Sanjay Shah has been involved in charitable events in India, sponsoring kids through Plan International over the last decade. He says that he used to send money there each month, but had never focused on what else he could do for charity. Although he studied medicine and graduated at King’s college, he ended up becoming an accountant and worked for various companies before quitting. He later started a broker company, which has seen him grow to a net worth of 280 million dollars.
In 2001, together with Usha, his wife, Sanjay Shah had to travel to Dubai to take Nikhil, their two-year old son; because he developed a condition which couldn’t let him put his food down. Shah says that his son threw up all the food he ate and had to survive being fed on a drip. The doctors then suggested that the child had to be taken to a child psychologist for assessments of autism or attention disorder. Nikhil was later confirmed to have autism at the Portland hospital. The family visited a government-funded resource in Dubai known as Dubai Autism Center, but was informed that his son had to wait for up to five years because of the demand on the list. Luckily, he had enough money to pay for private therapists.
The situation led to Sanjay Shah thinking about offering his help to parents with autistic children. He went to the organization and asked them how he could help and they said that donation in form of money would be welcome. He bought two minibuses to transport the children and started raising money to fund the research center.
Sanjay Shah, the CEO and president of Solo Capital, is a former Kenyan national who flew to the UK in July 2005, earning full British Citizenship. Solo Capital is a computer software company based in London offering financial services. Today, he has a network of not less than 39 companies based in London, Dubai, Malta, Luxembourg, The British Virgin Islands and The Cayman Islands.
Sanjay Shah is also the president and CEO of Autism Rocks, an organization aimed at helping acoustic children and research of the disease. To raise funds for the organization, he arranges events where major musicians such as Snoop Dogg and Prince perform.