His name is Martin Shkreli, age 32, and he is Satan's prodigal son. One look at his photo below, and you will know without a doubt that Martin Shkreli emerged from Mia Farrow's vajizzle-jazzle in the 1968 Roman Polanski thriller Rosemary's Baby after John Cassavetes made her eat poisoned pudding and bone a demon in exchange for becoming a successful stage actor.
Even Mr. Shkreli's official Wikipedia page--which he is clearly not monitoring--identifies him as a "hedge fund manager, Nazi, P.O.S., and entrepreneur specializing in healthcare." (Whaaaaaaat?!? huge side bar shout-out to the Wiki-troll who Trojan-horsed in that description! RESPECT!) Whoops. In the time it took me to type that sentence, someone just removed this colorful language which is too bad, because that shit was on point and I should have taken a screen shot.
Anyhoo, Martin Shkreli makes Steve Yuhas--the guy whom you might recall from a prior blog post wants to hog all of Southern California's water for his own personal golf course--look like Mother Theresa and I am not kidding.
I hope you're sitting down, because this is truly--no, really and truly--amazing. Unless you're like Mr. Shkreli (i.e. an unmitigated sociopath with ice running through your veins) this will bring you from 0 to 100 on the rage-o-meter in under 60 seconds.
Mr. Shkreli's most recent capitalist endeavor in his capacity as CEO of a pharmaceutical startup is indirectly murdering people with suppressed immune systems (mostly AIDS patients), who take a drug called Daraprim that is used to treat life-threatening opportunistic infections.
Mr. Shkreli--seen below wearing Ray Ban sunglasses and a pink polo golf shirt while posing like Ricky Schroder on Silver Spoons--just bought the rights to Daraprim and raised the price overnight from $13.50 per tablet to $750.00 per tablet.
Just let that %500,000-price-increase-over-a-24-hour-period sink in for a minute. Done? OK. Moving on.
Mr. Shkreli claims it's not him being "greedy," of course. No. It's all about making better drugs and doing better research, but doctors and scientists refute that as bullshit, with one quoted as saying "this seems to be all profit-driven for somebody, and I just think it's a very dangerous process."
Really. "Seems to be all profit-driven?" That's pretty diplomatic.
If you want to learn about the people Mr. Shkreli is indirectly slaughtering with his abhorrent, calculating greed and moral bankruptcy, I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch at least some of my own mother's 50 minute talk on AIDS and mental illness at an AIDS hospital in Toronto.
I promise, it's even better than an episode of Silver Spoons.