Who is Shivon Zilis? Elon Musk had TWINS with Neuralink exec weeks before welcoming child with Grimes
SpaceX founder Elon Musk fathered two children in 2021 with Shivon Zilis, a top executive at his artificial intelligence company Neuralink, new court documents show. The world’s wealthiest man now has nine known children, including five children with his first wife, Justine Musk, and two with singer Claire Boucher, known professionally as Grimes.
As per the court documents obtained by Insider, billionaire Musk, 51, and Zilis, 36, filed a petition to change their twin babies’ names to “have their father’s last name and contain their mother’s last name as part of their middle name”. The petition was filed in Austin, Texas, where the babies were born and was approved by the judge. Zilis reportedly gave birth in November 2021, weeks before Musk and Grimes had their second child via a surrogate.
Who is Shivon Zilis?
Zilis, 36, was born in Canada and studied economics and philosophy at Yale before working at IBM and later at Bloomberg Beta, a venture capital fund. She is considered a rising star in the world of artificial intelligence and has been listed on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in and LinkedIn’s 35 Under 35. According to her LinkedIn, Zilis works as director of operations and special projects at Neuralink, Musk’s neurotechnology firm, which seeks to create human-machine interfaces. She began working at the company in May 2017.
Musk's remarks on declining birth rate in the US
Last year in May, Musk prompted people to have more babies and talked about the declining birth rate in the US. "USA birth rate has been below min sustainable levels for ~50 years", tech billionaire tweeted.
USA birth rate has been below min sustainable levels for ~50 years pic.twitter.com/v5PSLbvEAE— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 24, 2022
“There are not enough people,” Musk told a Wall Street Journal event. “I can’t emphasize this enough, there are not enough people,” he said. The tech billionaire said low and rapidly declining birth rates are “one of the biggest risks to civilization.”
His comments came after a growing number of people decided to have fewer babies. "This is highly unusual btw. Statistically, the richer someone is, the fewer kids they have", Musk tweeted. Musk told WSJ that too many “good, smart people” think there are too many people in the world and that the population is growing out of control. “It’s completely the opposite,” Musk said, urging people to look at the data. “If people don’t have more children, civilization is going to crumble. Mark my words.”
Then why is it that the richer someone is, the fewer kids they have?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 24, 2022
Musk has always been much in the headlines his remarks and other controversies. Recently in May Musk paid a flight attendant $250,000 to settle a sexual misconduct claim against Musk in 2018. The attendant worked as a member of the cabin crew on a contract basis for SpaceX's corporate jet fleet. She accused Musk of exposing his erect penis to her, rubbing her leg without consent. However, Musk declined the claim and called the story a "politically motivated hit piece", Insider reported.
In April this year, one of his daughters filed to change her last name and be legally disassociated from Musk, saying she did not want “to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form”.