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 Vijay Eswaran Is a Successful Entrepreneur

Vijay Eswaran is a man who has built a business empire on good old-fashioned pragmatism: he is chairman of QNET and the self-styled “father of Indian direct selling”. He pioneered the transformation of network marketing in India.

If you ask any entrepreneur to name their role model, Vijay is likely to be among the first they mention. And it’s not just because he’s one of the richest men in Asia (he has an estimated wealth of US$1.14 billion), but because there’s something about him that seems utterly invincible—even at 62 years old.

“He’s at about the same level as Bill Gates—but for every year,” says his close friend and business partner, Amitabh Bachchan. “He’s got such a strong mindset; he’s so driven.”

Vijay isn’t just a man of his word: he is also one of the most supportive people you could meet, according to the Bollywood stars and producers who have shared their experiences with Good Men Project (GMP). “With Vijay, it’s better to give him a small amount that he can keep, as opposed to more—” says Amitabh Bachchan. “After all, there are five billion people in India. The more money you give, the more people you have to give it to. He’s happy with a little gold piece and a little man-to-man.”

Vijay Eswaran has spent most of his life in service of others but has never lost sight of his main goal—to contribute to the upliftment of humanity. In 2004, he was among the first entrepreneurs in India to become a certified billionaire mentor with Steve Jobs’ and Bill Gates’ global mentoring program. Today, Vijay’s mission is huge: by 2023, he wants to free one billion people from poverty through financial empowerment.

“In a country where poverty is deep-rooted, you can’t just help the upper middle class,” Vijay Eswaran explains. “I believe by 2023 we’ll have more billionaires in India than the U.S., and if we can do that well, it will be a long way to go towards eliminating poverty.”

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