Martin Shkreli, the 32-year-old ‘pharma bro’ who bought the rights to AIDS drug Daraprim and jacked its price from $13.50 per pill to $750 – a 5000% increase – isn’t a popular man.
This is the guy who bought the only copy of Wu Tang Clan’s album ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ for a rumoured $2m and proceeded to beef with members of the legendary rap group. Anyway he’s accused of profiteering on life-saving drugs and spent the proceedings rolling his eyes and mocking his inquisitors, later tweeting: “Hard to accept that these imbeciles represent the people in our government”. Dude has brass. Clearly, he’s a total bellend, but also seems to think he’s some sort of badass. The internet loathes him (just search his name in the Twitter bar; it gets real ugly real quick) and he appears to love the attention. Shkreli acts like he’s some kind of supervillain, and not just a rich dweeb. In fact, here are ten times Martin Shkreli looked like a comic book bad guy.
GLIMPSING THE FUTURE
It’s fine, he’ll just warp the prison bars, Magneto style, and continue his mission as the internet’s greatest enemy.
Fuck! He’s evolving!
MISSING THE MARK BADLY
The provocative pharmaceutical CEO – who became “the most hated man in America” earlier this year – thinks he didn’t go far enough when he hiked the price of Daraprim by more than 5,000% overnight.
Speaking at the Forbes Healthcare Summit in December, Shkreli was asked if he would have done anything differently in the months preceding his Daraprim price-jack shame. He replied that he wished he’d raised the price of Daraprim even higher, clearly expecting an outraged gasp from the audience. Instead the vibe was of people just sort of rolling their eyes. A power shortage for the villain the internet loves to hate.
IT’S HIS UNITED STATES OF WHATEVER
Shkreli’s likely reaction if he were to hear NME made a snarky blog about him.
We’ve seen many facial expressions from Martin Shkreli and this is his smugface – a macabre addition to his ghastly repertoire.
“His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy / There’s vomit on his sweater already, mom’s spaghetti”
Could Martin Shkreli look any more like a man with a secret military base hidden beneath a desert island?
EXPOSED TO HIS KRYPTONITE
A locked car: Martin Shkreli’s Achille’s heel
WHOLE CREW’S IN HERE
Every superhero villain needs their goons. While The Joker from Batman has his Thugs and Marvel comics has the face henchmen of Hydra, Martin Shkreli has some dudes who wear hoodies and sort of circle around him like it’s some weird mating ritual.
This guy’s some piece of work.