness and gratitude. Gratitude for having Japa next to me through all the trials, travails, joys, and ecstasies! What makes him a great friend and partner above all, is his simplicity and integrity. In short, he is a simple yet honest man and a greater combination you cannot find.Happy Birthday my brother and partner, Japadas Joseph Bismark #Birthday #Brother #BetterTogether ... See MoreSee Less
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Are you ready for change?​#change #mindsetmatters #reinventyourself#areyouwithme ... See MoreSee Less
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I am on Day 6 of a 10-day juice programme. It’s something my wife and I do three times a year which has benefited our health significantly. A lot of people think a Juicing Programme is about losing weight. Although it does help with your weight, the real purpose of a structured juicing programme like the one we are doing is to detox the system and give your digestive organs a break. This has numerous health benefits ranging from reduced blood pressure and sugar levels, to improved digestion, increase in energy and better focus. Some people have reported that their migraines have disappeared and their skin has cleared up. The impact of the programme depends on what’s in your body that’s getting in the way of its optimal functioning. Here is my daily routine. Morning 🌞 – One full fresh coconut water 🥥Exercise - This is followed by an intense Yoga Practice 🧘🏽 under the guidance of a teacher. Once a week I replace this with a 10k walk🚶🏻‍♂️or a swim 🏊 Noon – Green juice made with green vegetables 🥬 and green apple 🍏 4 PM – Red juice made with red vegetables and red apple 🍎 Evening 🌅 – A warm soup made of blended vegetables 🥬 🥕🥒10 PM – A cup of Herbal Tea 🍵 (No Caffeine)🔴IMPORTANT🔴– It is critical that those who try this programme, do so under the guidance of an experienced Yoga Practitioner, at least for the first time. The first time I tried it, it was the hardest thing to do. The first 3 days are the most difficult as the body is experiencing withdrawal from caffeine and other forms of junk food it has gotten used to. As human beings, food is one of our biggest addictions. To overcome the addiction requires immense self-restraint. Once you get through the first three days, your body adjusts to the programme. This is one of the best investments I have made into my health. Have any of you tried a juicing programme? What are some things you do to take care of your health? #worldhealthday #healthiswealth #preventionisbetterthancure #juicingforhealth #healthylifestyle ... See MoreSee Less
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