Elite NY school debates ‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli’s $1-million gift

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Creep CEO Martin Shkreli’s social media gets hacked.

“I really cleaned up in the business world. A hacker infiltrated the Twitter and YouTube accounts of pharma price-hike creep Martin Shkreli on Sunday, ripping the hated ex- hedge-fund manager in a string of insulting postings.

Hunter College High School is debating what to do with a $1 million donation from former student Martin Shkreli, the reviled pharmaceuticals executive who is now entangled in legal turmoil, the New York Times reported Saturday.†Introductory offers to be billed 4 weekly as per the following – The Australian Digital Subscription $4 per week to be billed as $16 4-weekly; The Australian Digital Subscription + The Weekend Australian (delivered Saturday) $4 per week to be billed as $16 4-weekly; The Australian Digital Subscription + 6 day paper delivery $8 per week to be billed as $32 4-weekly. The cyber sneak mocked Shkreli — who was busted on wire-and securities-fraud charges last week — on Twitter for infamously jacking up the price of a drug that can be life-saving for AIDS patients by 5,000 percent. “I got anal aids now good thing the pill is right here for $700,” the tweet read on Shkreli’s account, followed by another jab: “I’m so god damn ugly… I gotta use okcupid :/ F–k my life.” In the hacker’s first video, posted around 2:30 p.m., a man who identifies himself as British hacker Steven Dawson repeats one of the messages on Shkreli’s hacked Twitter page.

The hacker also changed Shkreli’s YouTube profile name to a racial slur and posted the sentence: “I hate my life, I’m a virgin and I need dating sites to get pussy. The eventual Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO did not even graduate from Hunter — he left early with bad grades, only to earn a diploma elsewhere — but said he still felt an affinity for the school. But that was months before Shkreli suddenly transformed into one of America’s most hated public figures, after his company bought a lifesaving AIDS pill and jacked the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill overnight. FBI CANT TOUCH THIS.” The flamboyant and unapologetic businessman was thrust into the media spotlight Thursday when he was arrested for an alleged multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme. Once the backlash hit – including criticism from presidential contenders from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump – Shkreli promised to lower the price, but he later reneged; instead, he said, hospitals would be given significant discounts, and the uninsured could get the drug, Daraprim, for $1.

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But students, past and present, have been riveted as the Shkreli saga plays out in mainstream media and social media, where he tried to cultivate an image of luxury and eccentricity, sometimes live-streaming sessions of himself analyzing stocks, musing on his reputation, poring over women’s dating profiles, and chatting online with current Hunter students. We will supply your contact details to JB Hi-Fi, who will deliver this tablet only to your registered subscription address and will email you with dispatch details.

For some, contempt for Shkreli reached its zenith with the disclosure that he had purchased “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” a one-copy-only album from legendary New York rap group the Wu-Tang Clan. Shortly after he was released on $5 million bail, Shkreli went back to live-streams, filming himself scrolling through women’s dating profiles as he sat in pajamas. Many of the band’s members hail from Brooklyn, as does Shkreli: the son of Albanian immigrants who worked janitorial jobs, he grew up in Sheepshead Bay. Shkreli’s $2-million bid for the album was arranged before his “business practices came to light,” the musicians said in a statement to Bloomberg News. “We decided to give a significant portion of the proceeds to charity.” The decision did not sit well with Shkreli, who lashed out in an interview with HipHopDX. “If I hand you $2 million, [expletive] show me some respect. At least have the decency to say nothing or ‘no comment,'” he complained. “No comment” was not employed by Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, either, whom Shkreli had favored in spite of their disagreement over healthcare issues.

The politician, who prides himself on not taking corporate donations, sent $2,700 from Shkreli — the maximum amount his campaign accepts from donors — to a health clinic after realizing who had given it, and refused Shkreli’s bid for an in-person meeting. Although his donation to Hunter would appear a more obvious spending choice, Shkreli’s former teachers and classmates have expressed bemusement over the gift. Despite giving warm praise at the time of the donation, Shkreli has elsewhere criticized the school for its “conformity” and high-pressure atmosphere. A habit of under-performing, or just plain skipping class, earned him a request to leave the school, and he wound up graduating through an alternative program that placed kids at internships: in Shkreli’s case, Wall Street hedge fund Cramer, Berkowitz & Company. “Let them do it. Offers are available to new customers with an Australian residential address who have not held a digital subscription with The Australian in the 6 months preceding subscribing for this offer.

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