Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes reportedly got married in secret to hotel-heir Billy Evans
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- Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of blood-testing startup Theranos, has reportedly got married in secret.
- Holmes has been in a relationship with Billy Evans, a 27-year-old heir to a hotel chain, and the two have been living in San Francisco.
- Before getting into a relationship with Evans and being charged with fraud for her Theranos dealings, Holmes was dating a fellow Theranos executive, Sunny Balwani.
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Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of disgraced blood-testing startup Theranos, reportedly got married recently in a secret wedding ceremony.
Sources told Vanity Fair reporter Nick Bilton that Holmes had married her boyfriend, 27-year-old hotel heir named Billy Evans. Bilton said no Theranos employees were invited to the wedding, even though she's "still friendly" with some of her former coworkers.
News of the secret wedding comes months after Bilton reported Holmes, 35, was engaged and living in San Francisco. It was later revealed that Holmes' fiancé was Evans, an heir to a chain of hotels in California. The couple reportedly met at a party in 2017, and were spotted attending Burning Man together in August 2018, days before Theranos shut down fully.
The couple has kept a low profile and is rarely spotted out in public. The couple was living in a $5,000-a-month apartment near San Francisco's Lombard Street, but they recently moved. Holmes reportedly wears Evan's signet ring from his alma mater, MIT, on a chain around her neck.
After Page Six reported last week that Holmes may have secretly gotten married, Bilton confirmed the news with his sources, the Vanity Fair reporter said in an episode of his podcast "Inside the Hive."
Bilton floated several theories as to why they got married, including that Holmes needs access to Evans' funds to pay for her legal bills. Holmes is facing almost a dozen federal charges of fraud related to her time at Theranos, a biotech startup once valued by investors at as much as $9 billion, that shut down after it was revealed to be based on faulty science and bogus claims.
Now, Holmes and her previous boyfriend - Theranos' president Sunny Balwani - are facing up to 20 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. The next status hearing is scheduled for July 1, and the trial could start as early as July 8.
A representative for Holmes did not immediately return a request for comment.