Name: Elizabeth Holmes
Famed As: Founder and CEO of Theranos, a health technology and medical laboratory services company and the youngest female billionaire
About: Holmes was born in Washington, D.C. and, after learning Mandarin with her brother, spent her teenage years in China where she sold C++ compilers to Chinese universities. While attending Stanford University, Holmes was named a President’s Scholar and was given a stipend of $3,000 which she, along with her chemical engineering professor, Channing Robertson, invested for a project in his lab. She continued her work with science by writing a patent for a product that would allow for medicine to be transmitted into patients through a patch and would monitor the variables in a patient’s body and modify the levels of drug administration as the variables dictated. She later established her own company, Theranos, which now offers 200 tests and is licensed to run in every state in the US. Holmes’s company has 500 employees and is valued at over $9 billion. Thanks to her hard work in her company, Holmes’s net worth is listed at $4.5 billion and Forbes has listed her as the youngest-self made billionaire.
Quote: I think a lot of young people have incredible ideas and incredible insights, but sometimes they wait before they go give their life to something. What I did was just to start a little earlier.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe