There are many well-known figures who became inspired by Mahatma Gandhi well after he passed away, including civil rights leader and 1950s activist Martin Luther King Jr., but it continues today in the life of Asian businessman, Vijay Eswaran.
Eswaran is the co-founder of QI Group and its subsidiaries, and has been a speaker at various world business forums. To him, Gandhi spoke of the importance of listening and seeing things around him, instead of simply talking and acting quickly.
Eswaran certainly believes in peace with his fellow man but also inner peace through spirituality. Eswaran is from Malaysia, but has had ties to the business community of India and he has encouraged the community there to open its doors to outside business and work more closely with internationals.
Eswaran has seen a lot of business developments over his career. He’s the son of a former Malaysian Ministry of Labor worker and a school teacher. He was granted the opportunity to attend the London School of Economics in 1984, the same school where famous billionaire George Soros also attended. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: https://www.facebook.com/public/Vijay-Eswaran
Eswaran also got his MBA from Southern Illinois University and began his career working with Synaptics, an IT company. He developed an interest in multilevel marketing, a system by which companies can sell products to consumers who can then resell them to their own customers. He started out at the Cosway Group when he returned to Malaysia and then co-founded his own company, QI Group Ltd. in 1998.
QI Group is the parent company to several direct selling and finance companies. Most of its sales are conducted through QNet, a company that sells jewelry, water purification systems, household tools, and other health products. Read more: In the Sphere of Silence (English and Dutch Edition
QI Asset Management is a subsidiary that finances various small businesses and also has vacation resorts in its real estate holdings. QStride is a marketing research firm that helps businesses using various analytics and data gathering.
Eswaran has helped many aspiring entrepreneurs start making their own income through his companies, but he’s also given back to Asian communities through RHYTHM Foundation.
This non-profit group supports programs for young children with disabilities and funding community resources such as libraries and schools. Eswaran has been listed to Forbes Asia’s 2011 Heroes of Philanthropy and is the author of In The Sphere of Silence.