Rumours fly as Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes weds hotel heir
Tuesday - 18/06/2019 20:33
She had a $6.3 billion fortune — before being revealed as a fraud. And there may be more to Elizabeth Holmes’ romance than meets the eye.
She was America’s youngest female billionaire — until her massive scam was finally exposed.
Today, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is facing up to 20 years in prison after being charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
But while the legal battle of her life looms, the disgraced CEO has still reportedly found time to secretly marry her hotel heir beau Billy Evans.
However, as soon as news of the alleged secret marriage broke, rumours began to fly the 35-year-old’s intentions were not purely romantic.
For everyone asking about Holmes's social media. It's private. But here are a few screenshots of her and her fiancé we found online. (I personally find it crazy that she's being charged with 11 felony counts, thousands of people's lives were harmed, and she's as happy as can be.) pic.twitter.com/6nYfjltLt4
“I heard that no Theranos people were invited, which is interesting because she’s still friendly with some of her Theranos folks,” he said during the episode.
In 2015, Ms Holmes was named as the youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America.
Her revolutionary blood testing technology company, Theranos, had been valued at nearly $US10 billion ($A14 billion), and the young entrepreneur had a personal net worth of $US4.5 billion ($A6.3 billion).
By September 2018, Theranos was shut down for good, and Ms Holmes was also slapped with 11 criminal charges, including wire fraud and conspiracy, although she has pleaded not guilty.
Her ex-partner, Theranos chief operating officer Sunny Balwani, was also charged with similar offences.
THE HAPPY COUPLE
Despite the massive scandal engulfing her, Ms Holmes started dating hotel heir Billy Evans, 27, after the couple met at a party in 2017.
Earlier this year, it was revealed the pair were engaged. They share an apartment in San Francisco, and while their accounts are private, they reportedly share happy snaps of their relationship on social media regularly.
According to the Daily Mail, Mr Evans is the heir to his family business, Evans Hotel Group.
He previously worked for professional networking platform LinkedIn, and until January, he worked at driverless-car start-up Luminar Technologies.
In April, a former colleague of Mr Evans told the New York Postthose close to the new groom were concerned about the relationship.
“His family is like, ‘What the f**k are you doing?’ It’s like he’s been brainwashed,” the unnamed co-worker said.
“He’s had a lot people very close to him sit him down and have a talk … It’s kind of like Billy is her shiny new toy.
“The relationship is opportunistic for the both of them. Elizabeth needs a lot of support in her life right now, and Billy is looking for whatever way he can raise his profile.”
After speaking with sources, including former Theranos staffers, Bilton said two main rumours regarding the surprise wedding had emerged.
The first was Mr Evans’ fortune would help cover his new bride’s expensive legal fees — and the second surrounds a potential future pregnancy.
“She doesn’t have any money … he (Billy Evans) is a trust fund baby and has a lot of money, and he is probably helping out with the legal bills because Elizabeth’s family doesn’t have money either,” Bilton said on the program.
He also touched on the second theory: “Holmes is gong to get pregnant before she gets on the stand because she will look very sympathetic as a pregnant woman on the stand.”
Bilton also claimed Mr Evans’ parents, William and Susan, were not fans of their daughter-in-law, who they consider to be a “scam artist”.
Ms Holmes appeared in court in April following the release of HBO’s Theranos documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, which was inspired by John Carreyrou’s book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup.
Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence will also play Ms Holmes in the upcoming Bad Blood movie adaptation.