Shivon Zilis is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment, thanks to a report claiming she quietly welcomed twins with Elon Musk in November last year.
Zilis, Neuralink’s director of operations and special projects, has been described as a “thought leader” in the world of machine learning and AI, and has made impressive achievements at age 36.
According to court documents obtained by Insider, Zilis and Musk welcomed twins weeks before the Tesla billionaire welcomed a second child with his ex-girlfriend, Grimes, via surrogate in December last year. The pair are yet to comment on the report.
Since beginning her work across a number of Musk’s companies, Zilis has been incredibly supportive of the tech mogul, but not many would have guessed at their relationship.
Read below to find out more about Zilis, and how she came to know Musk.
Who is Shivon Zilis?
Insider describes Zilis as “a rising star in Musk’s empire” who was even dubbed as a possible candidate to run Twitter if Musk takes ownership of the social media company.
Zilis received her bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy in 2008 from Yale, where she also played goalie on the women’s ice-hockey team, according to her profile on Lifeboat Network.
She began her career as Senior Strategist at IBM in 2008, and continued in 2011, as Chief Adventurer at Bloomberg Ventures.
There, she impressed with her work on internal incubation and partnerships, and later became Founding Member of Bloomberg Beta in 2012. By 2015, she was listed on Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 list in the venture-capital category. She was 29.
How did Shivon Zilis and Elon Musk meet?
Zilis met Musk through her work with OpenAI, the artificial-intelligence not-for-profit he cofounded in 2015.
She briefly worked at Tesla as a project director, but today works as director of operations and special projects for Neuralink, a neurotechnology company that develops implantable brain–machine interfaces co-founded by Musk.
The company describes its aim as “building devices now that will help people with paralysis and inventing new technologies that will expand our abilities, our community, and our world.”
Musk is currently co-CEO of Neuralink.
Are Shivon Zilis and Elon Musk dating?
Zilis and Musk are yet to publicly comment on their relationship or their children.
Musk has most recently been linked to Australian actress Natasha Basset. According to Hollywood Life, the pair are in a “monogamous relationship” and have been photographed in various locations on various “dates”.
Bassett recently portrayed Dixie Locke in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis.
On June 1, Vanity Fair reported the pair were snapped enjoying a “leisurely lunch” in St-Tropez, France.
How many children does Elon Musk have?
The reported arrival of Musk and Zilis’ twins means his known number of children now sits at nine.
He shares twin sons Griffin and Xavier Musk, both 18, and triplet sons Kai, Saxon and Damian, all 16, with his first wife, author Justine Wilson.
When Musk paired up with singer Grimes, the couple welcomed their unusually named tot X AE A-XII, 2, as well as their daughter Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, who was born in December 2021.
Now he also reportedly shares twins with Zilis, who were born in November 2021. Their names have not yet been announced to the public.
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What is Shivon Zilis’ Instagram / Twitter/ social media?
Zilis is quite active online, with a wide number of profiles and social media accounts.