After Elizabeth Holmes was sentenced to prison, social media users are curious to know more about her children.
Elizabeth Anne Holmes is an American former biotechnology entrepreneur who, in 2022, was convicted of fraud in connection to her blood-testing company, Theranos.
Holmes was sentenced to over 11 years in prison and ordered by the court to pay $452m (£365m) with her former business partner Sunny Balwani to dozens of high-profile investors they defrauded through a blood-testing start-up.
After dropping out of Stanford University, she recruited several famous figures to raise money for Theranos, valued at $9bn at its peak.
Donors included former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and the Walton family, known for founding the American supermarket chain Walmart.
But after it was revealed her blood-testing technology did not work, many lost a fortune.
39-year-old Elizabeth Holmes was born on February 3, 1984, in Washington, D.C. Her father, Christian Rasmus Holmes IV, was a vice president at Enron, an energy company that later went bankrupt after an accounting fraud scandal. Her mother, Noel Anne worked as a Congressional committee staffer. Christian later held executive positions in government agencies such as USAID, the EPA, and USTDA.
Elizabeth Holmes is partly of Danish ancestry. One of her paternal great-great-great-grandfathers was Charles Louis Fleischmann, a Hungarian immigrant who founded Fleischmann’s Yeast Company.
Holmes graduated from high school at St. John’s School in Houston. During high school, she was interested in computer programming and says she started her first business selling C++ compilers to Chinese universities. Her parents had arranged Mandarin Chinese home tutoring, and partway through high school, Holmes began attending Stanford University’s summer Mandarin program. In 2002, Holmes attended Stanford, where she studied chemical engineering and worked as a student researcher and laboratory assistant in the School of Engineering.
After the end of her freshman year, Holmes worked in a laboratory at the Genome Institute of Singapore and tested for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-1) through the collection of blood samples with syringes. She filed her first patent application on a wearable drug-delivery patch in 2003. Holmes reported that she was raped at Stanford in 2003. In March 2004, she dropped out of Stanford’s School of Engineering and used her tuition money as seed funding for a consumer healthcare technology company.
Who are the children of Elizabeth Holmes?
In mid-2019, Holmes and Evans, her partner reportedly married in a private ceremony. Holmes and Evans have not directly confirmed whether they are legally married, and several sources continue to refer to him as her “partner” rather than her husband. Holmes gave birth to a son in July 2021. However, very little information is known about her first son. In October 2022, weeks before her sentencing hearing, it was reported she was pregnant with a second child. Holmes was accused of conceiving a second child, according to a court filing from February 2023, as a strategy for delaying the start of her prison term.