At least, that was the solution for Elizabeth Holmes, the former CEO of Theranos, who is facing down 11 years of confinement after being convicted of three charges of wire fraud and one conspiracy to commit wire fraud charge. Holmes spoke to The New York Times about her looming prison term in her first interview since 2016.
“There was an incredible sense of grief because I’d given everything to it, my whole life, since I’d been 18,” Holmes told the Times about the period after Theranos dissolved.
A lawyer for Holmes did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
At Burning Man, Holmes told the outlet she and her partner Billy Evans torched an effigy for the failed business and, as prosecutors began building their case against her, embarked on six months of traveling the country by RV.
During that time, the pair parked in shopping center lots and campgrounds while Holmes worked on her legal defense between hikes and outdoor yoga sessions.
“Even though that period was a crisis and Theranos was my life and like my child, I gave everything I had to it,” Holmes told The New York Times. Once it was gone, she added, “I also became free.”
Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani — Theranos’ former president and COO, as well as Holmes’ ex-boyfriend and co-defendant in their trial — successfully used the same tactic to delay his prison reporting date by about a month.