Dr. Vijay Eswaran the Malaysian businessman who founded the QI group of companies and serves as its executive chairman credits his ability the merge traditional sales methods with e-commerce for his success. As early as 1998, Eswaran was able to see how the power of the internet could help him grow his group of companies. He found somewhat of a niche business in numismatics (coin collecting) and was able to design and sell commemorative coins for the 2000 Olympic games that were held in Sydney Australia. Since then his business has grown exponentially with offices in Hong Kong, Singapore Thailand, Malaysia, and nearly ten other countries throughout Asia.
Eswaran credits much of his success to the example set by his mother and father. His mother instilled in him a need and thirst for education through her role as as teacher. His father showed him the value of public service as a member of the Malaysian Board of Labour. The budding businessman was able to experience a great part of the world at such an early age due to his father’s work.
In 1984 Eswaran graduated from the prestigious London School of Economics and, perhaps, he could have taken an easy office job after that but he refused. Instead, he decided to go out into the world and gain experience in making money for himself so that he could one day make money to help others. He worked a series of odd jobs including driving a cab. While driving his cab Eswaran learned the binary system of marketing which became a lifeline passion for him. Eventually he was inspired enough to earn his MBA from Southern Illinois University.
This international man of business has a fairly simple maxim when it comes to his business success: companies don’t succeed, its the people who succeed. This people first approach is much like a sports team in that each teammate must do his job to the best of his ability once the group has developed a strategy.
One of the achievements that Eswaran is proud to have been awarded Malaysian Business Awards CEO of the Year from the Asean Business Council in 2013. Eswaran is also the author of four books on business as well as a collection of meditations. He has also been named as one of Forbes’ 50 richest men. He is proud to give back through his various charitable organizations.