We usually enjoy the random order of our profiles, where a Hollywood starlet can be followed by a brilliant physicist can be followed by a hockey player (or, more likely, another Hollywood starlet). But today, we forego that randomness, as crazy-eyed Elizabeth Holmes follows yeast magnate Charles Fleischmann. What gives?
First, the crazy eyes: you might have heard of Elizabeth Holmes, because prestige TV adaptations of Silicon Valley creative types are currently all the range. (She is played by Amanda Seyfried in "The Dropout".) If you are not watching that, Holmes was a subject of an HBO documentary a couple of years ago. And if you didn't see that, let us just tell you!
Basically, Holmes created a medical startup, Theranos, that claimed that you can do all sorts of blood testing with just a simple prick. Anyone who has ever had blood drawn for analysis (which, you know, is pretty much everyone) would find that ridiculous, but Holmes somehow fleeced investors for ungodly sums. At the age of 31, she was America's youngest female self-made billionaire.
At the age of 34, she became worthless. The lies caught up, Theranos shut down, and Holmes was eventually convicted of fraud. She is now facing 20 years in jail.
So, what does Holmes have to do with Charles Fleischmann? He is her great-great-grandfather, making Elizabeth 1/16 Jewish...