Financial scandals should not have shocked America long ago. Between the fall of the Lehman Brothers bank, the bankruptcy of the energy giant Enron or Madoff’s scams, they happen without ever alike. But none of these stories is as strange as the rise and fall of Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes.
A romantic saga that brings together all the ingredients of the genre: the bewitching charisma of the businesswoman, her unlikely partner with her number two, or the notoriety of the personalities she had seduced, from Henry Kissinger to Rupert Murdoch, including the former secretary. of State George Shultz or former Defense Minister James Mattis. No other case has fooled so many people for so long and played with the health of thousands of people!
The story begins like a fairy tale: in 2003, a model student, in her first year of chemical engineering at the prestigious Stanford University, abandons her studies to create her start-up. Elizabeth Holmes was then 19 years old. In Silicon Valley, the figure of Quit, the one who leaves the university to undertake, enjoys the esteem of all. The best known is, of course, Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook. But, before him, there was Larry Ellison (Oracle), Bill Gates (Microsoft), Steve Jobs (Apple)…
The spoiled daughter of the American upper class, Elizabeth Holmes grew up between a father who worked for the government and a mother who was
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