Elon Musk, the billionaire Tesla founder, had twins in November with Shivon Zilis, a director at one of his companies, according to court documents released Wednesday. Neither Mr. Musk nor Ms. Zilis has spoken publicly about their children.
The news was reported by Insider, which released documents showing that Ms. Zilis and Mr. Musk filed two petitions in April in state court in Travis County, Texas, to change their children’s names to “their father’s last name and their mother’s surname”. name as part of their middle name.”
What do we know about Shivon Zilis?
Ms. Zilis has worked for Mr. Musk’s companies for many years. According to her LinkedIn profile, she is the director of operations and special projects at Neuralink, where Mr. Musk is the co-chief executive. The company is building a computer interface for the brain to treat neurological disorders.
Ms. Zilis was a project director at Tesla from 2017 to 2019. She is also a board member of OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research organization of which Mr. Musk was a founding member. (He left OpenAI in 2018.)
In 2020, Mrs. Zilis wrote about mr. Musk on Twitter: “Nobody is perfect, but I’ve never met anyone who goes through more personal pain to fight for an inspiring future for humanity — and has done so tirelessly for decades. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but mine is that I no longer respect or admire anyone.” Ms Zilis did not respond to a request for comment.
Has Mr. Musk openly dated any of his employees before?
Not that we know. And while there’s nothing to suggest that Ms. Zilis and Mr. Musk’s relationship wasn’t consensual, the inherent power dynamics between the two raise questions about workplace ethics, including whether company policies have been violated.
Mr. Musk has been accused of sexual misconduct towards an employee in the past. In March, Insider reported that SpaceX, Mr. Musk, paid $250,000 to a flight attendant who worked for the company’s corporate jet fleet after she met Mr. Musk accused her of asking for an erotic massage and showing her his penis. Mr Musk refused the accusations on Twitter, they call “completely false.”
How many children does Mr. Musk have?
His twin with Mrs. Zilis brings the known total of Mr. Musk’s children to nine. Mr. Musk also has two children with Claire Bouchard, better known as the musician Grimes, and five – twins and triplets – with his first wife, the writer Justine Musk.
Grimes’ second child with Mr. Musk, a daughter born via surrogacy, arrived in December. Their daughter’s name is Exa Dark Sideræl Musk (or Y, as her parents call her). Grimes and Mr. Musk also have a boy named X Æ A-XII, who was born in 2020 (relatives call him X).
Nine is… a lot. Is he a fan of large families?
Mr. Musk has spoken in the past about his concerns that humans are not reproducing enough. On Thursday, after the Insider report began doing the rounds, wrote on Twitter: “Doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis. A collapsing birth rate is by far the greatest danger facing civilization.”
Mr. Musk, who did not respond to a message requesting comment, regularly tweets to his 100 million followers on the platform. Mr. Musk is in negotiations to buy the company for about $44 billion, though he has previously raised the issue of fake accounts on the site, insisting the deal — which includes a $1 billion split fee — couldn’t go ahead without more. information.
“Hope you have big families and congratulations to those who already have!” he added† An older thread about declining fertility rates in the United States was pinned to the top of his page.
What is his approach to fatherhood?
In a 2020 interview with DailyExpertNews, shortly after his son was born with Grimes, Mr. Musk said, “At the moment there isn’t much I can do. Grimes has a much bigger role than me at the moment. As the child gets older, there will be more of a role for me.”
Are Grimes and Mr. Musk still together?
Mr. Musk’s child with Mrs. Zilis was born weeks before his second child with Grimes. In March, Grimes wrote on Twitter that she and Mr. Musk “have broken up again”. Nevertheless, she called him “my best friend and the love of my life.”
She described their on-again, off-again relationship in a recent Vanity Fair profile. “I’d probably call him my boyfriend, but we’re very fluent,” she said. “We live in separate houses. We are best friends.” She added that they want to have at least three or four children.
Kirsten Noyes research contributed.