Founded in 2014, Autism Rocks is a philanthropic organization that raises money to fund autism research, the majority of which is conducted at Cambridge University. Sanjay Shah coined Autism Rocks after his son Nikhil was diagnosed with autism. Shah quickly realized the general lack of funding for autism research. Here, Autism Rocks was born.
Before retiring three years ago, Sanjay Shah practiced accounting throughout his working life at premier investment banks like Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Credit Suisse. Much like others, Shah lost his job during the 2008 financial crisis. The following year, Shah decided to form his own investing firm in Solo Capital Partners.
Solo Capital Partners holds a net worth of $15,000,000 and a cash flow of $30,000,000 marking its significance in the financial market. Sanjay Shah operates his investment firm in both London and Dubai. Shah is currently worth more than $280 million, the bulk of which was derived from Solo Capital.
Autism Rocks raises donations by offering tickets to social workshops, art groups, and popular music concerts to those with autism. Many autistic children and their caregivers gain entrance without paying their own entry fees. In its first two years, Autism Rocks has featured popular music artists such as Drake, Michael Buble, and Snoop Dogg.
Sanjay Shah hired brothers Pete and Will Best to Autism Rocks’ board of trustees. Pete Best has extensive experience in the financial markets. Pete’s most recent position was COO of Icap, one of London’s top brokerage firms. Will Best is trained in media production, creating advertising campaigns, and hosting television and radio shows.
Sanjay Shah has contributed significantly to funding autism research, the world’s fastest-growing developmental disorder at an average increase of 20% of diagnoses per year since 2011. Both Shah and his wife have personally contributed to Autism Rocks.