25 Fascinating Elizabeth Holmes Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

There are probably more than 25 fascinating facts about Elizabeth Holmes, but for the purposes of our list, we’ll keep it at 25.

Elizabeth Holmes had an impossible dream called Theranos she turned into reality, but it was all fake. According to reports, Holmes was the mastermind behind one of the most prolific scams in American history.

Not only did she weave a spellbinding campaign that hooked the average American consumer, but she also took Wall Street by the horns and changed the landscape of Pharmaceuticals.

With her wide-eyed, rarely-blinking gaze, and deep voice, Holmes commanded attention and she had it. And, she used it to manipulated an entire industry and duped hundreds of employees.

Intrigued? We are. So, without further ado, we present 25 fascinating facts about Elizabeth Holmes!

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She was born on February 3, 1984, in Washington DC.


She hated Needles


One reason behind the development of Theranos: Holmes’ fear of getting pricked. Interestingly, Holme’s mother and grandmother were said to have fainted at the sight of needles, so the fear apparently ran in her family.


A Powerhouse Family


Holmes’ father, Christian Rasmus Holmes IV, was a vice president at Enron. Her mother Noel Anne Daoust, was a Congressional committee staffer. Interestingly, Holmes’ great-grandfather, Christian Rasmus Holmes, was a Danish physician. He was married to Bettie Fleischmann who was the daughter of Charles Louis Fleischmann, the founder of Fleischmann’s Yeast. Dr. Holmes also founded the Cincinnati General Hospital and the University of Cincinnati’s medical school.


Holmes attended St. John's School in Houston.


An Incredible Letter


At the tender age of nine, Holmes already knew what she wanted to do for the world. In a letter Holmes wrote to her father, she said, “What I really want out of life is to discover something new, something that mankind didn’t know was possible to do.”

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