Reviled Pharmaceutical Exec Martin Shkreli Once Spent $120 on a Cup of Tea to Impress His Tinder Date

Martin Shkreli, perhaps the reigning most hated man in America, once ordered a $120 cup of tea to impress a girl from Tinder
Reviled Pharmaceutical Exec Martin Shkreli Once Spent $120 on a Cup of Tea to Impress His Tinder Date


“When Martin finished his tea, I asked how he liked it. ‘I’m not really a big tea drinker,’ he replied.”

Martin Shkreli — the much-loathed pharmaceutical executive who made headlines for instituting a 5000 percent hike on Daraprim — a 62-year-old drug used to treat toxoplasmosis, particularly in HIV/AIDs patients, is looking for love like the rest of us, despite having earned a reputation as a public pariah.

And despite his wealth, Shkreli wasn’t too good for Tinder, where he matched up with one young woman not long ago. In a revealing Washington Post article, Jacklyn Collier detailed their date, which Shkreli landed after telling her, “I’m that guy who has been in the news lately.”

The two met at Brushstroke, a Japanese restaurant in Tribeca, and when Collier laughed about the menu’s ludicrously priced $120 “Gold Medal Sencha” tea, Shkreli responded by ordering it — which will likely not surprise anyone. “I thought about making a price-gouging joke, but couldn’t think fast enough,” Collier writes.

Thankfully for Collier, Shkreli’s sealed his own fate when she asked how he liked the pricey brew. “I’m not really a big tea drinker,” Shkreli told her.

After that, Collier was so turned off that she knew they wouldn’t see each other again. “He might as well have eaten a $100 bill in front of me,” says Collier.

Not long after, Shkreli was arrested for securities fraud and subsequently resigned as the CEO of the pharmaceutical company he founded, Turing Pharmaceuticals.

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