Businessman and Philanthropist: Vijay Eswaran

Vijay Eswaran, renowned businessman and philanthropist, was born in 1960 in Penang Malaysia and graduated from the London School of Economics in 1984 with a degree is socio-economics. He received his MBA from the Southern Illinois University. Read more: Dato Vijay Eswaran: From taxi driver to worth over $500 million dollars

Afterward, he worked in various high-level jobs before striking out on his own with Joseph Bismark. They founded the QI group in Hong Kong, a direct selling firm. It started out small but quickly spread into over thirty countries, and earns around $750 million in annual revenue.

Vijay Eswaran shares his knowledge through motivational speaking, and four books on life management including In the Sphere of Silence, In the Thinking Zone, 18 Stepping Stones, and On the Wings of Thought. In addition, he writes for the newspaper columns in Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

His family has a history of philanthropy, and he continued this tradition with the RYTHM Foundation and the Vijayaratnam Foundation (named after his father, who also participated in charitable works). Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: http://www.qigroup.com/2013/11/vijay-eswaran-makes-ceo-of-the-year/ and http://www.dnaindia.com/topic/vijay-eswaran

Through these organizations, he facilitates several projects and initiatives in several areas including education, community development, arts and culture, and the environment. In the sphere of education, it has granted loans to 21 students pursuing tertiary education, and loans to twelve students enrolled in vocational courses.

Community development efforts have focused on providing communities the resources, knowledge, and solutions to participate in sustainable development. One way in which he fulfills this is by supporting the Malaysian Hindu Youth Organization, which was founded in 1949 by S. Vijayaratnam (Vijay Eswaran’s father), which has helped hundreds of children.

Vijay Eswaran has also contributed to efforts to cultivate respect and appreciation for Malaysian art and culture. His best-known environmental effort is 1 Murid, 1 Polok; the program selected students from forty-five schools, who each planted a tree in their school’s vicinity, and then tended it for the duration of their school career.