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Elizabeth Holmes had a relationship with another doctor before starting Theranos

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With her recent arrest and departure from Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes and her company have certainly come under fire.

But this week, it was widely reported that Holmes—who was worth a reported $9 billion last year—had a prior relationship with another doctor at the University of California, Berkeley, and that “in 2014 Holmes began dating someone who may have helped cloud her judgment on Theranos and put money above ethics in a similar way to several other prominent neuroscientists.”

Holmes ended the relationship after realizing that her ex-boyfriend was in love with another woman. In a 2017 article titled “Theranos: Why Elizabeth Holmes and Investors Should Really Be Fired,” the New York Times reported that Holmes felt the relationship had done her too much damage.

“I ended things because there was trust issues,” Holmes said to Fortune in 2017.

Apparently, that loss left a deep impression on Holmes.

“I see that [reputation] as fair game now,” she told Fortune. “For the first time in my life, there’s a point where you have to ask whether you were working as hard and as smart. Were you coming to the office, were you engaged? The answer was, I was not engaging. I certainly was not coming in on time. I think it is very relevant because I set the tone at Theranos with that.”

On Monday, Holmes was charged with one count of securities fraud related to Theranos. The Securities and Exchange Commission accused Holmes of concealing the risks of Theranos’ new blood testing technology.

With this recent news, do you believe that Holmes’ previous relationship with another doctor actually affects her present behavior? Let us know in the comments below.

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