We live in the age of the grifter, where “fake it 'til you make it” is a life motto and people shamelessly carry out cons to steal other people’s money. Take Stanford dropout Elizabeth Holmes, who allegedly perpetrated a multi-million dollar scheme to defraud investors, doctors, and patients with her blood-testing company.
Holmes has been awaiting trial since 2020 (it’s been delayed multiple times because of the pandemic), but a lot has changed in her personal life in the meantime. If you’re wondering about Elizabeth Holmes' new baby, who her husband is, and what's going on with her trial, you’ve come to the right place.
Elizabeth Holmes is a first-time mom to baby William Holmes Evans.
Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is currently awaiting trial for 12 counts of fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for each fraud count. She’s pled not guilty to all charges and plans on fighting them in court.
Holmes was originally scheduled to appear for trial in 2020, but her case was postponed three times due to the pandemic. In March of 2021, Holmes' lawyers disclosed that she was pregnant and asked the judge to move the start date of the trial for a fourth time.
According to birth records obtained by ABC News, Holmes gave birth to her first child, a son named William Holmes Evans, on July 10, 2021, at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, Calif.
Neither Holmes nor her lawyers have commented on the birth, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Leach said that a baby would undoubtedly earn her sympathy votes from the jury. Not only would being a new mom possibly influence the outcome of her case, but John Carreyrou, the writer who first exposed the fraudulent operation in the Wall Street Journal in 2015, also argued that a child could also help Holmes during sentencing should she be found guilty.
“If Elizabeth is convicted and the case goes to the judge for sentencing, if he sends her to prison for a long time, he’d be depriving the child of his or her mother for many years,” John said to CNBC. “And that’s a heavy decision to make.”
Who is Elizabeth Holmes’ husband and will he be at her side at trial?
The father of Elizabeth Holmes’ child is her husband, William “Billy” Evans. The two tied the knot in a secret wedding ceremony in 2019, while Holmes was still awaiting trial. Evans is the heir to the Evans Group of hotel chains in California.
Although he comes from a family of hoteliers, Evans isn’t a stranger to the world of medicine. Though his idea never came to fruition, after he graduated from MIT, Evans tried to launch a startup to transport wealthy Chinese customers to the U.S. for concierge medical services.
He’s since worked at other startups like Luminar Technologies, where he was a manager of special projects until 2019. But several employees described Evans as the company’s “secret police.” One of his former colleagues told the New York Post that Evans would be “wandering around with absolute purpose, but no one knew what that purpose was.”
The jury selection for Elizabeth’s trial began on Aug. 31, but there’s no word on whether Evans has been making court appearances in support of his woman. We’ll have to wait and see how Elizabeth Holmes's case plays out.