How Vijay Eswaran went from being a construction worker to being recognized by Forbes

For a person to be recognized and be listed on Forbes list, he/she must have set the bar quite high, and when you consider Vijay Eswaran’s milestones, there is no doubt that he indeed deserved his recent recognition by the magazine as one of Asia’s most successful philanthropists.

How he got to this point

Even though he is currently riding on his all-time high, Vijay Eswaran’s success was not handed to him on the proverbial silver platter. Instead, he has had to work for every single property, business and even the titles he owns. Vijay Eswaran was born in Malaysia, to parents who worked in the public arena, his father being a worker on Malaysia’s ministry of labor and his mother being a teacher. Thus they worked hard to ensure that Vijay and his siblings had access to what they needed for a better life including quality education.

After graduating with a socio-economic degree from London school of economic’s, Vijay’s first encounters with reality were quite harsh because despite holding a lucrative degree, he had to work in constructions sites in Belgium. He, however, did not let this deter him and seeing Belgium wasn’t giving him the opportunities he yearned for, Vijay Eswaran moved to the UK where he took on lessons on the binary marketing system. He learned about this system at the right time as skills in this area were on high demand in the multi-level marketing realm, making it easy for him to get a job at Synaptics. He worked with the company on part-time as he was still pursuing his MBA at Southern Illinois.

After graduating from the university, he went on to work with a string of companies in the region, building a stable foundation for his future ventures. He established the QI group, a multi-level marketing firm in 1998 which has gone on to expand and become one of the leading e-commerce businesses in Asia with ventures across sectors such as media, telecommunications, corporate investments among many others.

Besides being a successful business person, Vijay is also regarded as one of the most inspiring speakers in Asia, and this is depicted by his words of wisdom in the books he has written such as five minutes from Abyss. In addition to being a source of inspiration to many, he also has a big heart and goes the extra mile to better the lives of those around him through charity.


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