Saying he owes much of his success over the past 15 years to his time as a Hunter student, health care investor and entrepreneur Martin Shkreli has given an unprecedented $1 million donation to Hunter College High School. It's the largest single gift in the high school's 101-year history, the school said.
The gift, announced March 9, to be managed by a new endowment fund in his name, is earmarked for a variety of uses, including funding new technology and teaching resources for the school's science and guidance programs. The endowment also aims to generally assist Hunter in "supporting and expanding its reputation as one of the premier schools in New York City and the United States." The contribution is among the biggest individual gifts ever made to a New York City public school.
Shkreli, 31, grew up in Sheepshead Bay and attended HCHS from 1994-2000. He graduated from Baruch College in 2004 and went on to a stand-out career on Wall Street, with stints at several major hedge funds, including Cramer, Berkowitz & Co. and Intrepid Capital Management. For more on the donation and on Shkreli's background, read on.