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What We Know About Sunny Balwani

  • November 25, 2021

Who is Sunny Balwani, Elizabeth Holmes’s former right hand at Theranos and her former boyfriend, and where has he been throughout her fraud trial? On Tuesday, Ms. Holmes brought up Mr. Balwani several times in testimony.

Mr. Balwani’s lawyer, Jeffrey Coopersmith, was in the courtroom last week, taking notes in a large yellow notebook, reading legal documents on his phone and declining to comment on his client. But of Mr. Balwani, there has not been a trace.

Nor did he seem to be at home on a recent Sunday morning in Atherton, Calif., the Silicon Valley community that the richest of the techno-rich call home. No one answered the gate buzzer outside his 8,800-square-foot house, which he bought in 2018. There were no cars to be seen and no lights on. Zillow values the property at $19 million.

The mystery of Mr. Balwani’s whereabouts was in keeping with what is known about him, which is very little, including why he is called “Sunny.” His given name is Ramesh, which was what he was called in a handful of stories and news releases in 1999, when he was a dot-com guy. It was also on his divorce papers from a Japanese artist in 2002. By the time he was co-authoring patents at Theranos a decade later, he was simply Sunny.

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