Rising business star Fahim Saleh, ambitious and successful, had it all at age 33.
The young entrepreneur was already the CEO of his own business and owner of a $2 million Manhattan condo, with visions of more global success in his future.
“I have a very good feeling about 2020,” he tweeted last month, only six weeks before the the native of Saudi Arabia was gruesomely executed inside his luxurious Lower East Side home.
The tech-savvy Saleh created his first company while still in high school. He started most mornings by going for a run, setting the pace for busy days often filled with assorted business meetings. He once described himself as “an investor that finds things.”
His family moved around the Middle East before they eventually landed in Rochester and then Poughkeepsie. The precocious Saleh launched his first business as a teen, prior to his 2009 graduation from Bentley University in Waltham, Mass., with a degree in computer and information sciences.
Among his early ventures were the company KickBack Apps, where he served as CEO, and the PrankDial app, allowing the user to arrange a call between two other people — and then surreptitiously monitor their conversation.
In 2015, Saleh co-founded the ride-sharing app Pathao, launched in Bangladesh. Three years later, he started the ride-hailing motorcycle start-up Gokada in Lagos, Nigeria, with a reported $5.3 million in venture capital raised the next year. And Saleh was also an investor in Columbia’s biggest ride-sharing business, Picap, with a reported value of $15 million.
“Fahim was a great leader, inspiration and positive light for us all,” said a tweet from Gokada.
In an Instagram post last February, Saleh explained his views of what makes people like him different from others in the business world.
“Entrepreneurs are the ones that really change countries, the ones that really change cities,” he declared as the sounds of an orchestra swelled in the background. “They’re the ones who bring the vision, the ones who bring the passion, the ones who bring people together to make amazing things happen.”
Saleh moved into the pricey condo last year, where he lived alone with his pet dog Laila and posed for a photo on his porch overlooking lower Manhattan.
“My home,” he wrote simply, adding a heart emoji.