This past April In Dubai, of all places, groups of concerned people and their close friends celebrated Autism Awareness Month. The celebrating was done around a music festival aptly named the Autism Rocks Festival. The Festival featured American Rap Artists Flo Rida and Tyga performing a live concert that had two goals; one was to help raise awareness of this devastating condition and the second was to help raise money for autism research that would be used exclusively for finding the causes of autism and to hopefully help develop a cure for the condition.
The Autism Rocks Festival in Dubai was the brainchild of the Dubai-based couple Usha and Sanjay Shah Denmark. They are the parents of an autistic child whose name is Nikhil. Prior to their child being born with this condition neither Usha nor Sanjay had any idea what autism was and the effects that it had on a family. Of course, all of that has changed dramatically since their son’s birth.
Sanjay founded Autism Rocks as an organization to help raise awareness for the condition and to help raise money for more research. He got the idea for using big musical stars and concerts as a vehicle to raise money for autism research while having a luncheon with the Rapper Snoop Dog. He and Snoop were having a meeting to lay out plans to raise money for Snoop’s shows when the idea hit Sanjay. The First Autism Rocks show was an invitation-only affair held in 2014 and featured the musical legend Prince.
Sanjay Shaw, the businessman has a controlling interest in the company is Solo Group Holdings which also controls Solo Capital Markets an international boutique financial services company. They are headquartered in London, England and regulated in the United Kingdom. Solo Capital Markets is also referred to as Solo Capital Limited and Solo Capital UK. Their investment specialties are in proprietary trading, specialty consulting services, and professional sports investments. In 2015 Solo Capital Partners had a net worth of £15.45 million. They had assets estimated at £67.45 and a positive cash flow of £30.26 million.
Sanjay, however, did not start in business in the investment industry. He initially studied medicine but changed his mind about making it his full-time career and switched his focus to the field of accounting. He worked as an accountant for a number of investment banks including Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, and Morgan Stanley before starting his own brokerage firm Solo Capital.