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Liz Holmes wants you to forget about Elizabeth

By Amy Chozick

07 May 2023 · 20 min read

Editor's Note

The NYT has a fascinating profile of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of Theranos, who was due to report to prison in April. Holmes is one of the most notorious corporate fraudsters in recent history.

SAN DIEGO — Elizabeth Holmes blends in with the other moms here, in a bucket hat and sunglasses, her newborn strapped to her chest and swathed in a Baby Yoda nursing blanket. We walk past a family of caged orangutans and talk about how Holmes is preparing to go to prison for one of the most notorious cases of corporate fraud in recent history.

In case you’re wondering, Holmes speaks in a soft, slightly low, but totally unremarkable voice, no hint of the throaty contralto she used while running her blood-testing startup Theranos, now defunct.

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