How Vijay Eswaran Grew From Being a Cab Driver to Become Renowned Businessman

Vijay Eswaran is the co-founder and executive chairman of QI group. Born in Penang, Malaysia, the billionaire graduated with a bachelor’s degree in socio-economics from the London School of Economics.

After graduating in 1984, he stayed in Europe for a year, where he did several odd jobs including plucking grapes in France, working on construction sites in Belgium as well as working as a cab driver in the United Kingdom.

During his stay at the United Kingdom Eswaran developed an interest in binary system marketing and went ahead to obtain CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) Certification. With the renewed energy to understand more about multilevel marketing, Vijay Eswaran joined the Southern Illinois University where he graduated with master’s degree in business administration.

While in the United States, Vijay worked for Synaptics where he was involved in multilevel marketing. After returning to Malaysia, Cosway Group approached him to start its Philippines business.


Forbes Asia recognized Vijay’s efforts in philanthropy with the award “Heroes Philanthropy.” He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Regional Philanthropy. In 2012, Vijay was honored with the New Global India (NGI) award for his participation in charitable causes and business excellence. In 2013, Forbes Asia listed him at number 25 in Malaysia’s top 50 richest people.

About QI Group

QI Group of Companies is a multinational firm with business in diverse industries including education, direct selling, hospitality, retail, travel, wellness, corporate investment, telecommunications, luxury products, media and financial services. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: and

The firm has over 1500 employees and boasts having key regional offices in Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. QI group was established by Vijay Eswaran in 1998 after he returned to Asia. Under his leadership, the firm has grown to become one of the fastest growing companies.

QI Group is committed to empowering people through providing solutions to help them succeed in entrepreneurship as well as improving their lifestyles and reforming the education sector.

Vijay Eswaran Philanthropies

Born with a passion for philanthropy, Eswaran established RHYTHM (Raise Yourself to Help Mankind), the corporate social responsibility arm of QI Group. In 2006, he established Vijayaratnam Foundation. In most of his charitable causes, Vijay focuses on environment, art and culture, education and community development.

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