As Face Of Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes Has Taken Brunt Of Censure. But What About Her Second-In-Command?
Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani has kept a low profile as the No. 2 at the embattled Theranos. But now, facing fraud charges, he's going to be dragged into the center of attention.
What Will Become Of The Man Who Helped Build Theranos?
Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani is a virtual ghost — despite serving nearly seven years in the No. 2 position at the blood-testing startup that turned out to be too good to be true. While the black-turtleneck-clad [Elizabeh] Holmes graced magazine covers and spoke before adoring crowds, Balwani, her former boyfriend, stayed in the shadows. He has almost no internet presence, and the only verifiable photo that STAT could find of him was a grainy image from his 1988 college yearbook. Now, he’s at the center of a legal showdown that could tear open a new chapter in a scandal that has rocked the business world and captivated the public imagination. And it could set up a daytime-TV legal defense: My ex-girlfriend duped me. (Robbins, Garde and Feuerstein, 3/19)