Over the past couple of years, Elizabeth Holmes has become an increasingly infamous household name. First, she was recognized as the founder and former CEO of Theranos. In 2015, Forbes named Holmes the youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America on the basis of a $9 billion valuation of the company. Fast forward a year later, however, following revelations of potential fraud, Forbes revised her net worth to zero dollars, and Fortune named Holmes one of the “World’s Most Disappointing Leaders”.
As a result, the dramatic rise and fall of Holmes created a media frenzy. First came a book from the reporter who broke the story and a then came a podcast from ABC News about the entire debacle. Then, this month, HBO released a documentary about Theranos, putting the focus back on Holmes, who faces federal charges of wire fraud. A quick google search will bring up a blonde-haired, blue-eyed 35-year old wearing a black turtle neck. She wore that in order to be like Steve Jobs.
Nevertheless, Elizabeth Holmes is a somewhat common name and as Business Insider points out, they looked up how many other people share the identity on the website, HowManyOfMe. According to the name-tracking website, there are 857 Elizabeth Holmes, who are not presumably criminals. In particular, there is a 54-year-old California woman who shares the name, and she’s received too many text messages to count from people who were curious if she was the one defrauding investors of billions of dollars. Food for thought if your last name is Holmes and you’re about to have a baby girl. Might be a wise decision to name her something besides, Elizabeth.