Keiko Fujimoto is a former Japanese-American artist and TV personality who has become popular not only for her craft but also as the ex-wife of Ramesh Balwani, the convicted erstwhile senior executive of Silicon Valley company, Theranos.
Keiko has starred in several movies, including Unfair (2006), P.O.V. (1988), and Yoi Don! (2009), all of which aided her journey to the limelight. She is one who has always preferred a low-key lifestyle but her ex-husband’s business scandal and infidelity changed her life in so many ways. Here is what we know about Keiko Fujimoto.
Keiko Fujimoto was Born in Tokyo, Japan
Keiko Fujimoto is a Japanese-American who was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. It is believed that she is mostly of Asian ancestry as there are no reports to show that she is mixed.
Keiko has kept information regarding her age, where, and when she was born away from the public. However, she looks like she is in her thirties or forties. She has not disclosed information regarding her family background, nor are there details concerning members of her birth family.
She Schooled in the U.S. Where She Began Her Career
It is not known how the actress obtained her basic education, but Keiko Fujimoto is an alumnus of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where she studied Information Science and acquired her Master of Science (MS). Thereafter, she moved abroad to the United States, where she pursued a career in Technical Publishing and Acting.
She had her first career breakthrough in 1994 in a Japanese television series titled Takajin Mune Ippai. She made further progress as she played a role as an announcer in the television mini-series in 2006 titled Unfair. Keiko took advanced social studies classes, and afterward, she got a job as a translator for Monica Stein, which made her move to Los Angeles in late April 2009.
Reports show that she works as a Technical Publications manager for an applied materials manufacturing company. She makes an average annual salary of about $150,000.
Keiko Fujimoto was Married to Ramesh Balwani
Keiko Fujimoto and Ramesh Balwani were married for quite a while and lived together in San Francisco, California. She may have gotten her American citizenship as a result of her marriage to Ramesh.
News about Keiko and Ramesh’s marriage came out of the blue. Neither of the pair has spoken about how they met, or the origin of their then love story, and the date of their marriage is not known.
Reports have it that after Keiko’s marriage to Ramesh, she moved to the United States, where she started working, until their divorce in December 2002. The reason for their divorce, although not publicly disclosed, is not far from the business scandal and fraud investigation her erstwhile husband was facing at the time. It’s our guess that the marital union could not survive the heat as the case unfolded.
Keiko Fujimoto’s Ex-Husband Ramesh Balwani is to Serve a 20-year Jail Term
Ramesh ‘Sunny’ Balwani (Born 1965) hails from India. He is the former president and Chief Operating Officer of the privately-held biotechnology testing company, Theranos. The health technology company was founded by his ex-lover, Elizabeth Holmes, who was just 18 years old when the pair started having an affair.
The company initially sold the idea that it had discovered a revolutionary blood testing technique that required very little amount of blood, just like the amount that can be extracted from a finger stick. However, Ramesh and he is then-girlfriend were running the company without any form of training in the health or medical field.
While he was the CEO of Theranos, the New York Times noticed that he was now signing the company papers as ‘Sunny Balwani’ instead of ‘Ramesh Balwani’, which raised eyebrows because all his documents from the 1990s and even his divorce papers bore ‘Ramesh’ and not ‘Sunny.’ Despite the revelation, he has not come forward with explanations as to why he changed his name.
In 2015, the activities and happenings in Theranos became questionable by members of the public, which drew the attention of the media and authorities. Balwani and his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Holmes, were charged to court with claims that they were operating their business as a multi-million-dollar scheme to deceive investors and patients.
On the 7th of July, 2022, Balwani was convicted and charged with millions of dollars in fines and restitution and will serve up to a 20-year jail term. At the time of this writing, his ex-girlfriend Elizabeth still awaits her sentencing, which has been set for September 26, 2022. She also faces a maximum prison sentence of up to 20 years.
Why Did Keiko Fujimoto Divorce Ramesh Balwani?
Keiko and Ramesh have not revealed the actual reason for their divorce as both parties have kept mum about it. However, speculations suggest that it may have been a result of the relationship between Ramesh and his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Holmes.
It has been revealed that Keiko Fujimoto’s ex-husband, Balwani, was having an affair with Elizabeth Holmes even at the time he was still married. The relationship between Balwani and Elizabeth Holmes was also questionable because besides the fact that he was a married man, Holmes was barely an adult.
The divorce took its toll on Keiko Fujimoto as she was forced to relocate back to Japan and pick up the pieces of her life. Nobody plans to get married to a cheating husband who will turn out to be dubious at the same time. She now lives a low-key life and can be termed a “social media ghost” as she appears not to have social media accounts.
Does Keiko Fujimoto Have Children?
Keiko Fujimoto did not have any children from her union with Ramesh Balwani. This also could be seen as a reason for the quiet separation of the couple. However, there has not been a record of Keiko having kids from any past relationships. We also do not know if she is in a current relationship. Keiko is one who prefers a quiet life, away from the spotlight.