When the Internet e-commerce revolution began in the 1990’s, it was entrepreneurs like Vijay Eswaran who seized the opportunity to start a new kind of retail company. In 1998, he and several partners started QNET, a company that they envisioned as a combination of both personal sales and e-commerce technologies.
The company began as a precious metals dealer. Securing the distribution rights for the commemorative coins issued for the 1998 and 2000 Olympics, QNET found its footing and quickly shot to the top of the charts in sales.
QNET became the flagship company around which Eswaran has built what is today the QI Group, a conglomerate of sales, e-commerce, hospitality, and financial service companies. QI Group has offices located in thirty countries that employ over 1500 people. Its regional offices can be found in Hong Kong, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand.
The group works to improve urban lifestyles in its markets and reform education sectors. QI Group continues to grow through investments in world markets, starting up integrated ventures, and providing the products and services that make sense for the markets they target.
Dr. Vijay Eswaran is also an author of best-selling books, a motivational speaking sharing his experiences, and a philanthropist working to improve the world. He has created two foundations that are focused on uplifting the disadvantaged in society, both through empowering women and reforming education.
He has received awards from the Asia Strategic Leadership Institute of Malaysia and the Global Organization for People of Indian Origin.