Sanjay Shah Is Completely Devoted To Autism Speaks
Businessman and entrepreneur Sanjay Shah is doing a lot these days. Not only is he CEO of one of the largest hedge fund company in the U.K., he’s also spending a lot of time on autism research. In 2011, Shah’s youngest son, Nekhil, was diagnosed with the neurological disorder, autism. From that point on, Shah was devoted to helping scientists find a cure to this life-altering condition.
During an interview on the Entrepreneurial Podcast Network Enterprise Radio, Shah discussed his life, business and his brainchild, Autism Rocks. Shah created the rock festival in 2014 as a means to raise money for autism research. “I know that Nekhil has the advantage of having a parent who is well off. I want to make sure individuals who don’t have the resources get help,” said Shah.
Shah says the minute his son was diagnosed, he went to work. He found the best teachers and therapists to help him. “He’s really doing well,” said Shah. He says while he’s devoting his time to research, he’s taken a leave of absence from his company, Solo Capital.
Shah built the company from scratch after learning the ropes from other companies. He went from nothing to building a company that is worth $400 million. In fact, is a former medical student that decided to change career paths after 2 years of medical school. “I was bored and simply wanted to do something else,” said Shah.
The upcoming Autism Rocks concert is scheduled for this May. Past guests include Prince, Drake, TI and Michael Buble. He say its a way to raise money and for autism sufferers and their families to mingle, network with other families and have fun.
Shah says he believes doctors may be close to a breakthrough. Maybe in the next 10 or 15 years, according to Shah. “Right now, this is my passion.”
When asked if he plans on going back to work at his company, Shah said never say never. “I’m in semi-retirement now. I’m in no big rush.” Besides, he say it gives him a lot of time to devote to his family.
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