What Happened to Elizabeth Holmes, the Subject of Hulu’s The Dropout?

It’s been 4 years for the reason that unforgettable Summer of Scam. First, there was Anna Delvey aka Anna Sorokin, who was posed as a German heiress to trick Latest York’s most vital—and wealthiest—people out of tons of of 1000’s of dollars. Then there was Elizabeth Holmes, original #GirlBoss icon and former big-time Silicon Valley techpreneur, who duped investors while wearing her signature black turtleneck.

Like Delvey, whose story was dramatized in Inventing Anna, Holmes got the Hollywood treatment. Oscar nominee Amanda Seyfried starred as Holmes in The Dropout, now available to stream on Hulu, and even earned an Emmy nomination for her portrayal. In accordance with Hulu, the series explores “what caused the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire, once heralded as ‘the subsequent Steve Jobs,’ to lose every part within the blink of a watch.”

In January 2022, Holmes was found guilty of three counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud by misleading investors. In November, she was sentenced to 11 years in prison. So how did she get here? The Theranos saga is twisty one. Here’s every part it’s worthwhile to know.


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Who’s Elizabeth Holmes?

In 2014, Elizabeth Holmes—then a 30-year-old billionaire entrepreneur—was making history as a bonafide Silicon Valley #GirlBoss. She had dropped out of Stanford on the age of 19, founded a revolutionary biotech company, and landed her first major magazine cover at Fortune. Fitting, on condition that her blood-testing company Theranos was valued at $9 billion. Some early backers included U.S. Treasury Secretary George Schultz, Rupert Murdoch, and the Walton family.

But by 2016, people began to query Holmes. The Theranos technology simply didn’t work, and Holmes was thought to have lied about her business operations to earn money. In 2018, Theranos had all but completely collapsed—and Holmes was deemed a Silicon Valley scammer.

What was Elizabeth Holmes charged with?

In 2018, Elizabeth Holmes and her former Theranos business partner (and ex-boyfriend) Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, were charged with nine counts of wire fraud and two counts of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. (Balwani shall be played by Naveen Andrews in The Dropout.) An indictment accused the 2 of plotting to “scheme, plan and artifice to defraud investors as to a cloth matter,” in line with The Latest York Times.

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Has Elizabeth Holmes been sentenced?

On January 3, 2022, Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty of three counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud by misleading investors. A jury found Holmes not guilty on 4 other charges connected to fraud. In accordance with NPR, the jury couldn’t reach a call on three other counts tied to investor fraud.

Holmes now awaits sentencing. In accordance with The Latest York Times, Holmes faces major prison time:

“Each count of wire fraud carries as much as 20 years in prison, though Ms. Holmes is unlikely to receive the utmost sentence because she has no prior convictions, said Neama Rahmani, the president of the West Coast Trial Lawyers and a former federal prosecutor. But he said her sentence was more likely to be on the upper end due to the amount of the cash involved. Ms. Holmes raised $945 million for Theranos in the course of the start-up’s lifetime and people investments were ultimately worn out.”

Who’s Elizabeth Holmes married to?

Elizabeth Holmes is married to hotel heir Billy Evans. They reportedly tied the knot in 2019 and first met at a celebration back in 2017. The news first got here to light when someone near the couple leaked the news to a podcast. On an episode of Contained in the Hive With Nick Bilton, Vanity Fair’s Nick Bilton (who covers Silicon Valley) said, “I heard that no Theranos people were invited, which is interesting because she’s still friendly with a few of her Theranos folks.”

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Elizabeth Holmes together with her partner Billy Evans after she was found guilty in her fraud trial on January 3, 2022.


A couple of rumors concerning the relationship have circulated amongst ex-Theranos employees. “She doesn’t have any money… he [Billy Evans] is a trust fund baby and has quite a lot of money, and he might be helping out with the legal bills, because Elizabeth’s family doesn’t have money either,” Bilton said on the podcast. He added: “Holmes is gong to get pregnant before she gets on the stand because she is going to look very sympathetic as a pregnant woman on the stand.”

Bilton should add seer to his resume. In August 2021, it was reported that Holmes and Evans gave birth to their first child William Holmes Evans in California. Holmes had first informed the court of her pregnancy in March 2021, in line with ABC, which delayed her trial.

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Elizabeth Holmes during her trial.


Where is Elizabeth Holmes now?

Before her sentence, Holmes remained free on a $500,000 bond while awaiting her fate. It was reported last yr that Holmes had been living in a 74-acre, $135 million mansion in Woodside, California, which is one in all the wealthier towns in Silicon Valley. In accordance with CNBC, the property is known as “Green Gables,” and it “evokes the image of an enchanted forest with deer running through the property.”

During her time there, Holmes reportedly moved onto her next enterprise. Vanity Fair reported in 2019 that she has met with documentary filmmakers to speak about telling her “real” story.

She also asked for a recent trial after claiming that a key witness got here to her house unannounced and allegedly said he felt “guilty” about his testimony, CNN reported on Sept. 6. In accordance with a court filing made by Holmes’ attorneys, Adam Rosendorff—a former Theranos lab director and a whistleblower in The Wall Street Journal’s 2015 investigation into the corporate—visited Holmes’ home on Aug. 8 and spoke to her husband. Holmes’ lawyers say the impromptu visit counts as recent evidence and were requesting a recent trial.

But on Friday, November 17, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila sentenced Holmes to 11 years in prison, which is shorter than the 15-year penalty requested by federal prosecutors. She faced a maximum sentence of 20 years. Prosecutors requested that Holmes be forced to pay $804 million in restitution of the $1 billion she raised from investors, but a future hearing will determine her financial penalty.

Before her sentence was delivered, Holmes read a speech to the courtroom, saying, “I’m devastated by my failings. I actually have felt deep pain for what people went through, because I failed them. I regret my failings with every cell of my body.”

Holmes is currently pregnant together with her second child, and must report back to serve her sentence in April of 2023, which should allow her to have her delivery outside of prison.

She is taken into account a “flight risk.“

It was reported in January 2023, that prosecutors want Holmes in jail ASAP, because they consider her a flight risk. They stated in court documents that Holmes made “an try to flee the country” in 2022.

“The federal government became aware on January 23, 2022, that Defendant Holmes booked a world flight to Mexico departing on January 26, 2022, and not using a scheduled return trip,” prosecutors alleged. “Only after the federal government raised this unauthorized flight with defense counsel was the trip canceled.”

They added that “the motivation to flee has never been higher” and she or he “has the means to act on that incentive.”

Holmes’ defense lawyers claim she booked the flight before she was convicted because she was planning to attend a friend’s wedding in Mexico if every part worked out for it. But then it didn’t.

How do I watch The Dropout?

The whole series is now streaming exclusively on Hulu. You may watch here. ⠀

This story has been updated.

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