Category Archives: Building an Empire

Michael Zomber: Historical Genius and Philanthropist

There is something special about those who go into the antique business, and Michael Zomber is one of those people. Zomber spends his time collecting and selling antique items, specifically arms from between the 1500s and the 1800s. Most important to Zomber when it comes to antique weaponry is not necessarily the amount of money that can be obtained by the items, but instead the historical value.

Zomber has extensive knowledge spanning much of the old weaponry of America, Europe, Japan, and the Islamic faith. His biography states that he prefers dealing with those who have a similar desire to protect history as he does.

In addition to his work in the world of antique arms, Zomber has been involved in the creation of multiple films. One of these films in particular, Soul of the Samurai, is a documentary movie that he worked on. Not only was he involved in the film’s set design and props, he also did quite a bit of writing and researching for the script. He even worked on the movie project with the deceased yet well-known Buddhist master Kensho Furuya.

As a man with a vast amount of knowledge in regard to history, Zomber has also written several historical novels of his own. One is Shogun Iemitsu: War and Romance in 17th Century Tokugawa Japan, an educational text about Japanese culture, weaponry, and the samurai. Another short novel he published around the same time goes by the name Sweet Betsy That’s Me: A Child of the Civil War. This piece saw the Civil War through the eyes of a young Kentucky girl, and was part of a trilogy.

Lastly, Zomber tops off his successes and antique genius by being actively involved in charity. For the most part, he donates to organizations dedicated to peace and love toward others, such as, the Global Exchange, Disabled American Veterans, and The Smile Train. He and his wife, Andrea, team up to give to these endeavors.

They live together with their children in Philadelphia.

Sam Tabar: How to Attract Investors

For an investment firm to succeed, attracting investors is vital to get the firm and its clients to the highest levels of success each year. However, attracting investors is not as easy as it sounds. While there are always plenty of people looking for a good investment opportunity, finding them and convincing them you should be their first choice can be a difficult task. To ensure this key component is done well, the person in charge of investor relations needs to be one who has excellent communication skills as well as extensive knowledge of financial markets. In today’s highly competitive world of international finance, perhaps no one is better at investor relations than Sam Tabar.

With a multicultural educational background detailed on SlideShare, Sam has had the opportunity to work with many different people in the years since he graduated with honors from Oxford University. Once he received his law degree from Columbia Law School, Sam decided to hone his skills in investor and client relations by going to work with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher, and Flom, where he spent the first several years of his career counseling clients on various aspects of hedge fund management.

However, after working in the legal field to start his career, Sam decided to use his training and experience in other areas of financial advising. Thus, he left the law firm and accepted a position in Hong Kong with the Sparx Group, a global investment company. Given the position of Head of Business Development and Strategy, indicates Sam immediately set out to gain numerous new investors for the firm’s massive $2 billion hedge fund. Speaking with investors in Hong Kong as well as many cities in the United States and other countries, Sam began to show the industry just how investors could be sought out. In fact, while in the process of doing so, Sam built up a personal file of investors that numbered more than 2,000 people. Showing that it takes dedication, knowledge, and experience to ensure the best investors are found, Sam continues to work on new and innovative methods to implement global marketing strategies with his new firm FullCycle Fund. By doing so, it’s certain more investors will be coming his way very soon.  You can read more about Sam Tabar’s personal life mission from his AWI Go Fund Me campaign.

Sanjay Shah: Creator of the Solo Capital Empire

Sanjay Shah was born in London to immigrant parents. His parents had immigrated to the United Kingdom from Kenya in the 1960s in search of a better life for their family. Shah pursued this dream by starting medical school at King’s College. Before long, he realized that medicine was not for him so he switched to accounting. After graduating, Shah worked at KPMG as a trainee chartered accountant. He then moved into investment banking and worked for companies like Rabobank, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley, ING and Merrill Lynch.

In 2009, many people were let go because of redundancy during the recession, Shah was among them. Shah did not want to look for another job. He had no desire to continue the long commute from home to work everyday. He also did not want to work the long hours that a job required when he knew he could do the work in less. Shah decided to start his own firm, Solo Capital. The firm is also known as Solo Capital Markets, Solo Capital UK and Solo Capital Limited.

The firm is controlled by Shah’s Solo Group Holdings, which is controlled by Shah’s Aesa S.a.r.l. The firm is headquartered in London and the United Kingdom regulates it. Solo Capital was incorporated in 2011 and the only employees were Shah and a few traders and graduates. The firm quickly grew and an office was opened in Dubai, where Shah now lives with his family.  As of March 2015, the firm had a cash flow of 30 million pounds, assets equal to 67 million pounds and a net worth of 15 million pounds.

The firm offers specialized services in 3 different areas. The first area is proprietary trading, which includes commodities, FX and derivatives. The second area is consulting, which includes human capital, performance and investment. The third area is professional sports investments, which includes commercial advisory and representation, asset and performance management and talent acquisition.

The firm and Shah’s other investments have made him a net worth of 280 million dollars. Shah owns over 35 companies around the world. These companies are in the United Kingdom, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, United Arab Emirates, Luxembourg and Malta.

Last year was its first year and it successfully brought in several thousand people to see acts like Joss Stone and Aloe Blacc. Shah is also heavily involved in philanthropy and even founded his own charity, Autism Rocks.


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