It would have been a safe bet that Sean Parker would take a novel approach to philanthropy. Forget about following "establishment" causes - how about starting with immunotherapy?
Too often, he says, wealthy individuals give money to safe, high-minded causes like education. The charities they set up can donate huge sums that are still conservative, careful to protect their future existence.By contrast, he intends to give away the bulk of his estimated $US2.8 billion fortune to issues and projects that seem tough to conquer. Among them: eradicating malaria within 25 years by destroying the mosquitoes that transmit the disease; developing cancer treatments based on the immune system; and curing allergies, from which he suffers.