Vijay Eswaran hails from Malaysia, and he is a businessman and philanthropist as well as a writer and motivational speaker. He is also the founder and Executive Chairman of the IQ Group of companies which is an international corporation. The corporation has operations in over 30 countries and has its headquarters located in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, and it majors in real estate, education, retail and the hospitality industry. Vijay Eswaran also takes an interest in issues related to leadership, personal development and life management. Having come from a humble background, he had to work as a taxi driver to pay for his college education where he studied accounting and management.
Therefore, all the knowledge and experience he puts out there is out of the experience because he had to do things practically to produce results whether positive or negative. In that case, he is keen on giving tips to becoming a good leader, stages of change in an individual’s life and he sheds light on why fear is good for success. In regards to leadership, individuals in positions of power should be ready to serve others and not vice versa. Additionally, leaders should take care of their people without expecting anything in return. When it comes to issues on fear, he is clear on the fact that fear is good and therefore one should embrace it and transform it to a positive driving force towards success.
As a philanthropist, Vijay Eswaran gives back to the community, and in the year 2005, he established the RHYTHM and Vijayaratnam Foundations which concentrate on children with specials needs in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The foundations as well pay attention to the development of the community as a whole, and they have projects such as schools which accommodate children with learning disabilities. Apart from that, he has an interest in young entrepreneurs and therefore founded Quest International University Perak which he chairs and partners with the local government. With this establishment, he mentors these students to help them become successful in their new businesses once they graduate from the university. Vijay Eswaran with his contribution in the society and the business world as well as the wealth he has accumulated secured a spot in Forbes as one of Asia’s Top 50 philanthropists and ranked 25 as Malaysia’s 50 Richest.