The Female Mark Zuckerberg: Elizabeth Holmes Is Youngest Female Self-Made Billionaire

Elizabeth Holmes never did finish college. But 11 years after leaving Stanford, she's the CEO of a startup and a "paper multibillionaire," according to reports -- and she may even be the "female Mark Zuckerberg," others say.

Holmes, 30, is CEO of Theranos, a Palo Alto-based company that, like many others, seeks to change the world, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

It may yet. But in the meantime, the company has made billions of dollars.

Her firm seeks to diagnose health conditions early, before they become life-threatening diseases, and eventually "put a lab within a mile of any city dweller" for access to quick, simple, and easy blood tests, the newspaper reported.

She has major support: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is an investor, and her board includes former Secretary of State and San Francisco society pages icon George Schultz. She's also partnering with Walgreens to put a Theranos station in 21 stores in Palo Alto and Phoenix, the newspaper reported.

This will "empower people" to investigate their own health, by allowing them to dictate when and how tests are conducted.

Theranos, now operating out of Facebook's old offices, has 500 employees and is worth $9 billion, the newspaper reported.

Because Holmes has a 50 percent stake, she is the "youngest woman to become a self-made billionaire," the newspaper reported.

Copyright FREEL - NBC Local Media
Contact Us