At 35 years old, Sean Parker is one of the biggest enemies in the music industry as well as one of the first people on the inside of Facebook (NASDAQ: FB). In 1999, he co-founded Napster, which while attracting millions of users also attracted lots of lawsuits from record labels. Five years later, he found out about “The Facebook” while at his girlfriend’s place at Stanford. Soon after, he became the president of Facebook. Today, he is worth $2.6 billion, and is pursuing one of his most ambitious endeavors yet, the Parker Foundation. The following information is from a sit down Parker had with Yahoo (NASDAQ: YHOO).
Parker believes the same concepts that can be applied to technological breakthroughs can be applied to solving global health epidemics. He has already pledged $600 million of his own money to the foundation to help track cancer and allergies. Stand Up to Cancer and the Cancer Research Institute have formed a team of medical professionals and scientists to put their $20 million donation to a good use for cancer immunology. Parker is committed to finding a cure through his steadfast belief that the immune system can eliminate cancer cells. Sean Parker has also been suffering from life-threatening allergies and asthma all his life, which is why he pledged $24 million to establish the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research.