The Fascinating Story of Elizabeth holmes
Elizabeth Holmes was born February 3, 1984, in Washington, D.C. Her father, Christian Rasmus Holmes IV, was a vice president at Enron, company that later went bankrupt.
Holmes attended St. John's School in Houston. She was keen on computer programming during high school and claimed to be selling C++ compilers.
In 2002, Holmes attended Stanford, where she studied chemical engineering and worked as a student researcher and laboratory assistant in the School of Engineering.
She filed her first patent application on a wearable drug-delivery patch in 2003.
Elizabeth Holmes, aged 19,
dropped out of Stanford's School of Engineering and used her tuition money as seed funding to form Theranos.
Theranos claimed to have revolutionized blood testing with just fingerprick blood.
There was just one problem: it didn't work.
In 2014, Elizabeth Holmes, then 30 years old, was on top of the world. Theranos is valued at $9bn for bringing about a revolution in diagnosing disease.
Holmes was romantically involved with technology entrepreneur Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, a Pakistani-born Hindu who immigrated to India and then the US.
The decline of Theranos began in 2015 when a series of regulatory investigations revealed doubts about the company's technology claims.
One journalist who was more than suspicious was the Wall Street Journal's John Carreyrou. He published the book "Bad Blood" with exhaustive investigation details.
In 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Holmes and Sunny Balwani for massive fraud, in deceiving investors and patients.
In 2019, Holmes and William "Billy" Evans, a 27-year-old heir to Evans Hotels married in a private ceremony.
Holmes gave birth to a son in July 2021 and In October 2022, weeks before her sentencing hearing she was reportedly pregnant with a second child.
On November 18, 2022, she was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for fraud after deceiving investors about her company’s blood-testing technology.
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