How long will Elizabeth Holmes' trial last?

FORMER businesswoman Elizabeth Holmes was once the world's youngest female self-made billionaire after founding blood-testing startup Theranos.

But it all came crashing down when the ex-Silicon Valley star was accused of fraud and her company crumbled as a result.

How long will Elizabeth Holmes' trial last?

Jury selection for Holmes' trial began on Tuesday, August 31.

Prosecutors had to delay the trial after her lawyers told the government she was pregnant on March 2 and requested that the judge postpone jury selection.

The trial – in San Jose, California – is expected to be months long.

What is Elizabeth Holmes accused of?

The disgraced businesswoman – who is married to hotel chain heir Billy Evans – is accused of tricking investors into funding her now defunct company Theranos Inc.

The case centers on the diagnostics company, which promised results that were faster and cheaper than traditional labs, running an analytical gamut with a few drops of blood.

However, after years of hype, and billions of dollars later, the miracle machines allegedly did not work.

It is alleged Holmes knew it, yet continued to lie to investors, doctors and patients so she could raise more than $700 million.

What sentence could she get?

Holmes stands accused alongside former Theranos President – and her ex boyfriend – Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani.

She has denied nine charges of wire fraud and two of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

But if found guilty, it could see her jailed for up to 20 years.

Who are Theranos?

After dropping out of Stanford, Holmes founded the blood-testing company in 2003 at the age of just 19.

She pitched its technology as a cheaper way to run dozens of blood tests with just a prick of a finger and a few droplets of blood.

Holmes said she was inspired to start the company in response to her fear of needles.

Seen as a rising star in Silicon Valley, that led to comparisons to Apple's Steve Job and Holmes fueled that idea by dressing almost entirely in black turtleneck sweaters.

What is Elizabeth Holmes' net worth?

In 2014, Holmes was dubbed the world's youngest self-made female billionaire, boasting an estimated net worth of $4.5billion.

But in 2016 – after accusations of fraud came to light – Forbes revised its estimate of Holmes's net worth to zero.

Fortune then named her one of the "World's Most Disappointing Leaders."

It has emerged that Holmes has reportedly been living on the grounds of a plush $135 million Silicon Valley estate as she goes on trial for fraud.

She is reportedly staying on Green Gables, one of America's richest estates, which is located roughly 40 minutes from the courthouse where Holmes is currently standing trial.

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