RYTHM Foundation has made an impact in the needy areas of Malaysia and across Asian borders through its philanthropic endeavors, and proud to lead the way of this foundation is Vijay Eswaran, the co-founder of QI Group. Eswaran certainly wanted QI Group to be a success when he founded it, but he also wanted it to be a tool for giving back to the Asian Community.
Eswaran’s work through RYTHM Foundation and the establishment of a sister group, Vijayratnam Foundation has earned him recognition as one of Forbes Asia’s 2011 Heroes of Philanthropy. Making contributions to his community and promoting a culture of ethics and responsibility are principles he’s been inspired by that Mahatma Gandhi held. Eswaran has studied Gandhi’s work and has spoken about it at various gatherings.
Vijay Eswaran was an entrepreneurial-minded young man growing up and he learned a lot from his father who worked for Malaysia’s Ministry of Labor.
He learned from some of the world’s most renowned professors at the London School of Economics where he got his bachelor’s in Socio-economics in 1984. He spent a little time raising money through performing odd jobs at various European businesses, but then came to the US where he got his MBA at Southern Illinois University.
Vijay Eswaran’s career as a multilevel marketing businessman started in the mid 1990s when he joined the Cosway Group’s direct selling branch in Malaysia. Together with Joseph Bismarck, he started QI Group Ltd in 1998 and built several subsidiary companies.
QNet is QI Group’s primary sales and profits company that sells jewelry, household tools, health and beauty products, and vacation deals to customers who can then resell them.
QI Group also owns several magnificent vacation resorts and real estate investments, as well as financing and loan companies through QI Asset Management, and they also have logistical chains through Quex Courier.
Eswaran is a member of the World Economic Forum and India’s sixth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. He practices spiritual rituals and various Vedic traditions and writes about them in his books In The Sphere of Silence and 18 Stepping Stones. He is also married to Umayal Eswaran who is a co-Chair on his philanthropy group.