In an interview with Global Citizen, millionaire and entrepreneur Sanjay Shah explains why autism research is near and dear to his heart. The Solo Capital CEO has raised millions for autism research. After his son, Nikhil, was diagnosed with the disorder in 2011, Shah decided he wanted to devote his time to helping scientists to find a cure. Shah grew up in London after his parents immigrated from Kenya. After a short stint at King’s College, he realized that his heart wasn’t in becoming a doctor, so he found a new career: accounting. He worked for a number of banks including Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. Shah put everything he learned about investing to use, until the banking crash of 2008. He was also tired of commuting and sitting in an office all day long. He finally decided to go out on his own and form his own brokerage house. The rest is history. To say that Solo Capital was a sucess is an understatement. Today, his net worth is nearly $300 million. Today, Shah considers himself mostly retired. He decided to put the needs of Nekhil first. He’s made a boatload of money anyway and says it’s time to rest on his laurels for a bit. In 2011, after his son began having medical issues, he and his wife took him to the best doctor in Dubai. It was there Nekhil was diagnosed with autism. After the diagnosis, Shah wasted no time finding the best therapists to help his son have the best quality of life possible. Shah also founded Autism Rocks, a charity that stages rock concerts around the world to raise money toward autism research. It has been a resounding success, with nearly $500,000 raised since its inception.


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