Martin Shkreli is a 32-year-old entrepreneur and company builder. A modern day Horatio Alger story, Shkreli grew up the son of two janitors in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, hustled his way into the hedge fund game, and is now worth at least $45 million. Although he made his money betting against the pharmaceutical industry, Shkreli switched to running a drug company in 2012.
In August of last year, one of his companies acquired the rights to a drug that treats an infection that effects in people with AIDS and other immunodeficiencies.
Over night, the price per pill rose by more than 5000 percent and Shkreli became the poster child for capitalistic greed.
Shkreli ran with the bad-boy image, flaunting his trollish behaviour in the media, He's not your typical pharma tycoon anyways. Over the past year he's also funded an indie record label, claimed he would bail Bobby Shmurda out of jail, and purchased the singular copy of a legendary Wu-Tang Clan album … with no immediate plans to even play it.
In December, Shkreli was indicted on securities fraud charges and is now under investigation by Congress and the Federal Trade Commission for price gouging… so his time in the spotlight is not over yet.
VICE caught up with him at his midtown apartment to meet the man behind the headlines.
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+Capitalism is key Yeah, I kept correcting it and my phone refused to correct it. Changing it back to gauging. (I even spelled it correctly just now and it changed) I gave up. So... Anyway, spelling police are complete losers. Talk about Spastic.
He's lying about drugs. We pay more from life saving drugs like insulin and blood pressure medications per year, without insurance than Doctor/ER visits. This year alone, I've paid 1,100 dollars in medications. I've amassed a whopping 1800 dollars this year, going to hospital only once, and that had to do with the fentanyl shot that they gave me when I broke my shoulder with no insurance. Let's face facts, these cats are making money from the government based on our lows. You could say, well get insurance... You STILL have to pay out of pocket for that... I'm done...
I think she did a great job of listening without echoing anything he said. There were no smirks or rolling eyes or anything. what are you nagger talking about? What I gathered is this dude was in it for the money and had a vision of becoming the big boss really fast by using shock and disruption and willing to sacrifice other people's lives in the process. But what I also agree with is that he got crushed immediately not because of poor sick HIV positive people or teary-eyed doctors kept up at night with concern for their patients. Walmart and Amazon and online drugstores and their bought politicians crushed this newbie with the punchable face. no heroes!
Isnt there other ways to find a cure then sacrificing other peoples lives that dont get the medicine because they dont have that option? I mean the guys so smart then find other ways then just using profits that are so high to find a resolution at the price of millions of lives.
Dont hate on Shkreli til you do more research on him. I mean the fact hes wearing that shirt should say a lot. 90% of celebrities or anyone with a amass population influence dont wear shit like that cuz they're scared
Look at Martin Shkreli's shirt......Hes tryna expose the elite. HE TRIED TO EXPOSE THE PHARMACEUTICAL CORPORATIONS HOW THEY DO THEIR GAMES AND NOW THEYRE TRYING TO DISCREDIT HIM. He was a common man just like you and me who rose to the top of society and started to see everything for what it truly is
it's so awesome that he is getting raped and beat up everyday, his asshole probably looks like a glazed doughnut.i bet he is begging for some black dick as I type this.hopefully someone cuts his throat while he is locked up!!!
They touched him cause he forced welfare to pay top dollar for his drug. FYI poor ppl could afford his drug thru govt subsidy. Govt didnt like his craftyness, mainly he didnt grease the right palms so they locked him up. America....
In short get her pissed on wine she'll ask smalltalk questions lol and not care about information input coming back lol and inside her head just going back between liking him and saying to herself I'm so fooking buzzed right now lol
This girl should NEVER be able to interview anyone. Bias, emotional, and terrible interviewer. Whether you like him are not do your job. I think the guy is smart . He isn't the problem, they want to make an example out of him.
Oh man as soon as she played with her hair, resting her hand on her neck while gazing into his eyes, i was like come on girl. Don't be THAT obvious when we are all trying to pretend to take you seriously.
Just lost some major points from all the women who were hoping she could be of substance. Instead we watched what felt like 2 awkward teens hanging out in a basement peacocking.
I hope this guy winds up broke and with aids and unable to afford his medicine so he can die a slow painful death. All the people in the comments defending this piece of shit? Are you fucking kidding me? He's a self absorbed piece of shit plain and simple!!!
What a fucking liar........ he doesn’t have any friends.
Also he is trolling, and believe me, I get trolling, but dude takes it to an almost unhealthy level, where it’s like, why troll when you’re facing indictment charges? Not just online, but in his real day to day life. It’s like everyone gave him shit as a kid, he developed a trolling personality to combat it, but he never seemed to turn it off. Dude seems like he thinks everyone is out to get him so that basically became his personality and it started a never ending cycle of him acting like an asshole, people reacting to his asshole behavior, him thinking they’re assholes, so he keeps being an asshole.
Without the money he would have been in jail sooner, but even then he’s such a monumental borderline endangering asshole that even the money couldn’t stop him from dodging indictment.
I mean if a guy shoots himself in the foot to be funny, at what point do you realize how sad it is to watch a guy do that.
I would not be surprised if the prison shrink thought he had sociopathic tendencies to an almost unhealthy or endangering level.
Which would suck because then he’d give nice sociopaths a bad name. Which they do exist btw, you can not care about someone without being an asshole to their face. Plus a common trait of sociopaths is that they do care for certain people in their life, just maybe not strangers.
Also dude also comes off as just a fucking dork. Even the way he plays chess just screams “iamverysmart.” Which as we all know has never been cool, thats why even nerds don’t do that shit, they’re all about the humility and way of the samurai.
+Sunamigun He knows how to talk well and manipulate the conversation to make himself seen innocent even though it is obvious he is not. He was not at all concerned with how others could not pay. He is a psychopath. 1 in 100 people are. He fits the the description. I may not be a psychologist but that would be my guess with my experience. I have taken college level classes in psychology. I have had a lot of self studying as well.
There's a series or something like that in Netflix, the fourth episode i think is about the pharmaceutical industry at the opening the host says Shkreli was the fish in this thing look for a scandal pharmaceutical company name Valiant that's the whale...
I'm reading this situation as this guy is still jus ta nerdy, horny teenager, who still hasn't been around many women despite his bankroll. I'm mean she stated that it was Friday night, and this poor guy is trying to turn the interview into a date. Wine, a chess game? He was feebly trying to impress her. No wonder she was a little put off, however I'm tending to agree with some of the others on here in that I think that she was starting realize that she could very likely become very rich, LOL
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