Names and Numbers You Need to Know: August 2021

Henry Kissinger, Gen. Jim Mattis, Riley Bechtel, Rupert Murdoch: Each invested in Elizabeth Holmes, whose company Theranos promised it could conduct myriad tests from just a finger prick of blood. That propelled Theranos to a $9 billion valuation in ‘15; Holmes was pegged at $4.5 billion. Transparency was an issue, though, since Holmes preferred to tell, not show, when people questioned the tech. Her fraud trial begins Aug. 31. Kissinger et al. may testify against her.


36 million, 118,067: At press time, the U.S. reached 36 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.


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