Search icon


29th Sep 2016

Man who raised price of HIV drug by 5,000% wants you to punch him in the face for charity

Money well spent?

Carl Anka

The French have a term called ‘Têtes à claques’ – roughly translated, it means “a face so maddening you can’t help but want to slap it.

Now, we never want to endorse unsanctioned, unprovoked acts of violence, but there are many things a person can do to earn a têtes à claques.

Chief among them would probably be rising the price of a life saving drug price of a life-saving drug from $13.50 to $750.

You know, like pharmaceutical executive and hedge fund manager Martin Shkreli did back in September 2015.

Controversial Former Pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli Testifies On Oversight In Drug Market

Martin Shkreli talks at a Capitol Hill hearing over alleged fraud claims in February 2016. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Since increasing the price of HIV treatment drug Daraprim by 5,556%, Shkreli has become one of the internet’s most prominent super-villains.

From buying the one of a kind Wu Tang album for $2 million, to offering a Chinese company to resurrect Harambe, Shkreli’s outlandish money habits have made him an enduring bad guy for modern times.

Democrat politician Bernie Sanders even once went so far as to call him a “poster child of greed”.

Shkreli revels in his notoriety, so its only fitting that his latest stunt sees him auctioning off the chance to punch him for charity.

Selling the rare prize to raise money for the son of his friend Mike Kulich, who died earlier this month of cancer, the “Pharma-bro” is offering people the chance to deal him one punch to the face.

A special raffle will be held for would be punchers, with Shkreli offering a secondary prize also.

At time of writing, donations have almost reached $10,000 with Martin promising to match any money raised.

He’s made some dubious choices, but if Mr. Shkreli stays true to his word then this will be a wonderful good deed.