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The Quicky

Bad Blood: The Young Female Billionaire Who Conned America


This week, one of America's most hotly anticipated fraud trials began when the woman once known as the youngest, self-made female billionaire, Elizabeth Holmes entered a courtroom to face the jury who will decide if she spends the next 20 years in jail.

At just 19 she founded bio-tech company Theranos in Silicon Valley, where she was frequently referred to as 'the next Steve Jobs' for her plan to revolutionise healthcare with a new blood testing technology she claimed to have invented. The only problem was, it didn't work.

The Quicky speaks to an expert in human behaviour to find out how such a young woman was able to convince some of America's most highly respected businesspeople to invest hundreds of millions of dollars, and how it all came crashing down.


Host/Producer: Claire Murphy

Executive Producer: Siobhán Moran-McFarlane

Audio Producer: Ian Camilleri


Dr Jennifer Wilson - Behavioural scientist, holistic risk strategist, and psycho-cybersecurity expert

This episode of The Quicky uses some grabs from the 2019 HBO documentary, The Inventor: Out For Blood In Silicon Valley, and this TedMed Talk from 2014.

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Episode 633

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