Sanjay Shah Shows How To Win In The End With Solo Captial

After a very successful career with the big finance houses, working for Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and Merrill Lynch, Sanjay Shah found himself downsized in 2007. Wall Street was in free fall and dropping the nation into a deep recession because of rampant corruption. Sanjay Shah did not let it keep him down. He did a most ambitious and gutsy move, he started his own company: Solo Capital Holdings. This grew out of his original small company, Aesa S.a.r.l. Some critics panned his effort then. They have nothing bad to say now. Shah’s gamble paid off quite handsomely.

Shah’s company owns the brands Solo Capital UK and Solo Capital Limited, both headquartered in London, England. Along the way, he has acquired other companies and started still others, located in Dubai, Malta, the Cayman Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Luxembourg. Altogether, his early efforts to recover his career landed him in the upper stratosphere of the wealthy; earning him over £19 million pounds at that time. He even got back into investment banking, buying Old Park Lane Capital. Now he lives in Dubai as a wealthy retired philanthropist and is estimated to have a total net worth of $280 million USD.

These days Sanjay Shah is very busy, even though he claims to be completely retired from business. He founded Autism Rocks, his charity to help fund autism research through high-ticket private music concerts. He got the idea from his friend, recording artist and hip hop superstar Snoop Dogg. On a visit to Shah’s family home in Dubai, Snoop was told that Shah’s son had recently been diagnosed as being autistic. Snoop immediately saw a way for Shah to really help that situation. He suggested that Shah launch his own venue into the music business by holding private concerts to pay for autism treatment and basic causes research. Shah took Snoop’s suggestion to heart and started Autism Rocks, which has hosted many private concerts that has raised over $15 million. All the proceeds go to Cambridge University study’s trust: Autism Research Trust. Concerts have been put on in both Dubai and London with great world-class DJs and big name stars, such as Snoop Dogg, Prince, Drake, Michael Bublè, and Lenny Kravitz.

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Autism Rocks Reaches Out to the Masses for Donations

British philanthropist Sanjay Shah never had more of a challenge in raising donations and awareness to any particular charity until his son, Nikhil, was diagnosed with autism in 2011. After being told Nikhil would be on Dubai Autism Centre’s waiting list for five years before being able to begin applied behavior analysis therapy, he knew he had to do something. After all, the faster a child can begin therapy, the quicker they can develop. He had the ability to pay for his child’s personal therapy at home, however there were families who weren’t the same position. Shah wanted to help and bought two minibuses for the Centre. But in order to get at the root of understanding the cause and effects of autism, he focused his efforts on the research.

It all began when Snoop Dog came to visit Shah at his home in Dubai. The visit sparked Shah’s love for music again and gave him the idea that he could hold private music gigs to raise large sums of money. Autism Rocks, a charity where the donations go to the Autism Research Trust, or ART, was born. ART supports Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre which researches the cause and effects of autism. Shah has hosted world renowned Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Joss Stone, and Elvis Costello and has raised 15 million United Arab Emirates Dirhams. The ARC has 15 long-term research projects working on methods of identifying autism as early as possible.

Earlier this month, Shah created a GoFundMe account for anyone to donate to the ARC’s research. His goal is 6610 British pounds. The goal of Autism Rocks is not to find a cure, but to better understand autism at its core. He states on the GoFundMe page, “….so I can better understand Nikhil and how he maybe thinking; the only way I can do that is via research.” Parents who live with autism can certainly appreciate Shah’s effort, but not able to help on a large dollar amount scale.