One of the world’s largest online marketplaces is QI Group, owned and founded by Vijay Eswaran. QI Group has been operating for over 20 years and boasts significant investments in diverse fields such as property, education, health care and life insurance, consumer goods, and even telecommunications. Founded in 1997 by Vijay Eswaran, QI Group owns several companies, including Destiny Cable, QI Mobile, and more. In 2015, Forbes listed Vijay Eswaran as number 927 on its list of billionaires with a net worth of over $2 billion.
Eswaran has been admired for his success in business and how he grew QI Group into a $3.5 billion empire with over 70,000 employees and services that touch the lives of over 500 million people worldwide. Eswaran has been ranked number 44 on the 2014 Hurun India Rich List and was also ranked number 69 in 2012.
Vijay Eswaran was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, on the 16th of September, 1962. He attended St. Joseph’s College in Trichy and then obtained a bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola College at Chennai University. Vijay Eswaran began his career as a salesman for Hewlett-Packard after completing college. During this time, he also interned with Citibank.
After working for Hewlett-Packard, Eswaran was employed by the marketing communications firm Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, where he became a commercial director within four years of employment. In 1989 he resigned from his job to focus on creating his business ventures outside of Chennai.
QI Group is a multinational conglomerate company that Vijay Eswaran founded in 1997. The company has a presence in over 35 countries and currently employs over 70,000 people worldwide. QI Group is involved with several business ventures, including Destiny Cable, a cable network based out of Hong Kong, QI Mobile International Ltd., QI Informatix Corp. Ltd., QI Security Services Inc., and the Vijayaratnam Foundation, to name a few.
One of Eswaran’s many achievements, which put him on the map, was his ability to start up Destiny Cable throughout Asia at age 26. Shortly after this, he expanded his business portfolio by acquiring several other companies, such as Destiny Cable, the foundation of QI Group.