Sanjay Shah is a businessman, philanthropist, and father who currently resides in Dubai. His biggest philanthropy project is Autism Rocks, an entertainment program that was formed in order to bring awareness to autism. Autism hits close to home for Sanjay Shah Denmark and his wife Usha because their son Nikhil was diagnosed with it when he was born. It’s been a struggle for Nikhil growing up, but the things he has overcome have inspired Sanjay to hold celebrations to help fund research for autism. Autism Rocks features days of fun-filled games, and live concerts where world famous artists like Flo Rida and Tyga currently perform in, but it’s also seen others like Snoop Dogg and even Prince before he passed away.
Shah has always been a philanthropist at heart, wanting to do everything he can to help impoverished people around the world. He grew up in the UK and wanted to be a doctor, but found that medical school wasn’t his strong suit. Shah worked for several corporate banks in his financial career like Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, but while he was good at his job, he wanted to start up his own company and set his own schedule.
He got the chance in 2009 after the financial crash left him without a job, but he did not lose hope. He had a small amount of savings that he was able to purchase a small office space with, and that was the beginning of his company Solo Capital. Even though it was small, he was able to attract some clients and grow his asset and portfolio management, and in a few years, he had turned a profit. He was able to get a full building for the company, and it’s still in operation today offering boutique services in investments, emerging markets, and proprietary trading.
Shah made enough money to retire a few years ago, and moved with his family to Dubai. Autism Rocks has been his primary focus now along with being a father.