Financial “masters of the universe” and musical celebrities have more in common than one might think. Big money earners, these two groups often exhibit it with flashy lifestyles that are also sometimes scandalous. But such reputations are certainly not true of all money and music makers. Many of these groups “give back” in fact according to global-citizen.com, in a number of ways. Take Autism Rocks, for example.
Created in 2014, this British based organization uses private, invitation-only concerts to raise funds. Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Joss Stone, and Elvis Costello are among the “A-list” performers who have donated their talents to Autism Rocks. Raised funds are used for autism research and to support services for those living with autism. Autism Rocks founder is financier Sanjay Shah, himself the father of an autistic child. Concerts have been held in both London and Dubai, with the organization planning to expand its musical footprint. And as Autism Rocks grows, Shah is making changes behind the scenes as well. As reported in a February 18, 2016 article in PR Newswire, Shah recently announced the addition of Pete and Will Best to Autism Rocks board of trustees. Pete Best has a strong background in the world of finance. Will Best is well known in Great Britain both in advertising and in entertainment circles. The Best brothers will be heavily involved in management and event scheduling for the organization, where Shah feels their skills will be put to good use, given Autism Rocks rapid global expansion.
Shah thought initially that his future career would be in medicine, and in fact undertook medical studies before he decided that this path was not for him. He then transferred to finance, and upon university graduation, worked for such financial institutions as Suisse Credit, Morgan Stanley, and Merrill Lynch. A job victim of the Great Recession, Shah thereupon founded his own brokerage firm on Register.Fca, Solo Capital, Ltd. Known by several other names in the United Kingdom, the companycheck is part of Solo Capital Group Holdings, of which Shah remains CEO. The companies under the Solo Capital Group Holdings umbrella focus on proprietary trading, consulting, and sports investment.
In addition to the Solo Capital brand companies, Shah owns more than three dozen companies located in the British Virgin Islands, the United States, Dubai, Luxembourg, Malta, and the Cayman Islands. One of Shah’s most recent acquisitions was the 2014 purchase of Old Park Lane Capital, a notable trader of natural resources stock. He recently retired from the hands-on running of his financial empire to focus on Autism Rocks, and another entertainment oriented company, Done Events. An event promoting firm, Done Events is headquartered in Dubai, Shah’s current home. The company’s greatest success to date is a large jazz festival in Dubai, now a annual event.